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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)


DMACC and City of Waukee instructors, Chandler Thayer, Dave Oldham, and Cole Kleinwolterink


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is offered in the fall and spring semesters during 3-4 block.  Classes will meet at the Waukee Fire Station during Wednesday early out afternoons for scheduled labs. Some evenings or weekends may be required for clinical settings and will be scheduled with the instructor.


Waukee Innovation and Learning Center

Course Description

Recommended: Human Anatomy & Physiology

In partnership with Waukee APEX, DMACC, and the City of Waukee, we offer our new course in Emergency Medical Technician. Emergency medical technicians provide out-of-hospital emergency medical care and transportation for patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life-threatening emergencies.

EMTs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight. They perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance and are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system.

In addition to attending class at Waukee APEX, students should anticipate experiencing 12 hours of ambulance ride time, 24 hours in an emergency room, and approximately 10 hours per week of classroom work. These hours typically happen outside the normal school day.

Students must be able to complete a background check, physical, TB test, and immunizations prior to the course start. Students must be able to physically lift, bend, and other motions to provide assisted inpatient care.  Daily attendance is required in this course to complete all the necessary hours for course completion. There will not be many available opportunities for make-up hours.

Students may be exposed to emotionally challenging and traumatic situations that are part of emergency situations. Confidentiality with experiences is expected, and counseling services will be available to participants.


Course Guide – see DMACC syllabus

Career Opportunities

Students will be connected to industry partners to explore projects and career opportunities in the medical field.