EMT Program

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EMT Program

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 Function
    • 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 IWXX), and Clinical Internship Fees
  •  Textbook, State EMS Background Fee, and State EMS Provider Fee must be purchased by the Student


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

About the Program

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 appropriately 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 36 field internship hours and 12 clinical internship hours. Internship time will be spent with various departments and hospitals. Students are responsible for providing their own meals and transportation to and from classroom and clinical/field internship times.

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Available Courses

   05/07/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

Class Dates:  May 6 thru Aug 14, 2024.  Meets M/W from 6-10pm and select Saturdays from 9-4pm (TBD). 

The EMT course emphasizes the development of student skills in a patient assessment-based program, recognition of signs and symptoms regarding illness or injury and the proper procedures when rendering emergency care to the sick or injured. Students will be required to complete clinical/field internship.

Start Date: 05/07/24
End Date: 08/22/24
Seats Available: 5
Cost: $1395
Location: Council Bluffs Campus

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 ce@iwcc.eduCancellations: 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.