There are a variety of paths those interested in joining MERT can take in order to become a member and we are here to help along the way.

Requirements of members

24 hours per month on shift

All members are required to take a total of 24 hours of shifts each month. Part of these 24 hours include a minimum of one athletic shift per semester.

MCI, NSO, and Fling

In addition to weekly GBMs, MERT also holds special training events throughout the school year to prepare members to better handle more complicated events.

Weekly GBMs

Each week MERT holds general body meetings which are meant to maintain members’ competency in a variety of skills ranging from cardiac arrest to trauma.

Maintenance of certifications

Like any EMS organization, MERT members must do continuing education in order to keep both state and national EMT licenses and CPR certification.

How to join mert


If you have a current EMT certification from another state/NREMT, please complete this MERT membership application. To be interviewed in our first fall cohort, apply by Saturday, 9/10 11:59 pm. We will reach out with interview invites after the application deadline. Interviews are scheduled to be on Saturday, September 17th during the day.

If your license is not from Pennsylvania, you will also need to complete the reciprocity process to transfer your license, which you will work on with MERT after acceptance to our organization. 


If you are a freshman or sophomore and would like to obtain your certification, MERT holds an EMT class held through the Perelman School of Medicine during the spring semester (Spring 2023). Although subject to change, the class will be mostly asynchronous/online, with in-person weekend practical sessions on-campus.

To apply to the Spring 2023 EMT class, you must attend one virtual informational session. For the link, complete the MERT Interest Form and indicate that you are looking to take the Spring 2023 EMT Class. The information sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, 9/13 at 8 pm and Sunday, 9/18 at 4 pm via Zoom. You will be emailed the link prior to the session. If you are unable to attend either session, please email Applications for the Spring 2023 EMT Class will be sent out after the info sessions. You will only receive an application if you attend an info session.

Applications are due Monday, October 3rd at 11:59 pm. We will reach out with interview invites after the application deadline. Interviews are scheduled to be on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th during the day. 


If the timing of MERT’s EMT class does not fit with your schedule, there are many classes offered by other organizations that may work for you.

Please email if you have any questions or need help finding a class. .

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