Link to Kirkwood Community College
Program - Paramedic


Paramedics provide the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care. The parmedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under physician oversight. They perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The paramedic is a link between the scene into the health care system.

Paramedics provide advanced care in a variety of settings. Utilizing critical thinking skills, paramedics rapidly assess, treat and stabilize injured or ill patients and provide transport to or between hospitals. Settings may include ground and air ambulances, emergency departments, critical care units or cardiac cath labs. Along with advanced assessment techniques, paramedics utilize medications, cardiac monitoring and interpreting, defibrillation and advanced invasive skills as guided by state and local protocols, as well as the medical direction of each service.

The Paramedic program follows the current National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The standards prepare the EMT and AEMT for the more advanced scope of practice of the paramedic. This allied health program has a mandatory background check for clinical participation.

For more information contact:
Ben Symonds, BA, NRP
Healthcare Simulation Center

Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the practical and written certification examinations leading to certification as a Paramedic and Nationally Registered Paramedic through the Iowa Department of Public Health and National Registry of EMTs, respectively. Successful completion of the degree program also results in the awarding of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedic. Current paramedics may also complete the degree requirements, with credit awarded for previous EMS course work.

The Kirkwood Community College Paramedic program 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).

1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL  33756

The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions can be contacted at:
4101 W. Green Oaks Blvd
Suite #305-599
Arlington, TX 76016

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.  Go to for more details.