Paramedic Programs

Paramedic Program

Starting August 19th, 2021

Iowa Western Council Bluffs Campus, Ashley Hall
Attendance for class orientation is mandatory!

The hybrid format is more adaptive to busy work schedules and places value on the student’s time in the classroom. Our new instructors are first-rate and each student will receive the most up-to-date education with emphasis on real-world application. NEW! Night lab option available.


Contact Peggy Dean, Paramedic Program Coordinator, to submit course requirements.  /  712.325.3243


If billed to your service, letter indicating financial responsibility must be submitted at registration. Full payment is due at time of registration.

$7495 Includes tuition, textbooks, psychomotor exam, malpractice insurance, internship shirts, criminal background checks, adult & child abuse background check, internship scheduling.

Not included in tuition. The student will be responsible for these fees. 

  • $50-$100 (approximate) for required Physical/TB test.
  • National Registry certification exam fees and state application/background fees.


You must provide Iowa Western Community College with the following documentation on the first night of class:

  • A copy of your current Iowa EMT (or AEMT) certification.
  • Documentation of having a TB test from your doctor/nurse/clinic (no older than 6 months).
  • A copy of your Healthcare Provider CPR card or documentation from where you attended CPR class.


State of Iowa Requirements for Paramedic Students
  • Must be certified in AHA Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR
  • Must be at least 18 years old at time of enrollment.
  • Must be proficient in reading, writing & speaking English.
  • Must be physically able to perform all functions of a paramedic.
  • Must have written documentation of TB test (no older than 365 days).
  • Must provide own stethoscope.
  • Must submit to drug screening and background check.
  • Must hold an active Iowa EMT or higher certification.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED


Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the practical and written certification examinations leading to certification as a Paramedic and Nationally Registered Paramedic through the Iowa Department of Public Health and National Registry of EMTs, respectively. 


Online educational hours: Estimated 700
Lab hours (in classroom): Estimated 360
Internship hours (clinical & field): 408
Capstone Internship hours (Team Leads): 60

Recommended Course Sequence

Course Modules

EMTEC 620: Foundations of Advanced Emergency Care
EMTEC 621: Paramedic Pharmacology/Pathophysiology 
EMTEC 622: Advanced Patient Assessment
EMTEC 623: Treatment in Advanced Emergency Care
EMTEC 624: Cardiology for the Paramedic
EMTEC 625: Medical Emergencies I
EMTEC 626: Medical Emergencies II
EMTEC 627: Special Populations for the Paramedic
EMTEC 628: Traumatic Emergencies for the Paramedic
EMTEC 629: Advanced EMS Operations 

Textbook Information (Included in tuition!)

  • Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets- 8th Edition- 2 Volume set: ISBN: 9781284104882
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider Manual (2020 edition AHA): ISBN: 978-1-61669-772-3
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Manual (2020 edition AHA): ISBN: 978-1-61669-785-3
  • Advanced Medical Life Support- 3rd Edition: ISBN: 9781284196115
  • Prehospital Trauma Life Support- 9th edition: ISBN: 978-1284171471
  • ECG’s Made Easy- 6th edition, Barbara Aehlert: ISBN: 9780323401302
  • The 12-Lead ECG in Acute Coronary Syndromes- 4th edition, Tim Phalen & Barbara Aehlert ISBN: 0323497896, 978-0323497893 

Program Information

Paramedics provide the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation.

Paramedics provide advanced care in a variety of settings. Utilizing critical thinking skills, paramedics rapidly assess, treat and stabilize injured or ill patients and provide transport to or between hospitals. Settings may include ground and air ambulances, emergency departments, critical care units or cardiac cath labs. Along with advanced assessment techniques, paramedics utilize medications, cardiac monitoring and interpreting, defibrillation and advanced invasive skills as guided by state and local protocols, as well as the medical direction of each service. They perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance and emergency rooms.

The Paramedic program follows the current National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The standards prepare the EMT and AEMT for the more advanced scope of practice of the paramedic.

