Paramedic Certificate Admission Requirements
Step 1: Complete the online application for the Paramedic program
The application link will be sent to you upon acceptance to the Emergency Medical Services program.
Step 2: Complete the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements
Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:
Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the COMPASS assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.
Successfully complete the following college success courses with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college:
- ENG061 College Preparatory Writing II
- RDG040 College Preparatory Reading III
- MAT045 Fundamentals of Math
Any combination of the above fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, and writing.
Step 3: Complete Required General Education Courses
Successfully complete the required general education courses, or the equivalent, with a cumulative GPA or 2.50 or higher:
- BIO168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIO173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
- HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences
Step 4: Certifications
Hold current Iowa EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) or NREMT (National Registry Emergency Medical Technician) Certification.
Step 5: Letters of Recommendation
Provide three letters of recommendation. The letters must come from non-family members and be submitted directly to:
Hawkeye Community College
Health Education and Services Center
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704
Step 6: Paramedic Admission Interview
Successfully complete the Paramedic admission committee interview.
Apply for admission.
- Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:
Applicants who do not meet the program's admission requirements will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.
Applicants enrolled in coursework to complete Steps 1–6 will become candidates.
Upon successful completion of Steps 1–6 applicants will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list. Placement on the list is determined by the highest total points from the Paramedic criteria. If applicants share the same number of points, the second criteria used will be the Paramedic application date. The earliest application date will take priority over a later application date.
The Paramedic program accepts approximately 18 students each fall semester.
Paramedic Point System
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