Emergency Medical Technician

​​EMT course offerings

Ankeny Campus
The EMT course is offered every semester on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. This course is offered in the evenings from 6-10 PM and will meet either M/W nights or T/Th nights. Depending on the class you select, you may have some mandatory Saturday classes that you are required to attend throughout the semester.

Please see our course catalog for the most recent listings.​

Course Length

The EMT course runs for approximately 140 hours over the course of a semester. Courses starting in August will run until December. Courses starting in January will run until May. Courses starting in May will run until August.

Course Costs 

​Tuition (6 credit hours)
​$174 per credit hour​ + $30 online support fee​
Criminal Background Check/
Immunization Form Fee
​Licensure Practical Exam Fee​$125.00 (due at the end of class)
​State of Iowa Licensure/Certification
Application Fee
​$30.00 (due at the end of class)
​NREMT Written/Computer Testing Fee​$80.00 (due at the end of class)
​Possible Miscellaneous Expenses​$200 (safety glasses, polo shirt, uniform pants, shoes/boots​, stethoscope)

Clinical/field obligations

Aside from the normal studying students will be required to sign up for clinical and ride time during the course of the semester assuming they have been passing all of their exams with an 80% or higher.

Students will be required to do 24 hours in three out of the five emergency departments listed below:

  • Blank Children's Hospital
  • Methodist Hospital
  • Iowa Lutheran Hospital
  • Broadlawns
  • Methodist West

Students will be assigned to three eight hour shifts  with the expectation that a total of 20 patient contacts be obtained between their clinical and ride time.

Students will also be required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of field internship time with a fire-based EMS agency or stand-alone EMS agency of the program's choosing.

Course Prerequisites

Missing your CPR certification or cannot obtain it by the start of EMT class?

DMACC does offer the CPR certification course through the American Heart Association twice a month on the Ankeny campus. View the upcoming class schedule for CPR.

You also have the option to take the course online at www.onlineAHA.org.

Course Difficulty

The EMT class at DMACC is designed to challenge students. Instructors will typically cover two to eight chapters a week. The examinations are designed to mimic the types of questions that will be seen on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) cognitive exam in an attempt to prepare students for the rigors of this licensure process. Students should be comfortable reading at the 12th grade level and performing some basic mathematical calculations. A successful student will be able to commit to a minimum of 10 hours of studying outside of class.

Grading and Testing Policies

The EMT course at DMACC is very competitive. Students are required to obtain an 80% on every exam in order to pass the course. All exams are multiple choice and are computer based. Students have the opportunity to use a retesting option in the event they do not obtain the minimum score of 80% on an exam. Only one retest option can be used per unit exam. The retest score that is obtained by the student must be 80%. Students must also obtain a minimum score of 80% on all graded elements of the class including documentation, professionalism, nightly quizzes, unit exams, clinical and field documentation,​ and the final exam.

Refunds and Withdrawals

Any student wishing to leave the course is strongly encouraged to formally withdraw from the course to prevent receiving an "F" on their DMACC college transcript.

 Since this class operates on a "Z" term schedule the date of refunds must be hand calculated for every class. Please note that a 100% refund will be issued for any student that withdraws from the course so long as 15% or less of the course has run. If more than 15% of the course has completed students are not entitled to any refund.

Criminal record

A student's criminal history is examined on a case by case basis by the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of EMS. The Bureau of EMS in consultation with the Iowa Attorney General's Office, has the final say over whether a student is allowed to obtain certification at the end of the course based on the findings from their investigation. DMACC has no control or influence over this process or outcome and is subsequently not liable for any student that cannot certify due to criminal history.

Please note that if you have a founded case of child or dependent adult abuse in your background you will be unable to be placed into a clinical or ride time setting and thus you will not be able to test for certification at the end of the course with the state of Iowa or the NREMT.


For current DMACC college credit students - In order to enroll in this course you will simply need to sign up when the registration period opens each semester. ​This course does fill up very quickly so it is very important that you sign up as soon as possible.

For those who have never attended any credit college courses at DMACC. - In order to sign up for the EMT course, you must first be admitted to DMACC as a student. You will need to complete an application and submit that to DMACC Admissions along with a copy of your CPR certification. Once this information has been received and processed you will be contacted by Admissions and informed of when you can register for the class. This course does fill up very quickly so it is very important that you sign up as soon as possible.

What if my employer or fire department is paying for my EMT class?

If the cost of a course is being sponsored by someone other than the student, employers can request direct billing​. Please obtain the information​ ​at the link below and submit to the DMACC Business Office.