EMT Refresher Course: FAQ

Frequently Asked EMT Refresher Course Questions

Textbooks & Materials
Other Questions


Q: How can I pay the tuition?
A:  The tuition must be paid by a certified check or money order payable to Montefiore Medical Center.

Q: Where can I pay the tuition?
A:  You may mail the tuition with the application to: Montefiore Learning Network, 111 East 210 Street, Bronx, NY 10467.

Q: Is there a payment plan available?
A:  Unfortunately, we can only accept full payments for the tuition.

Q: I am a Montefiore employee.  Do I have to pay for this course?
A:  Yes, but your tuition may be reimbursable by you union.  Please check with them.  All Montefiore employees may deduct the BCLS fee from the cost of the tuition.  Please include a copy of your Montefiore ID card with your application.

Q: I already have CPR.  Do I need to pay the BCLS fee?
A:  Yes. New York State requires we conduct CPR testing as part of the course.  Please refer to http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/ems/pdf/06-02.pdf .

Q: I am a member of an EMS Agency.  What do I need to submit and what do I have to pay?

A: You must submit an agency verification form with original signatures in ink.  The form can be found at http://www.health.state.ny.us/forms/doh-3312.pdf .  You will need to pay for the BCLS certification.

Textbooks & Materials

Q: What are the required textbooks for the refresher course?
A:  AAOS’s Emergency Care & Transportation of the Sick & Injured, Premier 10th Edition, Jones & Bartlett.  It must include the workbook and online access.

Q: I already have an EMT textbook.  Do I need to purchase another book?
A:  New York State has adopted the new national standards.  If you do not have the textbook mentioned above, you will need to obtain it.  We will be using online exercises that can only be accessed with the textbook.

Q: Can I purchase the textbook through Montefiore?
A:  Yes, Montefiore has the required textbook available for purchase. The price is $250.00. You may add the cost of the textbook to your tuition money order.

Q: Are there any other materials needed for the course?
A: You will be required to supply the following items for the course: a watch with a second-hand, blue or black ink pen, a least one 3” binder for materials and #2 pencils are required for written exams.  You will also need sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff), stethoscope, protective goggles, penlight (reusable or disposable) and a pocketmask w/ oxygen outlet.  Students will have the opportunity to purchase the necessary medical supplies through low-cost group purchasing.


Q: Can I take the refresher course instead of the original course?
A:  The refresher course is only for individuals who have or had a NYS EMT# anytime in the past.  Individuals who are seeking reciprocity from another state may enroll if they have received a letter from NYS EMS.

Q: I am an EMT in another state.  Can I take this course to become a NYS EMT?
A:  Yes, as long as you have received permission from NYS EMS you may enroll.  Please see http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/ems/certification/reciprocity.htm .

Q: Are there any accommodations for a student with disabilities?
A:  New York State allows limited accommodations for students with disabilities but these accommodations cannot interfere with providing care.  Please refer to http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/ems/pdf/srgemt.pdf for the essential functions of an EMT.

Q: What immunizations do I need to take the course?
A:  No clinical rotations are required for refresher course.  As such no immunization records are required.

Q: I received a criminal conviction since my last EMT course.  Can I still take this course?
A:  New York State does not prevent you from taking this course; however, they may prevent you from becoming recertified.  Every criminal conviction must be reviewed by them.  Please refer to https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/ems/policy/15-04.htm.

Other Questions

Q: How do I know what days I have to attend the course?
A:  The course is designed to be in a challenge format.  This means that after completing the pre-testing an individual schedule will be designed for you indicating the sessions you must attend.  Since these are topics that have been determined to be your individual weaknesses failure to attend those sessions may preclude you from successfully completing the course.
Q: I haven’t worked a lot and would like to take the entire refresher course.  Can I do that?
A:  Absolutely!  Your learning contract will determine your required sessions but we encourage you to attend as many sessions as you would like.

Q: I have a question that was not answered here.  Where can I receive the answer?
A: Email MMoculsk@montefiore.org or call The Learning Network at 718-920-8787.