EMT training programs in New Jersey provide students with at least 120 hours of classroom and clinical training in the United States Department of Transportation’s Emergency Medical Technician-Basic training program. The EMT-B program, which can typically take 2-6 months to complete, prepares students for a challenging yet rewarding career in the EMS.
There are a few requirements prospective students must meet prior to applying to an EMT-Basic program, such as the following:
· EMT students ought to be 18 years old or older. They also should have the ability to establish evidence of a high school diploma or a GED.
· Need to have a valid driver’s license.
· Should have the ability to read at a 10th grade level or higher. Potential students are at times asked to provide placement results (from assessments such as ASSET or COMPASS or ACCUPLACER, which test one’s academic skills in English, math, and reading).
· Must have CPR certification and maintain it throughout the duration of the training.
· EMT students will need to present proof of the following inoculations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination/Illness, and Hepatitis B Vaccination Series. You will very likely also need the Tdap vaccine to protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Petrussis; Chicken Pox (vaccinated 2 shot series or positive titer); a negative Tuberculosis skin PPD test (within the last 12 months); a negative Chest X-ray (within the last 12 months) and a Flu shot (within the last 12 months).
· Must undergo a drug test and submit to a criminal history check.
Schools and Programs
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
· Jersey City Medical Center EMS – Jersey City, NJ
· Ocean County College – Toms River, NJ
Heading to EMT School
During an EMT class in New Jersey, students will be taught the necessary skills to provide prehospital emergency medical care at a basic life support level. When the program is properly completed, students will be able to recognize the significance of a patient’s injury and assess the requirement needed for emergency medical care.
Students will also learn to carry out proper emergency medical care based on a patient’s condition, as well as lift, position, or transfer a patient to restrict pain and defend against additional trauma.
What to Expect in Your EMT Class
An EMT student in New Jersey who has completed an EMT training course is expected to have a firm understanding of the following:
· The Human Body
· EMT-Basic Pharmacology
· Respiratory and Cardiac Emergencies
· Emergency Childbirth/Pediatric Emergencies
· Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues in EMS
· Bleeding and Shock Management
· Environmental and Behavioral Emergencies
· Epinephrine Auto-Injector
· Trauma Patient Assessment
· Airway Management
· Obstetrics and Gynecological Emergencies
· Soft Tissue Injuries
· Musculoskeletal Injuries
· Head, Neck and Spine Injuries
· Vital Signs
· Infants, Children, Adolescents and Old Patients
· Lifting and Moving Patients
· Diabetic Emergencies
Becoming a Working EMT
Once you have successfully completed your EMT-Basic course, you will then be able to apply for national certification by taking the NREMT exams. National EMT certification requires students to successfully complete both a cognitive (computer adaptive test) and psychomotor exam (skills test).
The NREMT-B practical exam is a state approved exam and will be given through state recognized EMT training programs. If you have any questions about EMT testing or training, be sure to contact the New Jersey Office of EMS.