Course Information

The Stanford Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training class (SURG 111/211), is a full year course designed to give students the theoretical and practical training they need to take the National Registry certification exam and become certified as 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 range from CPR to the use of an Automated External Defibrillator, bandaging and splinting, spinal immobilization, and administration of certain medications.

This class provides a unique opportunity to put theoretical knowledge acquired in lectures into practice in real life. It is ideal for motivated students of all backgrounds, and while this class 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 EMT.s and to use their skills volunteering, working with an ambulance company or hospital. One great way to use the EMT certification is through Stanfords own recently formed EMT group, Stanford Emergency Medical System (StEMS), which provides standby emergency coverage for events on campus.


All Stanford students, both undergraduate and graduate, may apply for the class. Other Stanford affiliates (faculty or staff) may also apply and will be considered on an individual basis. We are unfortunately unable to consider applicants who are not currently affiliated with Stanford. Enrollment in the course is not guaranteed and is subject to course director approval.

Important Schedule Information
The course will require class attendance twice a week, from 6pm - 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during all three quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring 2013-14). The course is offered for 4 units.

Course Application

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. Course enrollment is therefore determined by an online application, which is available as of July 19, 2013. Enrollment is available to Stanford affiliated students (incoming, undergraduate, graduate), faculty, and staff.

The online application form for Surgery 111 / 211 A-C for the 2013 - 2014 school year is available here.

The deadline for faculty, staff, and non-Freshman student applications is September 6, 2013.
The deadline for Freshman student applications is September 20, 2013.
For questions please email


Already an EMT?

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

Surgery 112 / 212 A-C
Advanced Training and Teaching for the EMT (Surgery 112 / 212) is a recently restructured, 2-unit course designed to provide ongoing training for current EMS providers. Students practice BLS assessments and medical care through simulated patient encounters. Topics include management of medical and traumatic emergencies, some advanced topics, and teaching skills. Students taking the course for 3 units also serve as teaching assistants for Surgery 111, the Stanford EMT training course.
Please contact if you are interested in enrolling in this course.

Teaching Assistant
Teaching assistants are at the core of the Surgery 111/211 teaching team. Responsibilities include running practical labs and helping administer the practical midterm. All Teaching Assistants are expected to be trained and certified at the level of EMT or above prior to beginning work. Participation is determined by an online application, which is available here as of July 19, 2013. The deadline for TA applications is September 9, 2013. For questions about the application, please email

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.


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