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Estimated Tuition & Fees
$ 14,976
Based on Iowa residency, subject to change; does not include course level fees or books and supplies

Fire Fighter/Paramedic

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Sioux City Campus

Program Description


The Fire Fighter/Paramedic program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as a firefighter. By pairing the Firefighter diploma with the existing EMS Paramedic diploma, students can obtain the AAS degree thus fulfilling the ever-growing demand for employees in this field. Current trends show increasing EMS related calls for fire service employees and this paring of offerings will increase student employability. Students must meet entrance requirements for the Paramedic program and be a certified EMT in the State of Iowa or National Registry before enrolling in Term 4 of the program.

Western Iowa Tech’s Paramedic average passing rate for graduates in the National Registry computer exam is 76.9% for the year 2017. The retention average is 81.3% for 2017 with positive placement 92.3%. 


Greg Strong, Ext. 1480, Room B109, greg.strong@witcc.edu
Shawn Starr, Ext. 3202, Room L434, stawn.starr@witcc.edu

Required Classes

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
FIR 213 Principles of Emergency Services 3
FIR 320 Essentials of Firefighter I 4
FIR 322 Hazardous Materials: Operations Level 1
ENG 105 Composition I 3
FIR 152 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIR 141 Fire Fighter II 2
EMS 217 Emergency medical Technician 7
PEA 148 Physical Fitness I 2
MAT 772 Applied Math 3
FIR 124 Building Construction 3
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPC 122 Interpersonal Communication 3
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics 3
EMS 540 NCS Paramedic I 13
EMS 541 Clinical I 3
EMS 810 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
EMS 820 Prehospital Trauma Life Support 1
EMS 545 NSC Paramedic II 13
EMS 546 Clinical II 3
EMS 815 Advanced Pediatric Life Support 1
EMS 825 Advanced Medical Life Support 1
EMS 547 Field Internship 1



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4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, Iowa 51106
Call 800.349.4649 or 712.274.6400
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