Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Health Sciences

Gain emergency medical services skills, knowledge of patient rights and communication techniques that are essential in the field. Experiential learning will occur through off-site clinical and field experiences as well as in our hands on-lab.

Award: Career Pathway Certificate
Credits: Noncredit
Locations: Calmar, Peosta

Paying for the Program

$1,239*

Program Supplies: $239

There are many options available for tuition savings. Contact the Admissions or Financial Aid office for more information.

You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.

Career Outlook

$36,715

Estimated annual salary for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) graduates represents median annual wage from EMSI's Analyst, Career Coach and Institutional Research data.

Register and pay tuition now for the next class offering or Apply for Tuition Assistance.

  • For Tuition Assistance contact NICC Business and Community Solutions to complete the following:
    • Tuition Assistance Program Application
    • CASAS Assessment
    • Interview with NICC staff

Students also have the option to receive college credit for this program.

  • Must be at least 17 years of age to enroll.

The College has contracted the services of CastleBranch to review and monitor background checks, health records, training requirements and drug testing. Students will submit the following documentation to their website prior to the designated date:

  • Background check including a nationwide criminal history search and child, dependent adult and sex offender registry checks.
  • Health records: physical and immunizations (MMR, varicella, Hepatitis B, 2 step TB, Tdap and influenza).
  • Training: CPR (American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) or American Red Cross CPR for Healthcare Providers), mandatory reporter of child and dependent adult abuse, HIPAA and blood borne pathogens.
  • Drug testing will be performed prior to clinical participation, randomly, post incident/accident and if suspicion arises. Students are required to be substance free throughout the program.

In addition to meeting the above listed requirements upon admission, students must maintain these requirements throughout the program. Failure to remain compliant will result in denial for clinical participation. Clinical participation is required for program completion.

Note: Background checks will be evaluated per the NICC program compliance policy and by the Iowa Department of Human Services, if applicable. Clinical participation is dependent on this evaluation.

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Course Hours
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 200 hours
Total Hours 200 hours

Graduates of this Career Pathway Certificate program may enter the workforce or transfer course credit into the general Associate of Science program. For a listing of courses and how they transfer, visit the transfer webpage and select "Credit for NICC non-credit coursework."

Successful National Registry of EMT testing and attainment of Iowa certification meets the admission requirements for the Paramedic Associate of Applied Science or Diploma programs. In order to earn NICC credit for Career Pathway Certificate coursework, students must earn a minimum grade of C-.

Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association

Students will have the opportunity to become student members of the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association.

Simulation Labs

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) students have the opportunity to utilize the College's Health Simulation Laboratories at the Calmar and Peosta campuses for hands-on learning experiences.

Child Care Assistance

In partnership with Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and Opportunity Dubuque, the College will provide child care assistance at no cost to those who qualify while students are in class for this program. Also, full-time employed graduates from this program may qualify for additional child care support for up to 12 months at a licensed or registered child care provider. Child care services are available in the Dubuque and Peosta areas only.

Jesse Coulson, N.R.P.
Emergency Services Program Developer

  • Email: coulsonj@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2384
  • Location: NECAS