Emergency Medical Services Program
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program
Career Options / Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services Program

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program readies the student for a career in an exciting and expanding health care field. Graduates of the program are prepared to initiate and maintain treatment for medical, trauma, and cardiac emergencies following physician's orders or standard protocols. Successful completion of course requirements allows the students to take the National Registry examinations.

Levels of Certification

  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Advanced EMT
  • Associate Degree Paramedic
Non-Credit Offerings

Scholarship Opportunities

Course Schedule

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Accreditation Information

The Iowa Central Community College Paramedic program, on the Fort Dodge campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) 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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

To contact the CoAEMSP:

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure Information

For more on Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure Information, click here.

Paramedic Program Student Outcomes

Three-year Average Student Results (2019 – 2021)

Students eligible to test
NREMT Cognitive Exam Pass Rate
(1st Attempt)
NREMT Cognitive Exam Pass Rate
(Within 3rd Attempt Cumulative)
NREMT Psychomotor Exam Pass Rate
(First Attempt Cumulative)
Positive Placement
2020 12 58.3% 58.3% 91.7% 66.7% 85.7%
2021 4 75.0% 75.0% 100% 75.0% 100%
2022 8 50.0% 87.5% 100% 87.5 72.7%
Averages   61.1% 73.6% 97.2% 76.4% 86.1%

Gainful Employment Information

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Iowa Community colleges have developed the following Core Performance Standards for all applicants to Health Care Career Programs. These standards are based upon required abilities that are compatible with effective performance in health care careers. Applicants unable to meet the Core Performance Standards are responsible for discussing the possibility of reasonable accommodations with the designated institutional office. To view the full Iowa Core Performance Standards, click here.

Potential Careers

  • Ambulance Services
  • Fire Departments
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Aero medical services
  • Emergency room/critical care unit/cardiac catherization lab
  • Insurance industry
  • Industry
  • EMS education

Contact Us


Sydney Suntken
Academic Advisor


Paul Arens
M.Ed., Paramedic, EMS-I
Program Coordinator & Advisor
Kerrie Hull
Jared Zimmer
B.A.S, Paramedic, CCP, EMS-I
Julie Mertens
AAS, Paramedic, EMS-I

I chose Iowa Central because both of my parents came here and absolutely loved the environment. I was able to be a part of so many programs at once which isn't offered at other colleges. I knew right away after visiting that it would be a great school where I could better myself as a student and as an athlete.

Emma Clark
General Studies
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