EMT Experience Program for UW-Madison Students

In 2022, the Center for Pre-Health Advising (CPHA) and the Fire Department of Mount Horeb (FDMH) partnered to launch a pilot EMT Experience Program (EMTEP). CPHA is now excited to recruit for their third cohort! UW-Madison undergraduates looking to pursue a health professional program, who are committed to sustained community engagement, and are interested in working towards greater equity in healthcare – including rural communities – should consider applying.


The EMT Experience Program is an approximately two – year long commitment that seeks to help increase access, equity, and diversity in healthcare through providing hands-on, mentored professional development experiences to undergraduates committed to serving within local communities. EMT experience is one pathway for students to gain direct patient care experience and enhanced professional networks.

The full program includes:

  • Full summer 2024 scholarship OR tuition reimbursement
    • Two students will be selected for Funding Path 1: Full scholarship from CPHA to complete EMT certification through Madison College in summer 2024.
    • Two additional students will be selected for Funding Path 2: Reimbursement from FDMH for self-funded EMT certification following the completion of EMTEP.
  • Two years of structured volunteer service, professional development sessions, and mentorship from FDMH and additional healthcare providers.
  • Dedicated career development support from the Center for Pre-Health Advising.
  • All transportation to and from Mount Horeb will be provided.


  • Good faith commitment to completing the EMT Certification Class and the 368 hours of EMT shifts over a two-year span.
  • Interest in pursuing professional health care programs post-graduation.
  • Commitment to working towards greater equity in health care, including within rural communities.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the importance of a diversity of perspectives in healthcare teams (via lived experiences, identities, educational backgrounds).
  • Priority will be given to applicants who will significantly benefit from gaining more exposure to health career fields and building related professional networks.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled UW-Madison students in good academic and non-academic standing at time of application and participation (i.e. enrolled in fall 2023, enrolled for spring 2024, minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, etc).
  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester of coursework on the UW-Madison campus and have at least two semesters of coursework left by the program’s start. Incoming first-year students will not be selected.
  • Participants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients.

Application Process:

Students are required to submit an application via Qualtrics, which includes a questionnaire and an essay section. The application also includes the application process, details about the program, and more.

EMT Experience Program 2024 applications are due Sunday, January 7th at 11:59pm CST. Semi-finalist will be invited to a virtual interview in late January with CPHA. Finalists will be invited to an in-person interview and ride-along with Mt. Horeb Fire Department in February. All applicants will receive communication of decisions by Monday, March 1st.

Questions? Reach out to Dua Ci Khang, Lead for Professional Development Programming, at dkhang@wisc.edu.

EMT Experience Program FAQ
EMT Experience Program Flyer

This post was authored by Academic Affairs on 12/07/2023.