Emergency Medical Technician


Emergency Medical Technician is a great career choice for someone interested in the healthcare field. This comprehensive program consists of six modules, clinical experience, and CPR. The classroom courses are taught at the NCC campus, and clinical experience is obtained at various approved clinical sites.

Emergency Medical Technicians, also known as EMTs, care for the sick and injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by an EMT. EMTs respond to emergency calls, performing medical services, and transporting patients to and from medical facilities.

National, state, and local data indicates that there will be a continued need for Emergency Medical Technicians through the next decade.

The Emergency Medical Technician program requires an additional acceptance process. Additional information regarding the admission process can be found through the admissions office.

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  • Certificate of Completion


  • Fall or Spring semester entry

Student Profile

  • Excellent people skills
  • Genuine desire to care for people
  • Communication skills
  • Possess math & science background

Program Location

  • Hybrid and Face to Face Options

Contact Admissions

Student Story Madeline Oostra

“I loved the hands-on training we received and the experienced EMTs who spoke to our class about how to handle different situations. I am studying to become a nurse now and my EMT training is a huge asset.”

EMT, current NCC nursing student
Sheldon, IA

Madeline Oostra

Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
EMS211Hybrid EMT6.5
EMS219Basics of EMS I3
EMS225Basics of EMS II*3


• NCC application on file
• BLS CPR Certified
• Completed high school diploma, GED, or at least 17 years of age
• Reads, writes, and speaks English
• Can perform EMS Provider duties

EMT Program Admission Criteria

Must be 17 years old at the start of class, be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English, and physically capable of performing basic EMT skills. The student must bring a credit or debit card the first night for completion of the on-line background check. EMS219 is a Prerequisite to EMS225.

The EMT program requires an additional acceptance process. Additional information regarding the admission process can be found through the admissions office.

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Employment opportunities exist in various settings, such as hospitals, fire departments, government agencies, and education. Training in this profession allows individuals to transition to a Paramedic or pursue careers as researchers, consultants, or administrators.

Average starting salary is around $37,570.

Besides classroom and lab time, you will gain experience at a variety of clinical sites.

There is a high demand for volunteer and career EMTs. Clinical training offers valuable experience.

Kevin Miller, MPA—Paramedic
Emergency Services Education Coordinator
712-324-5061 ext. 231

Program Cost

Course #DayDateTimeLocationFee
EMS211Online with several mandatory Saturdays1-11/5-9OnlineOnline$1,500
EMS225M, TH 1-10/5-57pm-10pmBuilding H, NCC Campus$1,500
EMROnline with several mandatory Saturdays1-11/5-9OnlineOnline$900
  • Tuition assistance is available (see below).
  • Uniform/scrubs, closed toe shoes, and a watch with a second hand are required for the clinical portion of the course.

PACE Tuition Assistance Program

Start your journey to a BETTER PAYING CAREER with the PACE Tuition Assistance Program

PACE assistance is designed to help job seekers secure gainful employment in high-quality, local jobs. PACE funding is intended for job seekers who:

  • Have a household income at or below program guidelines (see current guidelines, right). Family size is determined by the applicant’s household members who are related to the applicant by blood or by marriage. Dependents, as claimed on taxes, are included.
  • Are unemployed
  • Are underemployed
  • Are dislocated workers

In addition to tuition assistance, PACE Navigators provide participants with personal, career and support services.

Determine Eligibility

To determine if you qualify for PACE, you will need to do the following:

  1. Complete the initial eligibility application form
  2. If you pass initial eligibility assessment, meet one-on-one with the Career Pathway Navigator to verify eligibility and to chart your educational pathway.

Questions? Contact Us.

Norma Azpeitia (hablo español)
Bilingual Career Pathways Navigator
nazpeitia@nwicc.edu | 800-352-4907, ext. 124

Paula Meyer
Career Pathways Navigator
pmeyer@nwicc.edu | 800-352-4907 ext. 151

2020 PACE Income Guidelines


For each additional family member after 8, add $2,800 per month (or $11,200 per year)

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Program Director

Kevin Miller, MPA, NRP
Emergency Services Education Coordinator