Emergency Medical Technician


Emergency Medical Technician is a great career choice for someone interested in the healthcare field. This comprehensive program consists of seven 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


  • Fall, Spring, or summer semester entry

Student Profile

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

Program Location

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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
EMS221-E EMT Basic 6
EMT Basic I

EMT Basic II

Total Credits 6
Course #Days/TimeStart DateLocationFee
EMS211-EM, W - 6pm-10pm5/21/24Sheldon$1,950
EMS219-E/225-EM, TH - 7pm-10pm8/21/24Sheldon$1,960
EMS221-ET - 7-9pm (some)
S - 8am-5pm (some)
EMS221-ET - 7-9pm (some)
S - 8am-5pm (some)
EMS221-EM, TH - 7pm-10pm11/4/24Sutherland$1,960
EMS221-ET - 7pm-9pm (some)
S - 8am -5pm (some)
1/9/25Online - Orange City$1,960
EMS221-EM, W 6pm-10pm5/28/25Sheldon$1,960


  • NCC application on file
  • Completed high school diploma, GED, or at least 17 years of age
  • Read, write, and speak English
  • Can perform EMS Provider duties

Program Application Process

  • Please submit an application for admission.  (You will want to create an account and then select “Certificate: EMT” for your Academic Program).
  • Once officially accepted (watch your email) contact Kevin Miller at 712-324-5061 ext. 231 or email.
  • Watch your email for orientation and welcome materials within two weeks of the start of class.

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

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 about PACE funding?

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

2021 PACE Income Guidelines


For each additional family member after 8, add: $2,838 (3 month income) or $11,350 (annual income).

Family size is determined by blood relation to the applicant or marriage to the applicant, and eligible household members should be residing with the applicant. Dependents as claimed on taxes are included. April 2021-April 2022.

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

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