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NJ EMT
What is an EMT?
The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. In New Jersey, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is defined by the Department of Health and Senior Services regulations (N.J.A.C. 8:40A).

EMT Scope of Practice:

The NJ EMT scope of practice can be located in N.J.A.C. 8:40A-10.1
How to Obtain your EMT
Student Requirements for Enrollment into an EMT Program:
  1. Attainment of the age of 16 by the first day of the program.

    *(Please refer to N.J.A.C. 8:40A-5.2 for specific information regarding minors (students less than 18 years of age but greater than 16 years of age)

  2. Physical capability to perform all required skills and tasks of an EMT as cited in the functional job description for the Emergency Medical Technician
  3. Possession of a valid CPR certification to the level of the Professional Rescuer or Health Care Provider. The student shall maintain CPR certification throughout the duration of the EMT training program and until such time as he or she is either certified as an EMT or terminated from the program.
The following is a list of approved CPR vendors/classes that are recognized by the Department of Health and Senior Services which meet the requirements for CPR certification as defined in New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) 26:2K 39-47 and 52- 62.
  • American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) – CPR Pro Level
  • American Red Cross (ARC) – CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons/Emergency Care & Safety Institute (AAOS-ESCI) – Healthcare Provider Level
  • American Heart Association (AHA) – BLS for Healthcare Provider
  • National Safety Council (NSC) – Professional Rescuer Level
  • Department of Defense (DOD) – Professional Rescuer Level
In order to obtain certification as a New Jersey certified EMT the student must:
  1. Attend and successfully complete a NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) approved EMT educational program. Once a student has successfully completed all components of the required EMT education program,
  2. The program coordinator shall verify that the student is eligible to take the state certification examination.
  3. Upon verification of successful program completion, the student may register for the state certification exam. A student who does not achieve a passing score (70%) on the state certification examination shall be permitted two (2) additional opportunities to successfully complete the examination.
A student who has completed an EMT educational program and has failed the State examination three (3) times may become eligible to sit for the examination by successfully completing an approved EMT refresher program. A student shall then be permitted three (3) additional opportunities to sit for the certification examination.

A student who does not achieve a passing score on the state certification examination on all six (6) examination attempts shall be required to re-enroll and complete an EMT training program before being allowed any additional attempts at the EMT certification examination.

All attempts of the state EMT certification examination shall be completed within three-hundred and sixty five (365) days of the scheduled end of each EMT education program.
EMT Class Information
How to Sign up for a Class
In order to register for an EMT class you must:
  1. Locate a program
  2. Create an account
  3. Log into your account, go to Class and Exam Schedules, and click EMT Class Schedule
  4. Locate desired class and click Register
EMT Training Sites in NJ
Acceptable CPR Training
EMT Exam Information
I Want to Register for an EMT exam (you must only register for one exam at a time)
In order to register for an EMT exam you must:
  1. Locate an exam
  2. Log into your account
  3. Click "Class and Exam Schedules" at left sidebar, and click "EMT/EMT-B Exam Schedule"
    • If you completed the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) Program you must register for an EMT-B Exam
    • If you completed the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program you must register for an EMT Exam
  4. Locate desired exam and click Register
Where do I find my EMT exam results?
  1. Log into your account using your 6 digit ID
  2. Click on Transcript in the right tab
  3. Your Transcript with your exam results will appear
When will I get my exam results? (Under Technical Review)
NJ Paramedic
What is a Paramedic?
The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system. In New Jersey, all advanced life support care is provided by hospital based mobile intensive care units, licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Emergency Medical Services. A paramedic is an individual validly certified or recognized by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services in accordance with the standards for Paramedic certification as set forth in N.J.A.C. 8:41A.

How To Obtain Your Paramedic Certification
Student requirements for enrollment into a paramedic program:
  • Attainment of the age of 18 by the first day of the program;
  • Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • Possession of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certifications. The student shall maintain EMT and CPR certifications throughout the duration of the paramedic education program and until such a time as he or she is either certified as a paramedic or terminated from the paramedic education program.
  • Physical capability to perform all required skills and tasks of an Paramedic student as cited in the clinical and didactic portions of the program curriculum; and
  • Application, for and receipt of, sponsorship from a mobile intensive care hospital for the clinical portion of a paramedic education program.
  1. You shall meet the requirements listed in N.J.A.C. 8:41A.

