Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Education Program

EMT group photo from June 2018

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Education Program is conducted on campus during the fall and spring semesters, meeting one, eight-hour day each week. The EMT program meets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The EMT program is a hybrid course where the lecture materials are delivered online. As readings and traditional lecture materials are provided online, this program will require a considerable independent study commitment from the student.

EMT Academy

Three, eight-week EMT academy-style classes are held during the summer term.

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 program adheres to the 2009 National EMS Education Standards.

Course Schedule

The application will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Spring 2022–EMSLRC at UI Hospitals & Clinics

Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Began: Jan. 19, 2022
Ended: May 4, 2022
Registration Opened: Oct. 1, 2021
Registration Closed: Dec. 29, 2021

Spring 2022–Lisbon Mt. Vernon Ambulance Service

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m.
Began: Jan. 18, 2022
Ended: May 5, 2022
Registration Opened: Oct. 1, 2021
Registration Closed: Dec. 29, 2021

Admission Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Be 17 years of age at the time of enrollment
  • Submit a completed online application and pay the $50 registration fee
  • Non-refundable Seat Fee $350.00
  • 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 full-time 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
Non-refundable Seat Fee $350.00
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 computerize 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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