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Emergency Medical Studies Certificate

The Emergency Medical Studies Certificate is intended for students who are interested in helping and treating patients in an emergency setting outside of the hospital. Prospective students should have interest in pathophysiology, basic medical concepts, patient care and be able to function effectively in a dynamic work environment.
The Emergency Medical Technician program of the certificate of achievement meets or exceeds the National Standard Curriculum set forth by the US Department of Transportation and adheres to New Jersey State Emergency Medical Technician Regulations NJAC 8:40 and 8:40A. The program is approved and sanctioned by the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Emergency Medical Services www.state.nj.us/health/ems/.
The Certificate in Emergency Studies is intended for prospective students that have obtained an academic degree or for those interested in a healthcare career.


Prospective students must meet the following requirements to be accepted into the program:
  • Have a current Heath Care Provider CPR certification, or completed EMT 100 prior to enrolling in EMT 106.
Further Emergency Medical Studies Certificate Information:
  • The mandatory orientation session is held in one week prior to the start of each semester. The exact date will be provided upon enrollment in EMT 106. There is no makeup session for this mandatory orientation session.
  • Students are required to submit proof of current good general health and vaccination status results at orientation in order to meet the clinical portion of the program. The fees associated with these tests are paid by the student.
  • Students should refer to the course syllabi for exact meeting dates and times.

Upon successful completion of the Emergency Medical Studies graduates will be able to:

  • Perform competently in the roles and responsibilities outlined in the NJ State emergency medical technician scope
    of practice;
  • Manage pre-hospital patient care based on appropriate emergency medicine and prehospital care science for individuals of all age groups;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in decision making processes to improve the health and welfare of pre-hospital patients;
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with pre-hospital patients, their families, and fellow health team members, maintaining a professional manner and patient confidentiality. 



Recommended Sequence


Fall Semester

EMT 106 - Emergency Medical Technician
ENG 101 - English Composition I
PSY 101 - General Psychology OR
PED 101 - Concepts of Adults Fitness  


Spring Semester

CIS 100 - Intro to Computer Applications
SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology
BUS 107 - Personnel Management
IDH 261 - Medical Terminology
BIO 102 - Human Biology

NOTE: For specific course transferability please contact the Program Director
View the Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Emergency Medical Studies Certificate

Career Options

After successful completion of the licensing/certification exams, graduates of our program may obtain both a national and New Jersey Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) License making the graduate eligible for employment at an EMT service nationally. Graduates can make application to an Allied Health Science program (ie: Licensed Practical Nursing, Paramedic Studies, Physical Therapy Assistant), to the Sports Management Program to complete an Associate’s Degree or to a four-year institution for continuation of a bachelor’s degree.

Program Information

Type of Program:Certificate

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