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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Northwell Health Emergency Medical Institute | Evaluated Learning Experience

Certified First Responder - Original

Formerly Certified First Responder Defibrillation (CFR-D)

Version 1: 54 hours (9 weeks). Version 2: 66 hours (11 weeks). Version 3: 60 hours (10 weeks). 

Version 4: 65 hours (12 weeks). 

Northwell Health, Lake Success, NY.

Version 1: September 1997 - August 1999. Version 2: September 1999 - March 2006. Version 3: April 2006 - March 2023. Version 4: April 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2, 3, and 4: 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 clear an obstructed airway; defibrillate a patient in ventricular fibrillation; 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 New York State Patient Care Report; describe the roles and responsibilities of the first responder in performing both emergency and operational aspects of the job; demonstrate proper use and care of emergency equipment.


Version 1, 2, 3, and 4: 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 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. In addition, the following areas are covered: CPR recertification, overview of the pediatric patient, care of newborn, neonate resuscitation, rapid takedown, rapid extrication, helmet removal, and defibrillation. Graduates of this course are eligible to sit for the New York State certification examination for First Responder with the capability of performing defibrillation.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1, 2, 3, and 4: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Health Science, Allied Health Sciences, Emergency Medical Care, or Nursing (1/03) (3/08 revalidation) (3/13 revalidation) (4/18 revalidation).