Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Education Program

EMT group photo from June 2018

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Education Program is conducted on campus four times each year, twice in the summer and once in the fall and spring semesters. The May class begins the Monday following the conclusion of spring semester classes and ends in June. The second summer session begins the third week in June. The fall class begins in October and ends in November. The spring schedule begins in February and is over in March. This schedule allows for students interested in furthering their pre-hospital emergency medical education by enrolling in the Paramedic Education Programs that begin in January and August.

This full-time EMT education program is the introductory course for those wishing to pursue a career in prehospital emergency medicine and is conducted over a five week period with classroom sessions held three days each week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

This course is a hybrid course where the didactic portion is delivered online. This will take a substantial time commitment each week from the student. This course highlights the basic knowledge and skills necessary for individuals who wish to obtain state or national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and adheres to the 2009 National EMS Education Standards Guidelines which are based on the National EMS Core Content and the National EMS Scope of Practice that define the minimal entry-level educational competencies for each level of EMS training and has replaced the DOT National Standards curricula used in the past.

Program Overview

The course consists of online course delivery and 104 hours of lab, time that includes skills instructions, scenarios, and simulations. The student must also schedule, outside of class time, two in-hospital emergency department rotations where they will observe and assist with the assessment and management of 10 different patients. Students who successfully complete this program are immediately eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs computer based certification examination that leads to full certification at the EMT level in the State of Iowa, as well as with the National Registry of EMTs.

Registration Information

Summer 2 EMT Program

The program will start on June 29, 2020. Registration is open:

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Unique Features

  • This class will meet in person three days per week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • The didactic portion of this course will be completed online and outside of class time. This will take a substantial time commitment.
  • Full-time class schedule conducted during the day by instructional specialists in pre-hospital emergency medical education.
  • Approximately five weeks in duration allows rapid completion of education.
  • EMT Education Programs are scheduled four times a year just before the EMSLRC Paramedic Education Programs.
  • Upon successful completion of the EMT Education Program and if interested, students will be considered for the University of Iowa's Paramedic Education Program.


  • Describe the essential elements for the safe and efficient response to the scene of a medical emergency.
  • Perform a thorough EMS patient assessment for signs and symptoms of illnesses and injuries.
  • Provide prompt and efficient basic emergency care to the sick and injured.
  • Safely handle and prepare the patient for transportation.
  • Describe the essential elements of safe and orderly transportation of the patient to the hospital and the transfer of patient care to the appropriate hospital staff.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of the EMS system, safety and well-being of the EMT, and medical, legal, and ethical issues to the provision of emergency care.

Program Content

Required Hours
Online didactic content Varied
Didactic/Lecture/Practical Skills/ Examinations 112
Clinical Observation in Emergency Department 16
Total Required Hours in classroom 120

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must:

  • Be 17 years of age at the time of enrollment.
  • Be mentally and physically capable of performing the essential duties of an EMT.
  • Be proficient in speaking, reading, and writing the English language.
  • Hold a current CPR course completion card at the American Heart Association "Healthcare Provider” level.
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check approved by the Education Program.
  • Acquire course textbook and uniform prior to course start

Application Process

You may apply for admission into the EMT Training Program by completing the online application. The application deadline is two weeks prior to the start of the course and a maximum of 24 students will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.

Program Tuition

The tuition for the full-time EMT Training Program is $1,400.00 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.

Summary of Course Costs
Item Price
Tuition $1,400.00
Books $160.00
Criminal background check $~65.00
Uniform shirt $~35.00


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.

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