Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services Two levels of certificate training are provided in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program.  The first is Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) which is a semester long course and the second is Paramedic which is a three semester (August to August) program. In addition, an Associate of Applied Science Degree option is available. 

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. The course includes an overview of EMS 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 completion, the student is awarded the Certificate of Proficiency. Applications and additional information are available from the college Enrollment Services Office. 

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.

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