EMS - Paramedic | AAS - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
EMS - Paramedic | AAS

EMS - Paramedic | AAS

Associate of Applied Science
Sioux City
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes Entrance Requirements Licensure Information

This program provides information and skill training to initiate and maintain treatment for medical, trauma, and cardiac emergencies. The Paramedic is the highest level of emergency responder training. Graduates are prepared to deliver emergency care to patients prior to their arrival at a hospital. Students are trained in life support procedures performed by following orders of the physicians or by following standard operating protocols. Student must have current Iowa EMT certification AHA BLS Provider card - CPR, and state approved Mandatory Reporter Certificates for Child and Dependent Adult. Instructor consent is required. Successful completion of course requirements will qualify students to take the NREMT certification examination for Paramedic.

Meet Your Advisor

Fran DeJong
Fran DeJong
Admissions Representative
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book an Appointment https://www2.witcc.edu/admissions/fran

Career Options

The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system.

Required Classes for EMS - Paramedic | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
EMS 217 Emergency Medical Technician 7
BIO 168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MAT 772 Applied Math 3
BIO 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPC 122 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 105 Composition I 3
EMS 540 NSC Paramedic I 13
EMS 541 Clinical I 3
EMS 810 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
EMS 820 Prehospital Trauma Life Support 1
EMS 545 NSC Paramedic II 13
EMS 546 Clinical II 3
EMS 815 Advanced Pediatric Life Support 1
EMS 825 Advanced Medical Life Support 1
EMS 547 Field Internship 1

Entrance Requirements

  • Students must submit an application to the Office of Admissions at Western Iowa Tech Community College.
  • Students must have a high school transcript or equivalency diploma.
  • Students must have a current CPR card (BLS Health Care Provider Module American Heart Association).
  • Students must have a valid Iowa EMT or AEMT certification or National Registry card. A photocopy must be submitted. If you do not have an Iowa certification and only a National Registry Card, please contact the Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services (BETS) (1.800.728.3367 or 515.281.0620) immediately.
  • Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology as a prerequisite or co-requisite.
  • Current Iowa EMT certification card.
  • Current AHA BLS Provider Card - CPR
  • Current Mandatory Reporter Certificates (Child and Dependent Adult)
  • Students will also be required to have a physical (submitted on a WITCC Health Evaluation form) and up-to-date immunizations in order to complete clinical requirements. Physicals can be obtained free of charge at the WITCC Health Clinic.

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Cammy Cother
Emergency Medical Services Specialist
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Terry Sudrla
Terry Sudrla
Paramedic Instructor
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Associate Dean - Health Sciences
Sioux City Campus, Room L314

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $12,805.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $12,870.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,075.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Accreditation Information

The Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Diploma and Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic AAS programs are accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CoAEMSP
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax 214.703.8992

Western Iowa Tech's Paramedic average passing rate for graduates in the National Registry computer exam is 66.7% for the year 2020. The retention average is 83.3% with positive placement of 60%.

Licensure Information

Educational licensure is met in the following states: Iowa
Educational licensure is not met for the following states: None
If not listed above, determination has not yet been made for the remaining states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
To view educational requirements for the state you wish to work, visit https://www.nremt.org/resources/state-ems-offices

Advisory Board

Gary Brown Woodbury County Trauma & Disaster Services
Tom Chartier Moville Ambulance
Karla Copple Burgess Health Center
LaDonna Crilly  Western Iowa Tech Community College
Bill Rosacker City of Le Mars
Cory Schmadeke Western Iowa Tech Community College
Ed Sohm Ida County EMA
Terry Sudrla Western Iowa Tech Community College
Bob Welte Siouxland Paramedics
Dr. Rick Colwell Unity Point St. Luke's
Dr. Scott Murray Mercy Medical Center
Dr. Jeffrey O'Tool UnityPoint Health
Dr. Randall Wood UnityPoint Health
Alan Faith Unity Point St. Luke's Ed
Steve Mercer IA Dept of Public Hlth / EMS Bureau
Cammy Jo Cother Western Iowa Tech Community College
Mary Jorgensen Western Iowa Tech Community College
Patrick Prorok Monona County EMS
Mary Chwirka Sioux City Fire
Mary Teresa Muckey Mercy Medical Center
James Haden Sioux City Fire
Mark Nickles North Sioux City EMS