Emergency Medical Services Institute

What We Do

St. John’s University’s Emergency Medical Services institute provides quality training to Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who treat a cross-section of patients primarily in pre-hospital settings. Paramedics and EMTs perform a number of medical services and are an integral part to the health care team.

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    St. John’s University’s Emergency Medical Services institute provides quality training to Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who treat a cross-section of patients primarily in pre-hospital settings. Paramedics and EMTs perform a number of medical services and are an integral part to the health care team.

    EMS Mission Statement

    As a Catholic, Vincentian University, we commit ourselves to the academic excellence and perseverance through the pursuit of wisdom which we acquire from, religious values, human experience, and knowledge through our mentors. Our mission is to educate Emergency Medical Professionals who are competent, compassionate and courteous. We commit ourselves every day to the core values of St. John’s University—Truth, Love, Respect, Opportunity, Excellence and Service. Once our students have completed their academic learning experience, we encourage them to bring that knowledge they have learned at St. John’s University, into the communities which they will be serving.

    Training Programs

    Contact Us

    St. John's University
    Emergency Medical Service Institute
    Dr. Andrew Bartilucci Center
    175-05 Horace Harding Expressway
    Fresh Meadows, New York 11365
    [email protected]

    Hours of Operation
    Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.


    Additional Information

    About Us

    St. John's University Emergency Medical Service Institute is formally known as Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center’s (SVCMC), Brooklyn and Queens Region Emergency Medical Service Institute.  The Institute has been providing both the initial and refresher trainings to EMTs since 1991, and the initial and refresher training to paramedics, since 1994.

    St. John’s University is accredited by

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education
    3624 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680

    The St. John’s University Emergency Medical Service Institute Paramedic Program is accredited by:
    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAEP)
    25400 US Highway 19 North
    Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763

    Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
    8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
    Rowlet, TX 75088

    Our goal is to provide high quality, rigorous academics to produce the best EMS professional.

    St. John's University Emergency Medical Service Institute is formally known as Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers (SVCMC), Brooklyn and Queens Region Emergency Medical Service Institute, we have been providing quality training since 1991. In that time, we have successfully run numerous New York State certifying Emergency Medical Technician  (EMT) programs and Emergency Medical Technician Refreshers.

    Since 1994, we have also provided New York State Paramedic Original (EMT-P) Programs as well as Paramedic Refresher programs. We have successfully run numerous Paramedic Original Programs with many of our students going into civil service work as a paramedic or have moved to other medical disiplines.

    Our program has received National Accredition. Student loans are available thru different banking institutions for our Paramedic and EMT programs. In addition to our EMS programs, we offer American Heart Association Courses (BLS and ACLS), pediatric emergency care (PALS and NRP) and emergency trauma care courses (PHTLS) for all healthcare professionals. We are also a recognized testing center for the National Registry Association of EMT's and Paramedics.

    Our continued goal is to provide the finest pre-hospital emergency care training to support the community we serve and the healthcare industry we support.

    The faculty of the EMS Institute consists of Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Nurses, Physician Assistants and Doctors; who come from various backgrounds, including the Emergency Medical Services, Police Department, and the Fire Department. Our staff of  educators have well over 300 years of experience in pre-hospital patient care and many years in educating both pre-hospital and in-hospital patient care providers. The New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS  certifies all of our instructor coordinators and lab instructors. The continued educational development of our staff is crucial to us so that we may provide our students with the best educational experience possible. We constantly work to improve ourselves and strive to learn new ways to disseminate information to our student body. 

    St. John's University Emergency Medical Institute Administration
    PolitiVictor Program Medical Director, MD, FACP, FACEP 
    RiboniFrankDirector EMS Education, BS, Paramedic, CIC, NYS Regional Faculty 
    HollidayScott Associate Director EMS Education, BS, Paramedic, CIC, NYS Regional Faculty 
    ChiangScottEMT-P, MBA, CIC, Clinical Site Visitor
     St. John's University Emergency Medical Institute Faculty
    AmbadjesJacqueEMT-P, CIC
    BaltaianArmenEMT CLI
    BrownKeith E. EMT-P, CIC
    ChiangScottEMT-P, MBA, CIC 
    DeRestoJessica EMT-P, BSN, CIC
    DeSenaLisaEMT-P, CLI
    DuffMalik EMT
    EnzmannJustinEMT-P, CIC
    FaganRyan EMT-P
    FinneranMichaelEMT, CIC
    HiguerosMadelyn AS, In Progress
    HoffmanTimothyBS, EMT-P, CIC
    Katz JasonEMT-P, CIC
    KleinMaria NREMT-P, BA, CIC 
    KleinJohnEMT-P CLI
    LyonsLiamEMT, BS
    MacKayRobertEMT, MS, CIC
    MacKayChristinaEMT, MS
    MarkosyanAramEMT-P, CLI
    McCaffreyStephanieEMT CLI
    MeiselsDanielEMT-P, MPA, CIC
    ParkRobert BS, CIC
    PortigianoAnthonyNREMT-P, CIC
    QuinnIreneEMT, CIC
    RamnaraineFidel BS
    SantoiemmaVincentEMT-P, MBA, CIC 
    ShanhaiPeterEMT, CIC
    Shanhai Matthew BS
    ShapiroBarryEMT-P, BBA
    SmithRaymondEMT-P, CIC
    TorreVinicioEMT-P, CIC
    ValicentiMeaganEMT-P, BS
    WeinerShoshanaDNP, CIC

