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.
All students must have their COVID – 19 vaccine prior to starting class and be able to show proof.
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, Adult ED, Pediatric ED, Anesthesia/Operating Room, ICU or Cath Lab, Labor and Delivery. 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.FIDAP.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.
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.
These documents must be furnished within one week of online registration.
When applications for a course exceed the number of available seats, each applicant will be ranked in numerical order base of the following criteria:
911 Ambulance Experience
0 – 6 months
High School Diploma / GED
6 months – 1 year
1 year – 18 months
18 months – 2 years
2 years – 3 years
3 years – 5 years
5 years – 7 years
7 years – 10 years
10 years – 12 years
EMT Certification is determined by the date of original EMT certification until the start date of the course without gaps. Any lapses in certification will be deducted for the total experience time.
911 Ambulance Experience is determined by a combination of volunteer or career EMS positions actively responding to 911 calls. Transfer and ambulette time as well as time in any other emergency services (police or fire) do not count towards active 911 ambulance experience.
Educational Experience is determined by the highest level of educational experience completed by the applicant.
In the event of a tie the higher ranking will be determined first by 911 ambulance experience, then by EMT certification and then by educational experience. If there is still a tie after this the ranking will be placed in numerical order based on their New York State EMT certification number in ascending order.
Students will not be officially offered a seat in the program until registration is closed. Students will be contacted and offered either a seat in the program, a position on a waiting list, if one is applicable, or will not be offered a seat in the program based on the a review by the EMS Institute administration and the program medical director. Admissions decisions are final and not reviewable.
Once an applicant has been offered, and accepted, a seat in the class they must complete a basic physical exam by their personal healthcare provider within three (3) months the start date of the course. The student must also complete a University meningitis form, obtain specific blood tests, and furnish those results, provide vaccination records and show proof of receiving the most current seasonal influenza vaccine and any other vaccinations required by the University or our clinical/field partners. The St. John’s University forms must be downloaded by the student from the University website and your healthcare provider will be asked to verify that you have no physical or mental limitations that would impede your participation in a paramedic program.
Students will upload all their medical documentation to the University’s medical compliance service (MEDICAT) for evaluation and verification. The student will also arranged with MEDICAT for a required background check and drug screening at the student’s expense. Any positive results on the drug screening will be reviewed by the Program Medical Director and may be grounds for denial of admission. Any positive results on the background investigation will be reviewed by the Program Director and may be grounds for denial of admission.
Health Insurance: Students should maintain private health insurance or worker’s compensation insurance throughout the Program. Students are responsible for all payment for medical care related to exposure/ injuries/illnesses while in the program.
Professional Liability Insurance: Students must maintain professional liability insurance for paramedic students throughout the Program, and furnish proof thereof to the clinical rotation sites through the clinical coordinator.
Students may also be required to submit to clinical rotation site specific requirements for medical clearance or background checks depending on where the student elects to complete clinical rotations. Specific requirements will be discussed with the students based on their clinical site choices.
This is a self-paced online course that introduces learners with little or no prior biology knowledge of anatomy & physiology. Course content is presented according to body systems and focuses on the body working together to promote homeostasis. The course contains chapter exams to reinforce learning and test knowledge of anatomy & physiology. Everything you need to complete the A&P class is contained online and with your associated textbook. The course is perfect for the individual who needs to learn anatomy and physiology to pursue a field in the healthcare. All students will be required to read the learning objectives, read the textbook chapter. Then complete the online chapter exams for each chapter as located in the placards.
In order to reserve your seat in the program, we ask that you send a non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 via bank check, money order or credit card payment, payable to St. John’s University by or on the first day of Orientation Day. This is a nonrefundable deposit which will be applied towards your tuition.
A payment plan is available. Details are provided at the first orientation, as well as the refund policy.
We do reserve the right to revise tuition and fees without prior notice if it becomes necessary. Additional information will be outlined in the St. John’s University EMS Institute Paramedic Program Student Academic and Clinical Guidelines which is covered at the paramedic course orientation.
For course registration on TCM please click→ How to register in Training Center Manager
Note: NYS Voucher does not apply to this course
The St. John’s University EMS Institute is proud to offer clinical and ambulance experience sites in The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. Students are permitted to do rotations overnight as well as double shifts when available.
The University’s Nationally Accredited Program includes the following curriculum:
Textbooks for the Paramedic Program:
The bundle package will be covered the first day of orientation. Students are given a bundle price for all the textbooks and course access codes.
Jones & Bartlett Package:
Not Included in Package but required:
Optional Textbook: Highly recommended but not required texts:
The St. John’s University paramedic original course is structured to provide the student with a solid foundation of learning. The program follows the paradigm of lecture, lab, rotation for each topic area in the National EMS Education Standards. Students are given assignments on the course syllabus to be completed prior to attending class. Each topic is then covered by an instructor using a variety of techniques including lecture, discussion and small group activities. The student then progresses to practical skills labs where any new skill is demonstrated, practiced and tested to standards set by NYS DOH EMS or the NREMT. Once a student has demonstrated skills competency and has participated in skills-based scenarios they are allowed to schedule themselves for clinical and/or field rotations that will allow them to practice and master the newly learned skill and apply the didactic knowledge they gained in the classroom in actual patient care situations under the supervisor of clinical and field preceptors. The student also takes written quizzes and exams in each subject area to demonstrate their competency in the didactic knowledge required of an entry level paramedic. This program utilizes on-line Learning Management System (LMS). All students are required to have a valid e-mail for the duration of the program and computer access, either at home, a public library or here at the EMS Institute. There is a fee for this LMS and it is included in the textbook bundle you purchase from the publisher. If the student is dropped or resigns from the paramedic program, they will no longer have access to the online course resources. More about our academics will be specifically covered during the first orientation.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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:
NYS Written Exam
NYS Practical Exam