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Paramedic Program, Certificate
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 training, lab sessions, clinical rotations, 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. 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 in the lab and complete clinical rotations to master the skills. The clinical rotations are completed on Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulances, Trauma ED, Adult ED, Pediatric ED, Phlebotomy lab, Anesthesia/Operating Room, ICU, CCU, Catheterization Lab, Respiratory Therapy, Labor and Delivery, and Psychiatry. The clinical rotations are separate from lab and didactic work.
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, assist in nationwide EMS research and the continued evaluation of our program. You can see what FISDAP is all about at www.fisdap.net
Once you have completed the NYS Paramedic Program the student will sit for the New York State Certification Examination. 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, and is usually taken about 6 months before expiration.
If you wish to work in New York City, the student, after passing the state exam, will have to take the NYC REMAC exam. 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.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
- High School diploma or General Educational Development (GED) diploma.
- Valid certification as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician for the duration of the program. It is the responsibility of the paramedic student to make arrangements for a recertification (“refresher”) course if they are scheduled to expire prior to the New York State certifying written examination.
- Experience in pre-hospital care, as an active member of an EMS agency.
- Documentation (Paperwork provided by STJ EMS Institute) from private physician of good general health including the capability to perform the physical requirement of the profession.
- Paramedic on-line course application form shall be completed by candidate.
- A complete background check and drug screening will be required.
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 application fee payable by money order only to St. John’s University.
All students are also required to complete a criminal background screening 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.
Currently with the transitional phase out of NYS EMT-CC, current EMT-CC’s will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the paramedic program director and medical director. The new paramedic portfolio requirements that are required by the National Registry of EMT’s and our accreditation bodies require much more clinical competencies and hourly requirements to completed during the paramedic original course.
- 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
Can I get college credit for this class?
The St. John’s University EMS Institute Paramedic Original Course is a non-matriculated certificate program. There are no transferrable college credits associated with this program however St. John’s University College of Professional Studies will credit a student that successfully completes the paramedic program with 24 undergraduate credits towards a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in liberal studies from St. John’s University.
Will I be able to use any transfer credits?
No, the student will not be able to use any transfer credits towards this class. This is a certificate class only and there are no required credits to complete the program.
Experiential Learning: How does this benefit me?
We do not offer Experiential Leaning.
What is the criteria for graduation?
For student to complete the paramedic original program they must meet certain criteria. The paramedic program involves three phases that must be completed. They are, classroom, ambulance/clinical, and field internships. All students must abide by the rules and regulations set forth in these policies and procedures manual. Violations of the rules and regulation will lead to dismissal from the program. Students must successfully meet all attendance requirements, written quizzes/ exam modules, final exam, simulation labs/mega codes, skill labs, affective reviews, all AHA courses/NAEMT courses, experience phase, hospital phase, and internship phase. Upon successful completion of the required course hours, your FISDAP account will be reviewed by the program director and medical director for complete and accurate documentation. Upon completion of this, the student will be allowed to take the course final written examination. Upon successful completion of the course final written examination, the student will be able to progress towards the NYS practical examinations and the National Registry Examinations
Is the paramedic program covered by Veterans Benefits?
Yes, as long as the veteran is approved by the VA. This is also true for the EMT-original class.
Is there a work service program while I am enrolled in the paramedic program?
We do not offer a work service program to our students.
What else do I get after completion of the St. John's University paramedic program?
All students will be given the opportunity to obtain the following certifications:
- American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support
- American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation Program
- PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support
- GEMS: Geriatric Education for EMS
- AMLS: Advanced Medical Life Support
- National Registry eligible
- NYC REMAC eligible
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