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Cowell Center

EMS Services

EMS Services

General Information:

Santa Clara University Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a student run and operated medical care organization. We are operated by a volunteer staff of  35 Nationally Certified and State Licensed EMT-Basics. Our program operates under the guidance and licenses of several medical professionals from the Cowell Center who function as our Medical Directors. We work closely with Santa Clara University Campus Safety Services to provide emergency medical care to the University campus from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. when the health center is closed. Our shifts each night and morning are manned by three or four EMT-B's.   

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How We Operate:

We are dispatched to any emergency scenes on campus that require medical personnel by and alongside Campus Safety Services. Any student calling the CSS Emergency Phone - (408) 554-4444 - can request medical attention from SCU EMS. 

We can:

  • Respond to any medical emergency that occurs on university property
  • Provide stabilizing medical care and Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Call ambulances for any patient in need of immediate hospital care
  • Provide important information pertaining to many injuries and conditions

We cannot: 

  • Respond to events or emergencies which occur off campus (call 911!)
  • Provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) or perform invasive procedures
  • Transport patients to hospitals independent of local EMS/Fire agencies
  • Diagnose conditions or prescribe/provide medications 
The Wellness Center on campus offers thorough definitions of Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan.

No, the EMTs work alongside Campus Safety but do not "write up" people for any policy violations. EMTs simply provide medical attention and have no role in the disciplinary process.

No, all EMTs are volunteers and the work done by SCU EMS is unpaid.

There are 40 EMTs per academic year.

The EMTs use golf carts to transport themselves and their gear to the scene of each incident.

SCU EMS is on duty every night of the academic year, with the exception of finals week. Each shift begins at 5:00pm and ends at 8:00am. There are 3 to 4 EMTs on duty each night who respond to emergency calls.

SCU EMS responds to a variety of calls including medical issues, trauma, intoxication, sports-related injuries, and psychological calls.

Yes, if SCU EMS is contacted ahead of the event, then a team of EMTs will cover an on-campus event such as a concert, sporting event, alumni event, etc. SCU EMS asks for a $100 donation, if possible, to cover the cost of the equipment used on a typical shift.

All SCU EMTs are required to attend multiple training sessions each quarter to maintain and improve their skills as well as keep their certifications current. These training sessions are put on by the SCU EMS Training Officers. SCU EMS also will invite certain ambulance companies and the Santa Clara County Fire Department to conduct occasional training sessions.