EMT Initial Training

Clara Maass • East Brunswick • Jersey City • Lakewood
Monmouth • Rahway • Somerset

RWJBarnabas Health EMT ProgramNew Jersey EMT training is a study intensive course equivalent to the work of 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 for Initial EMT Certification Training

  • Age Requirement: Per NJ Office of EMS regulations, you must be 16 years old prior to the first day of class. There are no other pre-requisites.
  • How to Apply: 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.
  • Training Fund: All classes are Training Fund Form eligible.
  • Application Period: When you apply, RWJBH will ask for a non-refundable $300 registration fee and you will be asked to pay $30 for a background check (background check fees may vary if you previously lived in other states).
  • Tuition Period: During this month you will be given directions to order your uniform and the $1,200 tuition is due via credit card, cashier's check, or training fund form.

RWJBarnabas Health Clara Maass Campus
1 Clara Maass Drive, Belleville, NJ 07109

*Approval pending from NJ OEMS to offer courses at this location*

Class 5 • Traditional • February 3, 2020 – May 30, 2020

Class Times: Mon’s & Wed’s 6:30-10:30 p.m., alternating Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

Application Period: November 1 – December 1, 2019 - Click Here to Apply
Tuition Period: December 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Class 19 • Traditional • September 9, 2020 – December 20, 2020

Class Times: Mon’s & Wed’s 6:30-10:30 p.m., alternating Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

Application Period: June 1 – July 1, 2020

Tuition Period: July 1 – August 1, 2020


RWJBarnabas Health - East Brunswick Station
346 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Class 6 • Traditional • February 1, 2020 – May 16, 2020

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

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

Application Period: November 1 – December 1, 2019 - Click Here to Apply

Tuition Period: December 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Class 2 • Hybrid • February 4, 2020 – May 19, 2020

Class Times: Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Application Period: November 1 – December 1, 2019 - Click Here to Apply

Tuition Period: December 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Class 9 • Hybrid • June 2, 2020 – August 20, 2020

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

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

Application Period: March 1 – April 1, 2020

Tuition Period: April 1 – May 1, 2020

Class 16 • Hybrid • August 25, 2020 – December 8, 2020

Class Times: Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Application Period: May 15 – June 15, 2020

Tuition Period: June 15 – July 15, 2020

Class 20 • Traditional • August 29, 2020 – December 12, 2020

Class Times: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30-10:30 p.m., alternating Sat’s 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

Application Period: May 15 – June 15, 2020

Tuition Period: June 15 – July 15, 2020


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

Class 14 • Traditional • January 23, 2020 – May 7, 2020

Class Times: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., alternating Sat’s 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, 2019 - This course is full.

Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2019

Class 3 • Hybrid • February 6, 2020 – May 21, 2020

Class Times: Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Application Period: November 1 – December 1, 2019 - Click Here to Apply

Tuition Period: December 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Class 10 • Hybrid • May 8, 2020 – August 21, 2020

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

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

Application Period: February 1 – March 1, 2020

Tuition Period: March 1 – April 1, 2020

Class 17 • Hybrid • August 27, 2020 – December 17, 2020

Class Times: Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Application Period: May 15 – June 15, 2020

Tuition Period: June 15 – July 15, 2020

Class 23 • Traditional • September 8, 2020 – December 27, 2020

Class Times: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30-10:30 p.m. and every other Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

Application Period: June 1 – July 1, 2020

Tuition Period: July 1 - August 1, 2020


Lakewood – GEM Ambulance
1750 Cedar Bridge Ave #3, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Class 4 • Hybrid • January 26, 2020 – May 17, 2020

Class Times: Sundays 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, 2019 - Click Here to Apply

Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2019

Class 18 • Hybrid • September 8, 2020 – December 29, 2020

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

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

Application Period: May 1 – June 1, 2020

Tuition Period: June 1 – July 1, 2020


RWJBarnabas Health Monmouth Campus

*Approval pending from NJ OEMS to offer courses at this location*

Class 7 • Traditional • February 16, 2020 – May 31, 2020

Class Times: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30-10:30 p.m., alternating Sundays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

Application Period: November 15 – December 15, 2019
Tuition Period: December 15, 2019 – January 15, 2020

Class 21 • Traditional • August 16, 2020 – December 20, 2020

Class Times: Tues. & Thurs. 6:30-10:30 p.m., alternating Sundays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

Application Period: May 15 – June 15, 2020

Tuition Period: June 15 – July 15, 2020


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

Class 1 • Hybrid • January 17, 2020 – May 8, 2020

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, 2019 - Click Here to Apply

Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2019

Class 15 • Hybrid • August 28, 2020 – December 18, 2020

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 15 – June 15, 2020

Tuition Period: June 15 – July 15, 2020


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

Class 12 • Traditional • January 15, 2020 – April 29, 2020

Class Times: Mon. & Wed. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., alternating Sat’s 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, 2019 - Click Here to Apply

Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2019

Class 8 • Hybrid • May 2, 2020 – August 1, 2020

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

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

Application Period: February 1 – March 1, 2020

Tuition Period: March 1 – April 1, 2020

Class 11 • Youth in EMS • June 7, 2020 – August 4, 2020

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

Class Times: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., one Sat. & one Sun. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Course Schedule: Click here for the class schedule (100% attendance required).

Application Period: January 15 – March 1, 2020

Tuition Period: April 1 – May 1, 2020

Class 22 • Traditional • September 9, 2020 – December 27, 2020

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

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

Application Period: June 1 – July 1, 2020

Tuition Period: July 1 – August 1, 2020

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 registration fee, background check, and uniform(s). The training fund form is for active volunteers that are volunteering before a class begins. RWJBH does not help in matching you with your community rescue squads so you are encouraged to contact them on your own.
Why is the registration fee non-refundable?
  • The registration fee is used for the purchase of consumable supplies which we order immediately upon collection of the $300.
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 $27-$30 per shirt. Students are given several options for pants, boots, and pants that they purchase on their own. 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. 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.

Does RWJBH guarantee employment if I take a course at one of their hospitals?

  • We do not guarantee employment. However, the hospital does hire employees that have done well and graduated from our courses. Many local ambulance companies are also looking for employees. So, although we do not guarantee or help you with this process, employment is available if you choose to pursue it as a career.


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300 Second Avenue
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1 Clara Maass Drive
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(973) 450-2000
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201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
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(201) 915-2000
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1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
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