Emergency Medical Technician
CP = Certificate of Proficiency | 1 semester

Emergency Medical Technician CP = Certificate of Proficiency | 1 semester

EMTs are a critical component of the ambulance team, providing care in patient assessment, treatments, packaging and disentanglement.

The emergency medical technician certificate of proficiency provides entry-level skills for employment by an Emergency Medical Service provider. The student should be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED and must have a current AHA Health Care Provider CPR Card. Students who complete EMS 1105 and EMS 1102 are eligible to challenge National Registry and State Exam. The certificate of proficiency can be applied towards the paramedic technical certificate or the AAS-Paramedic.

The student will have flexibility to schedule their emergency room and ambulance rotation. Each student must complete 24 hours in the emergency room with multiple patient contact. The ambulance rotation will include 24 hours ride time and a minimum of six patient contacts. The EMT Program is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Health, Section of EMS, 5800 West 10th Street Suite 800, Little Rock, AR 72204-2262.


You must submit a general Northark admissions application AND a health professions application to be considered for the program.

Courses You Will Take

Important Information

Tuition charges per semester hour as approved by the Northark Arkansas College Board of Trustees. Paramedic books, liability insurance, name badges and uniforms will be an additional cost. This does not include certification in costs for ACLS, PHTLS, PALS or EPC.

Paramedic Program Accreditation
The North Arkansas College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs:

9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
To contact the CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax: 214-703-8992

EMT Program Outcomes

Arkansas Future Grant

This program is Arkansas Future Grant eligible, which means the grant may cover tuition and fees.

Transfer or Stackable Options

Students must first be an EMT to be eligible to move on to paramedic courses.

Program Goals:

  • Recognize a medical emergency, assess the situation, and manage emergency care and extrication, if necessary.
  • Establish rapport with the patient and his/her significant others to alleviate their state of crisis.
  • Assign priorities of emergency treatment and record and communicate data to the designated medical command authority.
  • Coordinate efforts of agencies involved in the care and transportation of the patient.
  • Initiate and continue emergency medical care under medical control, including the recognition of presenting medical conditions and initiation of appropriate non-invasive and invasive therapies.
  • Exercise personal judgment in case of interruption in medical direction caused by communications failure or in cases of life threatening conditions using protocols specifically authorized in advance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates of the EMT Program will distinguish the nature and seriousness of the patient’s medical condition and extent of traumatic injuries, and treat the patient within the scope of our-of-hospital emergency medical care
  • EMT graduates will demonstrate proper lifting, moving, positioning and otherwise handling of the patient to minimize discomfort, prevent further injury, and perform safely and effectively the expectations of the EMT job description
  • Graduates will exhibit operational knowledge in such areas as communications, transportation, keeping records and laws related to EMS and healthcare practice
  • Graduates will exhibit cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills in out-of-hospital care dealing with environmental safety of the accident/trauma patient

Licensure & Certification

The student must pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam. Students graduating from Northark’s EMS programs meet the requirements to take the NREMT exam and are eligible to apply to states that require the NREMT for state licensure. Upon the successful completion of the NREMT exam, the student becomes Nationally certified. This is a National certification but not a state license. After graduation, EMT and paramedic students must apply to the desired state to become state-licensed. We are unsure of other specific licensure qualifications that some states may require. Some states specify more stringent requirements and it would be up to the student to look up the requirements for those states.

Medical Responder Course

The medical responder is a 2-credit class that is completed in one semester. In Arkansas, there currently is not a certification exam for the medical responder. If you’re not sure you want to work on an ambulance then try taking the medical responder course. This course will provide you skills that you can use to help your community or your family. This Department of Transportation course will provide you training that will cover those medical responder tasks that are so vital early in the EMS response. Many area rural fire departments use medical responders to assist the local EMS services to provide that life-saving care before the ambulance arrives.  There is no certification exam.

Single Course Requirement: 

EMS 1022 Emergency Medical Responder - 2 credit hours
Sample costs for Medical Responder tuition for 2 hours:
Boone County - $166 (includes mandatory fees)
In- State - $216 (includes mandatory fees)
Out of State - $362 (includes mandatory fees)
Text - $76 (average cost)

This program is not financial-aid eligible.

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