To become a responding member, we ask applicants to have the following up-to-date certifications prior to starting the online application:
- EMT (State of New Jersey or equivalent) or First Aid (AHA or Red Cross)
- CPR (AHA Healthcare Provider Level or Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuers)
FIRST AID & CPR CERTIFICATION CLASSES
TCNJ EMS offers two classes on campus that allow prospective members to become certified in First Aid and CPR requirements: HeartSaver First Aid and BLS for Healthcare Providers, respectively.
EMT CERTIFICATION CLASSES
While we do not offer them on campus, EMT classes are offered throughout the State of New Jersey. For more information on EMT certification classes, please visit the NJEMS Information and Resources page on the NJOEMS website. Browse the links under the “I Want to Become a NJ EMT” section, including class locations and times for the “EMT Initial Training Course.”
Many prospective EMTs that are college students are able to complete the EMT course during the school year. However, the EMT course, which is approximately 200 in-class hours, is considered to be a large time commitment and may not be ideal to complete while studying for your other classes as an undergraduate. For these students, we recommend completing the EMT course and state certification exam over a summer or winter break prior to applying for responding membership. Prospective members can also increase their clinical experience by joining and riding as an observer for a volunteer EMS agency near them. At this time, TCNJ EMS may only fund current responding members’ EMT classes on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, joining a “home squad” may be beneficial for covering the costs of this class.