Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program prepares you for entry-level emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic positions. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies and patients with acute traumatic and medical conditions in a pre-hospital setting. You'll be prepared to provide optimal response and care to victims of any emergency, disaster, or mass casualty event. Skills include but are not limited to:

  • Patient assessment and stabilization
  • Medication administration
  • Airway management and ventilation
  • Patient records and documentation
  • Wound care

EMS is a unique combination of public health, public safety, and acute patient care.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

  • Patient Simulator Lab and Ambulance: Learn how to handle and react to a variety of patient scenarios in controlled environments.

  • Clinical Experience: Gain real-world work experience ensuring you have the skills you need to succeed in your future career.


The Emergency Medical Services at Hawkeye Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

The Emergency Medical Services program is authorized by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).


Students who successfully complete EMS courses will be eligible to take national certification exams through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Continuing Education Options

Hawkeye offers continuing education courses for graduates and professionals to maintain their EMS licenses in the State of Iowa.

Program Contacts

Administrative Secretary

Amy Rieck
Health Education and Services Center 222
319-296-4051 (fax)
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Student Success Specialist

Darla Palmer
Health Education and Services Center 205
319-296-2329 ext.1223
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Marla Williams
Health Education and Services Center 223
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Program Advisor

Greg Helmuth
Health Education and Services Center 223
319-296-2329 ext.1401
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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