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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

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Refresher Course


Version 1: 60 hours. Version 2: 63 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: January 2001 - March 2016. Version 2: April 2016 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss basic human anatomy and physiology; discuss the rationale and 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 with suspected respiratory or circulatory distress and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, and clearing an obstructed airway; recognize the signs, symptoms and treatment of shock, internal hemorrhage, and external hemorrhage, central nervous system disorders and deficiency, and types and degree of burns; perform immobilization techniques; on an obstetrical manikin, prepare a mother for a cephalic birth; demonstrate the procedure for dealing with an emotionally disturbed patient; demonstrate basic disentanglement of a patient, packaging, and removal from the scene; discuss patient safety and care at the scene and during transport; file a standardized NYS Patient Care Report; discuss the role and responsibilities of the EMT in performing both the emergency and operational aspects of the job; demonstrate appropriate diagnostic and emergency treatment procedures; demonstrate the proper use and care of emergency equipment.


Version 1 and 2: This course reviews the content of the Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Course, updates any changes in medical techniques and practices, and covers current trends and issues. The course covers all techniques of emergency medical care presently considered within the responsibilities of the emergency medical technician as well as all operational aspects of the job which the student is expected to perform. Emphasis is placed on recognition of symptoms of illnesses and injuries and application of proper procedures of emergency care. Demonstration, practice, and clinical observation are carefully integrated into the didactic portion. The curriculum consists of four divisions: basic life support, trauma care, medical/environmental, and operations; and six practical skills areas: patient assessment, airway management and oxygen, bleeding control and fracture management, traction and splinting, and shock management. In addition, the following areas are emphasized: medical terminology, medical emergencies, pathophysiology, pediatric emergencies, hazardous materials awareness. Graduates of the course are eligible to sit for the New York State EMT Examination to re-certify as EMTs. (Prerequisite: New York State certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.)

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Health Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, or Emergency Medical Care (10/01) (11/06 revalidation) (4/14 administrative review). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Health Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Emergency Management, or Emergency Medical Care (4/16 revalidation) (8/21 revalidation). NOTE: The credit recommendation for this course is not considered duplicative of the Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Course. Also, credit should only be awarded once for completion of this refresher course; subsequent completion of this course should not be awarded credit.