Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Career Academy

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Career Academy

Become an EMT

Are you a quick-thinker looking to enter a fast-paced health career? If you do well in emergency situations, have an interest in the medical field, and are looking for hands-on learning, this rigorous academy program might be for you!

The Emergency Medical Technician Academy explores health careers and allows students to develop knowledge and skills in providing basic life support management of medical and traumatic emergencies. Students learn pre-hospital emergency care skills such as maintaining an airway to assist patient’s breathing, safely transferring and positioning patients, and  safely removing a trapped patient from a vehicle.

Certification Opportunities

EMT Certification, First Aid, CPR.

The EMT Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, associate's, bachelor's, or graduate degrees.

Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: EMT, Paramedic, Nursing, and Pre-Med.

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Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.

EMS-255 | Emergency Medical Technician I | 4 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, HIPAA, and medical/legal and ethical issues to the provision of emergency care.  Infection Control and Mandatory Reporting for child/adult training for health care providers is required. Students earn American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification.


EMS-350 | Emergency Medical Technician II | 3.5 credits
Continues 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.


EMS-365 | Emergency Medical Technician II Clinical | 1 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.


HSC-115 | Medical Terminology | 4 credits
A comprehensive 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.


HSC-205 | Exploration of Healthcare Careers | 3 credits
Explores all aspects of health care and careers in the field. Focuses on understanding basic wellness, and growth and development of the human being. Includes field trips to an emergency room at a local hospital, a surgical center, a free healthcare clinic, a dental clinic, an outpatient OT/PT/speech center, administrative offices at a nursing home and a laboratory. Covers the past, present and future of health care.

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.

Average Salaries




Based on available Iowa salary data at www.bls.gov.

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at All About Transferring.