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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.

Learn more about the Paramedic Program below.

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 16-month, 1100-hour program.

Hands-on clinical training is offered at over 15 regional health care organizations and 28 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 to learn closer to home.

When possible, the program seeks out opportunities for our students to learn in new ways. This past year, for the first time, a cadaver anatomy and procedures lab was hosted for paramedic students and EMS providers around the region. This lab allowed our students the unique opportunity to learn in a way you cannot from books or manikins.

Tuition and fees are approximately $6,000 and scholarships are available.

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ECH’s Paramedic Education program’s purpose is to prepare entry level Paramedics capable of providing comprehensive, compassionate, and efficient emergency care, 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

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

Queensbury Classroom:
Mountain Lakes Regional EMS Council Office
375 Bay Rd., Suite 101
Queensbury, NY 12804


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