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Under the direction of the EMS Manager, the Emergency Medical Technician serves as a Station Officer for the UCLA Police Department, with the primary responsibility of providing 9-1-1 emergency medical response for the campus and surrounding community. The position is part-time, classified as 49 percent Casual Restricted, open only to full-time UCLA students (see requirements below).

Hands-on Care

UCLA EMS is a unique organization with students at its core. EMS offers one of the few opportunities for students to have hands-on patient contact. In many cases, our EMTs are the highest medical authority on the scene of medical aid requests; they assess and treat the patient and must make critical decisions affecting patient outcome. Few volunteer or lab jobs provide this exciting, invaluable experience.

Advanced On-the-job Training

All newly hired EMTs are required to complete a rigorous training program, as described below:

  • Phase-I: The first five weeks of training take place in the classroom setting. Trainees must show expertise with current EMT knowledge and are given additional instruction in defibrillation, patient assessment, driving, departmental policies and procedures, and finally tying all the information together in medical simulations. In addition to classroom lectures and simulation sessions, Phase-I trainees participate in weekly ride-alongs to observe what occurs during ambulance shifts.
  • Phase-II/III: After successful completion of classroom training, trainees work in the field with a dedicated Field Training Officer (FTO) for 12-15 weeks. The first few shifts are designed to ease the trainee into field training by having them assume a supporting role to their FTO. However, during Phase-III, trainees drive the ambulance, assess and treat all patients, and run every aspect of medical aid calls and other shift duties. FTOs step in only if the trainee is making critical mistakes. For newly hired EMTs, field training is the most challenging yet most rewarding part of the training experience. A written and simulation test complete field training and the trainee becomes a probationary employee who can work independently on his or her own shifts.

Standard of Excellence

As a result of EMS’s excellence in training and service, more than 90% of students who work for EMS go to either medical school or join fire departments. Of those EMTs who apply to medical school, 100% have been accepted. Having experience working on a 9-1-1 response ambulance makes EMS applicants stand out. 

Pay Range

Currently EMTs are compensated at an hourly rate starting at $16.50, with promotional opportunities up to $21.45. EMTs are paid biweekly and are not eligible for benefits.

Minimum Requirements

Currently certified California EMT-1s (or in the final process of getting NREMT/CA State certified) who are full-time UCLA undergraduate students with at least one calendar year remaining in school, and at least a 2.0 GPA are eligible to apply. Additionally, applicants must possess a valid California Driver's License, and have a minimum of one year driving experience. UCLA Extension students unfortunately are not eligible to apply.

Graduate students are welcome to apply provided they meet all of the Minimum Requirements above, and are not employed with UCLA in any capacity, whether required for graduate degree or not.

Note: All UCLA EMS EMTs must be available to work Days, Evenings, Nights, Weekends, Holidays, and over ALL Academic Breaks.

Selection Process

Applicants must pass a series of rigorous evaluations to be hired by UCLA EMS, which include:

  1. Online Application
  2. Multiple-choice evaluation of EMT medical knowledge
  3. Geography evaluation covering campus buildings, streets and surrounding community
  4. Group interview
  5. Practical skills assessment
  6. Formal Interview
  7. Physical agility assessment
  8. Background check

By applying for any position, you understand that for the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires employees, subject to limited deferrals, exceptions, accommodations based on disability or religious belief, and associated non-pharmaceutical interventions, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing the University's Locations and Programs. For more information visit UCLA COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Announcement and Full UC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy.

Fall 2021 Hiring Testing Dates- In order to be considered, applicants must be available for all hiring dates/times described below (exception: Information Meetings & Practice Night). If you have a conflict with any hiring dates described below, you must notify us in writing at [email protected] no later than 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Exceptions are not guaranteed, considerations will be addressed on an individual basis.

Day/date                      time location event

Friday, October 1st

7:00pm - 8:00pm


Zoom Virtual Conference 

New Applicant Information Meeting

Not mandatory, but strongly recommended for all applicants.  (Only one Information Meeting need be attended)

Thursday, October 7th

7:00pm - 8:00pm


Zoom Virtual Conference

New Applicant Information Meeting

Friday, October 15th

5:00pm -6:00pm


Sproul Lecture Room (110A)

New Applicant Information Meeting


October 20th

6:00pm - 7:00pm


Sproul Lecture Room (110A)

New Applicant Information Meeting


Thursday, October 28th


7:00pm - 8:00pm

Zoom Virtual Conference

New Applicant Information Meeting


Friday, October 29th


7:00pm - 8:00pm

Sproul Lecture Room (110A)

New Applicant Information Meeting


November 4th

7:00pm - 8:00pm Zoom Virtual Conference New Applicant Information Meeting
Friday, November 5th 7:00pm - 8:00pm Sproul Lecture Room (110A) New Applicant Information Meeting



November 10th 



Submit Application on UCLA CCLE Site

All Applications Due

All applications due at 5 p.m. (No exceptions will be allowed). Applications are reviewed, those meeting the minimum requirements will be invited to take the Written Evaluation.


Friday, November 12th



Accepted Applications Listed on UCLA CCLE


Accepted Applications Listed Online

Applicants will receive an email with an information packet, containing more details on the hiring process.


November 13th


Exams available online on the UCLA CCLE site

Written Evaluation

Exam requires Respondus Lockdown Browser. Please download this free software, and verify it works on your device prior to the exam.

Evaluates EMT and UCLA geography knowledge. Test lasts approximately 2 hours. Applicants passing this portion will be invited to the Group Interview.


November 13th

Scheduled Appointments beginning about


Royce Hall- Rm 156

Group Interview

Each applicant will be paired up with 2 - 4 other applicants in a group interview session to better assess problem solving and interpersonal skills.

Physical Agility

Includes lifting a gurney loaded with 180 lb. patient, carrying a loaded flat up and down stairs and a run loaded with equipment up and down stairs.


November 13th

About 7:00pm


Practice Night

Those invited to the Practical Evaluation will be provided further information via email.



November  14th


Scheduled Appointments beginning about 




Practical Evaluation

Applicants who pass the Group Interview are invited to the Practical Evaluation. Each applicant will perform various EMT skills. Specific skills being evaluated will be provided to the applicant at the appointment, just prior to the evaluation.

Sunday, November 14th

Those Invited to the MMI Interviews will be informed the time.

Kaplan Hall- A Level

MMI Interviews

Applicants who pass the Practical Evaluation are invited back for the MMI Interviews.

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UCLA Police Department
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: (310) 206-8886
Fax: (310) 206-6812
Mail Code: 136408


601 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1364

Business Hours

Monday – Friday 8 a. m. to 5 p. m.

Station Hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week