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New tuition free EMS EMT Training Academy to provide residents a chance to pursue a career in EMS

New tuition free EMS EMT Training Academy to provide residents a chance to pursue a career in EMS 

(Clayton, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders is excited to announce the creation of the Gloucester County EMS EMT Training Academy, a tuition free program in exchange for a three-year paid service agreement with GCEMS.  The first EMT certification-level training course will begin in September.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "The model we are using for this training academy is the first of its kind. Graduates will come out of the program with the clinical, affective, and psychomotor skills and knowledge necessary in order to successfully begin the career pre-employment process at GCEMS.  Gloucester County's EMS is an award-winning program and its professional staff provides high quality services to our residents and visitors."

The certification course and internship consist of 649 hours of education followed by a 144-hour residency ride-a-long program. 

Freeholder Deputy Director Giuseppe (Joe) Chila said, “This program will allow GCEMS to provide their outstanding education and practices to those accepted into the program, without the $1,500 price tag it would cost to be privately trained.  This is an exceptional opportunity for someone who is interested in pursuing a career in EMS.”  

Chila, Liaison to GCEMS, said that The Academy would provide students with real-life EMS experience on busy, career ambulances through an extensive internship and residency program.

Applicants would be required to a three-year service agreement with GCEMS.  While GCEMS is not guaranteeing those who successfully complete the training employment, the intention is to hire them as part-time/per-diem EMTs with GCEMS. 

Classroom sessions meet every Friday from September to June with appropriate breaks around major holidays. All clinical assignment requirements are 12 hours per week, beginning at week 15 and include an Emergency Department Observation, Advance Life Support Observation and Internship at Gloucester County EMS. Residency program requires 12 hours of ride-a-long time at Gloucester County EMS per week.

Student requirements:

·       High School Diploma (or equivalent)
·       At least 18 years old at the time of application submission
·       Successfully pass an American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Provider course
·       Pass a background check and drug screening
·       Submit to PPD testing and N95 fit testing
·       Attend every class session
·       Attend every clinical assignment
·       Complete all course work, assignments, exams, skills assessments, projects, etc.

For more information call (856) 307-7120.
To submit an application for the Fall 2018 course go to http://apply.gcemstrainingacademy.org

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