This course is a combined lecture/lab/clinical course which has been developed by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The course follows the January 2009 National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). This course provides the student an opportunity to supply cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills in the classroom, hospital, and pre-hospital setting. Students receive a letter grade for the classroom and lab portions of the course. The clinical portion is graded on a pass/fail basis. Instruction is related to patient assessment in areas of basic life support, cardiac arrest, trauma, and medical emergencies. Students must complete a minimum of 32 hours of clinical/field time to successfully complete the course. Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to take National Registry of EMTs certification testing at the Emergency Medical Technician level. Students will be required to undergo a national criminal background check and State of Iowa child/adult abuse registry check prior to clinical rotations. Mandatory reporter training and a health physical are required prior to starting clinical/field rotations. The cost of obtaining these requirements is in addition to course tuition and fees. Information on how to satisfy these requirements will be distributed the first night of class. Prerequisite: Must be 17 years of age at time of enrollment, be able to speak, write, and read English and possess a valid driver's license. Current BCLS recognition at the Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) level is required prior to starting class.