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 departments and/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: 60, 45
Locations: Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

$9,800 - 12,800*
Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $10,976 - 14,336*
Program Supplies: $1,595

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®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 

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 CLASSIC® reading score of 70 or ACCUPLACER NEXT GENERATION® reading score of 250. ACT® scores are also acceptable.  The following courses must be completed with a C- or better prior to program admission:

BIO:158 Basic Anatomy and Physiology and BIO:160 Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lab OR

BIO:168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO:173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II OR

BIO:157 Human Biology

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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Academic requirements, program details and any additional admission requirements for this program can be found on the program page in the college catalog.

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

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

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
2018 57% 100% 100% 92% 100% 92%
2017 50% 91% 100% 83% 91% 100%
2016 26% 100% 100% 93% 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.

Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Successful completion of this program leads to a professional licensure or certification. Use this state guide to identify the states in which NICC program requirements fulfill the state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

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

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.

Andrew Ney
Paramedic Program Director

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2186
  • Location: Peosta

Sandy Neyen
Paramedic Clinical Coordinator

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2493
  • Location: Peosta