Paramedic Training

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This nationally accredited 1,160-hour full-time program leads to certification as a Paramedic in Iowa and the National Registry. The program adheres to the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Guidelines as defined by the NHTSA and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

This three-phase program consists of 15 weeks of intensive, classroom training, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the EMS Learning Resources Center (EMSLRC); followed by a minimum of 260 hours of supervised hospital clinical time; and a minimum of 360 hours of supervised paramedic field time. Internships are available at a number of approved sites.

This program is conducted twice each year, beginning in January (spring semester) and August fall semester).

Credentials obtained: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider, Advanced Medical Life Support, Basic Cardiac Life Support Instructor (optional), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) (optional), Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider, Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals Provider, and Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support Provider.

Paramedic Training Program

Start Date: August 25th, 2014
End Date:  June 30th, 2015

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Course Overview

Our nationally accredited program is conducted in three segments. This full-time program consists of 15 weeks of intensive classroom training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, five days a week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The second component consists of a supervised clinical experience in a hospital setting. The third component includes a field internship with a paramedic-level ambulance service.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Emergency Medical Services Educational Guidelines are followed throughout the program. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the National Registry paramedic examinations.


The Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756


Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements for the duration of the program. After acceptance into the program, students will receive information describing rental properties in the Iowa City/Coralville area.

Some students may be able to find housing through the local newpapers or University of Iowa.;;; University of Iowa Off-Campus Housing Service at  

Financial Assistance

The Paramedic Training Program offered by the EMS Learning Resources Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been approved for student loans. You can obtain an application for Federal Student Aid at most high schools, colleges, libraries, etc. You can also apply on-line via the internet (

Please visit the University of Iowa Financial Aid web site for more information.

Short-term secured loans may be available through local lending institutions to assist qualified applicants. This course has been approved for veterans and military educational funds.

Malpractice Insurance

All students must have professional malpractice insurance before clinical rotations begin. The EMSLRC can assist the student in obtaining coverage; however, all costs incurred will be the responsibility of the student.


Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and all clinical and field rotations.

Clinical Internship

Internship in an approved hospital setting is a period of supervised experience rotating through various departments including but not limited to the Emergency Department, Operating Room, Intensive Care Units, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Psychiatry. During this supervised clinical experience, numerous skill competencies will be required. This clinical internship will take a minimum 260 hours. The student will be responsible to a clinical preceptor designated by that hospital throughout the clinical internship.

Field Internship

Internship in the field is a period of supervised experience with an approved paramedic-level ambulance service. Students are assigned to various approved field sites. During field internship, the student will follow instructions given to him/her by the field preceptor. During this supervised field experience, numerous skill competencies and ALS calls are required. The field internship will take 360-600 hours.


Each of the three components—didactic, clinical and field—must be completed successfully before the student may take the National Registry examinations.


Graduates obtain the following credentials: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider, Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) provider, Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Instructor (optional), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) (optional), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) provider, and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) provider, Awareness Level HAZMAT, Pediatric Education for the PreHospital Professional (PEPP) and Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) provider.

Admission Requirements

Paramedic Full-time Training Program applicants must:

  • Submit completed on-line application along with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable to the EMSLRC. Incomplete application forms will not be considered.
  • Submit evidence of high school graduation or its equivalent.
  • Submit high school and any post high school transcripts (i.e. technical school, college).
  • Submit copy of current National Registry REMT certificate, or advanced National Registry-level certificates, if applicable. All accepted students must have an Iowa EMT or advanced EMT certification by the first day of class.
  • As of July, 2012, all students will be required to have successfully completed a college-level Anatomy and Physiology course, verified by college transcript at minimum C grade level.
  • Be physically capable of performing the duties of a paramedic and receive a physical through University of Iowa Health Services or personal physician.
  • Submit three letters of reference from: applicant’s immediate supervisor; ambulance service’s medical director with whom the applicant is affiliated (if applicable); and someone who is familiar with the applicant’s professional expertise. If not yet affiliated with an EMS system, letters of reference from supervisors are acceptable.

A personal interview with members of the Paramedic Specialist Full-time Training Program selection committee is arranged.

Applicants who are accepted will have 14 days to confirm, in writing, their willingness to attend the program. This letter must be accompanied by a $500 non-refundable deposit. This deposit will be applied to the tuition fee.

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) Pre-Requisite

All students must take the A&P course for credit. 

Please provide us with an official transcript that shows that completion as described.

Projected Expenses

NOTE: These expenses are to help the paramedic student anticipate some of the costs associated with the Paramedic Full-time Training Program. It is an estimate only and does not include the expenses associated with incidentals, travel, etc. These expenses are subject to change without notice.

Tuition and Books
Non-refundable Application Fee (already paid with your application) $25.00
In-State Resident Tuition $7,700.00
Out-of-State Resident Tuition $9,700.00
Textbooks (11 total, students purchase at book store) $1,000.00
Subtotal $8,725.00 to 10,725.00
Projected Expenses:
Criminal Background Check $100.00
Living Expenses, Rent, Etc. $8,750.00
Personal Expenses (including health insurance) $3,633.00
Transportation $890.00
University of Iowa Student Fees ($500 per semester x2) $1,000.00
FISDAP Clinical, Field and Lab Skills Fee $85.00
Malpractice Insurance $100.00
Certification/Testing Fees ($110 Registry; $30 State of Iowa $140.00
Parking Fees (if needed) $60.00
Uniform Shirts (approx. $35.00 each) x3 $105.00

Anticipated Program Expenses $23,598.00 to $25,588.00  

Other Expenses

  • Student Physical Variable
  • Immunizations Variable
  • Student Health Insurance (if needed, per month) approximately $120

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

Center Location
S608 General Hospital
Elevator C, Level 6