EMT Program

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Requirements Before Starting*

  • Certified in AHA Healthcare Provider CPR
  • At Least 17 Years of Age Upon Enrollment
  • Proficient in the English Language
  • Physically Able to Perform EMT Functions
    • Lifting, Carrying, etc.
  • Documentation of Physical and Current Vaccinations and Immunizations including (2) Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Tests
  • Criminal Background Check

Choose Traditional or Hybrid* Style Classes

$50 | Non-Refundable Processing Fee

$1,395 |Malpractice Insurance, Background Check, NREMT/Psychomotor Skills Exam Testing Fee (if taken at IWCC), and Clinical Internship Fees

Textbook, State EMS Background Fee, State EMS Provider Fee must be purchased by the student

*Mixture of Online and In-Person Classes

*Classes are currently being updated, if you don’t see a specific course call the Continuing Ed office at 712-325-3256

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After successful completion of the course, the student should be able to complete the following:

  • Pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Examination and obtain valid EMT licensure to practice as an EMT in the State of Iowa.
  • Discuss the nature and seriousness of a patient’s condition, or the extent of injuries, and assess the necessities and requirements for providing emergency medical care.
  • Lift, move, position, and handle the patient in a manner that minimizes discomfort to the patient and provides safe body function and mechanics to prevent injury to the prehospital provider.
  • Perform the expected job duties and requirements of an EMT safely and effectively.
  • Operate an ambulance or another emergency vehicle in a manner that is safe for the crew, the patient, and the general public.
  • Perform a patient transfer to an equal or higher medical provider in an appropriate manner to provide a continuation of care to greater provide positive outcomes.
  • Understanding of the requirements for certification as an EMT in the State of Iowa and recertification.
  • Demonstrate how to handle cases of suspected child or dependent adult abuse and know the reporting requirements.
  • Accurately identify the need for rapid transport in patients determined to have life-threatening injuries/illnesses.

This course will be organized to provide the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge of the acute and critical changes in physiology, psychological, and clinical symptoms as they pertain to the prehospital emergency care of the infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient. Students shall have an opportunity to acquire clinical and field experience and practice skills related to the emergency medical care of these patients. In addition, students will understand the ethical and legal responsibilities that they assume as students and eventual providers. This program will prepare the student to be a competent entry-level EMT. Students will be required to complete 48 field internship hours and 24 clinical internship hours. Internship time will be done with various departments and hospitals. Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours with a metropolitan fire / EMS department (Council Bluffs Fire Department, West Des Moines EMS, etc.). Students are responsible for providing their own meals and transportation to and from classroom and clinical/field internship times.

Supplies Needed

Refunds: You may cancel your registration 5 business days prior to the start of the class date and receive a 100% refund excluding the $50 non-refundable processing fee. If contacting outside Iowa Western Community College’s Continuing Education Department business hours, leave a voicemail and or send the department an email. Iowa Western’s Continuing Education is not responsible for refunds if contact is not pursued via voicemail and or email. In compliance with the IWCC policy, refunds will only be produced in the form of a check.  A check will be issued within 14 business days after the refund is admitted to the customer. Refund will be sent to the customer’s address that is on file. Certain program restrictions may apply. Contact Continuing Education for more details at [email protected]Cancellations: Iowa Western reserves the right to cancel any class where difficulties arise in staffing or scheduling or where a minimum enrollment is not achieved.  A full refund will be issued for all canceled classes.  Transfers/Withdrawals: Transfers may be subject to $25.00 transfer fee.  Non-attendance for a class does not constitute a withdrawal and refunds are not issued for non-attendance.  Transfers may be made up to two full business days (unless otherwise noted in the class information) prior to the start date of the class.  After that time, transfers will not be permitted and no refund will be issued.

Iowa Western Community College Paramedic program, on the Council Bluffs 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 Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

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