David Filipp

Year Started at Mercy College 2007

Courses Regularly Taught

  • EMS 110 Foundations of Paramedic Practice I
  • EMS 111 Foundations of Paramedic Practice II
  • EMS 112 EMS Skills Lab I 
  • EMS 130 Management of Medical Emergencies
  • EMS 132 EMS Skills Lab II 
  • EMS 160 Care of Special Populations
  • EM 109 Emergency Medical Technician
  • EM 270 Critical Care Paramedic


  • Paramedic Certificate - University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences at Houston (1984)
  • BS in Health - University of Houston (1993)
  • MS in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance - Drake University (2013)


  • Multiple Instructor Certifications for AHA, NAEMT, AAP
  • National Registered Paramedic
  • Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport--UMBC Program
  • Iowa Paramedic

Advice to Students

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle

Clinical/Field Experience

  • Paramedic for 31 years
  • Central EMS Assistant Administrator (1986-1994)
  • Brazosport College EMS Program Director (1993-1996)
  • Sweeny Hospital EMS Director (1996-2007)

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Ongoing competency evaluations for EMS Personnel
  • EMS Litigation

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • CEH Article on Spinal Immobilization--IEMSA Newsletter, 10/2014
  • Presenter at Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association EMS Conference, Des Moines, Iowa on November 2008 on "Critical Care Paramedic Refresher--Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalance in Acutely Ill Patients, Acid-Base Derangements in Acutely Ill Patients."

Professional Memberships

  • ASTD

Personal History

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in healthcare. I was fortunate to find a profession that I've enjoyed for over 30 years. I've done everything in EMS you can probably do, with the exception of dispatch. I've truly enjoyed every minute of it!

My goal is to prepare my students for a great future as EMT's or Paramedics. I want them to have the same great work experience I've had.

You don't have to be a great student to have a great career. Even if you weren't a great student in the past (and I wasn't), you can't let your history interfere with your destiny. You can change your future! The choice is yours!

Quick Info

David Filipp
David Filipp, MS, NREMTP, PS, CCEMTP 
EMS Program Chair/Assistant Professor
(515) 643-7498

Office Location
Crocker Building, 1st Floor, Suite 100

Office Hours
By appointment

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239