EMS: Paramedic

About the Program

Paramedics are counted on daily to provide life-saving attention in emergency situations. This is a challenging, yet highly rewarding field that you can become part of after completing Iowa Western’s Paramedic program. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and become eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMT’s EMT-Paramedic examination.

This program will prepare you for the quick reaction and competent care required for any emergency. Most job opportunities are with private ambulance services, but there are many other openings with fire, police, and independent third-service rescue squad departments.

Iowa Western’s program offers many hands-on experiences that will prepare you for immediate entry into this field. Our courses are all held in our state of the art simulation center, which features high fidelity manikins, lab settings, and video feedback for optimal learning experiences.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to enter the workforce upon completion of this two-year degree. Paramedics care for patients of traumatic and medical emergencies, as well as non-emergency situations. Paramedics can provide intravenous injections, endotracheal intubation, administer medications, cardiac defibrillation, read electrocardiograms, and other emergency procedures. Paramedics are employed by fire departments, ground ambulances, hospitals, and private industries. A paramedic must be physically fit enough to perform strenuous lifting and work in a variety of environments. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMT – Paramedic exam which will make them eligible for certification by the State of Iowa Department of Public Health – Bureau of EMS as a paramedic. One major advantage with this degree versus the certificate program is that it better prepares students for administrative and instructional roles within the paramedic field.

Salary Information

Salary: Upper Midwest
Average: $16.00-$18.00/hour
Entry Level: $13.50/hour
Experienced: $24.00/hour

* Salary information from www.ihaveaplaniowa.org as reported by the US Dept of Labor www.bls.gov.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Spring Only
Program Length: 3 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.
Accreditation: Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of EMS Number of Majors: 13
Average Class Size: 10
Program Capacity: 22
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus