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Emergency Medical Services—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.

Core Courses

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Medical Terminology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/Lab
  • Clinical I and II
  • Paramedic Pharmacology and Medication Administration
  • Airway and Patient Assessment
  • Introduction to Paramedicine
  • Traumatic Emergencies for the Paramedic
  • Medical and Psychological Emergencies
  • Cardiology for the Paramedic
  • Special Populations for the Paramedic
  • EMS Operations
  • Transition to Paramedic Practice

Prior to the first day of classes, you are required to complete the following background screenings: drug screening, a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry.

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

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 69
Program Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

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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.

Core Courses

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

Prior to the first day of classes, you must be Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider CPR certified and have completed the following required background screenings: drug screening, a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry.

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

Program Details

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

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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 $22,600 $33,200 $38,500

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Gainful Employment: Paramedic Certificate Option

Employers

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

Business Location
Area Ambulance Service Cedar Rapids, IA
CARE Ambulance, LLC Iowa City, IA
Mason City Fire Department Mason City, IA
North Benton Ambulance Service Vinton, IA
Waterloo Fire Rescue Waterloo, IA
Waverly Health Center Waverly, IA
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Waterloo, IA

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Paramedic—Certificate Option Admissions Requirements

Admissions Process

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.
  2. Request to have your official transcripts sent to the Admissions office.
  3. Complete Step 1–6 below.

Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:

  1. Applicants who do not meet the program's admission requirements will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.
  2. Applicants enrolled in coursework to complete Steps 1–6 will become candidates.
  3. 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.

Hawkeye's Equal Opportunity Statement

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

Option 1

Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:

ACT sub scores COMPASS scores ASSET scores ACCUPLACER scores
19—Reading
19—English
14—Math
82—Reading
65—Writing
24—Pre-Algebra
38—Reading
40—Writing
38—Numerical
90—Reading
98—Sentence Skills
40—Arithmetic

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the ACCUPLACER assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

Option 2

Successfully complete the following college success courses with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college:

  • ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II
  • RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III
  • MAT-045 Fundamentals of Math

Option 3

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:

  • BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • HSC-113 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
Paramedic Department
Health Education and Services Center
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704

Step 6: Paramedic Admission Interview

Successfully complete the Paramedic admission committee interview.

Paramedic Point System

Required General Education Courses CGPA: (BIO-168, BIO-173, HSC-113)
Cumulative GPA 3.50 or higher. 4 points
Cumulative GPA 3.00–3.49. 3 points
Cumulative GPA 2.80–2.99 1 point
Cumulative GPA 2.79 or below. 0 points
All General Education courses completed with a CGPA 2.50 or higher:
(BIO-168, BIO-173, HSC-113, ENG-105, SPC-101, MAT-110 or MAT-122 or MAT-156, SOC-110 or SOC-205)
1 point
Highest Degree Earned: Points awarded in one category using the highest score earned
Master of Arts or Master of Science Degree -OR- 3 points
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree -OR- 2 points
Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree 1 point
Associate of Applied Arts or Associate of Applied Science Degree (from appropriate health-related field)
1 point
Paramedic Admission Interview Score:
Interview score 90 or higher 2 points
Interview score 80–89 1 point
Interview score 79 or below 0 points
ACT Composite of 22 or higher 1 point
Hawkeye Community College EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Graduate 1 point
Hold other Health Care Provider Certification (RN, RT, etc.) 1 point
Applicant has not repeated any EMS courses. 1 point
Volunteer Fire/EMT for more than 1 year1 1 point
Military EMS/Medic experience 1 point

Contact Us

Student Success Specialist

Darla Palmer

Email me 319-296-2329 Health Education and Services Center 205

Program Advisor Marla Williams Email me 319-296-4428 Health Education and Services Center 223
Program Advisor Greg Helmuth Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1401 Health Education and Services Center 223
Department Secretary

Amy Rieck

Email me 319-296-4010 Health Education and Services Center 222

Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email me 319-296-4457 Grundy Hall 135
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