Pa. community college drops paramedic program
The board voted to discontinue the degree and certificate program due to low enrollment
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BULTLER, Pa. The board of trustees for the Butler Area Community College voted Wednesday to discontinue the school's paramedic degree and certificate credit program due to low enrollment.
Although the college has offered a noncredit training program, it has been struggling to become accredited in a degree program for the past three years, according to BC3 Vice President for Academic Affairs Frances Spigelmyer.
Although paramedics can work in Pennsylvania with a training certificate and without a college degree, Spigelmyer said, the benefit of going through that extra step in education could lead to higher pay. BC3 began the degree program following a national trend for paramedics to pursue higher education, Spigelmyer said.
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