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Critical Care Paramedic

Critical Care Paramedic provides students with in-depth education on advanced-level ground and flight patient care, as well as preparing the student to sit for the national FP-C/CCP-C certification examinations. Upon successful completion, Iowa paramedics may apply for Iowa critical care paramedic endorsement. Iowa critical care paramedic endorsement scope of practice includes chest tube placement (assist), surgical cricothyrotomy, impedance threshold device, enhanced ventilator management, arterial blood sampling, hemodynamic monitoring (including arterial lines), ICP monitoring, intra-aortic balloon pump monitoring/timing, and urinary catherization. This program meets requirements for Iowa critical care paramedic endorsement as outlined in Iowa Administrative Code 641 – 131.

Class Schedule/Registration

For class schedule and to register, click on this link Critical Care Paramedic.


  • Students must hold a valid paramedic certification, Basic Life Support provider or instructor, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support provider or instructor.
  • Critical Care Paramedic requires 16 hours of ICU observation at a Level 1 Trauma Center.

Questions? Contact Continuing Education at 712.325.3255 or [email protected]

Cost $1,250

Textbook included.                             

Iowa Western Community College Paramedic program, on the Council Bluffs campus, 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
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992