New Jersey Schools with EMT Training Programs
New Jersey residents seeking basic or advanced EMT training can look to a few 2-year colleges throughout the state. These schools offer certificate and associate degree programs for aspiring or current EMTs. The two main levels of emergency medical technician training are EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic. Paramedic programs typically require that applicants possess EMT-Basic certification.
Read details about two of these New Jersey colleges and their EMT programs here. Get information about coursework, clinical experiences and program duration. Find helpful facts about these schools in the table provided at the bottom of this article.
- Camden County College offers a basic EMT program as well as emergency relief studies at the certificate and associate degree levels. The college is located in Blackwood, New Jersey, about 15 miles south of downtown Philadelphia.
- Union County College is situated in Cranford, New Jersey, roughly 12 miles southwest of downtown Newark. The school has EMS and paramedic training programs.
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Comparison of Schools
Whether you are pursuing a certificate or 2-year degree in EMT training, it is beneficial to examine all that a school has to offer before enrolling in a program. Read below for statistical information regarding each school's population, tuition, acceptance rates, graduation rates and more.
|Camden County College||Union County College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||10,492||9,711|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$4,320 (in district)
$4,440 (in-state and out-of-state)
$1,300 (EMT course)**
| $4,804 (in district)
$9,608 (in-state and out-of-state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||66%||70%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||100% (open admissions)||100% (open admissions)|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||61%||68%|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)*||16%||24%|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Camden County College
Camden County College
Camden County College is a 2-year public school with three campuses. For those seeking advanced degrees, credits can be transferred to 4-year schools throughout New Jersey. The school provides the Health Careers Opportunities Program to help place graduates into health-related careers.
Emergency Medical Technician Course
This EMT training adheres to certification requirements for New Jersey. Program graduates may also take the national exam but it is not required. All applicants must be at least 16 years old and CPR-certified; they must also not have any prior convictions. The EMT training regimen requires 255 hours of in-class instruction. This course has daytime and evening options.
Emergency and Disaster Management Certificate
Meant for those who wish to become first responders in emergency situations, this certificate is made up of six courses. Along with an elective, the 21 credits will include an EMT course (worth six credits), an intro to public safety, an intro to disaster management, a course on terrorism and a course on operational security. This program can be completed in as little as two semesters.
Associate in Applied Science in Fire Science Technology
Not just to train students in fire safety, this degree program will train students as EMTs as well, since the 6-credit emergency medical technician course is part of the second semester curriculum. Along with basic EMT knowledge, students will also study arson law, fire protection systems, firefighter survival, fire investigation and how to be a fire officer or inspector. In total, students will earn 64 credits.
Union County College
Union County College is the oldest community college in New Jersey. This public school has transfer agreements allowing those with 2-year degrees to pursue further education at other state institutions. Distance-learning and continuing education certificates are also available.
EMS-Certificate of Achievement
This Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training program offers a traditional lecture setting with hands-on opportunities. The EMS training program is a semester-long course sequence. Before beginning the program, all enrollees must have professional-level CPR certification. At the end of the course, students will be qualified to sit for the EMT-Basics licensure examination.
Associate in Applied Sciences - Paramedic Emergency Health Science
Paramedics in New Jersey work mainly out of hospitals, but they can find careers with fire departments, ambulance services, police departments or hospitals. EMT-Paramedics undergo advanced training to use emergency equipment, like defibrillators, oxygen tanks and airway devices. They also learn to administer medications, such as through IV.
Potential enrollees need to be at least 18 years old and have a current EMT certification. All students need to have CPR certification, hospital sponsorship and 20 credits of general education to graduate. They must also have a current New Jersey driver's license with a clean record.