Paramedic & Fire Science A.A.S.

Academic Programs

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Degree, Certificate or Diploma


Council Bluffs Campus

Job Outlook

Employment of paramedics, EMT and, firefighters is projected to grow 4 – 5 percent from 2022 to 2032, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 26,400 openings for firefighters are projected each year, on average, over the decade. About 18,100 openings for EMTs and paramedics are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

What will you do

The Paramedic and Fire Science program prepares students for careers as an EMT, Paramedic, and Fire Fighter.


Entry $26.08

Average $36.94

Experienced $42.37

Career Examples



Fire Inspector

Emergency Room Technician

Medical Equipment Repairer


First Semester

FIR 198 - Firefighter I 10.0 Credit(s)
FIR 148 - Hydraulics and Pumping Applications 5.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Second Semester

EMS 200 - Emergency Medical Technician 8.0 Credit(s)
FIR 145 - Strategy and Tactics 3.0 Credit(s)
ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 14.0 Credits

Third Semester

EMS 510 - Paramedic I 5.0 Credit(s)
EMS 511 - Paramedic Clinical I 4.0 Credit(s)
PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 12.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

EMS 512 - Paramedic II 5.0 Credit(s)
EMS 513 - Paramedic Clinical II 4.0 Credit(s)
MAT 711 - Business and Financial Mathematics 3.0 Credit(s)
SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Summer Semester

EMS 514 - Paramedic III 5.0 Credit(s)
EMS 515 - Paramedic Clinical III 2.0 Credit(s)
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 10.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 66.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  1. Differentiate the responsibilities of the emergency medical team.
  2. Acknowledge the role of cultural and behavioral differences in the application of emergency care.
  3. Create a plan of care for individuals in an emergency.
  4. Explain the importance of safety on the design of apparatus and equipment.
  5. Apply appropriate hydraulic and pumping application to dynamic fire behaviors.
  6. Provide appropriate care techniques to patients from special populations.
  7. Use critical thinking skills to treat patients in the emergency setting.

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