Paramedic Program, Certificate

College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Queens Campus


Paramedics are health professionals who treat a wide variety of patients in advanced life support. The Paramedics mostly work in the pre-hospital settings so in essence the Emergency Room Department is brought to the patient either at home, work or any public setting. Paramedics are highly trained in advanced life support and in the pre-hospital setting; the Paramedic is the highest level of medical care provider.

The only other health care profession who has a higher heath care status in the pre-hospital setting is a Physician. The Paramedic is in charge of all patient care in the pre-hospital setting. Paramedic's work under a wide variety of standing orders, so emergency treatment is available very quickly to the patient. Many, many lives are saved because of the Paramedic - it is a profession to be very proud to be a part of.

All our EMS programs now use interactive on-line learning allowing the student to be able to take quizzes and exams at their leisure and in their home or using our computer center located at the Dr. Bartilucci Center. Students are required to have computer access for all our courses.

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The Emergency Medical Service Institute Paramedic Program does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, religion, age, political beliefs, handicap, or any other factor, in its employment practices or in its policies relating to recruitment of students. We do reserve the right to revise tuition and fees without prior notice if it becomes necessary.

Requirements for Admission
The paramedic course is open enrollment, there is no screening exam. You must have a valid NYS EMT card with a copy of the most current grades, a copy of your driver’s license or photo ID, (ie: Passport), and a copy or your high school diploma or GED or college transcript (preferred). You can mail or bring in those documents along with your course registration fee which is a $100.00 USD non-refundable, payable by money order to: St. John’s University.

There is also a separate fee of $300.00 USD to hold your seat in the class, this is non refundable and applied to the tuition upon deciding to accept a seat in the class. Once we receive these documents and your money orders you will receive further information on your criminal background and 10 panel drug test that must be passed, the fee for your background and drug test is $105.00 USD payable to the company.

Technical Standards
Paramedics are required to perform a wide variety of Emergencies Medical Techniques in order to help the sick and injured, in which they ultimately save lives. Students must be able to tolerate taxing workloads and changing environments.

Candidates at the end of the program should be able to notice if a scene is safe to enter. Be able to look at a patient and get a general impression of the patient's condition. Know how to size up a scene and understand what the mechanism of injury is before patient contact.

Paramedics must be able to communicate with a patient and their families in a caring compassionate manner. The Paramedic must also be able to communicate with other health care workers in a professional manner. Effective communicating whether verbal or non-verbal is very important in the Paramedic career.

Physical Demands
Aptitudes required for work of this nature are good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, lift, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds. Motor coordination is necessary because over uneven terrain, the patient's, the Paramedic's, and other workers' well being must not be jeopardized.

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Additional Information

St. John’s University EMS Institute has adopted the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards. All our courses, EMT basic, EMT refresher, Paramedic basic, and Paramedic refresher will now have incorporated the new educational materials for the National EMS Educational standards.

Overview of our paramedic program:

Our nationally Accredited Paramedic Program is a rigorous 1280 + hour program consisting of extensive didactic and clinical training in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. The course is divided into didactic, lab session, clinical rotation, field experience and field internship.

Our lecturers are Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Paramedics and Specialty Lecturers. We strive to mirror the information as if it was being presented in a medical school setting. An educated paramedic is a well trained paramedic. The labs are done at the school to make the student proficient in the various skills the paramedic needs to know.

The students take the skills they have learned and complete clinical rotations to master the skills. The clinical rotations are done on ALS Ambulance, Trauma ED, Adult ED, Pediatric ED, Phlebotomy lab, Anesthesia/Operating Room, ICU, CCU, Cath Lab, Respiratory Therapy, Labor and Delivery, Medical Examiner’s Office and Psychiatry.

The 638 hours of clinical rotations are separate from your labs and didactic work. As you can see the student must be committed to this program. Once the program is finished, the student can be happy knowing the knowledge they have received was well worth the effort.

In order to facilitate the accreditation process, St. John's University EMS Institute uses an electronic tracking system for student's clinical records. This facilitates student credentialing and tracking as well as assisting in nationwide EMS research and the continued evaluation of our program which allows us to maintain our accreditation. This is an additional purchase the student must make. You can see what FISDAP is all about at

Once you have completed the NYS Paramedic Program the student will sit for the New York State Certifying exam. This certification is good for 3 years. After 3 years, the Paramedic certification will expire. The Paramedic must take a Paramedic Refresher course before the 3 year time frame, usually the Paramedic will take a refresher about 6 months before they expire to assure they are always current.

If you wish to work in New York City, the student after passing the state exam will have to take a REMAC exam, which is a two-part exam. Part one is a written exam and part two is a written scenerio exam which tests you on protocols standardized by New York City REMAC. This certificate is also good for 3 years and must be recertified too.

The Paramedic Program follows the New York State Department of Health Guidelines and National Registry Guidelines.

All our EMS programs now use interactive on-line learning allowing the student to be able to take quizzes and exams at their leisure and in their home or using our computer center located at the Dr. Bartilucci Center.

The St. John’s University Emergency Medical Service Institute Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programswww.caahep.orgupon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

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