Emergency Response


​DMACC now has an AAS (Associate of Applied Science) Degree program that focuses on Emergency Response. This all-in-one program - Paramedic AAS with Fire Science Concentration - enables you to:

  • Obtain EMT AND paramedic training following a singular pathway

  • Earn a two-year Associates de​gree - (Paramedic AAS with Fire Science Concentration) ​in two years or less

  • Secure your must-have certifications:

  • Move to front of hiring line with or without experience

Excellent Job Outlook​​​

Today, many metro and suburban fire departments have more job openings than qualified emergency response workers to fill them. Departments continue to grow while many seasoned firefighters are retiring. Plus incoming replacements need more education than ever.

  • Jobs in this field are projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations

  • Average salary in Iowa: $48,330

  • Starting salary range in Des Moines: $67,371 - $83,096

Program Advantages

Enroll in our program and your chance to gain the skills you need for this well-paying, in-demand career field.

  • Hands-on learning with technology and equipment used on the job

  • Taught by experienced faculty active in the profession

  • Streamlined process to determine eligibility for hire by numerous metro fire departments through the Central Iowa Fire & EMS Testing Consortium​

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Testimonial quote:

“DMACC’s single-source training for EMT/paramedic and fire fighter certifications creates a game changing opportunity for prospective employees and employers alike. Having applicants already certified means a much faster on-boarding process. The Des Moines metro is growing at an unprecedented rate and so is the need for EMS and fire professionals. The DMACC program will certainly increase a student’s chances of being hired!”

- Chief Clint Robinson, Waukee Fire Department

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