PreHospital Registered Nurse

The Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center is a Pennsylvania Department of Health Accredited Certification Training Institute. This course is for currently licensed Pennsylvania registered nurses (RN). It enhances existing professional and clinical experience. Prior to enrolling, you should have a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and cardiology.

Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to take the Pennsylvania Department of Health certification exam(s).


What can I do as a pre-hospital registered nurse (PHRN) in the workforce?

In Pennsylvania, a PHRN functions at a level above an advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT). A PHRN is a registered nurse that has additional education, knowledge and skills competency related to the management of emergency medical conditions. PHRNs are certified to practice as EMS providers in Pennsylvania.


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What are HACC’s classes like?

This program serves as an introduction to EMS and the prehospital care of the sick and injured. The PHRN program provides the knowledge and skills required to allow a Registered Nurse (RN) the opportunity to become an advanced level Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider, functioning in a role similar to a paramedic. View our Clinical FAQs here! (pdf)

The curricular content is delivered through classroom lecture, discussion, practical application in integrated lab sessions, and competency testing. Students are also required to participate in clinical hours at EMS field sites outside of the classroom.

PHRN students will be taught to:

  • Rapidly assess injuries and illnesses
  • Identify and treat all types of shock
  • Provide care of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Manage various medical emergencies
  • Properly lift and move patients
  • Demonstrate competency in both basic and advanced airway management and trauma treatment techniques
  • Determine the most appropriate method to transport patients to the emergency department

At the completion of the program, PHRN students will be eligible to take the Pennsylvania Department of Health certification exam(s).

This program will meet in person, one day per week throughout the duration of the program. You will also need to complete the following:

  • Online assignments
  • 132 clinical hours throughout the duration of the program

Clinical hours are in addition to classroom hours. Students will have the flexibility to their clinical schedule with HACC's existing clinical throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Students will be required to complete this a series of clearances to participate in the clinical portion of the program.


Where are classes held?

Day Key: U=Sunday, M=Monday, T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, H=Thursday, F=Friday, and S=Saturday