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 and paramedics. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies in a pre-hospital setting. They learn to evaluate and manage patients with acute traumatic and medical conditions. They're prepared to provide optimal response and care to victims of any emergency, disaster, or mass casualty event. Emergency medical services is a unique combination of public health, public safety, and acute patient care.

The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services 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 individuals who are state-licensed emergency medical technicians (EMT) and would like to advance their career as a paramedic.


The Emergency Medical Services program is authorized as an EMS training program by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The program received a Letter of Review from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and is in the process of obtaining national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.


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

Program Coordinator/Advisor

John Cockrell
Health Education and Services Center 217C
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Bryan Renfro
Black Hawk Hall 180
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