Professor Jennifer McCarthy
Associate Professor/Paramedic Program Director
Founding Member of the Program
Professor Jennifer McCarthy has been an actively working paramedic for over 20 years with experience in various geographic response areas of New Jersey. She completed her Paramedic Certificate Program at Union County College, Cranford, New Jersey. She continued and completed her academic degrees at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, receiving a BS in Community Health Education and then at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey receiving a Masters in Administrative Science.
During her career, Professor McCarthy has held leadership positions in EMS Operations and EMS Education. Professor McCarthy has received various teaching excellence awards and is a national speaker. She is well known in the EMS community for her passion on advocating for the advancement of EMS providers through professional learning activities that validate the practices of the industry.
In addition to her passion for EMS Education, she has over 15 years of experience designing, implementing and expanding medical simulation programs. Professor McCarthy serves on an international certification and accreditation committee for the Society of Healthcare Simulation. In her role she serves as a site reviewer for the accreditation process. In certification, she is item writer for the international certification exams. She has advocated for the use of medical simulation in health profession programs and continues to educate herself on cutting edge emergency medicine trends and medical simulation education theory.
Professor McCarthy became a Reiki practitioner and enjoys helping clients achieve better balance and ability to manage daily stressors. Through her journey of becoming a Reiki practitioner, she learned new ways to achieve inner peace and hopes to share these techniques to better prepare students to work more effectively within the stresses of the EMS profession.
Professor McCarthy was named Top 17 people to watch in Healthcare in the January 2015 edition of 201 magazine. In November 2015 she was awarded EMS Career Life Time Achievement Award by the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services and the New Jersey EMS Council.