EMS/Paramedic

Think fast, because LIVES are going to depend on you! Get ready to learn the life-saving skills to begin a Life.Changing. Career in Emergency Medical Services!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall and Spring Terms
Length of Program Emergency Medical Technician: 2 Terms (6 Months)
Paramedic Core: 7 Terms (21 Months)
Paramedic: 8 Terms (24 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Emergency Medical Technician: Certificate
Paramedic Core: Diploma
Paramedic: Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

 

The sounds of a siren and rotating red and blue lights are your call to action! These programs are not for the faint of heart! Contrary to popular belief, we are not just ambulance drivers. These careers require a high level of dedication and a strong passion to help others. Often working in dynamic and extreme conditions, EMS professionals provide life-saving interventions to sick and injured patients.  EMTs and Paramedics respond to a variety of incidents and bring with them the necessary equipment to begin treatment of medical and traumatic conditions while transporting patients to the hospital to receive ongoing care. We are often the first medical providers seen when people have an acute, life-threatening condition. Our education and scope of practice allows us to do a lot of amazing things, and we do it all with little thanks and little reward; but, we do it for the right reasons. If you’re up for the challenge, this will be one of the most Life.Changing. careers you will ever experience! 

 

What you will learn:
  • Assessment of ill and injured patients
  • Emergency intervention and treatment for a variety of medical and traumatic incidents
  • Critical thinking and application in dynamic situations
  • Independent and small group work
  • In-depth knowledge of the human body

 

Which Path Will You Choose?

It’s your education. Choose your own path. We’re right behind you every step of the way!

Emergency Medical Technician

Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician program prepares the student to be an EMT. This two-term program is comprised of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences that provide the student with the fundamental knowledge and skills to function in a pre-hospital or hospital emergency situation. Students successfully completing the program will receive an Emergency Medical Technician certificate and be prepared to take the NREMT certification exam.

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Paramedic Core

Diploma

The Paramedic Core option offers an alternative format for completing the core courses of the Paramedic A.A.S. degree program. Upon successful program completion, students are prepared to be a National Registry–certified Paramedic.

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Paramedic

Associate of Applied Science

Paramedic program prepares the student to be a National Registry–certified Paramedic. Paramedics provide medical care in pre–hospital or emergency settings, operating through orders or protocols from a medical control physician. Skills include cardiac monitor interpretation, IV initiation, drug administration, advanced airway maneuvers, and trauma care. Students will complete hospital clinical time and ambulance ride time with area facilities.

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The EMS Department also offers two additional programs every other year or as interest dictates. Contact Josh to check for program availability.

Emergency Medical Responder

Certificate

The Emergency Medical Responder program prepares the student to be an EMR. This one-term program is comprised of classroom and laboratory experiences that provide the student with the basic knowledge and skills to function in an emergency situation. Students will learn to perform basic interventions with minimal equipment while awaiting EMS response and to assist higher-level personnel. Students successfully completing the program will receive an Emergency Medical Responder certificate and be prepared to take the NREMT certification exam.

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Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

Certificate

The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician program prepares the student to be an Advanced EMT. This two-term program is comprised of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences that provide the student with the Advanced EMS knowledge and skills to function in a pre-hospital or hospital emergency situation. Students successfully completing the program will receive an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician certificate and be prepared to take the NREMT certification exam.

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Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out more information below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career as an Ambulance Crew Member, Emergency Room Technician, or Medical Response Team Member!

 

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CONTACT US

Not sure if you want to start the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic Core, or Paramedic Program? Maybe you want more details about transferring your associate credits to a four-year school once you’re done? Don’t stress. Just ask Josh!

Joshua Hemminger, BA, EMT-P, EMS, Program Director, Emergency Medical Services
Joshua.Hemminger@indianhills.edu
(641)683-5122 or (800)726-2585 x5122