Santa Clara University


Joining EMS

Joining SCU EMS is generally a two-step process. See below for a description of each step.

Step 1

Getting EMT-B Certification

To be eligible to join SCU EMS, students must take a class to receive their EMT-B certification. There is a class offered each year on campus and there are also other classes offered in the area. The on-campus class is not taken for credit. There is some financial aid available for students who need help paying for the class on campus. Applications for the class are available at the end of fall quarter of each year. The course begins in winter quarter and continues into spring quarter.

After taking an EMT class either on or off campus, students must then take the national registry test to receive their final certification. This test makes students eligible to work as an EMT on an ambulance or for SCU EMS. Receiving certification does not ensure that a student will be placed on the SCU EMS squad (see next step below).

A school-wide email will be sent when applications for the on-campus class are available.

Step 2

Interviewing for the Squad

Interviews take place each spring in order to select squad members for the following academic year. In order to interview, students must be certified EMTs. If students have successfully completed an EMT class and are in the process of receiving national certification, then these students may interview. Those students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year are eligible to interview.

A school-wide email will be sent in the spring with more information regarding interviews. If students would like to interview, then they must ensure that they plan ahead and take an EMT class before interviews occur. Taking a class off campus rather than on campus will not lessen the chances of students to receive a spot on the squad.


Coming soon - a campus-wide email will be sent when applications are available

Applications for this year's on-campus EMT class are coming soon. Final times for the class are being determined, but the class usually meets from 6:00pm-9:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class will begin mid-January and go through May.

Please note that admission to the class does not guarantee a spot on the SCU EMS squad.

If you have any questions about the class or the application process, please do not hesitate
to contact us.