EMS Training

Students in EMS training classEastern Iowa Community Colleges has long been a leader in Emergency Medical Services training.

We work closely with local first responders and the state of Iowa to provide exactly the training they need to be vital parts of our communities' response units.

We’re extremely proud that our Paramedics program is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP is THE national certifying organization for allied health programs.

Classes and certifications:

First Responder
56 clock hours

Course Description: This is a seven-week program that includes theory, CPR and practical lab. It consists of eight modules of instruction; preparatory, airway, patient assessment, circulation, illness and injury, children and childbirth, EMS operations and Iowa supplemental curriculum.

This course is based on the United States Department of Transportation Guidelines and the National Standard Curriculum for EMS Education which is the foundation of knowledge and skills of the First Responder.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, First Responder practical and written examinations. Upon successful completion of the National Registry examinations, the student will also receive a State of Iowa, First Responder certification.

Prerequisites:

  • Must be able to read, write and speak English.
  • Must be physically able to perform the skills required of EMS personnel.
  • Must be 17 years of age at the time of enrollment.

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EMT-Basic
130 clock hours

Course Description: This is a 16-week program that includes theory, practical lab, clinical, and field internship. It consists of eight modules of instruction; preparatory, airway, patient assessment, medical/behavioral & OB/GYN emergencies, trauma, infants/children, EMS operations, and Iowa supplemental curriculum.

The student will also complete a competency based clinical and field rotation during the program. This course is based on the United States Department of Transportation Guidelines and the National Standard Curriculum for EMS Education which is the foundation of knowledge and skills of the EMT-Basic.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMT-Basic practical and written examinations. Upon successful completion of the National Registry examinations, the student will also receive a State of Iowa, EMT-Basic certification.

Prerequisites:

  • Must be able to read, write and speak English.
  • Must be physically able to perform the skills required of EMS personnel.
  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.
  • Must possess a current American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross,Professional Rescuer CPR card which validates training in obstructed airway, AED and CPR for adults,children, and infants.

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EMT-Intermediate/85
60 clock hours

Course Description: This is an eight-week program that includes theory, practical lab, clinical, and field internship. It consists of four modules of instruction; preparatory, patient assessment, fluid resuscitation, and assessment based management.

The student will also complete a competency based clinical and field rotation during the program. This course is based on the United States Department of Transportation Guidelines and the National Standard Curriculum for EMS Education
which is the foundation of knowledge and skills of the EMT-Intermediate/85.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMT-Intermediate/85 practical and written examinations. Upon successful completion of the National Registry examinations, the student will also receive a State of Iowa, EMT-Intermediate/85 certification.

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be able to read, write and speak English.
  2. Must be physically able to perform the skills required of EMS personnel.
  3. Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  4. Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.
  5. Must possess a current State of Iowa EMT-Basic certification. If you do not have an Iowa certification, please call; 563-336-3439 for assistance.
  6. Must possess a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross, Professional Rescuer CPR card which validates training in obstructed airway, AED and CPR for adults, children, and infants.

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EMT-Intermediate/99
(Iowa Paramedic)
280 clock hours

Course Description: This is a 35-week program that includes theory, practical lab, clinical, and field internship. It consists of 7 modules of instruction; preparatory, airway, patient assessment, trauma, medical, special considerations, and assessment based management.

The student will also complete a competency based clinical and field rotation during the program. This course is based on the United States Department of Transportation Guidelines and the National Standard Curriculum for EMS Education which is the foundation of knowledge and skills of the EMT-Intermediate/99.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMT-Intermediate/99 practical and written examinations. Upon successful completion of the National Registry examinations, the student will also receive a State of Iowa, EMT-Iowa Paramedic certification.

Prerequisites:


  • Must be able to read, write and speak English.
  • Must be physically able to perform the skills required of EMS personnel.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.
  • Must possess a current State of Iowa EMT-Basic or Iowa EMT-Intermediate/85 certification. If you do not have an Iowa certification, please call; 563-336-3439 for assistance.
  • Must possess a current American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross, Professional Rescuer CPR card which validates training in obstructed airway, AED and CPR for adults, children, and infants.

