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CommonSpirit Health Emergency Medical Technician - EMT to Paramedic Program in West Des Moines, Iowa


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


Our EMT to Paramedic program is an opportunity for us to grow a candidate from an EMT to Paramedic in terms of support and finances needed to be successful in a role with us. We will be covering the cost of the Paramedic program at Mercy College for the candidates selected for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year including the costs of tuition and books. Candidates will work full time while going to school in a benefit eligible position and transition to a Paramedic role after the completion of the program and required licensure with the State of Iowa is attained. Interested Candidates should also begin the application process to the Paramedic Program at Mercy College in addition to this job application.


Provides direct patient care prior to and during transport for all patient populations including neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric, guided by protocols.


  • Ability to assess patients with medical conditions with findings reflected in the patient record.

  • Prioritizes and anticipates patients’ needs and develops a plan of care.

  • Implements interventions consistent with protocols and documents response to treatment.

  • Provides ongoing evaluation, altering the treatment plan as needed. Documents findings and interventions.

  • Prepares equipment and supplies. Checks medical equipment and supplies on a daily basis. Restocks and cleans unit after each mission.

  • Knowledgeable in the use of radios and communication systems.

  • Assists in the orientation of new EMT’s.

  • Operates required vehicle(s) in a safe manner to perform required duties of the position.

  • Participates in staffing special events as required



  • High school diploma preferred or high school equivalency.

  • Certified as an EMT in the State of Iowa.

  • One year recent experience functioning as an EMT-B providing direct patient care preferred.

  • Valid driver’s/Chauffeurs License required. Must meet Mercy’s Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, be at least 18 years of age, and be eligible to drive per Iowa state law.

  • Basic Life Support certified within six (6) weeks of hire. Acceptable credentialing bodies and certifications include American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within 3 months of hire.

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Requisition ID 2021-179133

Employment Type Full Time

Department Medical Transportation Services

Hours / Pay Period 72

Shift Varied

Standard Hours Varies

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Location IA-West Des Moines

Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.