The Paramedic core courses meet in the classroom every Thursday from 9 am – 4 pm. There is approximately 8-12 hours of online work to be completed each week in addition to the face-to-face sessions. The online course work will be comprised of online lecture videos, quizzes, exams, and assignments. The student will be able to access the lectures at anytime throughout the week and watch as many times as desired. These lectures will remain available to the student throughout the course. A learning assessment will follow each lecture (such as a quiz or assignment) to ensure that the student is learning the information.

It is essential that every student have a working knowledge of computers. These skills should minimally include: keyboard functions, access to and the use of email, the use of Word and PowerPoint, creating/saving/sharing files, copy/paste function, and the use of a flash-drive. Students will be required to have daily access to a computer with Internet access fast enough to stream videos without interruption (dial-up connection will not be sufficient).

The face-to-face sessions will consist of hands-on learning. As the students acquire new skills they will be assimilated into scenario based learning. There will be a review of the week’s material but the focus will be on the application of the new information. These sessions will be held in Iowa Western’s state-of-the-art simulation center designed specifically for EMS Education.

Students will have 100-200 clock hours of internship to be completed outside of class each semester. Students should plan on attending 12 hours of internship each week throughout the program to be complete and ready to test for certification at the end of the program.

There are four courses that will meet 16 hours each (2 consecutive all-day sessions). All 4 of these courses will provide the student with valuable education and certifications that will prove to be fundamental in gaining employment. These certification courses are:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Advanced Medical Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support 
  • Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support

This paramedic program is intense and attendance in both the online and face-to-face labs will be essential to a successful outcome. The didactic (classroom) course work will be complete in 12 months.

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email or call 712.325.3268 for more information!


Jeff Messerole

Jeff is the lead instructor for the online portion of the course as well as lead lab instructor for the Spencer satellite. His easy teaching style will allow you to learn without any pain! Jeff comes to us with awesome credentials and a vast amount of experience as a paramedic. Here are just a few of his accomplishments:

  • 31 years in EMS, 25 years as paramedic (13+ years in management)
  • National Executive Committee member for Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) on the National Association of EMTs and co-author of the AMLS textbook
  • Past president of Iowa EMS Association
  • Past Chair of the Iowa EMS Advisory Council, current committee member
  • EMS author, reviewer and contributor to Jones & Bartlett Publishing, Brady Publishing, Prentice Hall Publishing and McGraw Hill Publishing.
  • (Including a contributor of our current paramedic textbook)
  • Sits at the national level of American Heart Association
  • Honorably discharged and decorated Veteran US Army

Ryan Garrison

Ryan serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the paramedic program as well as the assistant lab instructor.  Ryan is responsible for overseeing all clinical related material as well as assisting with weekly lab to ensure a conducive learning environment.  Ryan brings great field experience to the classroom with his time served as a paramedic on Council Bluffs Fire/Rescue.  Here are a few of his accomplishments: 

  • Associates of Applied Science
  • Associates of Fire Science
  • Nationally Registered Paramedic
  • EMS Instructor through the state of Iowa
  • American Heart Association Instructor
  • National Association of EMT’s Instructor 


Iowa Western Community College Paramedic program, on the Council Bluffs campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 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
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

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

CoAEMSP Annual Report Review Results

NREMT Written66.7%
NREMT Psychomotor80%
Positive Placement76.9%

Critical Care Paramedic

This is a continuing education class that covers the Iowa scope of practice for Critical Care Paramedic, and will lead to eligibility to obtain a Critical Care endorsement on an Iowa Paramedic license. There will be a skills session on a Saturday and Sunday in May, date TBD. Textbook is included.

Class Schedule

Click on this link and search “Critical Care Paramedic” for the class schedule.


Contact Continuing Education at 712.325.3255 or for prerequisites and to register.

Cost $1,250                             

Iowa Western Community College Paramedic program, on the Council Bluffs campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 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