EMT Program

Mary Greeley Medical Center - Mobile Intensive Care Services (MICS) will be hosting an Emergency Medical Technician course beginning on August 17th, 2020 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 May 2020 for the Fall 2020 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 prehospital 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, interfacility 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 160hours 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

Application Process

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 June 15th. The application period will close on June 30 or when enrollment reaches 20 students, whichever comes first.


Upon review and acceptance of your completed application the student will be sent a conditional acceptance letter. Student must then pay the $350 deposit prior to August 1st and provide copies of the following documents before class begins on August 17th to complete their enrollment in the course.

  • Background Check release form
  • Tuberculosis questionnaire
  • Copy of a health screening within the past 12 months
  • Documentation of TWO negative tuberculosis tests within the past 12 months
  • Immunization record including
    • TWO Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccines or proof of immunity
    • TWO Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccines or proof of immunity
    • Influenza vaccine or provide medical reason for not receiving  (during Flu season)


Total tuition for the course is $1,400. 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). Costs not included in tuition include, but are not limited to, AHA CPR card, uniform pants and boots, costs of vaccinations and health maintenance, personal liability insurance, travel to and from class or clinical sites, and various classroom materials such as pens/pencils, notebooks, etc. The tuition balance is due on the first night of class.

Refunds and COVID-19 Disclaimer:

Should the current limitations on social distancing and group gatherings remain in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the course must be cancelled or postponed, full refunds will be issued upon request for all components of the course and application. If requested the training program will hold your application fee and spot in the course for the next available course.

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Upcoming Events

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    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.