Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services Four levels of EMS training are offered at South Arkansas Community College.  a) A one-semester CP (Certificate of Proficiency) in EMT Basic (Emergency Medical Technician); 2) An Advanced EMT (AEMT) program, which is only one semester in length and results in the student earning a CP; 3) a Paramedic program, which is three semesters in length (August to August) and earns the student a TC (Technical Certification) with an option to advance to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree; and 4) a Community Paramedic program that earns the graduate a CP.

Emergency Medical Technician

This seven-credit-hour course is designed to prepare students for the EMT licensure examination administered by the Arkansas Department of Health and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician’s (NREMT). The course includes an overview of EMS (Emergency Medical Services) systems, well-being of the EMT, airway assessment and management, CPR, introduction to human anatomy and physiology, dealing with trauma, splinting, use of spine motion restriction devices, bandaging, emergency care of patients experiencing a medical emergency, and other approved equipment, techniques, and procedures. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded a Certificate of Proficiency.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (As Needed)

This fifteen-credit-hour program is for certified EMT’s to obtain further training at an intermediate level between EMT and Paramedic. The program is designed to prepare students for the AEMT licensure examination. The primary focus of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response under medical oversight. AEMT’s perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The AEMT is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.   Almost all of the AEMT program courses are Paramedic program courses. Therefore, the AEMT graduate who is accepted into the Paramedic program will have a majority of the courses already completed, thereby creating an easier path to becoming a paramedic.

The applicant must already be a certified EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). This program has specific application qualifications and process, selective admission, timelines, and other important information that can be found on the college’s website under Academics/Health Science/Emergency Medical Services or from the program director.

Paramedic  This program requires an application.

The Paramedic program consists of three semesters of concentrated study including classroom, hospital clinical experiences, and field internship rotations with an Advanced Life Support ambulance service. A minimum of 1200 contact hours is required for course completion to include: 1) 600 classroom and laboratory hours, 2) 300 hospital clinical hours, and 3) 300 hours of ALS ambulance field internship. 

The Paramedic is currently the highest classification of Emergency Medical Services Professional (EMSP) in Arkansas. EMSPs are health professionals concerned primarily with pre-hospital care of acutely ill and injured patients. EMSPs perform such measures as CPR, extrication of patients from constraining environments, initial patient assessment, stabilization, and emergency and routine transport to healthcare facilities. Paramedics play an expanded role in administering emergency care using invasive techniques through standing orders, and they may assist in various basic settings, such as the Emergency Room (ER) or Intensive Care Unit. South Arkansas Community College's Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions upon the recommendation of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org).

Students completing the three semesters of Paramedic courses will be awarded a Technical Certificate. Students are then eligible to sit for the state or national registry licensure exam.  Students may earn Associate of Applied Science Degree by completing the additional 30-hour general education requirement.

Community Paramedic (As Needed)

The Community Paramedic program at South Arkansas Community College is a one-semester, 12-credit hour certificate of proficiency level program that provides additional training to licensed paramedics in the following areas:

Public health

Health prevention

Patient advocacy


Disease management

Mental health

Management of ongoing illness or injury

The Community Paramedic works under the direction of an emergency medical services (EMS) medical director in cooperation with a primary care provider. Community Paramedics work for EMS agencies, health care organizations or in other areas of public health.

The applicant must already be a certified Paramedic for a minimum of two years. This program has specific application qualifications and process, selective admission, timelines, and other important information that can be found on the college’s website under Academics/Health Science/Emergency Medical Services or from the program director.

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