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 thier 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 Certficates 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.

This program prepares the student for licensure in Iowa. WITCC has not made a determination as to whether the program curriculum meets all other state's educational requirements for licensure or certification. If you wish to work outside the state of Iowa, please contact the state agency for which you hope to work regarding details about licensure or certification.

Western Iowa Tech’s Paramedic average passing rate for graduates in the National Registry computer exam is 72.2% for the year 2018. The retention average is 78.3%  with positive placement 77.8%.

Licensure Information

This program prepares the student for licensure in Iowa. WITCC has not made a determination as to whether the program curriculum meets all other state's educational requirements for licensure or certification. If you wish to work outside the state of Iowa please contact the state agency in which you hope to work for details about licensure or certification.

To register or if you have questions:

Fran DeJong
Admissions Representative
fran.dejong@witcc.edu
712.317.3345
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book an Appointment

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $12,480.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $12,545.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated housing and meals: $3,825.00/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.

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
cammyjo.cother@witcc.edu
712.317.3263
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Terry Sudrla
Paramedic Instructor
terry.sudrla@witcc.edu
712.274.8733 Ext. 1415
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Associate Dean - Health Sciences
teri.peterson@witcc.edu
712.317.3357
Sioux City Campus, Room L314

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