Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program prepares students for entry-level positions in the workforce as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Students 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. They’re prepared to provide optimal response and care to victims of any emergency, disaster, or mass casualty event. EMS is a unique combination of public health, public safety, and acute patient care.

The two-year degree is recommended for individuals who would like to become a paramedic and pursue a management position in emergency medical services.

Paramedic Certificate Option

The three-semester Paramedic certificate option is recommended for state-licensed emergency medical technicians (EMT) who would like to advance their career as a paramedic.


Hawkeye Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).


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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