Recent News

  • WEMS is assessing student interest for a spring emergency medical responder course.  If you would be interested in attaining a certification as an emergency medical responder and joining WEMS please contact <wemsdirector>.
  • We are now on call on Thursdays beginning at 5pm until Friday at 7am as well as our usual weekend shifts from 5pm Friday night through 5pm Sunday night.  As always, call 503-370-6911 in an emergency.

About WEMS

Our mission is to provide early response emergency medical services for members of the Willamette University community and visitors to the University Campus.  WEMS provides health education and public health interventions and an opportunity for members to enhance their leadership skills. 

Created by students in 1997, Willamette University Medical Services (WEMS) is a professionally licenced EMS agency dedicated to protecting the safety of students, faculty, staff, and guests on campus.  Members are medically trained and certified as either Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) or EMT-Basics prior to joining WEMS.  

What can I get out of WEMS?

To begin with you need to understand that WEMS, like anything in life, is built with the people at its core. In the same way as asking what you can get from a class or a profession, you will get out of WEMS what you put into it. Many of our alumni have come into college without any previous medical experience, joined WEMS, and left with fields in the health care profession including working in hospitals, ambulances, search and rescue teams, and many other fields. WEMS offers students the ability to take First Responder classes, as well as continued education and training classes, respond to on-campus emergencies, care for patients, provide follow-up care, and play an active role as a leader within a group.

How can I get into WEMS?

There are two ways to join WEMS. You can come into Willamette with your First responder, EMT-Basic or higher certification (which most people do not have at this point). If you have any of these certifications you can join immediately. The second way is after coming to Willamette, you can take a First Responder class offered yearly at Willamette in the fall, and join spring semester or after successfully completing this course. Then all you need to do is contact us and say you're interested in joining, and we can get you started!

Training Information

The First Responder course offered at Willamette during the fall semester is a 6 week course in which students meet once a week with an instructor. Responders attend 2-hour drills every Sunday to keep up on their skills and obtain the necessary hours of continuing education to to keep their certifications.    


To be an effective Responder its important for students to take initiative in learning and participating so that the necessary emergency skills are learned to be successful in calls on campus. This means attending all the classes for certification in the fall and attending drills regularly on the weekends. 

For more information

If you would like more information on how to join or the classes available to you, we can be reached by:

When contacting us, please include your name, phone number, email address, and any certifications you currently hold or are interested in obtaining. Thank you!