Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program prepares students for entry-level positions in the workforce as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies and patients with acute traumatic and medical conditions in a pre-hospital setting. They’re prepared to provide optimal response and care to victims of any emergency, disaster, or mass casualty event. EMS is a unique combination of public health, public safety, and acute patient care.

The two-year degree is recommended for individuals who would like to become a paramedic and pursue a management position in emergency medical services.

Paramedic Certificate Option

The three-semester Paramedic certificate option is recommended for state-licensed emergency medical technicians (EMT) who would like to advance their career as a paramedic.


The Hawkeye Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.


Students who successfully complete EMS courses will be eligible to take national certification exams through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Continuing Education Options

Hawkeye offers continuing education courses for graduates and professionals to maintain their EMS licenses in the State of Iowa.

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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Program Advisors

Greg Helmuth
Health Education and Services Center 223
319-296-2329 ext.1401
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Marla Williams
Health Education and Services Center 222D
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Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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