This certificate is designed for individuals who anticipate working with an ambulance service, hospital emergency department, fire department, or other occupational fields where medical emergencies are common. Curriculum includes but is not limited to an overview of anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; patient assessment; basic life support in relation to cardiac arrest, trauma, and other medical emergencies. Instruction in extrication of the injured is also covered. This course provides the student an opportunity to apply cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills in a supervised clinical or field setting. Successful completion of course requirements will qualify students to take the NREMT certification examination for Emergency Medical Technician.

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
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book an Appointment

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $1,344.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $1,351.00 *
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 Emergency Medical Technician | Cert

EMS 217 Emergency Medical Technician 7

Entrance Requirements

  • Students must submit an application to the Office of Admissions at Western Iowa Tech Community College.
  • Students must be 17 years of age at the time of registration.
  • Current AHA BLS Provider Card - CPR
  • Current Mandatory Reporter Certificatates (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
Paramedic Instructor
712.274.8733 Ext. 1415
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Associate Dean - Health Sciences
Sioux City Campus, Room L314

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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