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Every EMT program in Iowa is controlled by the Iowa Department of Health and they mandate that all emergency medical technicians must pass training approved by them in order to go for EMT certification in Iowa. If you want to know exactly what you will have to do to enter the fast paced Iowa healthcare career keep reading below.

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Becoming an EMT in Iowa

In Iowa all aspiring emergency medical techs have to be at least 17 years of age to enter EMT training. Follow the steps below and you can get on the pathway to getting your EMT certification and becoming a EMT in Iowa.

Step 1: Meet any Pre-enrollment Requirements

IF you are 17 years old or older, have a CPR certificate (unless it is in your training program) and you can speak and write in English, you are on your way to step 2.

Step 2: Find and Graduate From Approved EMT Course in Iowa

We provide a list of all the accredited EMT training courses in Iowa. You will have to complete one to move on to step 3.

All Iowa Department of Health Approved EMT Programs

Below are all the Iowa Department of Health Approved EMT Programs.

Northeast Iowa Community College
CAAHEP Accredited
Samuel Janecke
563-556-5110 ext 186
Michael Strum
563-556-5110 ext 384
10250 Sundown Rd
Peosta, Iowa 52068
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

North Iowa Area Community College
Authorized through 02/28/2021
Adam Wedmore
641-422-4434
500 College Drive
Mason City, IA 50401
EMR
EMT
AEMT

Northwest Iowa Community College
Authorized through 06/30/2021
Kevin Miller
712-324-5061 ext 231
603 West Park Street
Sheldon, IA 51201
EMR
EMT

Iowa Central Community College
CAAHEP Accredited
Paul Arens
515-574-1300
One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

Iowa Valley Community College
Authorized to 12/31/2018
Jami Stupp
641-844-5624
3702 South Center St
Marshalltown, IA 50158
EMR
EMT
AEMT

Hawkeye Community College
CAAHEP Review
Greg Helmuth
319-296-4428
P.O. Box 8015 1501 East Orange Rd.
Waterloo, IA 50704-8015
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

Eastern Iowa Community College
CAAHEP Accredited
Mary Briones
563-336-3447
Urban Center
306 West River Drive
Davenport, IA 52801
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

Kirkwood Community College
CAAHEP Accredited
Mike McLaughlin
319-398-4947
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW Box 2068
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

Des Moines Area Community College
CAAHEP Review
Eric Anderson
515-965-7051
Bldg #24 Room # 113B 2006 South Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50021
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

Western Iowa Technical Community College
CAAHEP Accredited
LaDonna Crilly
712-274-6400 ext 1286
P O Box 5199 4647 Stone Ave
Sioux City, IA 51102
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

Iowa Western Community College
CAAHEP Accredited
Casey Hutchison
712-325-3243
Sheena Glover
712-325-3446
2700 College Rd
PO Box 4C Looft Hall, Rm 110
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

Southwestern Community College
Authorized to 7/31/2020
Megan England
641-782-1332
1501 West Townline Rd
Creston, IA 50801
EMR
EMT
AEMT

Indian Hills Community College
CAAHEP Accredited
Joshua Hemminger
641-683-5122
535 Grandview Dr Bldg 6
Ottumwa, IA 52501
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

Southeastern Community College
CAAHEP Accredited
Jim Steffen
319-208-5253
P O Box 180 1500 W Agency Rd
W Burlington, IA 52655
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

Mercy College of Allied Health Sciences
CAAHEP Accredited
David Filipp
515-643-7498
921 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

EMS Learning Resource Center – University of Iowa
Hospitals and Clinics
CAAHEP Accredited
Christopher Metsgar
319-356-2597
200 Hawkins Dr. 6S GH
Iowa City, IA 52242
EMR
EMT
AEMT
Paramedic

Mary Greeley Medical Center
Dieter Friton
515-239-2656
1111 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010
EMR
EMT

Step 3: Get Your CPR Certificate

If your training has CPR certification in the program you will be fully prepared to move on to step 4. That being said, if your training did not include CPR training you will have to get your CPR for healthcare providers certification.

Step 4: Pass (NREMT) National Registry EMT Exam

Iowa uses nationally recognized testing fr their EMTs. The NREMT is the certification used in Iowa and it is from the National EMT Registry. The test is given in two separate tests and at the link here, you to get more details about the EMT exams.

Step 5: Get Listed on National Registry for EMTs

Get yourself listed on the National EMT Registry by paying the $80 fee and passing the NREMT exams. The registry is a national list of employable and certified emergency medical technicians and their standards are recognized in all 50 states.

How Much do EMTs Make in Iowa?

The following data fro bls.gov features EMT salary in Iowa in more detail.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$10.52$16.05$27.40
Yearly$21,880$33,380$56,990
IowaHourly$10.20$15.98$23.86
Yearly$21,210$33,240$49,620
Ames, IAHourly$15.88$20.21$26.56
Yearly$33,030$42,040$55,240
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IAHourly$13.07$18.14$29.70
Yearly$27,180$37,730$61,780
Southwest IowaHourly$11.77$17.85$26.41
Yearly$24,490$37,120$54,920
Iowa City, IAHourly$11.20$17.06$22.70
Yearly$23,290$35,480$47,220
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IAHourly$12.79$16.84$23.87
Yearly$26,590$35,030$49,640
Sioux City, IA-NE-SDHourly$12.22$16.63$34.84
Yearly$25,420$34,600$72,470
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IAHourly$8.53$15.73$22.16
Yearly$17,750$32,720$46,090
Southeast IowaHourly$8.95$15.69$23.06
Yearly$18,610$32,630$47,960
Dubuque, IAHourly$12.40$15.00$21.99
Yearly$25,800$31,210$45,740
Northeast IowaHourly$10.29$14.43$23.39
Yearly$21,400$30,010$48,650
Northwest IowaHourly$9.52$14.41$23.01
Yearly$19,800$29,980$47,870
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-ILHourly$9.87$13.79$22.90
Yearly$20,520$28,670$47,630
Cedar Rapids, IAHourly$8.83$13.73$28.22
Yearly$18,380$28,550$58,690

The Job Outlook for EMTs in Iowa

In Iowa they expect a 16% rise in new openings for EMTs and that is really exciting for the future of the allied health field as a whole.