    Clinical sponsorship is when an approved NJ licensed Mobile Intensive Care (MICU) program agrees to oversee your clinical education and provides medical oversight for actively practicing paramedics and paramedic students.

    Please refer to the NJAC 8:41A-2.2-2.4 for further information or contact a specific approved MICU program to inquire about obtaining clinical sponsorship.

  2. You must apply and be accepted into one of the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services approved paramedic educational programs after securing clinical sponsorship.

    Upon acceptance the MICU program shall send an endorsement to an affiliated didactic program. Contact a didactic program for course specifics.

    • For more information on timeframes for course completion and or certifications/ licensure please refer to NJAC 8:41a 2.4(g)

    *Successful completion of the Didactic and Clinical education requirements, educational site approval, medical director approval and New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services approval as set forth in 8:41A, you enable you to start the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician's (NREMT) certification process. Upon your successful completion of the NREMT cognitive and psychomotor examinations you shall be issued a New Jersey paramedic certification. Additional information may be obtaining by referring to N.J.A.C. 8:41A

    *Practicing as a paramedic in New Jersey requires active clinical sponsorship and possession of a valid New Jersey issued paramedic certification card. A certification issued solely by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians does not translate into New Jersey practice without a paramedic certification card issued by the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services, Office of Emergency Medical Services.
NJ EMT Instructor
Initial EMT Instructor Certification Process
  1. Selection Qualifications:
    • Attainment of the age of 21;
    • New Jersey EMT certification for a period of at least 36 consecutive months. (certification must be maintained throughout the instructor process); At least 36 consecutive months of current, active experience as a practicing EMT (as documented in resume or CV);
    • Maintenance of satisfactory performance in the instruction of EMT Training programs as attested to, in writing, by the program coordinator of the course site with which the EMT-Instructor Aide is affiliated. (60 hours minimum lecture and skills)
    • Coordinator letter of endorsement attesting to competence.
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Current CPR certification (to the level of Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider).
  2. Screening
    The screening consists of the following components: (NO retesting will be permitted)
    • Medical Assessment and Management Scenario
    • Trauma Assessment and Management Scenario
    • Managing the Classroom Environment
    • Written EMT Provider Examination (100 question multiple choice - score of 70% or greater)
    • Random BLS skill demonstration/micro teaching
    • Completed applications are due by close of business the last Friday in October.
    Each component is pass/fail. Results will be mailed to the candidate and his/her sponsoring coordinator following the screening. The candidate must successfully complete all aspects of the screening process to continue in the EMT Instructor process. A candidate who fails two or less components (excluding the written examination) will be eligible for retesting. Candidates must successfully complete a documented remediation program through your coordinator prior to returning for retesting or resuming didactic and/or clinical instruction at an EMT program. A candidate who fails the written exam and/or three or more components of the screening must successfully complete a remediation program through their coordinator prior to reapplying for EMT Instructor.
  3. National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators (NAEMSE) Instructor Course - Part 1
    Instructor candidates must independently register for and successfully complete the NAEMSE Instructor Course Part 1. Proof of successful completion must be presented to the sponsoring EMT course coordinator.
  4. Microteaching Demonstration
    Upon successful completion of the screening process, NAEMSE Instructor Course Part 1, and the minimum 60 instructional hours, the candidate will be scheduled by OEMS for a microteaching demonstration.

    Successful completion of ALL the components including a total of 120 hours of skills and lecture instruction, and initial instructor endorsement will result in the issuance of a New Jersey EMT Instructor certification card.

    Completed applications are due by close of business the last Friday in October.

I Am Already a:

NJ EMT
Training Site Directions
NJ EMT Scope of Practice

The Emergency Medical Technician scope of practice can be located at N.J.A.C 8:40 & 8:40A.

REMINDER as an EMT certified by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services it is your responsibility to be familiar with and adhere to rules and provisions contained within the regulations listed above

Requirements for EMT recertification:

  1. Possession of a valid EMT and CPR certifications;
  2. Successful completion of approved continuing education units, consisting of 24 core (or refresher) credit hours and 24 elective credit hours.

