New Jersey EMT Certification Programs with School Information

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) programs in New Jersey, which currently has five colleges offering these programs. Read overviews of the certification programs and get some quick facts for two New Jersey schools to decide which program is right for you.

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EMT Certification Training in New Jersey Schools

Before working as an EMT, individuals must earn certification, which requires completing a formal training program and passing a state exam. In New Jersey, schools offer courses that prepare students for two emergency medical technician certification levels, basic and paramedic. Applicants to the paramedic program must already have earned EMT-Basic certification.

Details about two New Jersey colleges offering EMT studies are found here. Get information about program duration and typical courses of study. Learn helpful facts about each school in the table below.

  • At Hudson County Community College, students can enroll in an emergency medical technician certificate program. The college is located approximately 64 miles northeast of downtown Trenton.
  • Union County College is based about 50 miles north of Trenton's downtown district. The college provides an EMT-Basic program as well as a paramedic didactic program.

Comparison of Schools

Whether you are choosing basic or paramedic EMT studies, you might consider all factors of a school before enrolling. In the table below, find statistics and figures reflecting each school's population, tuition, retention and graduation rates and financial aid availability.

Hudson County Community College Union County College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 8,864* 9,711*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $5,508 (in-district)*
$9,558 (in-state)*
$13,428 (out-of-state)
$4,804 (in-district)*
$9,608 (in- and out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 81%* 70%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2017 for full-time students) 58%* 68%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began studies in Fall 2014) 10%* 24%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Hudson County Community College

At Hudson County Community College, students interested in emergency medical science may prepare for certification tests as emergency medical technicians in the emergency medical technician certificate program. Hudson Community College is located in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Program

Working in partnership with the Jersey City Medical Center, Hudson County Community College offers an emergency medical technician certificate program consisting of four courses and an EMT course that combines classroom and lab studies with practical experiences. It takes approximately six months to complete all requirements. Students will learn about wound care, respiratory emergencies, splinting, shock, cardiac arrest and more.

Union County College

Union County College prepares students for certification at the EMT-Basic level, and students can also prepare for paramedic certification through the didactic paramedic training program. There are nearly 10,000 students attending this college at four campuses across the state.

Emergency Medical Studies Certificate Program

At Union County College, students learn through classroom/lab studies and gain experience through participation with an ambulance service or in a similar setting. This 2-semester program prepares students for the EMT-Basic certification test from the New Jersey Department of Health.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Emergency Health Science Program

Students must be certified as basic-level emergency medical technicians and sponsored by an area hospital for acceptance into this program. This program includes written and practical examinations, skills rotations and lectures. In the paramedic 1 course, students learn about the rules and regulations of the profession, review bodily systems and learn pharmacology, drug dosages and procedures for patient assessment. The paramedic 2 course includes electrocardiology. Students are expected to be able to relay a complete medical report to dispatchers and understand the procedures involved in the administration of drugs carried on ambulances and the associated side effects. They should also be able to make the necessary treatment decisions for situations described by instructors. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to take the state's paramedic certification test.

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