Emergency Medical Services

Paramedic Certificate Courses

Award: Certificate
Required number of credits: 48
Program Start: Fall only

Required Background Screenings

To participate in the EMS/Paramedic education courses, prior to the first day of classes, you will be required to complete all of the following:

  • Drug screening
  • Criminal background
  • Sex offender
  • Adult/dependent abuse background checks

Failing a drug screening or background check will result in dismissal from the program.

Required Certification

Prior to the first day of classes you must be Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider CPR certified.

Program Course Note

You must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses that are required to complete the program.

2017–2018 Suggested Sequence of Study

The Paramedic program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student.

When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation/Degree Audit to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

General Education courses
Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite. See the course description for more details.

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 $711.00
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 $711.00
HSC113 Medical Terminology 2 $355.50

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Total Credits 10
Semester 1
EMS541 Clinical I 3 $533.25
EMS610 Paramedic Pharmacology and Medication Administration 4 $763.00
EMS619 Airway and Patient Assessment 4 $729.00
EMS641 Introduction to Paramedicine 3 $733.25
EMS678 Traumatic Emergencies for the Paramedic 3 $533.25

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Total Credits 17
Semester 2
EMS546 Clinical II 3 $533.25
EMS650 Medical and Psychological Emergencies 4 $711.00
EMS674 Cardiology for the Paramedic 4 $771.00
EMS677 Special Populations for the Paramedic 4 $720.00

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Total Credits 15
Semester 3 – Summer
EMS654 EMS Operations 2 $400.50
EMS655 Transition to Paramedic Practice 4 $1036.00

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Total Credits 6

Course Cost Calculation:
2017–2018 resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Program Contacts

Administrative Secretary

Amy Rieck
Health Education and Services Center 222
319-296-4051 (fax)
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Student Success Specialist

Darla Palmer
Health Education and Services Center 205
319-296-2329 ext.1223
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Marla Williams
Health Education and Services Center 223
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Program Advisor

Greg Helmuth
Health Education and Services Center 223
319-296-2329 ext.1401
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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