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Emergency Medical Technology

Program

Emergency Medical Technology Two levels of certificate training are provided in Emergency Medical Technology. 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 Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. 

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.

Admission Process

The Arkansas Department of Health approves enrollment limits per class for the EMT and Paramedic programs. Contact the Enrollment Services Office for information and application packets.

The Emergency Medical Technology program requires students to perform clinical and field internship rotations with approved hospital and ambulance service affiliates. Students enrolled in the EMT and Paramedic programs may be required to complete certain background checks, drug screens, and provide immunization records or receive vaccinations in order to comply with health and safety standards established by the affiliates. At a minimum, applicants to the EMT and Paramedic professional programs MUST provide proof of immunity to varicella. Proof may consist of 1) proof of vaccination, 2) statement of physician verifying that student had varicella, or 3) varicella antibody titer indicating immunity.

Applicants to the EMT program MUST:
1. be at least 18 years of age upon completion of the program
2. submit official copy of high school transcript, college transcript, and/or GED scores if applicable.
3. submit proof of current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification or Arkansas Department of Health approved equivalent course.

Applicants to the Paramedic professional program MUST:
1. be at least 18 years of age
2. submit official copy of high school transcript, college transcript, and/or GED scores if applicable 
3. submit proof of current Arkansas certification or licensure as an EMT or Advanced EMT
4. submit proof of current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification or Arkansas Department of Health approved equivalent course
5. submit a physical examination form documenting good physical and mental health upon being admitted
6. submit three written references on forms provided by the Paramedic program describing character and professional attitude
7. submit basic studies test scores
8. interview with the program director and medical director

Competitive components of the required information are:
1. three written references as to character and professional attitude.
2. basic studies test scores.
3. interview(s) with the program director and medical director.

Certificate of Proficiency - Emergency Medical Technician

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN
Certificate of Proficiency
COURSE   SEM.HR.
EMT 1007 Emergency Medical Technician 7
Required BSTD courses can be completed concurrently with this course.

Technical Certificate - Paramedic

PARAMEDIC
Technical Certificate
FALL SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
EMT 1012 Human Systems and Assessment 2
EMT 1011 EMS Environment I 1
EMT 1013 Shock and Fluid Therapy 3
EMT 1023 Emergency Respiratory Care 3
EMT 1022 Pharmacology 2
EMT 1033 Intermediate Clinical Rotation 3
Semester Total 14
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
EMT 1015 Emergency Cardiac Care 5
EMT 1043 Traumatology 3
EMT 1053 Medical Emergencies I 3
EMT 1014 Paramedic Clinical Rotation I 4
EMT 2232 Assessment Based Management 2
Semester Total 17
 
LONG SUMMER TERM
COURSE   SEM.HR.
EMT 2112 Medical Emergencies II 2
EMT 2022 EMS Environment II 2
EMT 2101 Paramedic Clinical Rotation II 1
EMT 2224 Field Internship I 4
EMT 2234 Field Internship II 4
     

Basic Studies Requirements:

Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 82 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II. Students testing into basic studies reading are required to take the Nelson-Denny reading test for placement into the appropriate reading class.

Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.

Math - ACT 16 or above (or) ASSET Numerical Skills 42 or above (or) COMPASS 49 or above (or) complete BSTD 0413 Elementary Algebra.

SAS - A course required for all first-time, full-time degree-seeking students and students who test into two or more basic studies courses.

Required BSTD courses must be completed prior to admission into the Paramedic program.

Associate of Applied Science - Paramedic

PARAMEDIC
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Students desiring an Associate of Applied Science Degree will be required to complete the requirements of a Technical Certificate and the following general education requirements.
COURSE   SEM.HR.
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology, 3
  American Government, U.S. History, or Approved Elective 3
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing 3
  Physical Science Elective* 4
  Biological Science Electives** 8
  Intermediate Algebra (BSTD 0513) 0
Total 27
 
*PHYS 2024/L, CHEM 1014/L, CHEM 1024/L, or CHEM 1124/L.
**BIOL 1004/L, BIOL 1024/L, MBIO 1124/L, or BIOL 2064/L and BIOL 2074/L.
 
