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Emergency Medical Services Admission Requirements

Emergency Medical Services Certificate     Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services     Department of Public Health Training Program Requirements

The successful applicant for admission to the certificate or associate of science programs must meet the general college requirements for admission to Mercy College and the criteria listed below. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to a professional program. Upon being granted general College admissions, students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students are encouraged to take LAS courses at Mercy College to meet any unmet program requirements below:

Paramedic Certificate Admission Requirements

  1. Provide evidence of an active Iowa EMT certification.

  2. Demonstrate the stated level of achievement in one of the following areas:
    1. Earned a high school or college cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
    2. Earned a GED score of 450 or higher; or
    3. Earned an ACT composite score of 18 or higher.
       
  3. Once the application and transcripts are received and it is determined the applicant meets the admission/academic requirements. The Mercy College EMT comprehensive written and skills exams will be scheduled. The EMS Program will provide applicants testing dates and administer the written and skills proficiency testing.
    1. Applicants must achieve a score of 75% or higher on a Mercy College comprehensive written exam designed to test knowledge of EMT material.
    2. Applicants must successfully complete a Mercy College EMT skills competency exams following completion of the comprehensive exam.
    3. These exams need to be successfully completed the semester immediately prior to enrolling in the Paramedic Certificate program. Students enrolled in the Mercy College EMT course will have the opportunity to complete these exams in class.

  4. An interview will be scheduled once an applicant successfully completes the Mercy College EMT comprehensive written and skills exam. All applicants must participate in an interview. The interview will provide information and answer any questions the applicant may have about the Program. The applicant must achieve an interview score of 80% or higher with the Selection Committee in order to be offered a position in the next Paramedic Certificate program.

Emergency Medical Services Certificate Admission Requirements

  1. Provide evidence of an active Iowa EMT certification.

  2. Demonstrate the stated level of achievement in one of the following areas:
    1. Earned a high school or college cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
    2. Earned a GED score of 450 or higher; or
    3. Earned an ACT composite score of 18 or higher.

  3. If the above criteria are not met, students may be admitted if they meet one of the following:
    1. Earned an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
    2. Completed nine (9) college credit hours specific to the Mercy College EMS curriculum, achieved a grade of “C” or higher in each course, and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

  4. Demonstrate completion of one year of high school or one semester of college-level coursework with a grade of at least a 2.0 (“C” not “C-”) on a 4.0 scale in each of these required courses:  Algebra I, Biology, and English.
     
  5. Once the application and transcripts are received and it is determined the applicant meets the admission/academic requirements. The Mercy College EMT comprehensive written and skills exams will be scheduled. The EMS Program will provide applicants testing dates and administer the written and skills proficiency testing.
    1. Applicants must achieve a score of 75% or higher on a Mercy College comprehensive written exam designed to test knowledge of EMT material.
    2. Applicants must successfully complete a Mercy College EMT skills competency exams following completion of the comprehensive exam.
    3. These exams need to be successfully completed the semester immediately prior to enrolling in the Paramedic Certificate program. Students enrolled in the Mercy College EMT course will have the opportunity to complete these exams in class.

  6. An interview will be scheduled once an applicant successfully completes the Mercy College EMT comprehensive written and skills exam. All applicants must participate in an interview. The interview will provide information and answer any questions the applicant may have about the Program. The applicant must achieve an interview score of 80% or higher with the Selection Committee in order to be offered a position in the next Emergency Medical Services program.

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Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services Admission Requirements

  1. Provide evidence of an active Iowa EMT certification.

  2. Demonstrate the stated level of achievement in one of the following areas:
    1. Earned a cumulative high school GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
    2. Earned a GED score of 450 or higher; or
    3. Earned an ACT score of 19 or higher.

  3. If the above criteria are not met, students may be admitted if they meet one of the following:
    1. Earned an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
    2. Completed nine (9) college credit hours specific to the Mercy College EMS curriculum, achieved a grade of “C” or higher in each course, and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
    3. Completed the Mercy College Emergency Medical Services certificate program with a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale, OR completed the Mercy College EMS Paramedic Certificate program plus anatomy with lab and physiology with lab with a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

  4. Demonstrate completion of one year of high school or one semester of college-level coursework with a grade of at least a 2.0 (“C” not “C-”) on a 4.0 scale in each of these required courses: Algebra I, Biology, and English.

  5. Once the application and transcripts are received and it is determined the applicant meets the admission/academic requirements. The Mercy College EMT comprehensive written and skills exams will be scheduled. The EMS Program will provide applicants testing dates and administer the written and skills proficiency testing.
    1. Applicants must achieve a score of 75% or higher on a Mercy College comprehensive written exam designed to test knowledge of EMT material.
    2. Applicants must successfully complete a Mercy College EMT skills competency exams following completion of the comprehensive exam.
    3. These exams need to be successfully completed the semester immediately prior to enrolling in the Paramedic Certificate program. Students enrolled in the Mercy College EMT course will have the opportunity to complete these exams in class.

  6. An interview will be scheduled once an applicant successfully completes the Mercy College EMT comprehensive written and skills exam. All applicants must participate in an interview. The interview will provide information and answer any questions the applicant may have about the Program. The applicant must achieve an interview score of 80% or higher with the Selection Committee in order to be offered a position in the next Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services program.

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Department of Public Health Training Program Requirements

A. Iowa Code Section 641-131.2 (147A) Emergency medical care providers - requirements for enrolling in training programs. To be enrolled in an EMS training program course leading to certification by the Department of Public Health, an applicant shall:

  1. Be at least 17 years of age at the time of enrollment.
  2. Have a high school diploma or its equivalent if enrolling in an EMT-I, EMT-P, or PS course.
  3. Be able to speak, write, and read English.
  4. Hold a current certification in American Red Cross for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association CPR for the Health Care Provider (including adult, infant, child, 1 and 2 rescuer CPR, AED, and use of a Bag-Valve Mask)
  5. Be currently certified, as a minimum, as an EMT- B, if enrolling in EMT-I, EMT-P, PS course. If currently certified in another state as EMT-B, the applicant must submit an endorsement application to the department within two-weeks of the course start date.

B. Iowa Code Section 641-131.4(147A) Emergency medical care providers - certification, renewal standards, procedures, continuing education, and fees.

  1. 131.4(1) Student application and candidate examination.
    1. Applicants shall complete the EMS Student Registration at the beginning of the course. EMS Student Registration shall be completed via the bureau of the EMS Web site at www.idph.state.ia.us/ems.
    2. EMS Student Registration shall be completed within 14 days after the course start date.

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