Paramedic Science Department
A BRIEF HISTORY
In 1974 the New Jersey legislature authorized the implementation of ALS-level paramedic services for the state. Nine pilot programs were put in place to evaluate the efficacy of these services and today, New Jersey and its visitors enjoy 100% ALS coverage. One of the pilot programs, West Jersey Health System (now Virtua Health) also became a site authorized by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of EMS, to provide paramedic didactic education at Camden County College and clinical training at various Virtua Health and affiliated MICU clinical sites. In 1997, Virtua Health and Camden County college entered into a formal agreement that officially created The School of Paramedic Sciences. Administration of the School is by the Mobile Intensive Care Unit at Virtua. Camden County College provides the site for classroom activities, clinical practice labs, and recognition of a formal credit-earning curriculum.
According to MICU regulation N.J.A.C. 8:41- 4.1, in order to enter into paramedic training in New Jersey, all potential candidates must:
1. Be at least 18 years of age;
2. Have a high school diploma or GED;
3. Hold a current and valid New Jersey, Pennsylvania or New York EMT-B certification;
4. Hold a current American Heart Association, American Red Cross or National Safety Council CPR certification;
5. Be physically capable of performing all required skills of a paramedic student; and
6. Not have been convicted of any crime, or an offense involving drugs or moral turpitude.
An applicant may apply for a waiver of this requirement from the Commissioner of health or designee.
The School follows the national standard curriculum promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Students of the School can enroll for either a certificate track or an associate's degree track.
Paramedics already certified or licensed in search of an associate's degree can enroll for our online degree completion program .
Clinical requirements are satisfied in a number of affiliated hospitals and MICU units. Students can expect to complete a minimum of 375 hours of in-hospital clinical instruction and a minimum of 400 hours of field internship.
For more information on the School of Paramedic Sciences call (856) 374-5078 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.