Emergency Medical Services

Paramedic Certificate Admission Requirements

Step 1: Complete the online application for the Paramedic program

The application link will be sent to you upon acceptance to the Emergency Medical Services program.

Step 2: Complete the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements

Option 1

Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:

ACT sub scores COMPASS scores ASSET scores ACCUPLACER scores
19 - Reading
19 - English
14 - Math
82 - Reading
65 - Writing
24 - Pre-Algebra
38 - Reading
40 - Writing
38 - Numerical
90 - Reading
98 - Sentence Skills
40 - Arithmetic

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the COMPASS assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

Option 2

Successfully complete the following college success courses with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college:

  • ENG061 College Preparatory Writing II
  • RDG040 College Preparatory Reading III
  • MAT045 Fundamentals of Math

Option 3

Any combination of the above fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, and writing.

Step 3: Complete Required General Education Courses

Successfully complete the required general education courses, or the equivalent, with a cumulative GPA or 2.50 or higher:

  • BIO168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences

Step 4: Certifications

Hold current Iowa EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) or NREMT (National Registry Emergency Medical Technician) Certification.

Step 5: Letters of Recommendation

Provide three letters of recommendation. The letters must come from non-family members and be submitted directly to:

Hawkeye Community College
Paramedic Department
Health Education and Services Center
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704

Step 6: Paramedic Admission Interview

Successfully complete the Paramedic admission committee interview.

Admissions Process

  1. Apply for admission.

  2. Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:
    1. Applicants who do not meet the program's admission requirements will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.

    2. Applicants enrolled in coursework to complete Steps 1–6 will become candidates.

    3. Upon successful completion of Steps 1–6 applicants will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list.  Placement on the list is determined by the highest total points from the Paramedic criteria. If applicants share the same number of points, the second criteria used will be the Paramedic application date. The earliest application date will take priority over a later application date.

  3. The Paramedic program accepts approximately 18 students each fall semester.

Paramedic Point System

Required General Education Courses CGPA: (BIO168, BIO173, HSC113)
Cumulative GPA 3.50 or higher. 4 points
Cumulative GPA 3.00–3.49. 3 points
Cumulative GPA 2.80–2.99 1 point
Cumulative GPA 2.79 or below. 0 points
All General Education courses completed with a CGPA 2.50 or higher:
(BIO168, BIO173, HSC113, ENG105, SPC101, MAT110 or MAT122 or MAT156, SOC110 or SOC2015)
1 point
Highest Degree Earned: Points awarded in one category using the highest score earned
Master of Arts or Master of Science Degree -OR- 3 points
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree -OR- 2 points
Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree 1 point
Associate of Applied Arts or Associate of Applied Science Degree (from appropriate health-related field)
1 point
Paramedic Admission Interview Score:
Interview score 90 or higher 2 points
Interview score 80–89 1 point
Interview score 79 or below 0 points
ACT Composite of 22 or higher 1 point
Hawkeye Community College EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Graduate 1 point
Hold other Health Care Provider Certification (RN, RT, etc.) 1 point
Applicant has not repeated any EMS courses. 1 point
Volunteer Fire/EMT for more than 1 year1 1 point
Military EMS/Medic experience 1 point

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Program Contacts

Administrative Secretary

Amy Rieck
Health Education and Services Center 222
319-296-4051 (fax)
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Program Coordinator/Advisor

John Cockrell
Health Education and Services Center 222D
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Program Faculty

Greg Helmuth
Health Education and Services Center 222C
319-296-2329 ext.1401
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Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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