ECH Paramedic Education Program

At the University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH), we understand that paramedics play a critical role in the health of our community. ECH is a leader in paramedic education in northern New York and offers a Paramedic Education Program to train the next workforce of career and volunteer paramedics.

Paramedic Education Program at a Glance

The ECH Paramedic Education Program is an intensive training program which blends an on-line learning environment, classroom sessions, lab sessions, and clinical experience. It is a 18-month, 1200+ hour program.  

You will spend a minimum of 240 hours training in the hospitals, and 120 hours training with EMS agencies as you meet the requirements and prepare for a Capstone Field Internship.  This internship will put you in the role as a paramedic team leader for a minimum of 120 hours and is a great opportunity to showcase your knowledge and skills.

Hands-on clinical training is offered at over 13 regional health care organizations and 29 EMS agencies across Northern New York and Vermont.

Classroom locations across the region and online coursework make it easier for students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington counties in NY and Burlington, VT to learn closer to home.  

When possible, the program seeks out opportunities for our students to learn in new ways. Our program includes a cadaver anatomy and procedures lab for paramedic students and EMS providers around the region. This lab allows our students the unique opportunity to learn in a way you cannot from books or manikins.

Tuition and fees are approximately $7,000 and scholarships are available.

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ECH’s Paramedic Education program’s purpose is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels, to serve in career and volunteer positions in the Mountain Lakes EMS region and surrounding areas. 


To be the premier provider of Paramedic education in northern New York and become a model for other rural education programs.


ECH recognizes the following core values: Teamwork, Quality, Compassion, Respect, Communication, Accountability, Service, and Trust. These values are expected of all staff and students representing the program.

Classroom Locations

Burlington, VT Classroom

Lewis, NY Classroom:

Essex County Public Safety Building
702 Stowersville Rd.
Lewis, NY 12950

Queensbury, NY Classroom:
Bay Ridge EMS
1109 Ridge Road
Queensbury, NY 12804

Potsdam, NY Classroom:
Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Station
29 Elm St.
Potsdam, NY 13676

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax: 214-703-8992

The University of Vermont Health Network- Elizabethtown Community Hospital’s Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.