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EMT Original

EMS & Paramedic Training
Contact: Doug Sandbrook, MA, NRP
Phone: 315 464-4851
Email: [email protected]

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Career and workforce centers around New York State administer to the WIOA training opportunity and can supply funding for education or training.  For more information or to find your local career center, follow the link below to the New York State Department of Labor and filter by your county of residence or your region.

New York State Department of Labor - Career Centers

 EMT Original @ WAVES

  • Dates: May 22, 2024 - August 15, 2024
  • Location:

           WAVES Ambulance
           202 Bennett Road
           Camillus, NY 13031

Information Flyer

Registration Link: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/24256




**Note: Upstate Emergency Medicine may host multiple classes each semester at several locations.  Please verify that you are registering for the most appropriate training site. **


     Please contact us for more information: [email protected]


Course Medical Director:

Christian Knutsen, MD, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

Small Group Labs

  • Dedicated small group lab cohorts may be developed in accordance to state, local and national recommendations, in the interest of personal health and safety.
  • Students will meet weekly for hands-on labs that are designed to reinforce content and develop the psychomotor skills necessary to perform as an entry-level EMT.




Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are entry-level healthcare providers that specialize in pre-hospital emergencies. Their speed and effectiveness on the scene play a vital role in the lives of the patients they come in contact with.

EMTs respond to emergency calls that range from car accidents, violent traumas, heart attacks, childbirths and falls. EMTs perform basic, noninvasive interventions to stabilize patients and transport them to receive further medical care in places like hospitals.

EMTs often work with ambulance services, fire departments, hospitals and other rescue services.

To become an EMT, you must:

  • Turn 17 years of age by the last day of the month in which your written exam is scheduled
  • Attend and successfully complete an NYS DOH Bureau of EMS approved EMT course such as ours
  • Successfully complete the NYS DOH BEMS cognitive  and psychomotor certification examinations

Our EMT course consists of 190 hours of lectures and hands-on skill training.  A field internship is also required and students will have no less than 10 live patient contacts prior to course completion.  We develop knowledge and skills necessary to confidently respond on the job and successfully complete the NYS certification exams.  Students who successfully complete the course and psychomotor exam are eligible to become national registered EMTs.  For more information, click on the link below.

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Student Financial Responsibilities

Students are responsible for any and all costs associated with their course.  If a student damages an affiliated agency or Upstate's equipment or property, they may be held responsible for costs or damages.

EMT Program Goals & Terminal Learning Objectives

The EMT program provides students with the knowledge and experience required to appropriately assess and treat a patient in any given situation.

The EMT program provides the student with an understanding of the principles used in treating medical emergencies.

The student completing the EMT program will learn:

  • Airway management and ventilation
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Principles of medication administration
  • Management of traumatic injuries
  • Application of splints, bandages, other devices appropriate to the care of the sick and injured, and spinal motion precautions
  • Disentanglement of a patient
  • Packaging and removal from the scene
  • Methods of radio communication with pertinent parties including medical control, dispatch, etc.
  • Report writing skills
  • Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Medical Technician in performing both emergency and operational aspects of the job

Graduation Requirements

Students will be awarded a certificate of course completion upon successfully meeting all program requirements. In order to be awarded a certificate of course completion and to be admitted to the final practical examinations, students must have successfully completed all course requirements within the given time to the satisfaction of the course sponsor. These include, but are not limited to:

  • All EMS program and affiliate property have been returned in good condition
  • Successful completion of the AHA Health Care Provider course
  • Approval of the lead instructor
  • Final grade of at least 77% in good academic standing
  • All tuition and fees paid
  • Successful completion of course requirements including but not limited to required independent study course

The Upstate Medical University Department of Emergency Medicine EMS Programs will not allow any student to take a certifying examination until he/she has successfully completed all phases of training (including didactic, clinical, and field training) and demonstrated competency in all skills within the scope of practice for an entry-level EMT.

Completion of course does not guarantee successful acquisition of state or national certification. Students must successfully complete the New York State Practical and computer-based certification exam or National Registry Practical and computer-base certification exam to obtain the respective certifications.