2023-24 Course Information

The Stanford Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Program (EMED 111A), gives an introduction to those interested in EMS, and provides an overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the scene of an emergency until more highly trained responders arrive.

This theoretical and practical training will also prepare you for the EMT Program in Winter and Spring quarters. It also allows students to sit for the NREMT exam for First Responders/EMRs. The course is available via open enrollment on Axess.

For those interested in becoming an EMT this academic year, you will need to take EMED 111A in Fall Quarter, followed by EMED 111B/C in Winter and Spring Quarters.


If you have already completed EMED 111A in a previous year, you may apply  for EMED 111B/C during Fall Quarter. After taking EMED 111A, you may choose to take EMED 111B/C in a following year, however EMED 111B and EMED 111C must be taken in sequence.

The Stanford Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program (EMED 111B/C), is a two-course sequence designed to give students the theoretical and practical training they need to take the National Registry of EMTs certification exam and work as an EMT. The class covers the basic physiology behind many medical and traumatic scenarios, as well as the principles of assessment and emergency treatment that would be performed in the field. Practical skills include CPR, use of an AED, bandaging and splinting, spinal immobilization, and administration of certain medications. The course is by application only. Prerequisite: EMED 111A or consent of instructor.

These classes provide a unique opportunity to put theoretical knowledge acquired in lectures into practice in real life. They are ideal for motivated students of all backgrounds, and while these classes may be particularly appealing to those interested in pursuing careers in medicine, an interest in pursuing a career in medicine is by no means required. The medical training provided will prepare students to become certified as EMTs and to use their skills volunteering, working with an ambulance company, hospital or disaster response.

Important Schedule Information

The courses (EMED 111A/B/C) will utilize a blended learning format.


EMED 111A will now meet Thursday nights from 6pm-8:30pm

EMED 111B/C Required lectures will be asynchronous and posted weekly on Canvas with practical sessions Thursday nights from 6pm-8:30pm. Attendance is mandatory for all synchronous class dates. In addition, one required practical weekend will be held at the end of Week 7 or 8 each quarter.

All undergraduate students must take each course for 5 units each quarter.  Graduate students may take the class for reduced units contingent on approval from the course director.



The Stanford EMT program requires that the class size each year to remain within a range that allows each student to receive adequate practice and instruction.  Therefore, prospective students must submit an application and be accepted in order to enroll in the EMT program (EMED 111B/C).

Our EMR and EMT programs can only accept Stanford undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for the current or upcoming academic year.  We cannot accommodate students from any other college or university.

Other Stanford University affiliates (faculty or staff) may be considered on a space available basis. If you are a staff or faculty member of Stanford University, please apply and then email us at emtprogram@stanford.edu

We are unable to consider applicants who are not currently affiliated with Stanford University, including employees of Stanford Healthcare and Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. 

Enrollment in the course is not guaranteed and is subject to course director approval.

Already an EMT?

There are several ways to get involved with Stanford's EMS community if you're already an EMT or EMS provider:

Teaching Assistant / EMED 112 
Teaching assistants are at the core of the EMED 111/211 teaching team. TAs are responsible for mentoring the EMT students in EMED 111 and conducting small group practical sessions where EMT skills are taught and reinforced. Other TA responsibilities include holding office hours and assisting with the practical exams and final exams for each quarter.

TAs for EMED 111 are expected to enroll in the Advanced Training and Teaching for the EMT (EMED 112/212) course. EMED 112/212 is designed to provide ongoing training for current EMS providers and to prepare them to teach the topics covered in EMED 111. The curriculum in EMED 112/212 will cover emergency medicine topics in greater depth than the EMT course and introduce advanced concepts that are not covered by the EMT curriculum. TAs enrolled in EMED 112/212 are required to attend all Thursday practical sessions in addition to EMED112/212 lectures.

If you are interested in becoming a TA for EMED 111, please follow this link and then email us after filling out the form: emtprogram@stanford.edu.

Stanford EMS (StEMS) 
Please head on over to the Stanford EMS (StEMS) website to see what opportunities there are to volunteer as an EMT at campus events. Stanford EMS is a volunteer group whose sponsorship and oversight are provided by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS). Stanford students, faculty and staff members who are EMTs certified in Santa Clara County can apply to join StEMS.


Read the FAQ first to see if your question has been answered. If you have more questions, email: emtprogram@stanford.edu.


To ensure an optimal training environment, our course requires that the class-size remain within a range that allows each student to receive adequate practice and instruction along with adhering to COVID-19 classroom sizing.

For questions please email: emtprogram@stanford.edu