TOTALS FOR EMT-PARAMEDIC ASSOCIATE DEGREE SEM. HR.
Paramedic Technical Certificate 44
General Education Requirements 27
Total Credit Hours 71
 

If you are interested in further information regarding these programs, contact:
Dean of Health and Natural Sciences
Phone: 870-864-7102; Fax: 870-864-7140

Statistics

Year

Arkansas
License 
Required

Accepted

Gradauted

%
Retention

Attempt
Exam

Pass
First
Try

Pass
Later

Did Not
Pass

%
Pass

National
Average
Pass Rate

Arkansas
Pass Rate

2001-02

Yes

14

12

85.7

0

0

NA

12

0

NA

NA

2002-03

Yes

11

8

72.7

8

8

NA

0

100

NA

NA

2003-04

Yes

6

5

83.3

5

5

NA

0

100

NA

NA

2004-05

Yes

12

8

66.6

8

5

NA

3

63

NA

NA

2005-06

Yes

18

16

88.9

16

13

NA

3

81

NA

NA

2006-07

Yes

12

9

75.0

9

8

NA

1

89

63

NA

2007-08

Yes

15

13

86.7

13

9

NA

4

69

64

NA

2008-09

Yes

12

10

83.3

10 





2* 

70.0 

68 

NA 

2009-10

Yes

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010-11

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011-12

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Deadlines

To apply for admission to a HNS Professional Program, applicants must have completed:

  • all basic studies requirements,
  • all prerequisite classes (or be currently enrolled in) as specified in the SouthArk catalog for each professional program.

See SouthArk catalog for specifics regarding each program's requirements and/or consult program advisor.

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Spring Days and Warren

January, 2015
Spring Semester

September 25, 2014
By 5:00 p.m.

LPN -Evenings

January, 2016
Fall Semester

TBA

RN

January, 2015
Spring Semester

  August 31, 2014

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester
2014

Currently Accepting Apps until filled

OTA

Summer Semester
2015

April 01, 2015

PTA

Summer Semester
2015

March 1, 2015

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2015

 March 30, 2015

EMT

  Fall & Spring
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August, 2013
Fall Semester

 Applications Due
 July 18, 2014

CNA

 CNA Classes offered each Semester
Fall/Spring/Summer

 Applications Available 
until filled 

Respiratory Therapy

Summer
2015

TBA

Coding - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Transcription - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled

MLS

Fall Semester
2014

Applications Available until filled

Phlebotomy/EKG

Fall Semester
2014

Applications Available until filled

Advisory Council

Tommy Rich, NREMT-P, IC EMS Representative - ProMed Ambulance
Chad Mosby, NREMT-P, IC EMS Representative - El Dorado Fire Department
Tracy Bracy, EMT-A EMS Representative - Basic EMT
Amanda Warren-Newton, NREMT-P EMS Representative - Columbia County Ambulance
Shannon Shaver, NREMT-P EMS Representative - Ashley County/SouthArk EMS
Randy Evans, NREMT-P Industrial EMS Representative - Chemtura
Eddie Rowland, EMT-A EMS Representative - Ouachita County EMS
Wesley Harper, Fire Chief First Responder - Norphlet Fire Department
Kendal Wilson, RN, Flight Medic Hospital Representative, Medical Center of South Arkansas
Tim Porter, RN, NREMT-P, Flight Medic Air Evac Lifeteam
Jimmy Wooten, EMT-A, Student Student Representative, 2009 Graduating Class
Chip Duboise, NREMT-P, Student Student Representative, 2009 Graduating Class
Zack Helton, MD Physician Representative, External

Faculty and Staff

Ken Kelley, BBA, NREMT-P, IC
EMS Programs Director
Lead Instructor

John Burdue, AAS, NREMT-P, IC
Clinical Coordinator
Adjunct Instructor

Tom Wilson, NREMT-P, IC
Adjunct Instructor

Keith Davis, MD
Program Medical Director

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