Paramedic Program


Thanks for your interest in the DMACC EMT-Paramedic program. The next class is scheduled to begin Fall Semester of 2022. The EMT-Paramedic certificate program is college level course work and consists of 46 credit hours. Once a student successfully completes the program they will be eligible to sit for the National Registry exam. The class meets on the Ankeny campus and takes approximately one year to complete.

Enrollment has begun for the class that starts in Fall 2022​. However, there are several pre-requisites needed for acceptance into the program which are listed in the FAQ section of the website. If you don't have all of the pre-requisites, email me and I can put you in touch with the academic advisor for the program who be able to assist you in completing them.

The maximum number of students allowed in the upcoming class is twenty-four. Due to the large amount of interest that I've received about next fall's EMT-Paramedic class, I've been urging prospective students to get registered for the program as quickly as possible even though they may not yet have obtained the pre-requisites. An admissions advisor or an academic advisor can assist you with this procedure. Please note: Even though a student has applied for the program they are not accepted into the course until they have successfully met all of the pre-requisites.

Throughout the course of the academic year I hold several information sessions for prospective students. These provide a comprehensive overview of the program as well as the expectations for each student during the course. Attendance at an info session is required for admission into the program.

Thanks again for your interest in the DMACC EMT-Paramedic program. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Joel Otte, BS, NREMT-P ​

Questions about the Program?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions!

Paramedic AAS Program

The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic AAS degree prepares individuals to use critical thinking skills to provide medical treatment for patients with illness or injury-related disease. The Paramedic provides medical care for patients, performing skills in a variety of settings including pre-hospital, emergency departments, critical care units and cardiac catheter labs. Course content includes anatomy and physiology, pathology and the identification and initial diagnosis of disease and injury in a variety of populations. Paramedics use advanced medical and surgical skills that may include initiation of advanced airway management techniques, interpretation of electrocardiograms and advanced cardiac and trauma life support protocols. Instruction in rescue operations, crisis scene management and patient triage is included. 

Paramedic Certificate Program

The Paramedic certificate is a short-term credit program intended to provide individuals with the latest information and skills needed to function more effectively in their job or to update their skills for employment possibilities. It will provide individuals and employers with evidence of continued education in a specific occupational area. The education gained will increase their ability to function in a given area and broaden their skills.


The Des Moines Area Community College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

​To contact CoAEMSP:​

Summary for 2020 graduate outcomes:

  • Retention Rate: 94%
  • Positive Job Placement: 97%
  • NREMT Psychomotor Pass Rate: 100%
  • NREMT Cognitive Exam First-Attempt Pass Rate: 85%​

Summary for 2021 graduate outcomes:

  • Retention Rate: 97%
  • Positive Job Placement: 100%
  • NREMT Psychomotor Pass Rate: 100%
  • NREMT Cognitive Exam Pass Rate: 95%

Summary for 2022 graduate outcomes:

  • Retention Rate: 90%
  • Positive Job Placement: 94%
  • NREMT Cognitive Exam Pass Rate: 83%

Joel Otte BA, NRP

Joel Otte BA, NRP

Ankeny Campus
Building 24, Room 311C
Dustyn Dickhaut, MA, NRP-CCP

Dustyn Dickhaut, MA, NRP-CCP

Coordinator of EMS and Fire Science Education
Ankeny Campus
Building 24 Rm 311-D
Allison Kipp

Allison Kipp (she/her)

Academic Advisor

Erica Hoskins (she/her/hers)

Admissions Records Specialist
Ankeny Campus
Building 1