    Paramedic–Clinical and Field Education

    For St. John’s University Emergency Medical Service Institute paramedic students, clinical education represents the most important component of their paramedic education since this is where the student learns to synthesize, cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior). To be effective, their clinical education will integrate and reinforce the didactic and skills laboratory components of the program. Clinical instruction will follow sound educational principles, be logically sequenced to proceed from simple to complex tasks, have specific objectives, and be closely supervised and evaluated.

    The ability to serve in the capacity of an entry-level paramedic requires experience with actual patients. The clinical education process enables the St. John’s student to build a database of patient experiences that serves to help in clinical decision making and pattern recognition. A skilled clinical educator will assist the student by pointing out pertinent findings and discussing and focusing the student’s learning.  Clinical education preceptors responsibilities include:

    • Close supervision of the students during rotation
    • Explanation and use of equipment in the units or on the vehicles
    • Review of patient progress charts or PCR's with students
    • Documentation to the training institute of any student who exhibits questionable performance

    Clinical Affiliates–Field Education in a Hospital Setting

    Because of the unpredictable nature of emergency medicine, the hospital environment offers two advantages in paramedic education: volume and specificity. In the hospital setting, the paramedic student can see many more patients than is possible in the field. This is a very important component in building up a "library" of patient care experiences to draw upon in clinical decision making.

    The use of multiple departments within the hospital enables the St. John’s paramedic student to see an adequate distribution of patient situations. In addition to emergency departments, which most closely approximate the types of patients that paramedics will see, clinical education should take advantage of critical care units, OB/GYN, operating rooms/anesthesia, pediatrics, psychiatric and phlebotomy. This will help assure a variety of patient presentations and complaints.

    St. John’s University has established agreements with institutions and agencies that provide clinical experience under appropriate medical direction and clinical supervision. Students will have access to patients who present common problems encountered in the delivery of advanced pre-hospital emergency care. The clinical site will be periodically evaluated with respect to its continued appropriateness and efficacy in meeting the expectations of the programs. Clinical affiliates should be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

    Clinical experiences will occur after the student has successfully demonstrated competence in skills, knowledge, didactic, laboratory and scenario evaluations.

    Preceptor Information 

    This section will serve as our paramedic preceptor information area. We have uploaded the Preceptor Package for your review. The package contains information on:

    • Preceptor Roles and Responsibilities
    • General Guidelines and Instruction
    • Teaching Suggestions for Preceptors
    • How to evaluate Field Internship Students
    • Program Goals and Objectives
    • ALS Ambulance (Field) Rotation Objectives
    • How to Use the Clinical Evaluation Instruments
    • Clinical Rotation Evaluation / Capstone Field Internship Rotation Forms
    • Contact Information
    • Preceptor Acknowledgment Form

    On the last page it has an acknowledgement sheet to be filled out by the paramedic preceptor and returned to our program clinical coordinator.

    Field Internship Preceptor

    Our goal at St. Johns  is to educate new paramedic students with your guidance and experiences through preparing competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

    A video of our preceptor training will be available shortly for you to review.

    Preceptor Power Point Training

    Student Team Leadership Objective


    Team Leads may only be done on FIELD INTERNSHIP tours and only on one of your two selected internship units.  It is required that every student complete a minimum of 50 team leads, 35 which must be on ALS calls, 2 must be pediatric and 2 must be on unconscious patients.  During team leads the student is “in charge” and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage any call to which the unit is dispatched.  During this phase the emphasis shifts from assessing the student’s individual skill competency to assessing his or her ability to manage the entire scene and patient. It is not necessary for the student to perform all the skills, or any individual skills, outside of patient history and physical assessment.  However, he or she must be the main person responsible for the choreography of the scene and direct all patient care and they must notify their preceptor before making patient contact that they will be taking the team lead on that particular call.


    Team Leadership Objective: The student has successfully led the team if he or she has conducted a patient interview and physical assessment, as well as formulated, implemented and directed a comprehensive treatment plan for the patient.  This means that most (if not all) of the decisions have been made by the student, especially formulating a field impression, directing the treatment, determining patient acuity, disposition and packaging and moving the patient (if applicable).  Minimal to no prompting was needed by the preceptor.  It is not necessary for the student to perform any individual skills outside of the patient history and physical exam.  When a student is acting as the team leader no action shall be initiated/performed that endangered the physical or psychological safety of the patient, bystanders, first responders or crew.  Team leads must be monitored and approved by a crew member on one of the student’s approved field internship units.

    Team leads will be tracked in FISDAP. 

