Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Date of Award



Knowing how to respond to a medical emergency is a valuable life skill that college students ought to have the opportunity to attain in order to save lives. This study aims to understand how prepared and confident local students are to respond to a medical emergency. Participants consisted of undergraduate students who had no healthcare or nursing school experience. A survey was distributed that asked students to rank and describe their own confidence to respond to medical emergencies. The survey also questioned how much former training or experience they had with medical emergencies. The results of the survey show that most students have insufficient training and are generally not confident in their own abilities to intervene in a medical emergency. The implications of this study are that the local university ought to carry out measures to increase the preparedness and confidence of students in medical emergency intervention techniques.


Monica Tenhunen


Medical Emergency, Training, Preparedness, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), University, Undergraduate, Tourniquet Application, Heimlich Maneuver