Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Health Sciences

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Career Pathway Certificate delivers the National Standard Curriculum for Emergency Medical Technicians as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is preparatory for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians psychomotor and cognitive examinations. The combination of classroom, hands-on lab, off-site clinical and field experience addresses emergency medical services skills, patient rights and communication.

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

Paying for the Program


Program Supplies: $498

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

Career Outlook

$20,494 - 63,716

Estimated annual salary range for Health Sciences graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

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  • 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
    • National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) 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.
  • Must be 18 years of age to be eligible to test for the National Registry of EMT examination.

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 Healthcare Provider CPR or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer), 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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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 132 hours
Total Hours 132 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. View the EMT Policy Manual.

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.