Paramedic Program

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Paramedic Program

Requirements Before You Start

  • Copy of current Iowa EMT or (AEMT) certification
  • Copy of Healthcare Provider CPR Card or Documentation of Where CPR Class was Attended and Passed
  • 18 Years of Age Upon Enrollment
  • Proficient in the English Language
  • Physically Able to Perform Paramedic Functions (Lifting, Carrying, etc.)
  • Proof of High School Diploma or GED
  • You Can Achieve Your GED with us! More Information
  • Documentation of Current Vaccinations and Immunizations including (2) Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Tests*
  • Criminal Background Check**
  • Gather ALL Information Listed Above and Either MAIL or DELIVER the Information to Iowa Western’s Continuing Education DepartmentIowa Western Community College – Looft Hall
  • Receive Formal Acceptance into Program

*(2) Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Tests must be completed within 12 months prior to the class start date (One week’s time is required between first and second skin tests. Tests are performed by the healthcare provider of your choice

**Iowa Western will perform background and drug screening for anyone who wishes to register for the course


$50 | Non-Refundable Processing Fee

$7,495 | Tuition, Psychomotor Exam (if taken at IWCC), Malpractice Insurance, Certification Fees (ACLS, PALS, AMLS, PHTLS), Criminal Background Check, Adult & Child Abuse Background Check, Internship Scheduling Fee, and Textbook

NREMT Cognitive Computer Exam, State Background Fee, State Provider Fee, ACLS, PALS, AMLS & PHTLS Cards and Textbooks Will Be Purchased by Student

About the Program

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 in 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.

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).

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) coursework will be complete in 12 months.

Supplies Needed

  • Stethoscope
  • Black or Navy Pants with Belt Loops
  • Black Shoes or Boots
  • Watch with Second-Hand Capability

E2E Assistance Education 2 Employment Tuition Assistance

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.

Refunds: You may cancel your registration 24 business hours prior to the start of most classes 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.  If a refund is not pursued at least 14 calendar days prior to the class start date, the $150 non-refundable processing fee with being upheld.  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 labeled on file.  Certain program restrictions may apply. Contact Continuing Education for more details at  Cancellations: Iowa Western reserves the right to cancel any class where difficulties arise in staffing or scheduling and or where minimum enrollment is not achieved.  A full refund will be issued for all canceled classes.  Transfers/Withdrawals: Transfers may be subject to a $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.

2020 Outcomes
National Registry Pass Rates77.8%
Retention Rate100%
Positive Placement77.8%
*Faculty meet monthly to review outcomes.

A change in administrative has been put in place for EMS education. The goal of the program for the future is to prove outcomes. The program has revised schedules, study tools and testing.

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
9355-113 St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

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