University Hospital Emergency Medical Services

Training Division


The Training Division of University Hospital Emergency Medical Services is responsible for handling all of the certification, education, training, and clinical requirements for UH-EMS in addition to overseeing all UH-EMS sponsored training programs and continuing education courses. The Training Division is managed by the ALS Operations Coordinator, EMS Training Supervisors, and highly experienced EMT's and Paramedics with instructor backgrounds and certifications.

Training and Education

University Hospital EMS regularly sponsors a number of training and education programs for EMS and Public Safety professionals. These courses include, but are not limited to: CPR/Basic Life Support, Hazardous Materials, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Medical Life Support, and other EMT Refresher/Elective programs. Instructors from the Training Division also periodically assist with other training programs offered through University Hospital including Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.


The Training Division is responsible for ensuring that all staff members, supervisors, and managers meet minimum certification and education standards as mandated by Federal, State, and University requirements. This includes assisting with EMT and Paramedic re-certification and ensuring compliance with mandatory education including HIPAA, EMTALA, Infection Control, and other UH mandatory training programs.

Quality Assurance

Staff members and Supervisors assigned to the Training Division are responsible for ensuring compliance with state and university Quality Assurance (QA) guidelines. ALS and BLS pre-hospital medical records and telemetry recordings are randomly selected and screened for completeness and to ensure standards are met or exceeded. Additionally, specific parameters within these records may be selected to ensure completeness and compliance. Information and statistics gained from the QA process is used as part of an ongoing Quality Improvement strategy.

Recurrency Program

The Training Division administers the EMS Recurrency program. This semi-annual program which is mandatory for all EMS staff, supervisors, and management focuses on updating staff on the latest events, research, polices, procedures and operational changes regarding UH-EMS, and University Hospital. The recurrency programs also cover any mandatory updates or training as may be required by the New Jersey Department of Health.

Preceptor & Orientation Program

The Training Division administers the Orientation and Preceptor program to assist new hires with acclimating to the UH-EMS system. All new hires are required to attend a standardized orientation program followed by a period of field training. Specially selected, highly experienced personnel may be assigned as Field Training Officers. FTO's, working closely with the Training Division, are responsible for assisting new hires with the UH-EMS system, coverage areas, and policies, and also ensure that minimum clinical and documentation standards are met.

Research and Development

University Hospital EMS also periodically participates with University Hospital and New Jersey Medical School clinical pre-hospital research programs. These programs are overseen by staff members and supervisors assigned to the Training Division.