Fire Fighter/Paramedic | AAS - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Fire Fighter/Paramedic | AAS

Fire Fighter/Paramedic | AAS

Associate of Applied Science
Sioux City
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes Entrance Requirements Firefighter/Paramedic Handbook

The Fire Fighter/Paramedic program is designed to prepare you for entry-level employment as a firefighter. By pairing the Firefighter diploma with the existing EMS Paramedic diploma, you can obtain the AAS degree thus fulfilling the ever-growing demand for employees in this field.

Current trends show increasing EMS related calls for fire service employees and this paring of offerings will increase student employability.

Employment possibilities include: public sector fire service or private careers in areas such as firefighter; sprinkler and alarm system installer; safety engineering technician; fire safety and building inspection assistant or technician; insurance property damage appraiser/adjuster; property loss claims investigator; building codes inspector; and more.

Meet Your Advisor

Fran DeJong
Fran DeJong
Admissions Representative
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
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Career Options

Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.  Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Required Classes for Fire Fighter/Paramedic | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
FIR 213 Principles of Emergency Services 3
FIR 320 Essentials of Firefighter I 4
FIR 322 Hazardous Materials: Operations Level 1
ENG 105 Composition I 3
FIR 152 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIR 141 Fire Fighter II 2
EMS 217 Emergency medical Technician 7
PEA 148 Physical Fitness I 2
MAT 772 Applied Math 3
FIR 124 Building Construction 3
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPC 122 Interpersonal Communication 3
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics 3
EMS 540 NCS 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

You must meet entrance requirements for the Paramedic program and be a certified EMT in the State of Iowa or National Registry before enrolling in Term 4 of the program.


Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Greg Strong
Greg Strong
Division Chair
Sioux City, Room B109

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $15,366.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $15,444.00 *
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.

Advisory Board

Dave Hutton Woodbury County Fire Association
Russ Grossman Fire Service Training Bureau
Tom Everett Sioux City Fire Department
Tom Jochum Sergeant Bluff Fire Department
Anthony Gaul Sergeant Bluff Fire Department
Rich Anderson Sioux City Fire Department
Phil Marchand Sioux City Fire Department