Emergency Medical Technician Jobs

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How to Apply

UCLA Emergency Medical Services is currently accepting applications for employment, please see current application in Related Information.

All applicants must download an application from the related information box on the right and print it out, or pick one up at the front counter of the Police Station (601 Westwood Plaza). Completed applications must be returned to the front counter of the Police Station. Additionally, you will find sample test questions and a campus map to prepare you for the written examination. 


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 $14.50, with promotional opportunities up to $19.16. 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. Application
  2. Multiple-choice evaluation of EMT medical knowledge
  3. Geography evaluation covering campus buildings, streets and surrounding community
  4. Physical agility assessment
  5. Group interview
  6. Practical skills assessment
  7. Formal Interview
  8. Background check

Fall 2019 Hiring Testing Dates- Fall 2019 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/times described below, you must notify us in writing at [email protected] no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019. Exceptions are not guaranteed, considerations will be addressed on an individual basis.

Day/date                     timelocationevent

Thursday,         October 17th

6 p.m.

Sproul Lecture Hall

1st Floor

New Applicant Information Meeting

Not mandatory, but strongly recommended for all applicants. Wear comfortable shoes/clothing as there will be an opportunity to practice lifting our equipment. (Only one Information Meeting need be attended)

Tuesday,          October 22nd

6 p.m.

Sproul Lecture Hall

1st Floor

New Applicant Information Meeting

Monday,           October 28th

6 p.m.

Sproul Lecture Hall

1st Floor

New Applicant Information Meeting

Wednesday, November 6th

6 p.m.

Sproul Lecture Hall

1st Floor

New Applicant Information Meeting

Tuesday,      November 12th

6 p.m.

Sproul Lecture Hall

1st Floor

New Applicant Information Meeting

Thursday,     November 14th

5 p.m.UCPD- 601 Westwood Plaza Front Counter

All Applications Due

All applications due at the front counter by 5 p.m. (No exceptions will be allowed) Applications are reviewed and some applicants will be invited to take the Written Evaluation.

Friday,          November 15th

3 p.m.UCPD- 601 Westwood Plaza Front Counter

Accepted Applications Posted

List of accepted applications posted at UCPD Station front counter and on the phone message at (310) 206-8885. Accepted applicants pick up preliminary packet at the Police Department front counter as soon as possible.

Saturday,      November 16th

8 a.m.Royce Hall Room 154

Written Evaluation

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

Saturday,      November 16th

Scheduled Appointments beginning about


Royce Hall Room 154

Group Interview/ Physical Evaluation

Group Interview- Each applicant will be paired up with 2-3 other applicants in a group interview session to better assess problem solving and interpersonal skills.

Physical Evaluation- 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. Applicants who pass will be invited to participate in the Practical Evaluation and Practice Night.

Saturday,      November 16th

About 6 p.m.UCPD- 601 Westwood Plaza

Practice Night

An opportunity for all applicants to practice EMT skills and get comfortable with equipment. Not mandatory, but highly recommended for all applicants.    

Sunday,        November 17th

Scheduled Appointments beginning about 7 a.m.


UCPD- 601 Westwood Plaza

Practical Evaluation

Applicants must perform at least 2 EMT skills, such as C-spine, CPR, traction splint, KED, bleed control, etc.

Sunday,       November 17th

Those Invited to the Formal Interview will be informed the time

Haines Hall Room 110

Formal Interview

Applicants who pass the practical are invited back for formal interview.

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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