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EMT-B Original

The Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B) Original Program is a rigorous 192 hour program, and is offered three times a year. The courses are divided into extensive didactic instruction, lab sessions, and a required ambulance Internship.


Our lecturers and lab instructors 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. The labs are completed at the school to make the student proficient in the various skills the EMT needs to know, before going out in the field.

The students take the skills they have learned in the classroom and complete clinical rotations to master these skills. The clinical rotations are completed on 911 Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances, throughout Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx.

In order to facilitate the Ambulance Internship process, St. John's University’s EMS Institute uses an electronic tracking system for student's clinical records and scheduling needs. This is included in the book and supply fee. You can see what FISDAP is all about by visiting

Once you have completed the New York State EMT Basic Program the student will be eligible to sit for the New York State Certification Examination. This certification is only good for three years. The EMT must take an EMT Refresher course before the three year time frame expires. Typically this is completed just six months prior to the expiration date, but can be completed sooner.   

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

All our EMS programs use an interactive on-line Learning Management System (LMS) allowing the student to be able to take quizzes at their leisure and in their home or using our computer center located at the Dr. Bartilucci Center.