There are EMT training programs all over the state of Iowa which specialize in teaching how to treat injuries or other medical emergencies for transport and stabilization to more central care centers. These training courses are regulated by the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, which is also in charge of all emergency medical technicians and paramedics. EMTs and Paramedics across the state are comprised of a number of paid and volunteer positions.

There are three levels of emergency medical technician / paramedic in Iowa. In order to become a full paramedic, one must have already been approved as an EMT B (basic) or EMT I. Iowa, like serveral other midwestern states, is unusual in that it does not require passage of the NREMT (national registry of emergency medical technicians) exam, rather, one must pass a special state mandated and developed practical exam. The practical will test your expertise in field medicine. In addition to this exam, individuals must also pass a written exam.

The Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services can be contacted at:

Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa, 50319-0075
(515) 281-7689
1-866-227-9878