How to Become an EMT in New Jersey

How to get started with training.

EMT Driver

Looking to become an EMT in New Jersey? Below you'll find some basic information about what you'll need and how to get started with your training.

If you're looking for an exciting career with advancement opportunities where you work with a team of motivated people and make a difference in people's lives, you've come to the right place.

What do you need to become an EMT in New Jersey?

  • Be 18 or older
  • Pass a physical
  • Pass a background check
  • Complete an approved EMT training course
  • Obtain CPR certification
  • Pass a written examination
  • Get certified with the state

Other job requirements:

  • Read, write, and communicate effectively
  • Lift a minimum of 125 pounds to a height of 33 inches
  • Use a computer
  • Read training manuals, maps, and instructions
  • Remain calm in emergencies and high stress situations
  • Interview patients and family members
  • Document your trips accurately


Interested in taking an EMT course? Here's some information from a recent blog post about our classes:

EMT course overview

At On Time, we also offer hybrid certification classes. It teaches the pre-hospital emergency care of the sick and injured. It uses a multimedia approach, so along with classroom activities and e-learning, students are given the opportunity to use field equipment for various interactive scenarios based on real-life situations. The online classroom lets you complete lectures at your convenience. Skill sessions meet at the dates/times listed. This course is approved by NJ, certifies your skills, and makes you eligible to take the state and national written exams.

become an emt in new jersey at on time ambulance

About the Hybrid Program

This class is recommended for students at a college level of learning. Students are expected to have good study habits and the ability to independently study before class. There is roughly 10-15 hours of reading per week. Lectures are provided online. Our in-class time is dedicated to skills only. Completion of all lectures and online quizzes is required for completion of the class. You must have reliable internet access in order to complete this class.

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(Pictured Left) Marco Arredondo Jr, Supervisor, Safety & Training, Wrapping up a new hire orientation on January 31, 2018

Learn all about the perks of working at On Time

Tip: Instead of taking your EMT course at a county college, take it with a private ambulance company. Many ambulance companies offer full tuition reimbursement. So once you work a certain amount of time, you'll get all the money back that you spent on your education.

Why get your start at On Time?

  • No experience needed as training is provided.
  • Full-Time, Part-Time, and Per-Diem positions available
  • Frequent Overtime Opportunities
  • $1,500 Tuition Reimbursement for new Full-Time EMTs within 90 days of certification
  • Flexible shifts available
  • Shift Differentials
  • Paid Time Off Accrual
  • Ride-along experience while training
  • All ambulances have Stryker Power Cots
  • Multiple Power Stair Chairs
  • Family atmosphere with helpful instructors
  • Refer-a-friend bonuses
  • Performance-based raises
  • Scheduling and shift flexibility
  • Huge growth opportunities

Here's a bit more about the EMT certification process in New Jersey.

EMT Employment FAQs

Can my EMT job work around my college schedule?

Yes. EMTs can work on a full time, part time, or per diem status. We have many EMT employees currently enrolled in college. In fact, some work both during the summers while at home, and also while away at school (in different locations).

Will I be a viable candidate if I'm not yet 21?

Yes. Here at On Time, all of our drivers must be 21, but we do hire non-driver EMTs. Non-driver EMTs still go out on calls and perform all of the other duties of the Emergency Medical Technician.

Do you have nights and weekend shifts available?

Yes. Two of our locations are open 24 hours, so at those locations we need people around the clock. Call for details.

Do you offer paid vacation?

Yes. Both our full time and part time employees can qualify for paid vacation.

Interested? Give us a call today at (908) 298 9500.

Helpful links:

NJ Department of Health EMS Education

NJ Office of Emergency Medical Services EMT Certification Info


Employee Spotlight: EMT Tanner Coles

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