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, please complete this MERT membership application.

If your license is not from Pennsylvania, you will also need to complete the reciprocity process to transfer your license.


If you are a freshman or sophomore and would like to obtain your certification, MERT holds an EMT class that meets on the weekends during spring semester. Although subject to change, the class will be in-person on campus.

The application for the Spring 2023 EMT class will open Fall 2022. Follow @pennmert on Instagram for updates!


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. .

Have a question? Need Help? Reach Out!

There are a variety of reasons and lists of paperwork which make the process confusing and difficult. Reach out and we can offer our expertise!