EMT Initial Training

Jersey City • Rahway • Somerset Locations

nj emtNew Jersey EMT training is a study intensive course equivalent to a 6-credit college course lasting a minimum of 190 hours. Students should be able to read at 10th grade level and will learn to assess and appropriately treat conditions ranging from simple fractures, stroke, and chest pain to critical trauma, cardiac arrest, and childbirth.

Depending on your learning preference, RWJBarnabas Health offers 2 types of courses that will prepare students for the National Registry EMT exam:

  • Traditional EMT initial education is a combination of classroom lectures, hands on and simulated skills sessions, and clinical time performed in the hospital.
  • Hybrid EMT initial education requires students to complete all reading and participate in online interactive lectures at home. Class sessions will only focus on hands on and simulated skills sessions with clinical time performed in the hospital.

Below you will find upcoming Emergency Medical Technician training being offered by RWJBarnabas Health, how to apply, and FAQ's. If you have any questions after reviewing this page, please contact Program Director Chris Ireland at chris.ireland@rwjbh.org.

Upcoming Courses

Initial Training for EMT Certification. Please mark the application dates on your calendar and visit our website for a link to apply. Application links will only appear during these periods.
Per NJ Office of EMS regulations, you must be 16 years old prior to the first day of class.

Jersey City EMS – 415 Montgomery St., Jersey City, NJ 07302

January 2019 • Traditional • January 17, 2019 – May 25, 2019

Class Times: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30-10:30 p.m. and select Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Course Schedule: Click here for the class schedule (100% attendance required).

Application Period October 15 – November 15, 2018: Applications accepted in the order they are received. A non-refundable pre-registration fee of $300 will be collected to secure your seat (used later to buy learning tools for you).

Tuition Period November 15 – December 15, 2018: During this month you will order your uniform(s) from our Atlantic Tactical online store and the $1,200 tuition is due via credit card, cashier's check, or training fund form.

More 2019 classes are coming at Jersey City EMS – Please check back often for updates!


RWJBarnabas Health Rahway Campus
865 Stone Street, Rahway, NJ 07065 • Conference Room 3

January 2019 • Hybrid • January 18, 2019 – May 10, 2019

Class Times: Fridays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Course Schedule: Click here for the class schedule (100% attendance required).

Application Period October 15 – November 15, 2018: Applications accepted in the order they are received. A non-refundable pre-registration fee of $300 will be collected to secure your seat (used later to buy learning tools for you).

Tuition Period November 15 - December 15, 2018: During this month you will order your uniform(s) from our Atlantic Tactical online store and the $1,200 tuition is due via credit card or cashier's check.
This course is not eligible for the training fund form.

August 2019 • Hybrid • August 23, 2019 – December 20, 2019

Class Times: Fridays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Course Schedule: Click here for the class schedule (100% attendance required).

Application Period May 20 – June 20, 2019: Applications accepted in the order they are received. A non-refundable pre-registration fee of $300 will be collected to secure your seat (used later to buy learning tools for you).

Tuition Period June 20 – July 20, 2019: During this month you will order your uniform(s) from our Atlantic Tactical online store and the $1,200 tuition is due via credit card or cashier's check.
This course is not eligible for the training fund form.


RWJBarnabas Health Somerset Campus
110 Rehill Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876

January 2019 • Traditional • January 12, 2019 - April 10, 2019

Class Times: Mon. & Wed. 6:30-10:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Course Schedule: Click here for the class schedule (100% attendance required).

Application Period October 10 - November 10, 2018: Applications accepted in the order they are received. A non-refundable pre-registration fee of $300 will be collected to secure your seat (used later to buy learning tools for you).

Tuition Period November 10 - December 10, 2018: During this month you will order your uniform(s) from our Atlantic Tactical online store and the $1,200 tuition is due via credit card, cashier's check, or training fund form.

April 2019 • Hybrid • April 20, 2019 – July 17, 2019

Class Times: Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and select Wednesdays 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Course Schedule: Click here for the class schedule (100% attendance required).

Application Period January 20 - February 20, 2019: Applications accepted in the order they are received. A non-refundable pre-registration fee of $300 will be collected to secure your seat (used later to buy learning tools for you).

Tuition Period February 20 - March 20, 2019: During this month you will order your uniform(s) from our Atlantic Tactical online store and the $1,200 tuition is due via credit card or cashier's check.
This course is not eligible for the training fund form.

Youth in EMS 2019 • Traditional • June 2, 2019 – August 8, 2019

This class is open to Somerset County high school students only.

