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Tulane EMS Membership & Applications

Tulane Emergency Medical Services 2019

Tulane EMS Members

All members of Tulane EMS are volunteers, selected from undergraduate students at Tulane University. Tulane EMS members are dedicated to learning and enhancing the world around them and have a proven passion for service to others. All members undergo rigorous training – from in-class experience to field practice. Many members are involved in other organizations on campus. 

Among Tulane EMS's ranks have been fraternity and sorority presidents, student-athletes, USG and ASB senators, class presidents, and resident advisors. Tulane EMS members represent the best of Tulane. (Don't be surprised if one of your friends or classmates shows up to class in uniform one day.)

Application Process

Tulane EMS holds two rounds of selections each year. Applications are open specifically to freshmen and sophomores who can commit four active semesters* (sophomores who do not plan to go abroad).

  • Fall Selections – Open to freshmen and sophomores who are not EMT certified, have not taken an EMT course, and are not currently enrolled in an EMT course.
  • Spring Selections – Open to freshmen and sophomores who hold an EMT certification or are in the process of receiving an EMT certification.

Applications can be accessed by following the link below and may be submitted during advertised selections periods. After applications are submitted, eligible applicants will be contacted by email with an invitation to attend a Meet & Greet with Tulane EMS members. From there, applicants will sign up for a formal interview with our selections panel the following weekend. Selected applicants will then be invited to a callback interview. Approximately 30 applicants will then be invited to a callback interview. A select number of applicants will then be admitted to the organization as determined by the needs of Tulane EMS.

The fall application period is open for Tulane freshmen and sophomores who are not EMT certified, have not taken an EMT course, and are not currently enrolled in an EMT course. Please see Eligibility for Membership below for additional requirements.

2020 Spring Applications

Apply Online  Saturday, Feb. 1
Online application form will open on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Information Session  Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. | Jones Hall, Room 102
At this session, we will discuss the selections process to interested applicants. In addition, a panel of Tulane EMS members will answer questions about the organization.

Applications Due  Wednesday, Feb. 12 by noon
Online application form will close at noon on Feb. 12.

Applicant Meet and Greet (by invitation)  Thursday, Feb. 13  at 6 p.m. | Alumni House
The Selections Committee will invite eligible applicants to meet the general membership of Tulane EMS and the Selections Committee. Business attire.

Selection Interviews - Feb. 15-16
The Selections Committee will interview final applicants.

Eligibility for Membership

  • Maintain a 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Have a current driver's license
  • Have no more than two moving violations in the past year (nor any violations more serious than this-DUI, vehicular manslaughter, etc.)
  • Be able to commit at least four semesters* to Tulane EMS

*Note: We do not require Fall applicants to have any prior medical certification or knowledge. The spring semester following acceptance in the fall will be dedicated to training and does not count as an active semester. Please see the Accepted Applications section for more information on training.

Accepted Applications

All applicants accepted to Tulane EMS must meet certain requirements before becoming a riding Tulane EMS member, including:

  • Taking a EMT-Basic course the following semester on the Uptown campus in the Tulane EMS office in Diboll (if no EMT class has been completed)
  • Attending an on-campus training each Sunday provided by members of Tulane EMS to prepare for becoming a riding member
  • Obtaining CPR certification

Accepted applicants are expected to obtain full NREMT certification by the end of the current academic semester.

Requirements and Responsibilities

Once riding status is achieved, each member of Tulane EMS has several requirements and responsibilities, including:

  • Becoming a certified EMT-B within one year of acceptance to Tulane EMS
  • Taking a minimum of three 12-hour shifts per month
  • Attending weekly meetings

The time each member commits to Tulane EMS is significant, and only increases as one progresses in the organization.

Please email tulane-ems@tulane.edu with questions about the application process.