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 ambulances 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.
Program starts August 25, 2016
Iowa Western is proud to offer a newly formatted Paramedic program! The new 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.
The Paramedic core courses meet in the classroom every Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is an 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 or Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers
- 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.
Jeff is the lead instructor for the online portion of the course. 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. He 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
Ray will bring his vast teaching and field experiences to fill the role of lead Lab Instructor and the Clinical Coordinator. Ray has a very personable teaching style and does not hesitate to get involved with this student’s learning and help them put all of the pieces together. He has worked in multiple roles in several different agencies and has proven to be an excellent instructor with a high passing rate. Some of his experiences include:
- Current Flight Medic with Careflight in Sioux falls, SD
- ALS team lead with Midwest Medical
- Firefighter/paramedic (lifetime member) with Ponca Hills fire Department
- Teaching Advanced level courses for Alegent Health throughout Iowa and Nebraska
- Emergency Department staff at both Midlands and Lakeside Hospitals
- Emergency Department Paramedic at Creighton
- Psychiatric Care in Omaha and Hawaii
- Also a veteran of the United States Air Force
Online educational hours: Estimated 450
Lab hours (in classroom): Estimated 330
Internship hours (clinical & field): 660 hours
AAS Degree Option
These paramedic educational hours can be utilized for up to 30 credit hours towards an Applied Science degree in Applied Business.
We will assist you in working with an admissions advisor for more information on the degree requirements. Current paramedics may also complete the same degree requirements, with credit awarded for previous EMS course work.
Recommended Course Sequence
HSC 126 - Anatomy for Allied health OR
BIO 168 & BIO 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology I &II OR
Equivalent education in Human Anatomy and Physiology (as approved by the program director)
Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification
Active Iowa EMT (or EMT-Basic) certification
EMTEC 670 Foundations of Advanced Emergency Care
EMTEC 671 Pharmacology and Pathology for the Paramedic
EMTEC 672 Advanced Patient Assessment
EMTEC 680 Paramedic Internship I
EMTEC 673 Treatment in Advanced Emergency Care
EMTEC 674 Cardiology for the Paramedic
EMTEC 681 Paramedic Internship II
EMTEC 810 Advanced Cardiac Life Support
EMTEC 675 Medical Emergencies I
EMTEC 676 Medical Emergencies II
EMTEC 682 Paramedic Internship III
EMTEC 677 Special Populations for the Paramedic
EMTEC 683 Paramedic Internship IV
EMTEC 825 Advanced Medical Life Support
EMTEC 678 Traumatic Emergencies for the Paramedic
EMTEC 679 Advanced EMS Operations
EMTEC 815 Pediatric Advanced Life Support OR
EMTEC 816 Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals
EMTEC 820 Prehospital Trauma Life Support
EMTEC 684 Paramedic Internship V
EMTEC 685 Paramedic Internship VI
EMTEC 686 Paramedic Capstone
(Courses are offered sequentially, so the student will complete one course before beginning the next. Internship courses are scheduled by the student and completed outside of the required classroom work)
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.
Fees and Tuition:
$5995 Includes tuition and malpractice insurance. (GAP grant Funding and VA benefits
available for those who qualify)
$500 (approximate) Textbook expenses throughout the program.
$125 Internship scheduling & testing access fees
$15 background check fee due the first session of the course.
$50-$100 Internship uniform costs
** Written certification exam fees, state application fees, and practical skills testing fees are not included in course costs.
This program qualifies for GI Bill funding and GAP funding.
If billed to your service, letter indicating financial responsibility must be submitted at registration.
Paramedic Practice Today by Barb Aehlert
2 Volume set ISBN 13: 978032308539
ECGs Made Easy by Barb Aehlert
12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation
ISBN-13: 978-0763773519 By Thomas B Garcia
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (Provider Manual)
American Heart Assoc. ISBN: 9781616690106
AdvancedMedical Life Support 11th Edition
NAEMT SBN13: 978-0323071604
Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers -2nd Ed.
Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support - 8th Edition
NREMT - ISBN-13: 978-1284041736
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 EMT-B) 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, EMT-B or higher certification.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
Iowa Western Prerequisites:
- HSC 126 - Anatomy for Allied health OR
- BIO 168 & BIO 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology I &II OR
- Equivalent education in Human anatomy and Physiology (as approved by the program director)
Attendance for class orientation on the first session is mandatory!
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