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Mary Greeley Medical Center - Mobile Intensive Care Services (MICS) will be hosting an Emergency Medical Technician course beginning on August 29th and ending in early December.

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About Mary Greeley MICS

MICS has a long history of EMS training and provides one of the most highly regarded EMT courses in Iowa. MICS was the first paramedic service in the state of Iowa and has been in operation for over 40 years! Our EMT course provides prospective EMTs the opportunity to learn from and work alongside the career Paramedics of MICS in the clinical and field setting. Students will be presented with the most up-to-date EMS training and have access to instructors and mentors with decades of combined EMS field experience. Additionally, students will work in a variety of settings utilizing top of the line equipment. EMT certification can lead to career opportunities in the fast paced and rewarding world of Emergency Medical Services or provide medical experience for those with other goals such as becoming a Physician, Physician Assistant, Athletic Trainer, or Registered Nurse. Applications will be accepted beginning in April 2019 for the Fall 2019 course. For further questions please contact Dustin Draisey-MICS Education Coordinator via phone at 515-956-2791 or via email at Draisey@mgmc.com.

EMT Certification

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. Upon successful completion of the EMT course, students will be eligible to test for EMT certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Upon successfully earning NREMT certification students may apply for their Iowa EMT license.

Working in EMS

EMS is an exciting and rewarding career and becoming an EMT is the first step towards achieving this demanding and fast paced lifestyle. Ambulance services are required to be staffed with EMTs at a minimum. In some services the EMT is the primary pre-hospital care provider and is responsible for providing the first link in the chain of survival for a wide array of critical trauma and medical patients. In other services you may serve as the Paramedic’s partner and right hand. Either way you will provide a life changing service to all of your patient’s and will never have to wonder if you are making a difference. EMTs have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including urban or rural 911 ambulances, inter-facility transport of critically ill patients, rural emergency medical response teams, the fire service, and various hospital roles. Many physicians and other medical practitioners have a background in EMS and began their medical careers as EMTs.

Course Overview

The Mary Greeley EMT course consists of 148 hours of classroom and skills lab and 32 hours of clinical and ride time. Classroom sessions focus on topics such as anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, patient assessment, airway management, cardiac arrest management, shock, pharmacology, ambulance operations, radio communications, and many more! Classroom and skills sessions teach to the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards-EMT Instructional Guidelines. Our goal is to prepare our students to successfully complete NREMT certification, State of Iowa licensure, and have the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful EMTs in the field.

Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-10 PM with 1 Saturday class each month. The schedule is designed to align closely with the ISU academic calendar. Course work is progressive in nature, and is consistent with college level learning. As such, excellent reading comprehension is necessary and dedication to studying the materials is a must.


  • Be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the course
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be able to speak, read, and write fluently in English
  • Hold a current AHA or Red Cross CPR provider card
    • For those without CPR certification, a course will be held prior to the beginning of class. If you are accepted into the EMT course, you may take the BLS provider course as part of your tuition.
    • Be physically and mentally fit to perform the duties of an EMS provider
    • Pass a criminal background check
    • Complete MGMC Human Resources requirements prior to the first day of class

    Application Process

    Applications will be accepted beginning in April 2019 until July 2019 (or until the class is full) for the Fall 2019 course, and require a $50, non-refundable application fee. Within 48 hours of your application fee being received, you will receive an email with a link to the online application.

    As part of your application we require:

    • a letter explaining why you would like to take the EMT course
    • a professional resume
    • a copy of your High School Diploma or GED
    • your current CPR card or you will be enrolled in the course at Mary Greeley offered prior to to the first EMT Course class (Date TBD)

    Upon acceptance into the EMT program you will be required to pay a $350, non-refundable deposit to save your spot in the class and begin the registration process.


    Total tuition for the course is $1,350. This cost covers your application fee, deposit, textbooks, uniform shirt, background check, online testing and prep material, and NREMT practical testing (If done in the offered Mary Greeley session).

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