About Us

David FilippDavid Filipp

Emergency Medical Services Program Chair of the School of Allied Health

Courses Regularly Taught

  • EMS 089-Emergency Medical Technician
  • EMS 110--EMS Role in Healthcare
  • EMS 130--Medical Emergencies and Management
  • EMS 160--Care of Special Needs Patients Clinical and Field Internship Coordinator

Year Started at Mercy College 2007


  • Certificate in Emergency Medical Services, University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences (1984)
  • BS, University of Houston (1993)
  • Critical Care Paramedic, Medical College of Georgia (2004)
  • MS, Adult Learning and Organizational Performance, Drake University (2013)


  • National Registry EMT-Paramedic (NREMTP)
  • PS (Iowa Paramedic Specialist)
  • CCEMTP (Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Paramedic)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor
  • Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Instructor
  • 12 Lead EKG Instructor
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support Instructor

Advice to Students
"We share a common goal, your success!"

Clinical/Field Experience

In EMS field for 27 years, Paramedic for 25 years, Assistant Administrator in a private non-profit EMS for 8 years, Director for a Hospital based EMS for 11 years

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • 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

  • Society of EMS Instructor/Coordinators
  • National Association of EMT's (NAEMT)
  • National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE)

Community Service Involvement

  • American Heart Association Volunteer

Personal History

I would love to say I planned my EMS career but I didn't.  I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do when I finished high school.  But I knew I wanted to help people and I knew I  wanted a job that was never boring.  A volunteer EMS agency asked if I would teach a First Aid Course for them and I did.  When they began telling me about their EMS calls, I was hooked.  I've made over 15,000 EMS calls in my career and I still remember my first call.  I can honestly say I've never regretted my career choice.

Quick Links

David Filipp, MS, NREMTP, PS, CCEMTP 

Program Chair, Emergency Medical Services
(515) 643-7498

Office Location

Crocker Building, Rm. 107

Office Hours
By appointment, call 515-643-7484

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