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RWJBarnabas Health EMT Program

EMT Initial Training

Clara Maass • East Brunswick • Jersey City • Lakewood • Millburn • Monmouth • Roselle • Somerset

New Jersey EMT training is a study intensive course equivalent to the workload of two college courses 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.

RWJBarnabas Health offers a blended learning course that involves students watching interactive lectures and videos at home, participating in live review sessions, and reporting to the classroom to practice hands-on skills. All courses are identical regardless of what day(s) of the week they take place and prepare students for the National Registry EMT exam:

Below you will find upcoming Emergency Medical Technician training being offered by RWJBarnabas Health, how to apply, and FAQ's. Are you ready for class? Take this optional self-audit to find out. 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.
  • CPR Requirement: None. RWJBarnabas provides CPR as part of your orientation process regardless of any current certification you have to ensure you will remain certified through taking the NREMT exam.
  • Training Fund: All classes are Training Fund Form eligible.
  • How to Apply: When you apply, you must submit a non-refundable $300 pre-registration fee. If a class shows as full, you may still complete an application skipping step 1 and we will contact you if and when a spot opens collecting fees at that time.
  • Tuition Period: During this month you will be asked to pay $30 for a background check (background check fees may vary if you previously lived in other states) and be given directions to pay the $1,550 tuition/uniform shirt payment. Check out how to reduce this fee in our Payment Agreement when you apply! If classes are not full, we will continue collecting tuition after this period.

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

Class 29 • January 18, 2021 – April 28, 2021

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).

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.
Tuition Period: November 10 – December 10, 2020

Class 47 • August 23, 2021 – December 11, 2021

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).

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: July 1 – August 1, 2021


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

Class 31 • January 19, 2021 – April 29, 2021

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).

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: November 10 – December 10, 2020

Class 35 • January 28, 2021 – May 6, 2021

Class Times: Mondays 6:30-10:30 p.m., Thursdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2020

Class 40 • May 23, 2021 – August 15, 2021

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

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: March 15 – April 15, 2021

Class 49 • August 31, 2021 – December 16, 2021

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

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: June 15 – July 15, 2021

Class 53 • August 26, 2021 – December 16, 2021

Class Times: Mondays 6:30-10:30 p.m., Thursdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: July 1 – August 1, 2021


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

Class 30 • January 19, 2021 – May 2, 2021

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

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2020

Class 34 • January 19, 2021 – May 4, 2021

Class Times: Tuesdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursdays 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2020

Class 39 • May 23, 2021 – August 15, 2021

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

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: March 15 – April 15, 2021

Class 48 • September 7, 2021 – December 19, 2021

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

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: July 1 – August 1, 2021

Class 52 • August 24, 2021 – December 14, 2021

Class Times: Tuesdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursdays 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: July 1 - August 1, 2021


RWJBarnabas Health in Lakewood
GEM Ambulance • 1750 Cedar Bridge Avenue #3, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Class 37 • January 17, 2021 – May 16, 2021

Class Times: Thursdays 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Sundays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2020

Class 55 • August 15, 2021 – December 19, 2021

Class Times: Thursdays 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Sundays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: June 15 – July 15, 2021


RWJBarnabas Health in Millburn
Millburn-Short Hills Rescue Squad • 188 Glen Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041

Class 36 • January 16, 2021 – May 8, 2021

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

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

How to Apply: Click Here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2020

Class 54 • August 28, 2021 – December 18, 2021

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

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

How to Apply: Click Here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: July 1 – August 1, 2021


RWJBarnabas Health Monmouth Campus
300 Second Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740

Class 32 • January 26, 2021 – May 13, 2021

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).

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.
Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2020

Class 44 • Youth in EMS • June 20, 2021 – August 13, 2021
This course is open to high school students only.

Class Times: 2 Sundays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and then Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: April 15 – May 15, 2021

Class 50 • August 28, 2021 – December 18, 2021

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).

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: July 1 – August 1, 2021


RWJBarnabas Health in Roselle
OnTime Ambulance • 111 E. Highland Parkway, Roselle, NJ 07203

Class 38 • January 15, 2021 – April 30, 2021

Class Times: Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.,Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: November 15 – December 15, 2020

Class 45 • May 3, 2021 – August 16, 2021

Class Times: Mondays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursdays 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: March 15 – April 15, 2021

Class 42 • May 22, 2021 – August 16, 2021

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

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: March 1 – April 1, 2021

Class 56 • August 27, 2021 – December 17, 2021

Class Times: Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.,Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: July 1 – August 1, 2021


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

Class 28 • January 11, 2021 – April 28, 2021

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).

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: November 10 – December 10, 2020

Class 43 • Youth in EMS • June 19, 2021 – August 12, 2021
This class is open to Somerset County high school students only.

Class Times: 2 Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and then Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: April 15 – May 15, 2021

Class 46 • August 30, 2021 – December 18, 2021

Class Times: Mon. & Wed. 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).

How to Apply: Click here to pay your $300 pre-registration fee and apply.

Tuition Period: July 1 – August 1, 2021

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 and satellite locations 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 CEU & refresher classes at RWJBarnabas campuses?
  • Yes, we do offer core refresher and CEU classes at several of our campuses. Courses can be found at www.rwjbh.org/emsceu.
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?
  • Yes. You will watch interactive lectures and skills videos as well as take all quizzes and tests online. Access to the internet via laptop, tablet, or similar device will be needed for you to complete all of your work.
Am I eligible to take the certification exam after completing initial EMT training?
  • Yes. After an initial training course is completed, you are eligible to take the NREMT certification exam.
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 $1,500 tuition and uniform/supply fee. You are still responsible for the registration fee and background check. The training fund form is for active volunteers that are volunteering before a class begins. RWJBarnabas Health does not help in matching you with your community rescue squads so you are encouraged to contact them on your own. You can find a list of NJ squads eligible to use the training fund by clicking here.
Why is the registration fee non-refundable?
  • The registration fee is used to provide you with a textbook and access to our learning management system which we purchase 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. Your tuition includes a uniform shirt & ID fee and you will receive these items at your first class Students are given several options for pants and boots, that they purchase on their own as an additional cost to 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.

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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