EMT-Paramedic Program

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Paramedic program readies the student for a career in an exciting and expanding health care field. Graduates of the program are prepared to initiate and maintain treatment for medical, trauma, and cardiac emergencies following physician’s orders or standard protocols. Successful completion of course requirements allow the students to take the National Registry examinations for the Paramedic.

Levels of Certification

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  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Advanced EMT
  • Associate Degree Paramedic

Career Options

  • Hospital Base Service
  • Fire Department/Private Services
  • Air Ambulances
  • Hospital
  • Forestry Service
  • Ski Patrol

Course Schedule

EMT-Paramedic A.A.S. Degree


Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
EMS-200 Emergency Medical Technician#
BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab#
HSC-113 Medical Terminology*#
Total Hours: 14.0

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab
EMS-760 NSC Paramedic I
Total Hours: 13.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
EMS-761 NSC Paramedic II
EMS-810 Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Total Hours: 13.5

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
SPC-112 Public Speaking
EMS-762 NSC Paramedic III
Total Hours: 9.5

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
EMS-763 NSC Paramedic IV
EMS-815 Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Total Hours: 13.5

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
EMS-820 Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support
EMS-764 NSC Paramedic V
XXX-XXX Humanities/Social Science Elective
Total Hours: 12.5
EMT-Paramedic A.A.S. Degree Total Hours: 76.0

Other Standalone EMS Programs leading to certification

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
EMS-200 Emergency Medical Technician
EMS-113 Emergency Medical Responder
  Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (Non-Credit)

*Test out option available. See Dean of Health Science and Human Services Dean or Coordinator.

#Pre-requisite for NSC Paramedic 1. Cannot take in conjunction with NSC Paramedic I. Bolded courses reflect core paramedic specialist classes required to successfully complete degree/certificate program.

NSC = National Standard Curriculum

Accreditation Informaton

The Iowa Central Community College Paramedic program, on the Fort Dodge campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires schools with Gainful Employment programs to disclose certain information about them. Information below is based on the period July 1 2011 - June 30, 2012 (2011-2012 Award Year).
Program Name Emergency Medical Technician
Program Length 15 weeks
Cost of Entire Program  
   Total Tuition & Fees Required $1,268.00
   Books & Supplies  $227.40
   Total Annual Room & Board Charges for Living on Campus  
   Additional Cost $184.00
Debt at Program Completion  
   Median Federal Student Loan Debt  
   Median Private Loan Debt  
   Median Institutional Financial Plan Debt  
Completion Rate
Job Placement Rate
Name & US Dept of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code for the occupations that the program prepares students to enter. 29-2041.00 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
Links to the Occupational Profiles on the US Dept of Labor's O*NET
Website or its successor site. 
Any other notes you want included Ex: students who continued with school  

Iowa Community colleges have developed the following Core Performance Standards for all applicants to Health Care Career Programs.  These standards are based upon required abilities that are compatible with effective performance in health care careers.  Applicants unable to meet the Core Performance Standards are responsible for discussing the possibility of reasonable accommodations with the designated institutional office.  To view the full Iowa Core Performance Standards, click here.


Paul Arens 515-574-1300 arens@iowacentral.edu