Contact Us:


Parkview Fire Station 218
726 Midway Drive
Pittsburgh,PA 15215

Fire Fax:412-781-5299

Parkview EMS Station 180
200 South Margery Drive
Pittsburgh,PA 15238

EMS Fax:412-449-1081

Parkview Fire/EMS e-mail

What is a Paramedic?

An individual who desires to become a paramedic must first complete the EMT program and state examinations. A paramedic student will engage in a more in depth study of pathophysiology of body functions and illness/diseases. Many new,more advanced skills are introduced as well as a unique discipline in which a close relationship and understanding between Doctor and Paramedic must be developed. The paramedic is the eyes,ears and hands of the physician at the scene of an accident,private residence,nursing home,restaurant or other public settings. Through key history gathering and physical assessment a paramedic can determine the need for airway management,ventilatory support,intravenous therapy,medication administration,spinal and extremity immobilization as well as cardiac defibrillation/cardioversion and transthoracic pacing. These are just a few of the specialized skills a paramedic renders by following approved protocols established by a physician medical director.

Trained to perform:

  • the same skills as the EMT,plus:
    • advanced patient assessment
    • airway management
    • intravenous fluid therapy
    • trauma management
    • pharmacology
    • cardiology
    • other medical skills

Must be at least 18 years of age

Course varies from 14 months to 2 years (certification vs. degree)

Course includes both classroom lecture,practical labs,in-hospital clinical experiences and a field internship


  • Must possess a current EMT certification
  • Must possess a current CPR certification