A person seeking recertification shall document successful completion of continuing education requirements. These 48 continuing education hours shall be accrued over the 36 (or 60) month period immediately prior to recertification.

All continuing education requirements and recertification requests shall be completed prior midnight of the expiration date listed on the certification card. Requests for recertification may be made up to 6 months prior to the expiration date listed on your certification card provided all recertification requirements have been met.

I want to find and register for an elective continuing education class:
  1. Log onto www.njoemscert.com
  2. Search course catalog & register for desired class.
I want to register for an EMT refresher class:
  1. Locate the desired program by clicking EMT/Refresher Class Schedule
  2. Log into your account:
  3. Go to Class and Exam Schedules, and click EMT Certification/ Refresher Class Schedule
  4. Locate desired class and click Register
I want to re-certify my NJ EMT certification:
  1. Log into your account:
  2. Fill out the Renewal Certification Form
I am an Expired EMT
Re-Entry Requirements for the expired New Jersey EMT
  • Possession of an approved valid CPR certification

    The following is a list of approved CPR vendors/classes that are recognized by the Department of Health and Senior Services which meet the requirements for CPR certification as defined in New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) 26:2K 39-47 and 52- 62.

    • American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) - CPR Pro Level
    • American Red Cross (ARC) - CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
    • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons/Emergency Care & Safety Institute (AAOS-ESCI) - Healthcare Provider Level
    • American Heart Association (AHA) - BLS for Healthcare Provider
    • National Safety Council (NSC) - Professional Rescuer Level
    • Department of Defense (DOD) - Professional Rescuer Level
  • Successful completion of a 24 hour refresher program
  • Achievement of 70% or greater on the New Jersey State Certification Examination
I want to register for a refresher program
  1. Log into your account using your 6 digit EMS ID
  2. Locate the desired program by clicking EMT and Refresher Class Schedule
  3. Go to Class and Exam Schedules, and click EMT Certification/ Refresher Class Schedule
  4. Locate desired class and click Register
I want to register for the New Jersey State Certification Examination
  1. Log into your account using your 6 digit EMS ID
  2. Go to EMT Certification Exam Schedule
How to Obtain your Verification Letter/Letter of Good Standing

In order to obtain a "Letter of Good Standing" or "Verification" Letter you must:

Submit a request in writing to:
ATTN: Verifications
The NJ DOH OEMS
PO Box 360
Trenton NJ 08625

You must include a:

  1. Self-addressed stamped envelope;
  2. State verification or request form if you are applying for out of state reciprocity
NJ Paramedic
Requirements for Paramedic Recertification
  1. Possession of a valid paramedic certification, CPR, ACLS and either PALS, Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals Advanced (PEPP-Advanced) or Emergency Pediatric Course (EPC) certifications;
  2. Successful completion of a minimum of 48 hours of advanced level continuing education, as set forth in N.J.A.C. 8:41A-4.3
  3. Demonstration to the medical director of proficiency in all skills approved for pre-hospital care, as specified at N.J.A.C. 8:41A-5.1
  4. Endorsement of a New Jersey mobile intensive care hospital.
    • A person seeking recertification shall obtain 48 continuing education hours over the 24-month period immediately prior to recertification.
    • Log into your account:
I am an expired Paramedic
Re-Entry Requirements for the expired New Jersey Paramedic
  • Sponsorship of a mobile intensive care hospital
  • Possession of a valid EMT and CPR certification
  • Successful completion of the didactic portion of a paramedic training program equivalent to the refresher curriculum
  • Possession of a valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
  • Possession of a valid Pediatric Advanced Lin e Support (PALS), Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals Advanced (PEPP) or Emergency Pediatric Course (EPC) certification
  • Possession of a valid Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) or International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) certification
  • Successful completion of 200 hours of clinical training
  • Endorsement from the MICU Medical Director
  • Successful completion of the National Registry Paramedic Certification Examination
You may obtain more detailed information at N.J.A.C. 8:41A-4.4
I want to be an INACTIVE paramedic
What is an Inactive Paramedic?

An Inactive Paramedic is a currently certified NJ Paramedic who chooses not to be actively engaged in the provision of advanced life support patient care at the time of his/her recertification.