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.
The Mary Greeley EMT course consists of 160 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 Monday 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 BLS Healthcare provider card
- For those without AHA BLS certification, a course will be held prior to the beginning of class. AHA course fees are not included in tuition.
- Be physically and mentally fit to perform the duties of an EMS provider
Applications will be processed online and require a $25, non-refundable application fee. As part of your application we require a cover letter, professional resume’, a copy of your High School Diploma or GED, and copy of your American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare provider card. If you do not have a current AHA BLS card you may reserve a spot in the course that will be offered prior to the EMT course. 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. Conditional acceptance of applications will begin on November 15th. The application period will close on December 1st or when enrollment reaches 20 students, whichever comes first.