New Jersey EMT Certification Programs with School Information

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) programs in New Jersey, which currently has four 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 appearing at the end of this article.

  • At Camden County College, students can enroll in either basic or advanced EMT programs. The college is located approximately 45 miles south 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.

Camden County College

At Camden County College, students interested in emergency medical science may prepare for certification tests as emergency medical technicians at the EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic levels. Camden Community College has three locations in New Jersey and serves about 13,000 undergraduate students.

EMT-Basic Certification

For basic-level certification, students must complete 110 hours of course work in patient assessment, stabilization of injuries with splints or bandages, airway management and childbirth in emergency situations. This program also includes 10 hours in a clinical setting for hands-on training.

EMT-Paramedic Certification

Students in this program must have EMT-Basic certification prior to enrollment in Camden County College's paramedic sciences program, which prepares students for certification as paramedics. This program includes several degree options and includes coursework in basic anatomy and physiology and biology; field-specific courses are also available, including theory of paramedic care, pharmacology for paramedics and three terms of clinical practice prior to a paramedic internship and later, residency.

Union County College

Union County College offers certification at the EMT-Basic level, and students can prepare for paramedic certification through the didactic paramedic training program. There are nearly 12,000 students attending at four campuses across the state.

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certification

At Union County College, the EMT certification course for basic-level certification includes 60 hours of lecture and 30 hours of laboratory course work. This 4-month program uses skill labs and lectures to prepare students for the EMT-Basic certification test from the New Jersey Department of Health.

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Didactic 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 decision for situations described by instructors. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to take the state's paramedic certification test.

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.

Camden County College Union County College
School Type2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2013)13,301* 11,969*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)$4,140 (in-district)*
$4,260 (in- and out-of-state)*
$4,998 (in-district)*
$9,996 (in- and out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2012-2013)74%* 70%*
Acceptance Rate (2013)100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2013)60%* 63%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2013)14%* 7%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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