Paramedic Education Program Spring 2019

This three-phase program consists of 15 weeks of intensive, classroom training, five days a week from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, in the EMSLRC; followed by a minimum of 284 hours of supervised hospital clinical time; and a minimum of 360 hours of supervised paramedic field time.


Hospital Clinical

Hospital Clinical time is a period of supervised experiences within an approved hospital or clinical setting.  Students are assigned to sites throughout the state of Iowa.  During clinical time, the student will follow instructions provided to him/her by their clinical preceptor.  This section of the program consists of a minimum of 284 hours.


Field Internship

Internship in the field is a period of supervised experience with an approved paramedic-level ambulance service. Students are assigned to field sites throughout Iowa. During field internship, the student will follow instructions given to him/her by the field preceptor. During this supervised field experience, numerous skill competencies and ALS calls are required. The field internship will take a minimum of 360 hours.


Each of the three components—didactic, clinical and field—must be completed successfully before the student may take the National Registry examinations.


Graduates obtain the following credentials:

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Provider

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider

Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider

Awareness Level HAZMAT

Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Professionals (PEPP)

Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS) provider

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Provider

EMS Safety


Unique Features
Paramedic Education Program Website


Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed on-line application.
  • Submit evidence of high school graduation or its equivalent.
  • Submit high school and any post high school transcripts (i.e. technical school, college).
  • Submit copy of current National Registry EMT certificate, or advanced National Registry-level certificates, if applicable. All accepted students must have an Iowa EMT or Advanced EMT certification by the first day of class.
  • As of July, 2012, all students will be required to have successfully completed a college-level Anatomy and Physiology course, verified by college transcript at minimum C grade level.
  • Be physically capable of performing the duties of a paramedic and complete a health screening through University of Iowa Health Services or personal physician.

A personal interview with members of the Paramedic Education Program selection committee is arranged.

Applicants who are accepted will have 14 days to confirm, in writing, their willingness to attend the program. This letter must be accompanied by a $500 non-refundable deposit. This deposit will be applied to the tuition fee.

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