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University Health Services Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department welcomes students who are certified as Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics to become EMS volunteers. The EMS department is responsible for all emergency medical services on the University Park Campus. EMS operates the University Ambulance Service and coordinates emergency medical coverage for nearly 600 special events at University Park and in the surrounding State College community each year. These events welcome over 1.6 million guests to the area annually.

Students interested in volunteering with the Emergency Medical Services department should plan to attend an information session held during the first week of each semester. To be notified of where and when these information sessions take place, please email Josh Fremberg, paramedic.


Incoming student volunteer EMTs are scheduled during day or night ambulance shifts, alongside regular crew members, for training and orientation. Students fill various company officer positions and receive leadership training as part of their service experience.

Paid Positions

Volunteers who have completed the EMT orientation program may become eligible to apply for regular, paid positions with University Ambulance Service and special events crew positions. These are part-time positions with University Health Services EMS department. Applications are accepted from EMTs, AEMTs, Paramedics, and EMT-HPs who are current Penn State students; have completed the University Ambulance Service volunteer training program; and hold certifications in CPR, AED, EVOC, and HAZMAT.


Students not currently certified as Pennsylvania EMTs who wish to become certified are encouraged to explore local training opportunities. Penn State offers the EMT course (KINES 403) each semester.