Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Department of Public Health


The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.

Code Citation Code of Iowa 147A

Who Applies Any individual who wishes to become certified as an EMT.

When To Apply After successful course completion.

Initial Requirements An applicant must successfully complete an EMT course, be 17 years of age, and be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Duration Two years.

Processing Time Two weeks.

Fee Structure Initial Certification Application fee: $30 Renewal Fee: None

Renewal Requirements 24 hours of approved continuing education every two years and a current course completion card for CPR.

Exam National Registry of EMTs cognitive and psychomotor exam for the EMT level.

Additional Information Applicants must complete a background check before certification.

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Contact Information
Steve Mercer
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319