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Paramedic Program, Certificate

College of Pharmacy and 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.


Requirements for Admission:

During open enrollment, you must submit a copy of your valid NYS EMT card, government issued photo ID (ie: driver’s license or Passport) and your GED, high school diploma or college transcript along with a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee payable by money order only to St. John’s University.

All students are also required to complete a criminal background check and 10 panel drug screening conducted by an independent third party provider. The fee for this process is $105.00 payable directly to the third party provider. Upon successfully passing the background screening a $1000.00 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat in the class, this will be deducted from your tuition upon enrollment in the program. 


Provide a guide for those who are interested in understanding what qualifications, competencies and tasks are expected of the EMT-B and/or the AEMT.


  • Complete the Application for Emergency Medical Services Certification (DOH-65), including affirmation regarding criminal convictions
  • Successfully complete an approved New York State EMT-B or AEMT course
  • Achieve a passing score on the practical and written certification examinations
  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the end of the month in which they are scheduled to take the written certification examination
  • Knowledge and Skills required show need for high school or equivalent education
  • Ability to communicate effectively via telephone and radio equipment
  • Ability to lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance)
  • Ability to interpret oral, written and diagnostic form instructions
  • Ability to use good judgement and remain calm in high stress situations
  • Ability to be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights
  • Ability to function efficiently without interruption throughout an entire work shift
  • Ability to calculate weight and volume ratios
  • Ability to read English language, manuals and road maps
  • Ability to accurately discern street signs and addresses
  • Ability to interview patients, patient family members and bystanders
  • Ability to document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such
  • Ability to converse, in English, with coworkers and hospital staff with regard to the status of the patient
  • Possesses good manual dexterity with ability to perform all tasks related to the highest quality patient care
  • Ability to bend, stoop and crawl on uneven terrain
  • Ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold and moisture
  • Ability to work in low light situations and confined spaces
  • Ability to work with other providers to make appropriate patient care decisions

Competency Areas:


Must demonstrate competency is assessment of a patient, handling emergencies using Basic Life Support equipment and techniques. Must be able to perform CPR, control bleeding, provide non- invasive treatment of hypoperfusion, stabilize / immobilize injured bones and the spine, manage environmental emergencies and emergency childbirth. Must be able to use a semi-automatic defibrillator. Must be able to assist patients with self-administration or administer emergency medications as described in state and local protocol.

The AEMT-Intermediate

Must demonstrate competency in all EMT-B skills and equipment usage. Must be able to provide Advanced Life Support using intravenous therapy, defibrillator and advanced airway adjuncts to control the airway in cases of respiratory and cardiac arrest.

The AEMT-Critical Care

Must demonstrate competency in all EMT-B skills and equipment usage. Must be able to provide Advanced Life Support using the AEMT-Intermediate skills and equipment. Must be able to administer appropriate medications.

The EMT-Paramedic

Must be capable of utilizing all EMT-B and AEMT-intermediate skills and equipment. Must be able to perform under Advanced cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) standards. Must be knowledgeable and competent in the use of a cardiac monitor/defibrillator and intravenous drugs and fluids. The EMT-Paramedic has reached the highest level of pre-hospital care certification.

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.


Career Outcomes

US News and Money


Emergency medical technicians, more commonly known as EMTs, are often the first ones to arrive at the scene following an emergency, ranging from house fires to car accidents and everything in between. Lives are often hanging in the balance, and EMTs must act quickly to save them. The pressure might be too daunting for most, but the reality is that people’s lives depend on the speedy, competent care that EMTs and paramedics provide. EMTs and paramedics care for the sick and wounded while quickly transporting them to a nearby medical facility. EMTs and paramedics often work side by side with police officers and firefighters to provide the best all-around care in emergency situations. They typically operate in teams, with one person driving while the other continues to provide emergency care to the patient. There are three general designations, each with its own training requirements and responsibilities: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic. EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate are both expected to provide on-scene care and transport the patient to a medical facility, with the latter taking on more responsibilities. Paramedics are trained to provide additional pre-hospital care, including administering medications, interpreting EKGs and operating complex equipment.

An increasing call volume due to the country’s aging population is expected to keep job prospects high for EMTs and paramedics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the field to grow 23.1 percent between 2012 and 2022, adding 55,300 more jobs.


The BLS reports the median annual salary for EMTs and paramedics was $31,270 in 2013. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $54,710, while the lowest-earning 10 percent made approximately $20,420. The best-compensated paramedics and EMTs work in the metropolitan areas of Tacoma, Washington; Seattle; and Fairbanks, Alaska.


A high school diploma is required to enter most formal emergency medical technician training programs. Training varies depending on the professional level desired. For EMT-Basic, training covers key emergency skills, including general patient assessment and handling patients suffering from cardiac arrest, trauma or respiratory emergencies. Classroom coursework is coupled with hands-on experience in an ambulance or emergency facility. Students become acquainted with basic equipment such as backboards, oxygen delivery systems and stretchers. At the EMT-Intermediate level, students learn all the material covered in the EMT-Basic program, with additional skills such as handling intravenous fluids and using airway devices. State education requirements vary, but the national standards mandate that students complete 30 to 350 hours of classroom and hands-on training depending on the program. Paramedics receive expanded training, with more emphasis on areas such as anatomy, physiology and advanced medical skills. Paramedic programs typically take one to two years to complete, and often result in an associate degree. Passing the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examination is required to become a certified paramedic.

What is the Job Like?

Fast-paced. Loud. Bloody. Dangerous. Those are just a few of the words that describe a typical emergency scene. EMTs and paramedics face immense pressure to arrive at the scene as quickly as possible so they can provide care to those who need it most. Clearly, this is not the field for everyone. But for those who can deal with these job elements, Matin says work as an EMT or paramedic is quite satisfying. “It is a profession that people feel proud of and are happy to be in,” he says. To effectively execute their duties, EMTs and paramedics must be in good physical shape. The job entails frequent kneeling, lifting, bending and moving quickly. Due to the nature of the work, EMTs and paramedics are also at a higher risk of contracting illnesses and sustaining injuries than workers in most other professions. Many EMTs and paramedics work more than 40 hours per week and they may work night and weekend shifts.



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 1100 + 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 630 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 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 complete work in their home or using our computer center located at the Dr. Bartilucci Center.