All registered students, in the event that we have to pause classes, the students will be advised. All students must have audio and video internet capabilities.
There are 4 lectures, 2 in-person lab days which are the orientation and skills challenge and CPR days that are mandatory.
All students must have their COVID – 19 vaccine prior to starting class and be able to show proof
The EMT- B Refresher / Challenge program has adopted the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and uses both on-line written and in class practical examinations to uncover areas of weakness in didactic knowledge and practical skill proficiency. The student will only be required to attend those sessions that are mandatory and the sessions related to the challenge exam topics the student failed. There are three sessions offered per year.
All rules and regulations of the EMT refresher program will be outlined the first session of class as outlined in the Academic Guidelines. These rules and regulations are strictly enforced as per the New York State Department of Health EMS Bureau, St. John’s University, and our accreditation agencies.
All registered students must have audio and video internet capabilities in order to participate in this course, this is a hybrid course with face to face labs.
St. John's University
Emergency Medical Service InstituteDr. Andrew Bartilucci Center
175-05 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows, New York 11365
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Student using a NYS Department of Health Verification of Membership must be able to provide a completed form with their agency name and agency code by the first day of class, otherwise the student cannot be enrolled. Students can download this form by clicking on the link below and having it filled out with all appropriate signatures for the first day of class.
All students must complete this application DOH-65 Application for Emergency Medical Services Certification along with the DOH-3312 Verification of Membership in A NYS EMS Agency
Student who will be paying for this refresher course by either a Bank Check or a Money Order made out to St. John’s University will be required to bring in a payment for $350.00 by the first day of class. We do not offer payment plans for the refresher course.
We no longer accept credit cards. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Students who have completed a NYS basic course that have not obtained certification through their initial course and needs to successfully complete a refresher program in order to take the NYS Certification Examination must pay for the refresher course tuition outlined above and attend all lecture sessions. We cannot accept the NYS Department of Health Verification of Membership form NYS DOH-3312 from these students.
As per NYS DOH Bureau of EMS, all students will be required to take the latest version of several FEMA online programs for successful completion of the program. If any student has already completed these requirements, they must confirm that they have completed the latest version posted on the FEMA training website. Each student must provide the certificate of course completion for each one of the required FEMA courses. Your course syllabus outlines the due date for these three (3) certifications to be handed in. If they are not handed in on the date due, the student will be dismissed from the program.
They must be brought in on a paper copy; NO electronic FEMA certificates sent to us will be accepted.
FEMA Certificates Required for EMT Refresher by day 1 of class.
IS-100.C: - Introduction to Incident Command System
IS-5.A: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials
IS-700.B: NIMS, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
Do not email or send any completed FEMA certificates to EMSI. You are to bring these documents in the first day of class.
Students must be able to provide identification and/or documentation validating that they are or were at one point a certified EMT or EMT-Paramedic. Students will be required to bring with them on the first day of class a copy of a Photo ID (Driver’s License, College ID, Work ID), EMT Certification Card, or documentation from New York State Department of Health, EMS Bureau validating the student’s certification.
Student using a NYS Department of Health voucher must be able to provide their agency name and agency code prior to class, otherwise they cannot be enrolled.
No student will be allowed to take a NYS Refresher course with SJU until they can show either a legible, current / expired or duplicate NYS EMT certification card. We need to know if you’ve been certified at the level of training you are refreshing for.
Please note: If classes fill before the application deadline, we close the course.
The start date and CPR/Skills Challenge session is mandatory. You MUST be here!
All students who registers with the refresher courses will have to purchase Jones & Bartlett to access our website. There will also be a fee for any of the following courses.
AHA 2020 BLS for Healthcare Providers
For course registration please click → How to Register
For course registration please click → How to Register
Eighty-five percent (85%) shall be considered a passing score on all online challenge written examinations. A grade less than eighty-five percent (85%) for the online written challenge examinations shall be considered an examination failure. All students are required to take and complete all online written challenge examinations; failure to complete the online written challenge examinations by the assigned date on the syllabus will result in a course failure. Any student who fails an online written challenge examinationmust be present and participate in a live online lecture session which will be listed on the student learning contract. The contract sessions coincide with the syllabus sessions and dates. If the student is absent from the online lecture session which they are required to be in attendance for, they may be dismissed from the course. Each of the online written challenge examinations will specify the amount of questions tested, time limits, and test directions. Students whose grades are grossly poor will be reviewed and evaluated by the Program Medical Director
The face-to-face sessions that are mandatory are sessions 1 and 2 (orientation and skills testing). Required attendance/participation on online lecture sessions is dependent on the student score on the online challenge exams. Online attendance and participation is required for any failed (<85%) mandatory challenge exam. Practical skills testing and CPR renewal during face-to-face session 2 is mandatory. Completion of all online FEMA courses: IS-100c, IS-200c, IS-5, IS-700b is required. Any retesting/remedial session or any other session(s) indicated by the course CIC or Director of EMS programs or as outlined on the syllabus or student-learning contract.
A student who successfully completes the Refresher Program, NYS DOH Practical Skills Examination is then eligible to take the NYS DOH EMT Written Certification Examination. Successful completion of the NYS DOH Practical Skills Examination is a prerequisite for the NYS DOH EMT Written Certification Examination. NYS DOH EMS Bureau will advise all students, via email, when they are eligible to register for an online written refresher exam at a Pearson Learning Center. Students cannot register for the written exam until receiving approval from NYS (approximately 2 weeks after course completion). There is a fee of $28.00 payable by money order at the testing site at the time of the written testing appointment.
Practical Skill Sheets EMT