MCEMS offers CPR courses, a First Responder course, and an EMT course.  


The CPR courses we offer are through the American Heart Association, so the CPR certification you receive (along with a First Responder course or EMT course) will allow you to respond on campus. The courses are taught several times per semester, and each runs about two hours. Your CPR certification will last for two years. 

Price: $35

Next CPR Course: Saturday, Feb. 2nd 10am-12pm, Campus Center


The First Responder course is MCEMS-run and is specific to responding with the MCEMS service. To take the course, you must have an American Heart Association CPR certification, which may come from off campus or from a course offered at Macalester. We often offer CPR and First Responder courses back-to-back for students interested in this option. In the course, you will learn to obtain vital signs from a patient (heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure), and you will become acquainted with the equipment we use on campus. Each course runs about one hour.

Price: Free

Next First Responder Course: Sunday, October 7th 12-1pm, Campus Center


The EMT course is MCEMS organized and coordinated, and it is a two-three week course taught on campus over January Break. Skills attained in this course include all skills from the first responder level, patient assessment, blood glucose testing, oxygen administration, spinal immobilization, oral glucose administration, splinting, oropharyngeal/nasopharyngeal airway insertion, and more. Other activities include St. Paul Fire ride-alongs and a group visit to the University of Minnesota cadaver lab. After completion of the skills exam and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) written exam, you will be a nationally certified EMT. This certification lasts for two years, and we offer recertification for current students on campus. Student EMTs have the option of working for MCEMS as a tier-3 work study job. 

EMT Course January 2019
Registration opens: October 15th
1st round of registration closes: November 9th

Price Estimate: $1100 for Mac students / $1500 for non-students