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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Nassau County Emergency Medical Services Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

Certified First Responder


Version 1: 51 hours. Version 2: 66 hours.

Nassau County EMS Academy, 300 Winding Road, Old Bethpage, New York; previously, Nassau County EMS Academy, 600 Newbridge Road, East Meadow, New York.

Version 1: April 1995 - March 2016. Version 2: April 2016 - December 2020.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe basic human anatomy and physiology; explain the rationale and describe fundamentals of pre-hospital care and treatment of the sick and injured; perform a primary and secondary patient survey by evaluating and treating a patient suffering from trauma or a medical emergency; perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automatic external cardiac defibrillation, and clear an obstructed airway; recognize the signs, symptoms and treatment of shock and external hemorrhage; perform immobilization techniques; prepare a mother for cephalic delivery; provide care to a newborn; demonstrate basic disentanglement of a patient, packaging and preparation for removal from the scene of an emergency; file a standardized NYS Patient Care Report; describe the roles and responsibilities of the first responder in performing both emergency and operational aspects of the job; and demonstrate proper use and care of emergency equipment.


Version 1 and 2: This course is designed to provide the basic education needed by first responders to provide patient care in the pre-hospital setting. The course covers all techniques of emergency medical care currently considered within the responsibilities of the first responder, including defibrillation, as well as the operational aspects of the job that the student will be expected to perform. Demonstration and skill practice are integrated into the didactic instruction. The curriculum consists of two divisions: basic life support and trauma/medical orientation; and three skills areas: patient assessment, airway and oxygen, bleeding control and fracture management. Additionally, the following areas are covered: CPR re-certification, overview of the pediatric patient, care of newborn, neonate resuscitation, rapid takedown, rapid extrication, and helmet removal. Graduates of the course are entitled to sit for the NYS Certification Examination for First Responder.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Health Science, Allied Health Sciences, Emergency Medical Care, or Nursing (11/96) (10/01 revalidation) (11/06 revalidation) (4/14 administrative review). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/association degree category, 3 semester hours in Health Science, Allied Health Sciences, Emergency Management, or Emergency Medical Care (4/16 revalidation).