EMT- Paramedic

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, Adult ED, Pediatric ED, Anesthesia/Operating Room, ICU, 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.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.

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

  • 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 $175.00 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 17 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

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. Johns University by or on the first day of Orientation Day. This is a nonrefundable deposit which will be applied towards your tuition.

A 10-month payment plan is available. Details are provided at the first orientation, as well as with the refund policy. 

$200Application Fee
$175Castle Branch Background and Drug Screening
$100Parking Fees - not included in overall total
$85Anatomy & Physiology Self-Study Course
$766JB Learning Book Bundle and LMS, FISDAP, NAEMT
Book Bundle - Prices subject to change with each class.
AHA training
$132Heart Code PALS
$132Heart Code ACLS
$85Minimal Uniform (2 shirts and Lab Coat)
$65EVALS Evaluation Skills Tracking Software
$10PHTLS Certification fee
$10AMLS Certification fee
$10GEMS Certification fee

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.

Please note: If classes fill before the registration end date, we close the course.

Paramedic Original Course 28 registration available. 

NYS DOH Course Number Pending

Registration End DateThursday, June 18, 2020
Mandatory Orientation Day 1 AcademicTuesday, July 21, 2020
Mandatory Orientation Day 2 ClinicalTuesday, August 04, 2020
First Day of ClassTuesday, September 20, 2020
Class FinalSaturday, July 14, 2021
New York State / NREMT-P Skills TestingThursday, August 12, 2021 and Saturday, August 14, 2021
New York State Written ExamTo be announced
Class days and times  Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 5pm

This is where to register. How to Register

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, White Plains, Nassau, and Suffolk County. Students are permitted to do rotations overnight as well as double shifts when available. Click here for a list of our clinical affiliates.

Program Curriculum Overview (PDF)

The University’s Nationally Accredited Program includes the following curriculum:

  • BCLS: Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • NRP: Neonate Resuscitation Program
  • GEMS: Geriatric Education for EMS
  • AMLS: Hybrid Advanced Medical Life Support
  • PHTLS Hybrid: Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Skills
  • ACLS: HeartCode® ACLS (Online Student Product for Blended Learning)
  • PALS: HeartCode® PALS (Online Student Product for Blended Learning)
  • New York State and National Registry Skills Testing
  • NYC REMAC Exam

Text books for the Paramedic Program:

The bundle package will be covered the first day of orientation. Students are given a bundle price for all the text books and course access codes.

Jones & Bartlett Package includes the following text books.

  • Anatomy & Physiology for the Prehospital Provider Second Edition, Second Edition, Must be purchased by the 1st orientation day.
  • ALS: Emergency Care in the Streets 8th Edition by Caroline (2 volume set) Premier Edition / FISADP Scheduler and Tracker

Not Included in Package but required:

  • CPR: AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • ACLS: HeartCode® ACLS (Online Student Product for Blended Learning)
  • PALS: HeartCode® PALS (Online Student Product for Blended Learning)
  • PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support 8th Edition by NAEMT Hybrid Course
  • GEMS: Geriatric Education for EMS 2nd Edition with Advantage Access
  • AMLS: Advanced Medical Life Support 2nd Edition by NAEMT Hybrid Course

Optional Textbook: Highly recommended but not required texts:

  • Bates' Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking 6th Edition  Paperback by Lynn S. Bickley MD
  • Medical Dictionary such as:
  • Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary 21st Edition or
  • Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 8th Edition

Academic Paradigm

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.

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.

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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