The EMT-Paramedic is an EMT whose advanced training enables him/her to provide more sophisticated care above the basic life support level in the pre-hospital setting and in various other medical facility environments such as Emergency Department or Intensive Care Unit. Paramedics receive enhanced studies which enable them to carry out Advanced Life Support (ALS) procedures.

Students seeking admission into the Paramedic Program must meet the following requirements prior to program application:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Be certified as an Arkansas EMT (see instructor if test results are pending).
  • Have certification in American Heart Association HCP CPR.
  • Score minimally COMPASS 62 Reading or appropriate English placement course
  • Score minimally 57 Accuplacer,  16 ACT, or AL 21 Compass Math exam or successfully complete the AAS Math remediation course or introductory Algebra.
  • Applications are accepted after August 1.
  • Students applying for transfer or advanced placement, contact the EMS Program Faculty or the Dean of Science and Health Professions.
The program director must have the following on file in order for the application to be complete:
  1. Paramedic Program application
  2. College placement scores (Compass scores)
  3. College transcript or transcript from EMT-Basic program
  4. Copy of EMT-Basic certification
  5. Copy of AHA BLS CPR Card

All applicants are notified by mail or telephone if he or she gained entrance into the program.  If the number of applicants is greater than the number of positions, students will be required to take a comprehensive EMT Basic exam. Students will be ranked based on scores from this examination and completion of any course work leading toward the AAS Paramedic degree.


Pass Rates
Written Practical First Attempt All Attempts Retention Positive Placement
2014 100% 100% 67% 100% 50% 100%
2015 88% 88% 38% 88% 80% 100%
2016 80% 100% 60% 80% 71% 100%
Avg 89% 96% 55% 89% 67% 100%


UACCH EMS Program Application

Technical Certificate in Paramedic Degree Checklist

Course Requirements   Credit Hours 
EMPT 1003 and EMPT 1004 or Arkansas EMT Licensure**Must have Arkansas EMT Certification or enroll and successfully complete EMPT 1003 and EMPT 1004 Emergency Medical Technician prior to Paramedic coursework
Spring   12 
EMSP  1203  EMS Environment 
EMSP  1215  Anatomy and Pathophysiology 
EMSP 1221 Field Internship I 
EMSP 1233  Pharmacology 
Maymester   7
EMSP  1202  Clinical Rotation I 
EMSP  1205  Medical Emergencies I 
Summer I   3
EMSP  1213  Medical Emergencies II 
Summer II   6 
EMSP  1216  Traumatic Emergencies 
Fall  14 
EMSP  1214  Special Considerations 
EMSP 1222 Paramedic Comprehensive Review
EMSP  1223  Clinical Rotation II 
EMSP  1224  Field Internship II 
EMST  1201 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 
EMSP 1001 Paramedic Remediation (if required)
Total   42