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Emergency Medical Services

Program Pathways

Paramedic Certificate

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

Prerequisite Courses Details

Credits 10
Enrollment Full-time, Part-time
Program Start Fall, Spring, Summer
Number of Terms 1
Time to Complete 4 months

Prerequisite Courses

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Medical Terminology

Prerequisite coursework must be completed before beginning Term 1 of the Paramedic Certificate program.

Program Details

Day Program Evening Hybrid
Award Certificate Certificate
Credits 38 38
Enrollment Full-time Part-time
Program Start Fall Spring
Number of Terms 3 6
Time to Complete 1 year 2 years
Course Format Face-to-Face Hybrid, Online
Class Meets Daytime Evening

Suggested Sequence of Study and cost

Evening Hybrid Suggested Sequence of Study and cost

Program Courses

  • Airway and Patient Assessment
  • Cardiology for the Paramedic
  • Clinical I
  • Clinical II
  • EMS Operations
  • Introduction to Paramedicine
  • Medical and Psychological Emergencies
  • Paramedic Pharmacology and Medication Administration
  • Special Populations for the Paramedic
  • Transition to Paramedic Practice
  • Traumatic Emergencies for the Paramedic

To participate in the Paramedic Certificate program course work you will be required to complete background screenings, including a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry before participating in clinicals. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

Next step: Continue to Term 1 of the Emergency Medical Services Associate of Science (AAS) degree or graduate and enter the workforce. Students completing the Paramedic Certificate program only need to complete coursework in Term 1 and Term 2 of the Emergency Medical Services Associate of Science (AAS) degree to graduate with their AAS degree.

Emergency Medical Services Associate of Science (AAS) Degree

The Emergency Medical Services AAS degree is recommended for those who would like to become a paramedic and pursue a management position in emergency medical services.

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 69
Enrollment Full-time
Program Start Fall, Spring, Summer
Number of Terms 5
Time to Complete 2 years
Course Format Face-to-Face
Class Meets Daytime

Suggested Sequence of Study and cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Emergency Medical Technician -OR-
    Emergency Medical Technician I -AND-
    Emergency Medical Technician II -AND-
    Emergency Medical Technician II Clinical
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Medical Terminology
Term 2
  • Emergency Medical Responder -OR-
    Management of Emergency Medical Services -OR-
    Education in EMS -OR-
    Fire Fighter I -OR-
    Principles of Emergency Services -OR-
    Legal Aspects of Emergency Services -OR-
    Physical Conditioning for Public Services
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Term 3 — Fall
  • Airway and Patient Assessment
  • Cardiology for the Paramedic
  • Clinical I
  • Introduction to Paramedicine
  • Paramedic Pharmacology and Medication Administration
Term 4 — Spring
  • Clinical II
  • Medical and Psychological Emergencies
  • Special Populations for the Paramedic
  • Traumatic Emergencies for the Paramedic
Term 5 — Summer
  • EMS Operations
  • Transition to Paramedic Practice

To participate in the Emergency Medical Services Associate of Science (AAS) degree program course work you will be required to complete background screenings, including a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry before participating in clinicals. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Emergency Medical Services Associate of Science (AAS) degree program. Check out the Health continuing education courses to keep up to date in your profession.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Volunteers

Emergency medical responders (EMR) and emergency medical technicians (EMT) classes are available for those who would like to serve their communities on a volunteer basis.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Volunteers Course Offerings

Careers

Positions

Graduates may find employment working as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics in fire departments, hospitals, private ambulance services, air medical services, federal agencies, and private corporations.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $26,000 $38,400 $44,600

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Employers

The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Area Ambulance Service Cedar Rapids
CARE Ambulance, LLC Iowa City
Davenport Fire Department Davenport
Mason City Fire Department Mason City
MEDIC EMS Davenport
Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids
MercyOne Waterloo
North Benton Ambulance Service Vinton
Waterloo Fire Rescue Waterloo
Waverly Health Center Waverly

Contact Us

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Lisa Wright Email Lisa Wright
Schedule an appointment with Lisa Wright
319-296-4014 ext.1068 Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Program Director Johnathan Cockrell Email Johnathan Cockrell 319-296-4428 Health Education and Services Center 223
Administrative Assistant Brenda Bartz Email Brenda Bartz 319-296-4010 Tama Hall 110

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