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Emergency Medical Services: EMT Career Academy

College Credit in High School
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Fast-paced, hands-on learning environment that prepares students in pre-hospital emergency or entry-level firefighter skills.

Utilize skills mastered, under supervision, in actual pre-hospital and emergency settings.

Students develop knowledge and skills in providing basic life support management of medical traumatic emergencies. Examples include learning to maintain an airway to assist breathing, safely transfer and position patients, and to safely remove a trapped patient from a vehicle.

Career Focus
Immediate employment opportunities for EMT certification, prepares for a wide-variety of college majors focusing on patient care fields.

Determine if you are ready for a career in the health care or fire science fields, plus opportunities to build professional networking relationships.

College Credits Earned: 15.5 credits

Certification Opportunities: EMT-Basic Certification, First Aid, CPR

The Emergency Medical Services Career Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, associates, bachelors or graduate degrees. Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: EMT, Paramedic, Nursing, Pre-Med. If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at

Iowa average salaries in EMT careers
EMT/ Paramedic:
$16.04 hour/$33,370
Nurse Practitioners: $44,60/$92,770
Physicians: $105.56 hour/$219,570
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College Credit Courses
Courses subject to change based on college curriculum.


HSC-205 | Exploration of Health Care Careers | 3 college credits
Explores all aspects of health care and careers in the field. Covers the past, present and future of health care. Introduces key career cluster terms and career options within each career cluster. Provides career information, including education required for each area, educational costs to attain a degree versus potential career earnings, job descriptions, case studies and skills needed for specific career areas. 

HSC-115 | Medical Terminology | 4 college credits 
A comprehsensive study of medical terminology as the language of medicine. Analyzes words by dividing them into component parts. Relates the medical terms to the structure and functional pathology of diseases and current medical procedures. Emphasizes word usage, abbreviations, pronunciation and spelling. 


EMS-260 | Emergency Medical Technician I | 4 college credits
Prepares the student to provide emergency medical care at an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level as outlined by the National Emergency Medical Services Education standards. Introduces basic emergency care concepts in a preparatory module, including fundamental knowledge of the EMS system, safety/well-being of the EMT and medical/legal and ethical issues to the provision of emergency care. HIPAA, Infection Control and Mandatory Reporting for child/adult training for health care providers is required. Students earn American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

EMS-350 | Emergency Medical Technician II | 3.5 college credits

This course continues with concepts learned in EMS-260. Introduces shock and resuscitation, patient assessment, care and transportation of the acutely ill trauma patient, special patient populations and EMS operations. Focuses on Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS), Hazmat Awareness and Incident Command. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency for skills within the scope of practice for patients of all ages. Credits: 3.5, Hours: (3/1/0/0), Prereq: EMS-260; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

EMS-365 | Emergency Medical Technician III | 1 college credit

Prepares students to provide emergency medical assessment, care and transportation of acutely ill or injured patients of all ages. Develops student proficiency in previously learned skills when providing direct patient care in selected clinical settings. Requires student participation in and documentation of patient contacts and field experience approved by the medical director and the EMS program director. Students must demonstrate competency in skills for patients of all ages within the scope of practice. Credits: 1, Hours: (0/0/3/0), Prereq: EMS-260; Coreq: EMS-350; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B 

Need to Know

  1. To meet state requirements, students must be 17 on the first day of the EMT class.
  2. Completion of a high school biology course with a C or higher is strongly recommended prior to enrollment in this experience.
  3. Recommended ACT English (18), reading (16) and math (18); or Accuplacer writing (92), reading (71) and ALEKS math (29%).
  4. Students receive credit from their high school and college credit from Kirkwood. The high school district pays the college tuition.
  5. The grade earned in this course is reflected on the student’s official college transcript. Students not planning to attend Kirkwood after high school graduation should plan to include this transcript as part of the application process to other colleges or universities.
  6. Students are required to have a current physical (sports physicals are accepted) and student immunization records on file with the Kirkwood Community College campus nurse during the first month of class. More information about the health requirements will be shared in the student’s acceptance letter prior to enrollment or students can visit and click on health program requirements, then High School Academy EMT.
  7. Students will be required to wear a uniform to their clinical experience. A Kirkwood EMS shirt will be provided to the student once they have met all of the requirements for participation in the clinical. 
  8. Students are required to have the following vaccinations to be eligible for clinical experience: Hepatitis B vaccination series, MMR, TDAP, Varicella, seasonal influenza, and a two-step or annual TB Test.
  9. Students enrolled will receive credit from their high school and college credit from Kirkwood. The college tuition is paid for by the high school district. The grade earned in this course will be reflected on the student’s official college transcript. Students not planning to attend Kirkwood after high school graduation should plan to include this transcript as part of their application process to other colleges or universities.