CWRU EMS is open to all students, faculty, and university staff interested in serving the community. If you are interested in joining our organization, check out our different levels of membership. Please direct all questions to

If you are looking to join our organization as a general member, please email We would love to have you at our weekly Thursday meetings, Squad Education and Training (SET) from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST and Operations and Planning (OPs) from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST at:

If you are interested in joining as a current EMT, please reach out to

Application for the Spring 2021 CWRU EMS EMT course are now closed. Please direct all questions to

Who is eligible to join CWRU EMS?

Anyone affiliated with CWRU, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff may join as a general member. To join as a clinical member, either by taking our EMT course or as a current EMT, you must be a current undergraduate student. 

Additional eligibility requirements for clinical membership are available in the application. 

How often do you accept new members?

We accept general members any time and clinical members on a semesterly or yearly basis. Please check the “join as a current member” and “join as a clinical member” sections of the webpage for the applications and/or information about when we will be accepting new members.

What does a general member do?

General members are welcome to attend our weekly Thursday meetings, Squad Education and Training (SET) and Operations and Planning (OPs). At SET, a guest speaker or executive board member will present on a topic related to prehospital care or emergency medicine. OPs is our weekly executive board meeting and is open to all members. General members may have additional opportunities; these opportunities will be in the weekly newsletter.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment will change as you move forward in CWRU EMS. As an EMT student, you will have three four-hour class/lab sessions a week, along with homework, ER clinicals, and ridealong time. You should expect to devote a significant amount of time to this course. After you complete your course (or if you join as an EMT), you will have semesterly hour requirements for shift time that will increase yearly, starting at 50 hours per semester. You will also be expected to continuously train and review your skills.

Who is eligible to take the EMT course?

To take the EMT course, you must meet all requirements to join as a clinical member. In addition, you must be 18 years of age by the conclusion of the course and you must be available Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 pm-10:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am-12:00 pm.  

Where can I find more information about the course program and content?

The course is taught through University Hospitals EMS Institute, and students who successfully complete the course and national certification exams will be certified Emergency Medical Technicians in Ohio. More information can be found at

Is there a cost associated with the EMT course? Does CWRU EMS offer any financial assistance for the course?

The EMT course is $750 and there are approximately $200 in additional costs (uniform, certifications, etc.). CWRU EMS is proud to offer need-based financial aid and a full-tuition scholarship. Please see the application for details. 

I'm an EMT in a state other than Ohio, can I still join as a current EMT?

Yes, many of our new current EMTs are certified in states other than Ohio. We will assist you in the process of attaining Ohio reciprocity. However, if you are interested in joining we do recommend you begin this process as early as possible. More information on Ohio reciprocity can be found at