EMT Training in New Jersey with Career Information

New Jersey residents seeking basic or advanced emergency medical technician (EMT) training can look to several 2-year colleges throughout the state. These schools offer either or both certificate and/or associate degree studies for aspiring or current EMTs. Read details about two of these New Jersey colleges here.

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The two main levels of emergency medical technician training are EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic. Those with basic knowledge can provide first aid to victims while transporting them to appropriate care facilities. Paramedics receive advanced training to operate emergency equipment and are qualified to work in more varied venues. Paramedic programs typically require that applicants possess EMT-Basic certification.

Students of these types of programs study in the classroom as well as participate in clinical field experiences in emergency rooms, ambulance services and other emergency response settings. EMT training allows graduates to prepare for certification exams and to obtain positions on private or hospital ambulances. Other career opportunities are available at fire stations, law enforcement precincts and independent rescue agencies. More information about two New Jersey colleges, located in the southern part of the state, and the EMT programs they offer is found below.


Camden County College's EMT Training Programs

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 a Health Careers Opportunities Program to help place graduates into health-related careers.

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certificate

This EMT-Basic training program adheres to certification requirements for New Jersey. Program graduates may also take the national exam but it is not required. All applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, be at least 18 years old and CPR-certified; they must also not have any prior convictions. The EMT-Basic training regiment requires 150 hours of in-class instruction with ten hours in a clinical setting, five hours with an emergency department and five hours riding with an ambulance. Students who complete this course are given five college credits.

Paramedic Certification

All applicants to this program must have a current EMT-B certificate from New Jersey, Pennsylvania or New York. Enrollees can choose to enter the day, evening, hybrid or strictly online program. Paramedic certification qualifies recipients to begin work in clinics, trauma units and other paramedic centers.

Associate in Applied Sciences - Paramedic

While enrolled in the paramedic certificate program, students may decide to receive an associate's degree in the field. To receive this degree, student must take an additional 23 credits of general education studies. Graduates are prepared to advance their careers by becoming a registered nurse or healthcare administrator. For managerial positions, additional education and experience may be necessary for those with an associate's degree.

Contact Information

  • Address: 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012
  • Phone Number: (856) 227-7200

Union County College's EMT Training Programs

Union County College is the oldest community college in New Jersey. This public school has transfer agreements allowing those with a 2-year degree to pursue further education at other state institutions. Distance-learning and continuing education certificates are also available.

EMT-Basic Certificate

This EMT training program offers a traditional lecture setting with hands-on opportunities. Classes culminate in 110 credit-hours with an extra ten hours spent in a local hospital's emergency room. Before beginning the program, all enrollees must have professional-level CPR certification. At the end of the course, all students must pass a written exam to become licensed as EMT-Basic.

EMT-Paramedic Certificate

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 deliberators, oxygen tanks and airway devices. They also learn to administer medications, such as through IV.

Potential enrollees need to have at least one year of experience. All students need to have CPR certification, hospital sponsorship and nine credits of general education to graduate. They must also pass a basic skills test, showing competency in algebra and other areas.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016
  • Phone Number: (908) 709-7000
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