Are you looking to become an EMT in Iowa?

Your first big step is to pass the NREMT Emergency Medical Technician Exam! The NREMTEMT-Basic Cognitive exam is based on the national curriculum designed by NHTSA, and is accepted in nearly all states as a standard of basic EMT knowledge and competency. Even when a state requires its own exam, it is based on the same curriculum as the NREMT.

Requirements to become an EMT, while similar, vary slightly from state to state. In Iowa, the Iowa EMS Bureau oversees the licensing and deployment of EMTs.

All states, and the NREMT, require the prospective EMT to take a rigorous training course, usually of 120 hours of classroom time and field practice. Most states certify their own training facilities, and information on Iowa’s training facilities and requirements can be found here.

The prospective EMT then must pass a practical exam and a cognitive exam, and meet any other state requirements, including to be healthy, drug-free, over the age of 18 at the time of licensing, to hold a Basic Life Support/CPR certification (such as from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Many EMT training courses include this), and to undergo a background check. For more information, you can find Iowa’s EMT-Basic application procedure here.

For more information about the national standard for EMT-Basic, visit
NREMT’s EMT-Basic website.

If you have any questions about becoming an EMT, you can reach Iowa EMS Bureau at:
emsbureau@lists.ia.gov or at their address:

Iowa EMS Bureau

Joseph Ferrell,

Interim Bureau Chief

Lucas State Office Bldg.

321 E. 12th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

1-800-728-3367

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