New Jersey is home to 75 public and private not-for-profit schools, but only seven of them offer EMT (emergency medical technician) classes and courses. The following community and county college courses consist of lectures, laboratory sessions and clinical rotations. Some schools may provide CPR certifications.
Basic emergency medical technicians (EMT-B) must receive state licensure before practicing. To be licensed, applicants must complete an EMT-B class that has been approved by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Emergency Medical Services. Entrance into this course requires that students be at least 16 years old and CPR certified. Applicants then have to pass a state-approved written and practical examination. Each of the programs listed below qualify students to meet state licensing requirements.
Atlantic Cape Community College
The emergency medical technician program at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing is a 200-hour course. In addition to lectures, students get to complete skills modules in this program as well as receive CPR certification. With the required clinical rotation, students get to work in an emergency department at a hospital. Students in this program are educated on bleeding control, splinting, medication administration and trauma assessment.
Camden County College
There are 2 emergency medical technician courses at Camden County College in Blackwood. One of the classes is 5 credits, while the other is 6 credits. It takes 4 months to complete each of these courses. The class consists of skill labs, lectures and evaluation sessions. Students get to work with paramedics, nurses, EMT instructors and physicians.
Passaic County Community College
An emergency medical technician class is available at Passaic County Community College in Paterson. Throughout the course's 6-credit curriculum, students are educated on the necessary topics and skills set by the New Jersey Department of Health and the United States Department of Transportation. This involves learning about ethical and legal aspects of emergency medical technician care. Students also are educated on airway maintenance, patient transportation, basic extrication and emergency childbirth.
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
At the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, an EMT course is offered through the Rutgers Pre-hospital Education Center, which was created by the university in partnership with the Central Jersey Training Center. This 2-part course can be taken for 6 credits, with the inclusion of writing and research components, or as a non-credit course that doesn't include these additional academic aspects. During its 240+ hours, this course will teach students basic life-saving skills and how to use first responder equipment in simulated emergency situations. It can also prepare students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam, in addition to the state-required licensing exam.
Sussex County Community College
Newton is home to a basic emergency medical technician program at Sussex County Community College. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration helped prepare the curriculum for this EMT program in order to ensure that it met the standards of the National Highway Safety Act. The program itself is 110 training hours with 10 of those hours being in clinical work.
Union County College
Union County College resides in the city of Cranford and students can enroll in an emergency medical training class there. Prior to entering into the program, students must have CPR certification. Students who need to take a CPR course can find one available here. The EMT course consists of 6 credit hours which amount to 6 clinical skill hours and 8 lecture hours each week.
Warren County Community College
Students can pursue an EMT training program at Warren County Community College in Washington. The EMT training course here is a minimum of 168 hours. Strokes, seizures and heart attacks are just some of the medical issues students are taught to deal with. Students also get experience with oxygen administration and automated external defibrillator use.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Atlantic Cape Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Emergency Medical Technician Certification|| $4,818 in-district
|Camden County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Emergency Medical Technician Class|| $4,320 in-district
|Passaic County Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Emergency Medical Technician Class|| $5,070 in-district
|Rutgers University - New Brunswick||4-year, public; small city||EMT Course|| $14,974 in-state
|Sussex County Community College||2-year, public; fringe town||Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Program|| $6,750 in-district
|Union County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Emergency Medical Training Class||$5,140 in-district
|Warren County Community College||2-year, public; fringe town||EMT Training Program|| $4,980 in-district
Source: *NCES College Navigator