Advanced EMT

​Course Length

The AEMT course runs for approximately 208 hours over the course of a two semesters. This includes didactic, clinical and field time.

Course Dates and Times

This course is typically offered in the fall semester starting in mid September with an early to mid March completion date. The course will meet on a two night a week format from 6-10 PM.

Clinical and Ride Time

The clinical and ride time components for this course are completed after the student has successful navigated the didactic portion of the course. Clinical and Ride time shifts for students typically start in mid - December

Clinical/Ride Time 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 passed all components of the class with an 80% of higher.

Students will be required to do 72 hours in three or more of emergency departments listed below:

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

Students will sign up for eight hour shifts at the hospitals listed above.

In additions students will do one 12 hour shift with Respiratory Therapy at IMMC.

Students will also be required to sign up for ride time with DSM Fire. Students will sign up for three twelve hour shifts. Students that are currently members of local fire/EMS agencies cannot do ride time with their home department.

Course cost:

Based on Fall 2016 figures:

Tuition (non credit course)


Criminal Background Check Fee




Licensure/Certification Practical Exam Fee


NREMT Written/Computer Testing Fee


State of Iowa EMS Application Fee


Possible Miscellaneous Expenses


Total Cost $1510.00


Class Uniform Policy

All DMACC AEMT students will be required to wear a uniform during all lectures, labs and clinical and field shifts. The uniform requirements will be discussed the first night of class by the program director. Students will have until the fifth class period to acquire the necessary clothing.

Financial Aid

Since the AEMT course is noncredit, you cannot obtain financial aid for this class, however a payment plan is available through the con ed department. Please contact the EMS program director for additional information.

Enrollment Requirements

Applicants must be 17 years of age by the first night of class
Applicants must have a GED/HiSET or High School Diploma at minimum
Applicants must hold a current CPR card by the time of enrollment that is either:

  • American Heart Association - Heartcode BLS/ Heathcare Provider BLS
  • American Red Cross BLS for Healthcare Providers

(These are the ONLY two CPR courses that are accepted.)

Applicants must currently hold an active EMT, EMT B, EMT I, or EMT P card from the Iowa Bureau of EMS

Applicants must obtain a letter of recommendation from their service director, medical director, or previous EMS class instructor

Enrollment Process

All enrollments must be processed through the EMS Director.

Applicants must complete and submit the following information to the EMS Director.

  1. DMACC Continuing Education Registration Form.
  2. Copy of Current AHA/ARC CPR card as defined above.
  3. Copy of GED/HiSET/High School or College Diploma.
  4. Copy of active State of Iowa EMT, EMT B, EMT I, or EMT P card.
  5. One letter of recommendation from your service director, your medical director or your previous EMT class instructor.

Upon completion of numbers 1-5 applicants will be informed that they may:

  • Complete the Compass Test at the DMACC Testing Center. Applicants are required to obtain the following scores - (Reading 61 or higher, Math 39 or higher, Writing 42 or higher). This requirement will be waived for applicants that have successfully obtained a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Payment for the tuition, textbooks and criminal background check ($1185.00)

It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted at once. Tuition, textbooks and criminal background check fees are due upon successful completion of the Compass Test. If paperwork or payment is missing an applicant's file will be marked as incomplete and he/she cannot register for the class.

Enrollment Cap

The AEMT class will be capped at 16 students

Enrollment/Registration Cut Off Date

One week (7 days) prior to the start of the class.

What if I am missing my CPR certification?

DMACC does offer the CPR certification course through the American Heart Association once a month on the Ankeny campus. Please click here to view the upcoming class schedule for CPR.

You also have the option to take the course online at

Once you open this website you will need to register for the BLS course. Upon completion of the online course you will need to contact T.J. Carroll EMS Education Coordinator​ at 515-964-6820 or to schedule a time for a staff member to verify your competency in CPR. The cost for skills verification is $50.00.

Course Difficulty

The AEMT 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 certification exam at the end of the course in an attempt to prepare students for the rigors of this examination. Students should be feel comfortable reading at the 12th grade level and performing some basic mathematical calculations. A great amount of studying is required outside of class.

Grading and Testing Policies

The AEMT course at DMACC is very competitive. Students are required to obtain an 80% on every exam in order to stay in the class for certification testing. 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%. If a student does not score an 80% they have earned a strike for that exam. A total of 3 strikes can be accumulated before a student cannot take the certification exam at the end of the course.

Students must have an 80% at the end of the course in all areas of grading in order to be approved to take the certification examination.

Refunds and Withdrawals

This course is offered by the continuing education department and is noncredit. A 100% refund will be available to students so long as the course is dropped two business days prior to the first day of class. After that point, no refund is available.

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 a student is found to have a founded case of child or dependent adult abuse they are not eligible to do their clinical and ride time rotations per hospital policy and thus they cannot test for certification at the end of the course.


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

If a the cost of a course is being sponsored by someone other than the student, employers may fill out a third party billing form so that they are billed directly for the cost of the course. Please obtain the form at the link below and submit to the EMS Education Director.

Third Party Pay form

Why should I choose DMACC for my EMS education?

DMACC instructors come to the classroom with over 60 years of combined EMS field and education experience and currently work for some of the largest fire department EMS agencies and trauma hospital based in the state. DMACC instructors have held ranks ranging from Captain to Deputy Chief in metro fire/EMS agencies and in many cases hold the highest level of pre hospital care certification that are available to EMS providers.

Upon successful completion of the EMS education program DMACC graduates have one of the highest pass rates on the NREMT national certification exam in the State of Iowa. DMACC routinely ranks as the first or second EMS education program with the highest pass rate on the certification exam out of 18 EMS education programs in the state.

The most recent NREMT pass rate for the last graduating AEMT class was 90% on the first attempt with the NREMT exams.

EMS Education Coordinator​ Contact Information
T.J. Carroll
2006 South Ankeny Blvd
Building 24 Room 311 C
Ankeny Iowa 50023
515-964-6820 (office)
515-964-6665 (fax)