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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

Emergency Medical Technician - Refresher

Formerly Emergency Medical Technician - Refresher Course
Version 1: 141 hours (maximum; actual number of hours determined by results of initial challenge exams). Version 2: 72 hours (maximum; actual number determined by results of initial challenge exams). Version 3: 84 hours (maximum; actual number of hours determined by results of challenge exams).
Northwell Health, Lake Success, NY.
Version 1: October 2002 - March 2006. Version 2: April 2006 - July 2012. Version 3: August 2012 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
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 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 Ambulance Call 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; demonstrate proper use of semi-automatic defibrillator. Version 3: All outcomes covered in Version 1 and 2 with additional emphasis in Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Management.


Version 1, 2 and 3: This course is designed to provide the basic education needed by emergency medical technicians to provide patient care in the pre-hospital setting. 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 students are 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 seven divisions: preparation, airway, patient assessment, medical emergencies, trauma, infants and children, operations; and six practical skills areas: patient trauma assessment, patient medical assessment, cardiac arrest management, airway management, spinal immobilization, and fracture immobilization. In addition, the following areas are emphasized: medical terminology, medical emergencies, critical trauma care, pathophysiology, hazardous materials awareness. Graduates of this course are eligible to recertify as EMTs by sitting for the New York State EMT Certification Examination. Prerequisite: New York State certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division  baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Health Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, or Emergency Medical Care (1/03) (3/08 revalidation). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Health Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, or Emergency Medical Care (3/13 revalidation) (4/18 revalidation) (4/23 revalidation).  NOTE: Credit is recommended only for those individuals who have either passed all areas of the initial challenge exam or who have been successfully retested by the course sponsor in all areas in which remediation was required as indicated by the results of the initial challenge exam. The credit recommendation for this course is not considered duplicative of Emergency Medical Technician - Original.