EMT Training Program

Paramedic Training

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Progarm is conducted on campus twice each year in the spring and fall semesters. The May class begins the Monday following the conclusion of spring semester classes and ends in mid-June. The fall class begins the last days of October or first week in November and ends in the first week of December. This schedule allows for students interested in furthering their prehospital emergency medical education by enrolling in the Paramedic Training Programs that begin in January and August.

This full-time EMT training program is the introductory course for those wishing to pursue a career in prehospital emergency medicine and is conducted over a five week period with classroom sessions held each day from 8:30 am till 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. This course highlights the basic knowledge and skills necessary for individuals who wish to obtain state or national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and adheres to the 2009 National EMS Education Standards Guidelines which are based on the National EMS Core Content and the National EMS Scope of Practice that define the minimal entry-level educational competencies for each level of EMS training and has replaced the DOT National Standards curricula used in the past.

Course Overview

The course consists of 140 hours of classroom time that includes hands-on skills training sessions. The student must also schedule, outside of class time, an in-hospital emergency department rotation where they will observe and assist with the assessment and management of 15 different patients. Students who successfully complete this program are immediately eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs computer based certification examination that leads to full certification at the EMT level in the State of Iowa, as well as with the National Registry of EMTs.

Register for the EMT Training Program 2015

  • May 18th 2015, through June 19th 2015 Register

Unique Features

  • Full-time class schedule conducted during the day by instructional specialists in pre-hospital emergency medical education.
  • Approximately five weeks in duration allows rapid completion of training.
  • EMT Training Programs are scheduled twice a year just before the EMSLRC Paramedic Training Programs. Upon successful completion of the EMT Training Program and if interested, students will be considered for the University of Iowa's Paramedic Training Program.


Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the essential elements for the safe and efficient response to the scene of a medical emergency.
  • Perform a thorough EMS patient assessment for signs and symptoms of illnesses and injuries.
  • Provide prompt and efficient basic emergency care to the sick and injured.
  • Safely handle and prepare the patient for transportation.
  • Describe the essential elements of safe and orderly transportation of the patient to the hospital and the transfer of patient care to the appropriate hospital staff.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of the EMS system, safety and well-being of the EMT, and medical, legal, and ethical issues to the provision of emergency care.

Course Content

Required Hours:

  • Didactic/Lecture/Practical Skills/ Examinations . . . . .140 
  • Clinical Observation in Emergency Department . . . . . 16
  • Total Required Hours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  156


Eligibility Requirements

Participants must:

  • Be 17 years of age at the time of enrollment.
  • Be mentally and physically capable of performing the essential duties of an EMT.
  • Be proficient in speaking, reading, and writing the English language.
  • Hold a current CPR course completion card at the American Heart Association "Healthcare Provider” level or the American Red Cross "CPR for the Professional Rescuer” level.
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check approved by the Training Program.
  • Acquire course textbook and uniform prior to course start

Application Process

You may apply for admission into the EMT Training Program by completing the online application available on the EMSLRC website at: www.uihealthcare.org/emslrc. The application deadline is two weeks prior to the start of the course and a maximum of 24 students will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.

Course Tuition

  • The tuition for the full-time EMT Training Program is $1,400.00 which does not include the cost of books.
  • All tuition must be paid in full two weeks prior to the first day of class and is subject to change.
  • Summary of course costs: Tuition, books, criminal background check, and uniform shirt(s):
    • Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,400.00
    • Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00
    • Criminal background check . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $ ~35.00
    • Uniform shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . $~35.00


Upon successful completion of the course, student candidates will take the practical skills certification examination as written and sponsored by the National Registry of EMTs and endorsed by the State of Iowa. Successful completion of the practical skills certification examination will allow the student candidate to take the National Registry of EMTs computerized written certification examination. Successful completion of both the National Registry of EMTs practical and computer-generated written examinations is then used to apply for certification in the candidate's home state.


Further Questions?

Contact darrin-hayes@uiowa.edu


Program At a Glance

Course Information and Registration

Information for Course Participants

Contact Us

Mailing Address
UI Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive, S608 GH
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Phone: 319-356-2597
Fax: 319-353-7508
Email: emslrc@uiowa.edu

Center Location
S608 General Hospital
Elevator C, Level 6