Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) Education Program

Note: At this time the EMSLRC is still holding classes. If your class is cancelled, you will receive an email about the cancellation.

Upcoming Program

  • There are no upcoming programs scheduled at this time.

Course Description

The primary focus of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.

Program Overview

This three-phase program consists of 12 weeks of classroom training in the EMS Learning Resources Center (EMSLRC). Classroom training is held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Additionally, there is a minimum of 104 hours of hospital clinical rotations that start in the fifth week of the classroom phase, and a minimum of 96 hours of precepted field time after classroom training and completion of clinical skills.

Clinical and field shifts are scheduled outside of class time based on the student’s schedule. Internships are available at several approved sites within Iowa. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians written and psychomotor exams for Advanced EMT national certification.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Acquire course textbook and uniform prior to course start
  • Submit completed online 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 a copy of current National Registry EMT certificate. All accepted students must have an Iowa EMT certification by the first day of class.
  • Be physically capable of performing the duties of a paramedic and complete a health screening through University of Iowa Health Services or personal physician.

Application Process

You may apply for admission into the AEMT Training Program by completing the online application. The application deadline is four weeks prior to the start of the course and a maximum of 12 students will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.

Program Tuition

The tuition for the full-time AEMT Training Program is $2,100.00 which does not include the cost of books. All tuition must be paid in full two weeks prior to the first day of class and is subject to change.


  • Upon successful completion of the course, student candidates will take the practical skills certification examination as written and sponsored by the National Registry of EMTs and endorsed by the State of Iowa.
  • Successful completion of the program will allow the student candidate to take the National Registry of EMTs computerized written certification examination.
  • Successful completion of both the National Registry of EMTs practical and computer-generated written examinations is then used to apply for certification in the candidate's home state.

Financial Assistance

The Paramedic Education Program offered by the EMS Learning Resources Center at UI Hospitals & Clinics has been approved for private student loans. You are not required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please visit the website for the University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.

Short-term secured loans may be available through local lending institutions to assist qualified applicants. This course has been approved for veterans and military educational funds.

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Program Planner

Instructor - Paul Ganss