Paramedic Education Program

This nationally accredited 1,160-hour full-time program leads to certification as a Paramedic in Iowa and the National Registry. The program adheres to the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Guidelines as defined by the NHTSA and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

This three-phase program consists of 16 weeks of intensive, 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, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with occasional Wednesdays. Additionally, there is a minimum of 284 hours of supervised hospital clinical time and a minimum of 360 hours of supervised paramedic field time after classroom training. Internships are available at a number of approved sites, within Iowa.

This program is conducted twice each year, beginning in January (spring semester) and August (fall semester).

Credentials obtained: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider, Advanced Medical Life Support, Geriatrics Education for EMS, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider, Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Professionals Provider, and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Provider.

Course Schedule and Registration

Spring 2021

Begins: Jan. 19, 2021
Ends: Sept. 24, 2021
Registration opens:
Registration closes: Dec. 14, 2020

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Emergency Medical Services Educational Guidelines are followed throughout the program. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the National Registry paramedic examinations.

Technical Standards


The Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center at UI Hospitals & Clinics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax: 214-703-8992

3 Year Review-Window Average Results

Paramedic Education Program Outcomes by Graduation Year
Year Students Graduates Retention Positive Placement First Attempt NREMT Exam Third Attempt NREMT Exam
2019 15 15 96% 100% 80% 100%
2018 25 24 96% 100% 96% 100%
2017 26 24 90% 96% 75% 92%


The goal of the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center’s Paramedic Education Program is to facilitate the student’s development of cognitive and technical competencies to the entry-level paramedic.Goals

  1. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his/her role as an entry-level paramedic.
  2. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of the entry-level paramedic.
  3. Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level paramedic.


Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements for the duration of the program. After acceptance into the program, students will receive information describing rental properties in the Iowa City/Coralville area.

Some students may be able to find housing through the local newpapers or University of Iowa:

Students may also visit the University of Iowa Off-Campus Housing Service.

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.

Malpractice Insurance

All students must have professional malpractice insurance before clinical rotations begin. The EMSLRC can assist the student in obtaining coverage; however, all costs incurred will be the responsibility of the student.


Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and all clinical and field rotations.

Clinical Internship

Internship in an approved hospital setting is a period of supervised experience rotating through various departments including but not limited to the Emergency Department, Operating Room, Intensive Care Units, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Psychiatry. During this supervised clinical experience, numerous skill competencies will be required. This clinical internship will take a minimum of 284 hours. The student will be responsible to a clinical preceptor designated by that program throughout the clinical internship.

Field Internship

Internship in the field is a period of supervised experience with an approved paramedic-level ambulance service. 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 360 to 600 hours.


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

Admission Requirements

Paramedic Full-time Training Program applicants must:

  • 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, 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.

Projected Expenses

NOTE: These expenses are to help the paramedic student anticipate some of the costs associated with the Paramedic Full-time Education Program. It is an estimate only and does not include the expenses associated with incidentals, travel, etc. These expenses are subject to change without notice.

Tuition and Books
Non-refundable Application Fee (already paid with your application) $50.00
Tuition $8,000.00
Textbooks (11 total, students purchase at book store) $1,400.00
Subtotal $9,450.00
Projected Expenses:
Criminal Background Check $95.00
Living Expenses, Housing, Meals, Etc. $9,240.00
Personal Expenses (including health insurance) $2,924.00
Transportation $966.00
University of Iowa Student Fees ($664 per semester x2) $1,328.00
FISDAP Clinical, Field and Lab Skills Fee $188.75
Malpractice Insurance $100.00
Certification/Testing Fees ($110 Registry; $30 State of Iowa) $140.00
Parking Fees (if needed) $60.00
Uniform Shirts (approx. $35.00 each) x3 $105.00

Anticipated Program Expenses: $23,811.75 to $25,811.75

Other Expenses

  • Student Physical: Variable
  • Immunizations: Variable
  • Student Health Insurance (if needed, per month): Approximately $120