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Student Volunteer Training Program

The volunteer program is the avenue through which the University Ambulance Service (UAS) trains its EMTs in the policies and procedures specific to this company and assures that each member is competent and comfortable in patient-care before promoting them to paid crew status. Once promoted to the crew, the students have a responsibility to help train the volunteers that come after them. It is the expectation of UAS that every volunteer will be promoted to a paid crew member within two semesters. Both clinical skills and service-specific procedures and policies are taught during this program. You will be an active participant on emergency calls, handling patient care responsibilities under the supervision of more experienced staff.

UAS provides 911 emergency response to all of Penn State in Centre County. They provide emergency medical service (EMS) coverage at all events, ranging from small dinners to football and major concerts at the BJC.  The service is run by 3 full-time staff paramedics and the day-to-day operations are handled by full-time staff. Nearly all shifts are covered by student staff.


  • Penn State University Park student in good academic standing
  • 4+ Semesters remaining at Penn State (not including summers)
  • 18 years or older
  • Possess a valid driver’s/operator's license
  • Hold a current PA Department of Health EMT certification or higher without pending disciplinary or corrective action
  • Successfully completed a CPR for the Health Care Provider course within the past year


To apply, you must fill out this application. In your application, you must include a scanned image of:

  • CPR Cards
  • Valid Drivers License
  • PA EMT Card
  • Any additional certifications (i.e. EVOC, NIMS)

If you do not do include this information you will not be granted an interview. If you are granted an interview, you will be contacted via email prior to the interview process.


If selected, orientation will be scheduled based on the availability of those selected. This is approximately six hours and will be completed with one of our administrators.

Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions for a more detailed look into the Volunteer Program.

Frequently Asked Questions