Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Academy

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Academy is conducted on campus during the summer terms, meeting eight-hour days each week for eight weeks. The EMT program meets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The EMT program is a hybrid course where the lecture materials are delivered online. The program is fast-paced and as readings and traditional lecture materials are provided online, this program will require a considerable independent study commitment from the student.

Program Overview

The course consists of online course delivery and 120 hours of classroom and skills lab time that includes skills instructions, scenarios, and simulations. The student must schedule outside of class time one in-hospital emergency department rotation and two EMS rotations where they will observe and assist with the assessment and management patients.

This course provides the basic knowledge and skills necessary for individuals to obtain certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) which will lead to Iowa certification as an EMT. The EMSLRC EMT Academy adheres to the 2009 National EMS Education Standards.

Course Schedule

The application deadline is thirty days prior to the start of the course. You will NOT be registered for the class until the $400 non-refundable registration/seat fee is paid, please call the EMSLRC at 1-319-356-2597 to make your payment.

Summer 1, 2022—Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays 8 a.m.—5 p.m.

Begins: Monday, May 16, 2022
Ends: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Registration Opens: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Registration Closes: Thusrday, April 14, 2022

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*The Summer 1 session is recommended for those who wish to be considered for the same year Fall Paramedic program.

Summer 2, 2022—Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m.—5 p.m.

Begins: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Ends: Thursday, August 18, 2022
Registration Opens: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Registration Closes: Tuesday, June 24, 2022

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Summer 3, 2022—Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Begins: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Ends: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Registration Opens: Tuesday, April 1, 2022
Registration Closes: Tuesday, May 27, 2022

Location: Wilton Fire Station 
318 East 5th Street
Wilton, Iowa

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Be 17 years of age at the time of enrollment
  • Submit a completed online application and pay the NON-REFUNDABLE $400 fee that includes ($50 registration and $350 seat fee), these confirm your registration for the course.
  • Be proficient in speaking, reading, and writing the English language
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check approved by the Education Program
  • Complete the University of Iowa Health Science Student Health Screen and submit a Student Health Immunization Form
  • Be mentally and physically capable of performing the essential duties of an EMT

Projected Expenses

The tuition for the EMT Training Program is $1600.00 which includes 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.

Summary of Course Costs
Item Price
Non-refundable Application Fee $50.00
Tuition $1600.00
Criminal Background Check $65.00
Certification and Testing $150.00
Parking (if required) $60.00
Uniforms Variable
Health Requirements for Clinical Variable


Upon successful completion of the course, student candidates will take the practical skills certification examination 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. Out-of-state applicants should check with their state regarding requirements for recognition of EMSLRC training and National Registry certification at the EMT level.

Program Performance

EMSLRC EMT Program Performance
  2017 2018 2019
EMSLRC Students attempting the NREMT exam 76 85 76
NREMT Program First Attempt Pass 90% 79% 74%
NREMT Program Third Attempt Pass 95% 88% 83%
NREMT Program All Attempts Pass 97% 88% 83%
NREMT Program National First Attempt Pass* 68% 69% 69%
Eligible to retest/Did not complete all attempts 3% 12% 17%

*Percentage of all persons in the U.S. who attempted and passed the NREMT exam on the first attempt.

Financial Assistance

The EMT 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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