Paramedic - General Info

Paramedics is a great career choice for someone interested in the healthcare field. This comprehensive program consists of six core classes, lab, clinical experience, and field internship. The classroom courses are taught at the NCC campus, and clinical experience is obtained at various approved clinical sites. Paramedics, also known as Medics, care for the sick and injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by a Paramedic. Paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing advanced medical services, and transporting patients to and from medical facilities. National, state, and local data indicates that there will be a continued need for Paramedics through the next decade.

Program Requirements: The Paramedics program requires an additional acceptence process. Additional information regarding the admission process can be found through the admissions office.

Accreditation: Northwest Iowa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Northwest Iowa Community College Paramedics program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the National Registry’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.You can contact CoAEMSP at 214-703-8445 or

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  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Certificate


  • Two Semesters
  • Fall semester entry

Student Profile

  • Excellent people skills
  • Genuine desire to care for people
  • Communication skills
  • Possess teamwork background

Program Location

  • This program is available on campus. General education courses are available online.

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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 #Course TitleCredits
TERM 113
BIO165-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIO167-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Lab1
EMS221-EEMT Basic6
EMT Basic I

EMT Basic II

HSC113-EMedical Terminology2
SDV108-AThe College Experience1
TERM 213
BIO170-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO172-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab1
ENG105-AComposition I3
PSY111-AIntroduction to Psychology3
SPC112-APublic Speaking3
TERM 317
EMS230-EParamedic I8
EMS231-EParamedic I Lab3
EMS232-EClinical I4
EMS240-EALS Complementary Cert. I1
EMS246-EClinical Prep1
TERM 417
EMS234-EParamedic II7
EMS235-EParamedic II Lab4
EMS236-EClinical II4
EMS241-EALS Complementary Cert. II1
EMS247-EField Internship1
Total Credits 60


Course #TitleCredits
Term 1

EMT Basic

EMT Basic I

EMT Basic II

Term 217
EMS230-E Paramedic I 8
EMS231-E Paramedic I Lab3
EMS232-E Clinical I 4
EMS240-E ALS Complimentary Certification I1
EMS246-E Clinical Prep1
Term 317
EMS234-E Paramedic II7
EMS235-EParamedic II Lab4
EMS236-EClinical II 4
EMS241-EALS Complimentary Certification II 1
EMS247-EField Internship1
Total Credits 40

Admission Criteria

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Frequently Asked Questions

Employment opportunities exist in various settings, such as hospitals, fire departments, government agencies, and educa-tion. Training in this profession allows individuals to transition to another healthcare provider or pursue careers as researchers, consultants, or administrators.

Average starting salary is around $46,770.

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

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

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