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EMT-Paramedic  
(Iowa Paramedic Specialist)
600 clock hours


Course Description: This is a nine-month program that includes theory, practical lab, clinical, and field internship. It consists of 9 modules of instruction; preparatory, airway, patient assessment, medical, trauma, pediatrics, community, cardiac, and pharmacology.

The student will also complete a competency based clinical rotation through nine clinical sites, and a field internship. This course is based on the United States Department of Transportation Guidelines and the National Standard Curriculum for EMS Education which is the foundation of knowledge and skills of the EMT-Paramedic.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMT-Paramedic practical and written examinations. Upon successful completion of the National Registry examinations, the student will also receive a State of Iowa, EMT-Paramedic Specialist certification. The Paramedic Specialist is the highest trained pre-hospital care provider in the State of Iowa.

Prerequisites:


  • Must be able to read, write and speak English.
  • Must be physically able to perform the skills required of EMS personnel.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.
  • Must possess a current State of Iowa EMT-Basic, Iowa EMT-Intermediate/85, or Iowa EMT-Paramedic certification.  If you do not have an Iowa certification, please call; 563-336-3439 for assistance.
  • Must possess a current American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross, Professional Rescuer CPR card which validates training in obstructed airway, AED and CPR for adults, children, and infants.

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Advanced Cardiac Life Support  (ACLS)
16.5 clock hours

Course Description: This intensive certification course is presented utilizing the American Heart Association Standards and Guidelines for the Advanced Cardiac Life Support provider.

This course is designed to expand the students' knowledge of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for the adult patient, and to formulate the correct treatment plan for given patient simulations. Upon successful course completion, the student will receive an American Heart Association ACLS Provider certification card.

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Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
16.5 clock hours

Course Description: The Neonatal Resuscitation Program course is a certification program that utilizes the Standards and Guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.

This program is designed to be an intensive program where participants learn an evidence-based approach in resuscitation of the neonate. The causes, prevention, and management of mild to severe neonatal asphyxia are carefully explained so that health care professionals may develop optimal knowledge and skill in newborn resuscitation.

Upon successful course completion, the student will receive an American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association NRP Provider certification card.

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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
16.5 clock hours

Course Description: This intensive certification course is presented utilizing the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association Standards and Guidelines for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support provider.

This course is designed to expand the students' knowledge of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for the pediatric patient, and to formulate the correct treatment plan for given patient simulations.

Upon successful course completion, the student will receive an American Heart Association PALS Provider certification card.

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Pediatric Education Pre-Hospital Professionals (PEPP)
16.5 clock hours

Course Description: This intensive certification course is designed to expand the students' knowledge of Cardiac and Trauma Emergency Care for the pediatric patient, and is presented utilizing the American Academy of Pediatrics as a complete source of pre-hospital medical information for the emergent care of infants and children.

Upon successful course completion, the student will receive an American Academy of Pediatrics Provider certification card.

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Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
16.5 clock hours

Course Description: The Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support course is presented utilizing the Standards and Guidelines for Emergency Trauma Care under the direction of the American College of Surgeons.

This intensive hands-on program is a unique educational opportunity that was created in recognition for the real need in EMS education for additional training in the care of the trauma patient. This program is designed to enhance and increase knowledge and skills necessary in delivering critical care in the pre-hospital environment.

Upon successful course completion, the student will receive an American College of Surgeons PHTLS Provider certification card.

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Note:The Paramedic Specialist Program will articulate for college credit toward the AAS Degree in EMS.

Please note the EMT-Intermediate/85, and Intermediate/99 Programs will be offered every other year to accommodate those wishing to obtain an AAS Degree in EMS, and on an as needed basis.

For more information contact EMS Coordinator Jamie Temple or the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Continuing Education Department at 563-336-3444 or toll-free 1-800-850-5440.