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. Register here to sign up.

Price: free

Next CPR Course: Saturday, November 9th, 11:00am-1:00pm CC206


The First Responder course is Mac First Aid-run and is specific to responding with the MacEMS 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: TBD

Naloxone Training

Narcan Training: Ran by MCEMS, our Narcan Training is an hour long course that is geared towards teaching all interested the importance of Narcan, a life saving drug that is capable of reversing the effects of opioid overdose almost instantly within patients. Through this course, participants will learn the signs of general opioid usage, as well as the signs indicating overdose. From there, participants will then learn the proper procedure for administering Narcan to victims of overdose, as well as the necessary steps afterwards to ensure patient safety. 
Price: free
Next Narcan training: TBD


The EMT course is Mac First Aid 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 2020 (Jan. 3rd to Jan. 25th)

Info sessions: October 4th (11:30-12:30 or 4:45-5:45)
Registration opens: October 14th
1st round of registration closes: November 4th

Price Estimate: $950 for Mac students / $1500 for non-students

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is offered by the National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMI), our Mental Health First Aid course is a day long course that focuses highly on giving all participants the knowledge and means of handling crises related to mental health. In this course, participants will learn about common forms of mental illness within society (i.e. schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, etc), mastering how to generally identify signs of such illnesses and how to approach patients in a comfortable and respectful manner. This course is not required to become a First Responder for MCEMS. However, all hours within will count as Continuing Education (CE) hours for students looking to renew their EMT certifications.

Price: Free*

Next Mental Health First Aid Course: Sunday, November 17th, 8am-5pm Weyerhaeuser Boardroom

*Participants will be required to confirm their spot in the course with a $40 fee paid prior to its commencement. Participants, so long as they come to the course, will be refunded in full promptly after conclusion of course.