    As approved by the St. John’s University Paramedic Advisory Committee on 10/13/2021 the requirements to get credit for a PERFORMED ALS team lead are as follows:

    ALS Team Lead

    1. Check the Team Lead box in FISDAP
    2. Student must perform the patient interview AND physical exam
    3. A medication other than oxygen is administered (by anyone on the team)


    4. An ECG monitor and an IV (attempt) are performed together (by anyone on the team).

    5. An ALS PCR is submitted for each ALS team lead

    BLS Team Lead

    1. Check Team Lead Box
    2. Performed patient interview AND patient exam

    Patient did not receive a medication or an EKG and IV (attempt)

    Successful Completion of the field internship

    ALS field internships are scheduled to be 280 hours.  Since it is competency-based learning however, it could go longer if objectives are not achieved.  There is no specific number of calls required.  You must, however be team leader of a minimum of at least 50 emergency responses and 35 of those must be ALS.  Of those 35 ALS team leads 2 must be pediatric patients and 2 must be on unconscious patients.  An ALS PCR must be submitted for each ALS team lead patient.

    All field internship requirements (144 hours, 50 total teams leads, 35 ALS team leads, 2 ALS pediatric, 2 ALS unconscious and an ALS PCR for each ALS team lead patient) must be completed by and locked in FISDAP by the mandatory field internship completion date.  Failure to complete field internship requirements on time will result in a course failure and dismissal from the program.

    Success Story

    Pharmacy EMT
    Chez Valenta '11P

    Moving Acute Care from the ER to the Community

    Graduating with her certificate in 2011—a little under a year—she received her license as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician(AEMT), a state qualification for paramedics.

    Learn more.



    Luke Homer
    President, Paramedic Original Class '19

    In the tri-state area, the St. John's EMS Institute has a well-known reputation of producing great EMS professionals. When I would arrive at clinical rotation sites, my preceptors often breathed a sigh of relief when they realized I was a St. John's paramedic student. They knew St. John's produced smart and competent students that could discuss cases and perform skills correctly and efficiently. This reputation is created by the intelligent, dedicated, and caring faculty and staff of the institute who build students to be successful EMS providers through intense but rewarding academic and laboratory work. I am proud to be a graduate of the St. John's EMS Institute.

    Robert Harford

    My name is Robert Harford and I graduated from St. Johns University in March of 2016 as both a NYS and Nationally Registered Paramedic (POC-17). While being educated at this facility, I learned not only from my textbooks but also from the experience of seasoned paramedics. While the program itself is rigorous, I've had many friendships (both personal and professional) stem from it as well. Since graduating I have moved out of state and currently practice in Charlotte, NC as a Paramedic Crew Chief. The education I received from SJU has served as a foundation for the skills and knowledge that I proudly use every day.

    Caroline Negus
    Paramedic Original Class '17

    We all have different strengths and weaknesses, levels of confidence, comfort levels, and social skills. If you are researching a paramedic program, then we all have the same passion.

    At St. John's you will find the most knowledgeable lecturers and instructors who are devoted to your success, all with patience and understanding of everyone's differences.

    The internship will provide a most invaluable experience that you will cherish forever.

    You will be reminded that your results are dependent on your efforts. If you have the drive, they provide all of the resources for your success.

    When all is said and done, you will have made some strong bonds, and of course you will be a proficient Paramedic.

    Dominic Orlando, NYS EMT-P

    I was a student in POC-16 who graduated summer of 2015, and my experience in St. John's University's paramedic program was like no other experience. Even being deployed four times to combat as a US Marine did not prepare me for the amount of learning and hands on experience I was taking part in. Most training programs for medical providers don't allow you to work with patients until the very end, not at St John's. From almost Day 1 you're on an ambulance doing Basic Life Support rides to hone in your BLS skills, and then right into your first skills with airway and intubation. You go into the operating room along side Doctors and Nurses and intubate live, surgical patients. Again experience you won't find anywhere else. The Instructors of St John's are top notch and set me up for success in my chosen profession. I now work as a full time paramedic for the Long Beach Fire Department and am a card carrying member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 287. St John's prepared me to be the imminently qualified Paramedic and is the best choice for any EMT who is interested in advancing their education and qualifications.

    Dominic Arena
    Paramedic Original Class '21

    Before making my decision on which Paramedic School to attend, I asked several Paramedics which school they thought would be the best. Many who I asked strongly recommended St. John's University. I found this program to be very well structured and organized with Paramedic Instructors that love their job and love teaching, not to mention the amount of experience they have gathered during their careers. I strongly recommend any person looking to become a Paramedic attend this program!

    Vincenzo Bennardo
    Paramedic Original Class '23

    I never had a chance to thank you. The program you run and its curriculum was very beneficial to me. I’ve thanked the instructors, both lab and didactic, and they deserve every bit of my gratitude. I can already see the difference between a St. John’s medic and a “cookbook” medic. I’m glad I chose St. John’s. Thank you.

    According to the 2019 Health Resources and Services Administration’s Allied Health Workforce Projections,  the Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics workforce would need to increase by approximately 40,000 FTEs, by 2030. Full Report

    The data supports the Bureau of Labor and Statistics findings that employment is expected to grow 15 percent, from 2016 to 2026,  much faster than the average for all occupations, Job Outlook