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Emergency Medical Sciences Program Goals

To prepare Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

About Our Programs

The Department of Emergency Medical Sciences (EMS) was founded in July of 1975 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences through a joint venture of the State of Arkansas and an Emergency Medical Services grant from the Federal Government. The first class completed its education in the summer of 1976. The Department has been in continuous operation since that time. In January of 2019, the Department of EMS was transferred to UA - Pulaski Technical College where it continues to provide a progressive educational experience in academic, clinical, and field internship environments to prepare qualified students to perform as competent and compassionate health care providers.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program consists of 6 semester credits of course work in Introduction to Emergency Medical Technology. Students can take this course in one of two pathways. Only seeking the academic credit, or those seeking academic credit and licensure/certification. Historically, those enrolled in this course for credit and licensure/certification are interested in working as a licensed EMT, fulfilling the primary prerequisite for the paramedic program, embarking on a fire service career, or establishing patient care skills for another health profession such as physician assistant or medicine. Students who are licensure/certification bound that successfully complete all program requirements may be eligible to challenge the EMT credentialing examinations offered by the National Registry of EMT's (NREMT). EMT classes are held two days per week for one semester. Classes start every fall, spring and summer.

Paramedic Program

For those that already hold Arkansas license as an EMT then the Paramedic program is the next step in enhancing your patient care skills and knowledge. The Paramedic program has two completion options: Certificate or Associate’s degree. The certificate program requires 36 hours of professional coursework, while the associate of applied science degree program requires 24 hours of Core Curriculum coursework in addition to the 36 hours of professional coursework. Successfully completing all program requirements for licensure/certification satisfies the eligibility requirements to apply for the paramedic credentialing examinations offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Graduates who complete the certificate program are eligible to complete the associate’s degree requirement in a future semester as long as all requirements of the degree plan are met.

Students are accepted into the paramedic program as fall entry. Paramedic classes are held in a flexible format with classes being offered two times each week with the same course materials being taught twice each week during lecture weeks. Students may schedule their clinical time within program guidelines including weekends and weekdays.

Programs of Study

Programmatic Accreditation and Credentialing

The UA-PTC Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

To contact CoAEMSP:

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX: (214) 703-8992

The UA-PTC Department of EMS is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Health, Section of Emergency Medical Services (ADH EMS) to provide all levels of prehospital care training.
To contact ADH EMS:

Arkansas Department of Health Section of Emergency Medical Services
5800 West 10th Street, Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 661-2262

For additional information, contact [email protected].

Mailing Address

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
Emergency Medical Sciences Program
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118

Location: Allied Health Education Center Building, First Floor