Emergency Medical Services

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree, Diploma, Certificate


Provide life-saving care on-the-spot. At EICC, we teach you how. In as little as two years, become an EMT or a Paramedic, and contribute to your community in a way that has real impact. It is a high-reward career field. Enter it with a high-quality EICC education. 

What You Learn in The EMS Programs

Learn to provide trauma care and critical life support to adults, children, and infants. Our programs prepare you to earn a national EMT license, and EMT and Paramedic certification in Iowa.

Do you want a college award or just the training? We offer both. The only difference is how your tuition gets paid, and we're happy to walk you through your options.

EICC also provides EMT and EMS refresher courses so you can continue building your skills after you establish your career. 

What Can I Do With a EMT or Paramedic Education?

Respond to emergency calls, give medical care, and transport patients to hospitals and healthcare facilities. Join a fire department, ambulance service, and more. You are an essential member of the emergency healthcare team. Report the condition of the patient and the treatment you provided in the field to physicians, nurses, and other healthcare staff.

A Solid Foundation

Communication for Healthcare

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Communication for Healthcare

Skills to calm and explain what’s going on to patients and families.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

ID the treatment

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

No matter the situation, learn to provide emergency cardiovascular care.

Trauma Life Support

The best care

Trauma Life Support

Skills to deliver critical care at the scene and on the way to hospital. Hands-on course.

Anatomy & Physiology

It’s all connected

Anatomy & Physiology

Cell structure and function, tissues, and systems of the body.

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Academic Programs vs. Training Programs

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Often, EICC students who just want career training sit in the same classroom, learn the same material, and are taught by the same instructor as those working on a degree. You can choose either path. Academic programs are eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Training programs may be covered by other funding sources. We'll outline your options.
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Go from EMT to College Graduate

Already trained to be an EMT or Paramedic through EICC’s Continuing Education Department? Don’t stop now. If you want to earn an Emergency Medical Services associate’s degree, you likely won’t have to start from scratch. We have an agreement in place that means you won’t have to repeat courses and training you already hold.

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Expert Instructors

The work you want to do is the work our EMT and Paramedic instructors are already doing — daily. At EICC, your instructors hold decades of real-world experience responding to emergencies and saving lives. They are working experts who've dedicated their careers to serving and helping others. Who better to guide your education and teach you the ropes?

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Career Services

EICC’s Career Services department helps you refine goals, search for jobs, and launch a profession. Looking for work or an internship? Regional and national employers post openings on our job posting site. Upload your resume. Refresh it first using our free online tool. Meet with an EICC career coordinator to do a mock interview or to learn more about career pathways.

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Start in High School

Get a jump on your college education while you are in high school. Through our Career Academies, complete a semester to a full year of courses. It's free and cuts down on the time you spend completing your EICC degree, often in half. Save time and money, and launch your career sooner.


Program Effectiveness & Accreditation

  • National Registry Written Pass-Rate Success: 100%
  • National Registry Practical Pass-Rate Success: 100%
  • Positive Placement: 100%
  • Retention: 93.3%
  • Attrition: 6.7%

The Paramedic program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions' (CoAEMSP) Letter of Review (LoR), annually tracks and reports outcome measures to the CoAEMSP. The latest CoAEMSP Annual Report was issued in 2021.

As of the most recent data, the success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam stood at 86%. Similarly, the positive placement rate for graduates was also 86%. Positive placement, as defined by CoAEMSP, encompasses full- or part-time employment in a related field, pursuing further education, or serving in the military. Positive placement is assessed upon program completion.

Furthermore, the program's recent retention rate was measured at 78%.

CAAHEP LogoWe take great pride in the accreditation of our Paramedic program by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), based on the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Our Paramedic students consistently demonstrate exceptional performance on both the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Cognitive (written) exam and the NREMT Psychomotor exam.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088


Your Degree = Success

Complete your education in two years. Qualify for better jobs. Earn a higher salary. Enjoy a better quality of life. The benefits of an associate's degree are impressive and wide-ranging.

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EMT, EMS Degree Locations:

Clinton Community College main campus building

Clinton Community College

1000 Lincoln Blvd.
Clinton, Iowa 52732
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Muscatine Community College main campus building

Muscatine Community College

152 Colorado St.
Muscatine, IA 52761
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Urban Campus building

Urban Campus

101 West Third St.
Davenport, IA 52801
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Paramedic Locations:

Urban Campus building

Urban Campus

101 West Third St.
Davenport, IA 52801
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