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In case of medical emergency, call 911 or JCUPD dispatch at 216-397-1234.

To report non-medical emergencies or suspicious activity contact John Carroll University Police Department, at 216-397-1234. For medical issues that are not emergencies, visit the Student Health and Wellness Center.

Three hospitals in the area are used in case of emergencies at John Carroll University:

John Carroll University Emergency Medical Services (JCU EMS) was established in April 2002 in response to the sudden and preventable death of a student. EMS was established by JCU students and is still run by JCU students who have Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or Emergency Medical Responder training and certification. The purpose of the organization is to provide quick response service for on-campus medical emergencies. The organization works with University Heights Fire Department for ambulance transport when necessary. EMS also works closely with the John Carroll University Police Department and the Office of Residence Life.

EMS offers several opportunities for students. The required certification qualifies members for job opportunities in fire, ambulance, and hospital services. The experience develops advanced leadership skills and members obtain clinical experience, such as technical skills and patient care. Many relationships are formed among current members, alumni, and members of organizations that work closely with EMS. Some members of the organization may attend the annual National Collegiation Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) Conference, which is attended by students belonging to EMS organizations from schools all across the country.

For more details on our day-to-day operations, feel free to browse our two governing documents:

  • Protocols: Our medical protocols determine how our responders assess and treat patients in any scenario.
  • Standard Operating Procedures: Our SOP serves as the basis for operational standards and our administrative structure, both internally and in the wider University hierarchy.

Executive Board

  • Lauren Smith: Chief
  • Nicholas Silva: Deputy Chief
  • Katie O'Malley: Training
  • Danielle Baffa: Quality Assurance Officer
  • Annabel McQuillan: Human Resources Officer
  • Kaitlyn Sciortino: Equipment Manager 

There are currently five different levels of emergency medical care certification, ranging from least to most advanced:

  1. Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  2. EMT-Basic
  3. EMT-Intermediate
  4. EMT-Advanced
  5. Paramedic  

The training that John Carroll EMTs are given is for the EMR or EMT-Basic qualification, although those with previous training may also be accepted.  These EMRs and EMT-Basics are able to perform patient assessment and manage trauma and medical emergencies with skills such as CPR, defibrillation, airway adjuncts, taking vital signs, splinting, and assistance with administrations of some medication.

The application is present below. The applications will be open at all times. Along with the online application, an interview must be scheduled and completed with the EMS executive board. Applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews. For more information about the application process, contact

Note that the following short answer questions will be part of the application and all of the application must be completed in one sitting.

What type of community service activities have you been involved with in the past? What did you learn from those activities?

What are your motivations for applying for JCU EMS?

What are three qualities you possess that would help you function within JCU EMS? How will those qualities help you serve as a capable emergency worker?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

What other extracurricular activities (clubs, organizations, jobs, etc.) are you involved with?

Emergency Medical Services Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with John Carroll University Emergency Medical Services. Our work is strictly volunteer but requires a significant time and emotional commitment. It is also necessary that the applicant front the cost for the class originally. A portion will be refunded by the department once two semesters of service are completed. If this causes a problem or if you have any questions, feel free to contact the Chief or Deputy-Chief of the department, as found under the roster section of this page. Please be sure that you can meet these requirements before you apply.


Please follow these steps to apply:

  • Fully complete the application.
  • Copy your CPR card and any other certifications you may have obtained prior to joining our department.
  • Complete an interview with members of executive board.

Please do not apply if:

  • You are not available to attend and pass CPR for Healthcare Providers and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) or Emergency Medical Responder training within the next year.
  • You are physically or emotionally unable to complete the challenging work required of an emergency medical response worker.
  • You are not willing to commit two semesters of work for our department, including at least one weekly shift, one tri-weekly weekend rotation, and one special event per semester.

The typical training process is as follows:

  • Be accepted as a member to begin the training process for our department.
  • Obtain CPR for Healthcare Providers certification and either EMT-B (approximately 150 hour course) or EMR (approximately 60 hour course) training.
  • Obtain both national and State of Ohio certification; apply for reciprocity in the state of Ohio if you trained in another state.
  • Before beginning work with our department, complete one Responder In Training shift with JCU-EMS and 12 hours of ride along time with University Heights Fire Department OR another department as required by your course instructor.

Thank you for your interest in our group and your interest in bettering the John Carroll University community.

Emergency Medical Services Application

In order to be a member of the John Carroll University Emergency Medical Services (EMS), students must have EMR or EMT-Basic certification as well as sign up for at least one week-day shift and one weekend shift every third weekend. Shift information can be found below.

Training days and monthly department meetings are mandatory for all members. The training days can also be used as continuing education credit, which can be used for recertification. This is necessary in order to maintain national and Ohio EMT-Basic and CPR certification. In order to receive a partial refund for the course, at least two semesters must be served. Lastly, all members must follow Standard Operating Procedures on shift and represent the department well at all times.

Weekday shifts run Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m.- 11 p.m.  Weekend shifts are Thursday from 11 p.m. – 7 a.m and Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m.-7 a.m.

While on shift, EMTs may do homework, sleep, eat, spend time with friends, and be anywhere on campus.  However, while on shift, one may not leave campus, use or be in the presence of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs (unless directly related to a call), do anything that would prevent him/her from responding immediately to a call, compromise quality patient care, or damage the reputation of EMS.

Contact Us

Emergency Medical Services
Station 1 is located inside the Lombardo Student Center, across from the Intramural Gym.



EMS staff is active from 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. From Thursday to Saturday, staff will be active from  7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Outside of those times, staff will be on call and available through JCUPD at 216.397.1234.