Rural Health Education Parnership

The Rural Health Education Partnership (RHEP), established in 2000, consists of over 100 partnered organizations that provide healthcare or emergency services in Southeastern Iowa. The partnership acts as a way for these organizations to network and to combine efforts and ideas in order to meet the continuing education needs of healthcare providers and emergency services professionals.

RHEP works to develop, coordinate, and distribute quality educational programs to healthcare and emergency services personnel. Courses are offered to meet the needs of professionals who must continually attend training in order to maintain their licenses.

Benefits that RHEP provides to Southeastern Iowa include:

  • Development of a comprehensive, structured education plan
  • Accessible training for staff, resulting in reduced travel costs
  • Reduction of duplicated offerings in the region, reducing overall training costs
  • Access to a pool of educators qualified to meet the needs of your professional staff
  • Opportunities to partner on grant applications to fund training

Become an RHEP Partner

Organizations that provide health or emergency services, that employ healthcare or emergency service professionals, or that have a vested interest in healthcare and emergency services in Southeastern Iowa may be become partners in the Rural Health Education Partnership. RHEP has partners from throughout the Indian Hills Community College 10–county area and beyond. RHEP Member Listing

Benefits of RHEP partnership include:

  • Process classes, meetings, or training for continuing education at no charge.
  • 15% discount on tuition for continuing education programs.
  • Use of the Rural Health Education Center (RHEC), as available, at no charge.

To apply to become an RHEP partner, please complete the RHEP Participation Agreement

Completed applications may be mailed to the address below. Alternatively, they may be scanned and emailed to or faxed to (641) 683-5254.

Lori Reeves
RHEP Department Chair
Indian Hills Community College
655 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, IA 52501

RHEP Community Services

In addition to professional healthcare and emergency services relicensure and continuing education, RHEP also participates in children’s and community health programming.

RHEP Health Career Children's Summer Camps

Each summer, several summer camps are held for children in third through eighth grades. Camp details and dates are released by May 1 of each year. Summer 2014 Career Camps >>

Senior Lunch and Learn

Although open to anyone, Senior Lunch and Learn classes feature subjects of interest related to health, specifically for our senior population. Re–licensure continuing education will not be offered for these courses. All Senior Lunch and Learn classes will be held in the back of The Hills Diner in the Arts and Sciences Complex on the Indian Hills Community College main campus. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the continuing education program from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to use the Grandview entrance and park on the belt drive, adjacent to the Library (former chapel) for the most convenient and accessible parking.
Senior Lunch and Learn Classes

For Course Schedule, contact Sandy Berto at (641) 683-5183 or

Mandatory Reporter: Dependent Adult and Child Abuse Training

Indian Hills holds monthly day and evening offerings of Mandatory Reporter: Dependent Adult and Child Abuse classes. These classes meet Iowa Code 235.B16(5) requirements for foster parents, social workers, nurse aides, and all healthcare providers, as mandatory reporters of adult and/or child abuse.

For Course Schedule, see the Customized Learning Schedule of Courses
or contact Sandy Berto at (641) 683-5183 or

Course Offerings for Healthcare and Emergency Service Professionals

Courses and other news and information can be found in the latest
Customized Learning Schedule of Courses

Courses By Subject Area: Select one of the topics below to see the continuing education courses currently offered in that subject area. Registration instructions are included on each course's information page.

RHEP Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued for cancellations made three days or less prior to an event. Individuals who pre–register for an event and do not cancel their registration or attend the class will be charged the course tuition and fees.

Bring an RHEP Class to Your Location

With a minimum enrollment (the number varies by individual course), RHEP can bring any class to your facility. RHEP will take care of the paperwork, continuing education approval, equipment, and instructors. All you have to do is make the call. Contact Lori Reeves for more information. RHEP can develop any class for your needs or can bring a standardized program. Available classes include but are not limited to the following.

ACLS PALS Update CPR TNCC Standard Precautions
ACLS Update 12–Lead EKG EVOC First Aid

How to request that your course/program be added to the RHEP schedule

To request approval for a course/program to be added to the RHEP schedule for continuing education units/hours toward relicensure of health care workers, please follow the process described in the document below:
RHEP Continuing Education Program Approval Process

Certificate Programs

RHEP offers a variety of certificate programs in health occupations fields:
RHEP Certificate Programs

The following are required pre–requisites for the CNA program:

Background Check ($20 charge): Students wishing to enroll in the CNA program must turn in a completed background check form (with non–refundable $20 fee) no more than 30 days prior to course start and a minimum of one week prior to class start. Students who have not submitted a background check form a minimum of one week prior to class will not be allowed to start the course. Any background check more than 30 days old is not valid for the CNA program and will need to be repeated at the $20 fee.

Physical Examination with Two–Step TB Testing: A completed physical examination form must be turned in on or before the first day of class. Students without completed forms will not be allowed to start the class.

Payment: Payment for the CNA class is due no later than the first day of class. Students without full payment will not be allowed to start the course. Students whose course is being paid for by a third party must bring a letter no later than the first day of class from that party indicating their agreement to pay for the class for that student.

Background Check Forms and Physical Examination Forms:

Background Check Form
Physical Exam Form

EMS Transition

In August of 2011, the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of EMS, based on recommendations from the Iowa EMS Advisory Council, will begin transitioning the current levels of First Responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT–Paramedic, and Paramedic Specialist to the new levels of scope of practice. These new levels incorporate the nationally identified scope of practice levels of Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic.

Rural Emergency Services Training Center

The Rural Emergency Services Training Center (RESTC), located on the IHCC North Campus, is now available for use by area Fire Departments, EMS, Law Enforcement, and Rescue groups. Entities using the facilities must complete a RESTC Usage Request Form

The following documents and forms are provided for use by instructors/participants:

2014 Regional Fire School at Indian Hills

The 2014 Regional Fire School will be held March 8–9, 2014 in the North Advanced Technology Building on the IHCC North campus, Ottumwa. All information about classes and registration may be found in the 2014 Brochure.
2014 Fire School Brochure

American Heart Association Training Center

The IHCC American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center can meet all of your needs for CPR, First Aid, and Standard Precautions Training. A variety of classes are available to meet the needs of various groups, including church groups, schools, day care centers, business and industry, etc. Both lay public course participation classes and employee certification programs are available. Monthly Healthcare Provider Renewal classes and Heartsaver CPR classes are held on the IHCC Main Campus in Ottumwa. Please contact Diana Harness for more information about our on-campus classes or bring a class to your location.


Continuing Education for all Health–Related Professions, Fire Training, CPR, and First Aid

Lori Reeves, RHEP Department Chair
phone: (641) 683-5337 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5337

Sandy Berto, RHEP Program Assistant
phone: (641) 683-5183 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5183

Diana Harness, RHEP Program Assistant
phone: (641) 683-5205 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5205

Course Registration

Rebecca Appleget, Administrative Assistant
phone: (641) 683-5281 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5281

AHA Training Center: CPR and First Aid

Diana Harness, Training Center Coordinator
phone: (641) 683-5205 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5205

Certified Nurse Aid, Medication Manager, Activity Coordinator,
and Other Short–Term Health–Related Programs

Scott Johnson, Coordinator, Nurse Aid and Related Programs
phone: (641) 683-5217 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5217

Initial EMS Licensure Classes

Cindy Hewitt, EMS Programs
phone: (641) 683-5122 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5122

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