Course Schedule: Click here for the class schedule (100% attendance required).

Application Period January 15 – March 1, 2019: Interviews for this program will be in mid-March. Those accepted will submit a $300 non-refundable pre-registration fee to secure your seat (used later to buy learning tools for you).

Tuition Period April 1 – May 1, 2019: During this month you will order your uniform(s) from our Atlantic Tactical online store and pay the $1,200 tuition is due via credit card, cashier's check, or training fund form.

Fall 2019 • Traditional • September 14, 2019 – December 11, 2019

Class Times: Mon. & Wed. 6:30-10:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Course Schedule: Click here for the class schedule (100% attendance required).

Application Period June 10 – July 10, 2019: Applications accepted in the order they are received. A non-refundable pre-registration fee of $300 will be collected to secure your seat (used later to buy learning tools for you).

Tuition Period July 10 – August 10, 2019: During this month you will order your uniform(s) from our Atlantic Tactical online store and the $1,200 tuition is due via credit card, cashier's check, or training fund form.

A sample syllabus is available here for those applying for high school or college credits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are classes held?

  • Classes are held at various RWJBarnabas Health campuses so please be sure you know where you will be traveling to. You cannot be more than 15 minutes late to any class session per state regulations so please make sure you plan on travel time even during rush hour.
Are there classes at other RWJBarnabas campuses? How old must you be to become an EMT?
  • State regulations require you to be 16 years old prior to the first day of class – no exceptions.
Does this course require a lot of outside class work?
  • This course requires a lot of reading and studying. Students read an average of 200 pages of material per week. So, in addition to class time, please make sure you have enough time on non-class days to study.
Do I need a computer for this course?
  • Our textbook, some lectures, and all chapter quizzes are all online. Access to the internet via laptop, tablet, or similar device will be needed for you to complete all of your work.
What is the difference between your traditional and hybrid course?
  • Traditional courses give students lectures and hands on skills sessions. Hybrid training provides skills sessions only meaning the hybrid student must be highly motivated to complete all reading and explore concepts individually to ensure comprehension.
Am I eligible to take the certification exam after any of your courses?
  • Yes. Both our traditional and hybrid courses allow you to take the NREMT Certification Exam once completed successfully.
Am I certified at the end of the course?
  • Almost. Students must sign-up to take the NREMT Certification Exam which costs $80. If you pay for the course with a training fund form, you will be allowed one free attempt.
What is a New Jersey Training Fund Form?
  • If you volunteer on a rescue squad, you may be eligible to receive this form which waives the $1,200 tuition. You are still responsible for the pre-registration fee and uniform(s). Our hybrid course is our only offering that does not accept the training fund form.
Why is the pre-registration fee non-refundable?
  • The pre-registration fee is used to purchase you access to our online learning management system, skills and test evaluation online system, and a BP cuff/stethoscope kit with penlight that you will use in class. Items are purchased upon payment submission so no refund is available.
Are there any loans or monthly payment options available to cover tuition?
  • No.
Is this course free for RWJBarnabas Health employees?
  • No. However, employees may be eligible for tuition reimbursement. Please contact Human Resources to find out if your position is eligible.
Why do you require uniforms and how much are they?
  • EMT’s must look professional when interacting with patients and training is no exception. Average pricing is $25/shirt and $25/pant. Pricing on black boots and belts varies. This is additional cost above your tuition.
Do I really need 100% attendance?
  • State regulations require 100% attendance. Our classes work in 4-hour blocks. We will allow you to make up (2) 4-hour sessions. There are no exceptions beyond this.
Can I get high school or college credits for this course?
  • This is up to your learning institution. A syllabus is provided under our course listing above. You will need to ask your school for more information. We are happy to provide a record of your grades after course completion.
Do you make accommodations for students with disabilities or English as a second language learners?
  • If you have had an IEP written in the last 5 years that specifies you should have extended testing time, you will have one and half times the allotted time to take written exams including the state exam. The state does expect students to be proficient in English to be effective EMT’s. Please contact us for all other ADA related questions so that we may best assist you individually in determining what accommodations we may be able to provide.
Why don’t I see links to applications?
  • Links to apply will only appear during the application periods listed. This helps prevent students from applying early and then forgetting they enrolled.
Is a CPR card a pre-requisite?
  • No. RWJBarnabas will give you a CPR class at the beginning of your EMT course so that we don't have to worry about anyone's card expiring.