Paramedic

Health Sciences

The goal of the Paramedic program is to prepare competent entry-level paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels. Paramedics, working under the direction of a physician (often through radio communication), recognize, assess and manage medical emergencies of acutely ill or injured patients in pre-hospital and emergency care settings. Paramedics work primarily in advanced life-support units and ambulance services under medical supervision and direction. Some Paramedics are employed by community fire deparmentsand/or police departments, hospitals, private companies, or as community volunteers.

While working closely with other highly trained professionals, paramedics expedite quality emergency care to critically ill and injured patients. Paramedic training includes classroom instruction, clinical instruction and field training. The Northeast Iowa Community College Paramedic program meets all requirements as outlined in the United States NHTSA's Office of EMS and the National EMS Education Standards and Paramedic Instructional Guidelines.

Award: Associate of Applied Science, Diploma
Credits: 64, 48
Locations: Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

$9,504 - 12,672*
Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $10,656 - 14,028*
Program Supplies: $1760

Financial Aid Info

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.

Potential Careers

  • Paramedic
  • Paramedic Supervisor
  • Director of Operations of Paramedic Services
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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.

In addition to the College enrollment process outlined, applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have a current State of Iowa EMT certification and achieve a minimum ACCUPLACER® reading score of 70. ACT® or ACT Compass® scores are also acceptable.

The health sciences programs have additional admission requirements including background checks, health records and training requirements. Please review these requirements for program admission.

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Diploma

2019-2020 Paramedic Diploma Class Schedule

Fall

CourseTitleCredits
Fall
BIO:158 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 2.0
BIO:160 Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1.0
EMS:270 Paramedic Level I 12.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0

Spring

CourseTitleCredits
Spring
EMS:664 Paramedic Level II 15.0

Summer

CourseTitleCredits
Summer
EMS:622 Paramedic Level III 12.0
* Communication Elective 3.0

To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Electives

Communication Electives: ENG:105, ENG:106, SPC:112

Associate of Applied Science

2019-2020 Paramedic AAS Class Schedule

Fall

CourseTitleCredits
Fall
BIO:158 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 2.0
BIO:160 Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1.0
EMS:270 Paramedic Level I 12.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0

Spring

CourseTitleCredits
Spring
EMS:664 Paramedic Level II 15.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0

Summer

CourseTitleCredits
Summer
EMS:622 Paramedic Level III 12.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0

Fall

CourseTitleCredits
Fall
BIO:157 Human Biology 4.0
PSY:111 Intro to Psychology OR 3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
* General Education Electives 6.0

To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Electives

General Education Electives: Transfer-level ART, ASL, BIO, CHM, CLS, COM, DRA, ECN, ENG, ENV, FLS, GEO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHS, POL, PSY, REL, SOC, SPC

The NICC Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs can be contacted at:

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727.210.2350

The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions can be contacted at:

8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite #111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214.703.8445

NREMT Results

Graduation YearCohort AttritionNREMT Psychomotor Exam 1st Attempt Successful OutcomeNREMT Psychomotor Exam Total Successful OutcomeNREMT Written Exam 1st Attempt Successful OutcomeNREMT Written Exam Total Successful OutcomePositive Placement
Three-Year Review of NREMT Results
2017 50% 91% 100% 83% 91% 100%
2016 26% 100% 100% 93% 100% 100%
2015 22% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Gainful Employment Information

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Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association

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

Simulation Labs

Paramedic students have the opportunity to utilize the College's Health Simulation Laboratories at the Peosta campus for hands-on learning experiences.

Program Progression

Students must successfully complete coursework with a C or above in order to proceed in the program. Students must have a current EMT or AEMT certification to enter into the Paramedic program. Students enrolled in the paramedic program must successfully complete Paramedic I to advance to Paramedic II and must successfully complete Paramedic II to advance to Paramedic III. If a student fails either Paramedic I, Paramedic II or Paramedic III, the student is required to repeat the program starting with Paramedic I.

Paramedic Required Hours

 ClassroomLabClinical/Field
Paramedic I 132 64 84
Paramedic II 108 104 240
Paramedic III 68 64 276

The Paramedic program maintains formal transfer agreements with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Sam Janecke
EMS Program Director

  • Email: janeckes@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2186
  • Location: Peosta

Sandy Neyen
Paramedic Clinical Coordinator

  • Email: neyens@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2493
  • Location: Peosta