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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

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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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Contact Us

Student Success Specialist
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
Administrative Assistant 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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