Hawkeye Community College Hosts Emergency Medical Services Open House on February 6

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Friday, January 17, 2014

WATERLOO—Hawkeye Community College is now an authorized EMS trainer and is approved by the Iowa Bureau of EMS. The college will host an EMS Open House on Thursday, February 6, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet the new EMS staff, view training facilities and equipment, and discuss EMS training and continuing education opportunities. Hawkeye’s EMS program medical director - Dr. Jeff Wilkins of Emergency Medicine from Allen Hospital will speak at 4:00 p.m. The Open House will be held in the college’s newest building, the Health Education and Services Center which is located on the northwest corner of the campus. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited.

The demand for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is high and is projected to grow approximately 23 percent by the year 2022, much faster than the average for other occupations. Emergencies such as car crashes, natural disasters, or acts of violence will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. Demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas will also continue. Many baby boomers are reaching retirement age and this change with the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increase in the number of age-related health emergencies such as heart attacks or strokes. This, in turn, will create greater demand for EMS and paramedic services.

Hawkeye’s EMS program coordinator is Johnathan Cockrell. He is a native Iowan and has a diverse background with 14 years of experience as a volunteer and career firefighter, paramedic, and flight paramedic. Cockrell holds a Master’s of Education from Colorado State University and has seven years of experience designing and facilitating Fire and EMS courses. He will discuss the EMS Continuing Education Approval Process and will be available for a question and answer session.

Both credit and continuing education EMS opportunities will be offered, including a paramedic certificate, or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in emergency medical services. Other opportunities include an AAS in Fire Science, with administrative or fire investigations tracks. Noncredit EMS classes begin on February 17. Learn more at