The Division of Health and Natural Sciences at South Arkansas Community College promotes excellence in learning, teaching, and service in the health and natural sciences by providing quality education to meet the needs of diverse communities.
Emergency medical technicians are trained to provide initial treatment during emergency medical situations. We have one of the most respected, recognized EMT programs in the entire state, offering an associate’s degree in emergency medical technology, a technical certificate in paramedicine and a certificate of proficiency in basic ambulance service.
We offer technical certificates in two different areas of health information technology: medical coding and medical transcription. Medical coders are trained to ensure that billing charges are captured on a timely basis. Medical transcriptionists take health-care dictation and prepare patient-care documents.
Medical laboratory technicians perform tests that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. We offer an associate’s degree in medical laboratory science.
Our natural sciences courses often are prequisites for entrance into our health-science programs, and also are transferrable to state universities and other colleges as part of general-education curriculum.
Some—but not all—of the natural science courses that we offer are:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Physical Education
Nursing continues to be an important career field. With us you can take nursing in three different areas: nursing assistance (certificate of proficiency), practical nursing (technical certificate) and registered nursing (associate’s degree). We offer these program options at our West Campus in El Dorado. We also offer practical nursing at our Education Center located in Warren.
Occupational therapy helps patients with certain physical, mental or developmental conditions build skills that are needed to perform every-day activities. Occupational therapy assistants work under the supervision of an occupational therapist to administer treatment to these patients. Graduates of our OTA program receive associate’s degrees.
Phlebotomy is the process of drawing blood using
clinical tools for medical purposes; electrocardiography is the interpretation of the heart’s electrical activity. We offer a certificate of proficiency in these areas. Both our West Campus in El Dorado and our Education Center in Warren offer coursework in phlebotomy and EKG.
Under the direction of a physical therapist, physical therapist assistants provide therapy to patients with health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities. Graduates of SouthArk’s PTA program receive associate’s degrees.
For those students who intend to enter one of our many health-science program areas, we offer a technical certificate in pre-health sciences. It’s a good stepping stone to further learning.
Radiologic technologists perform imaging of the human body for diagnosis or treating medical problems. We offer an associate’s degree in radiologic technology.
Respiratory therapists provide treatment of patients with breathing disorders or cardiopulmonary problems. We offer an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy.
A surgical technologist is a member of a surgery team who aids in delivering patient care in an operating room, including sterilization, instrument handling and anticipating the needs of a surgeon. Our program graduates receive associate’s degrees in surgical technology.