Emergency Medical Services: We offer a certificate of proficiency (CP) in EMT Basic (Emergency Medical Technician) and in Community Paramedic (post paramedic program). We also offer both a technical certificate (TC) and an associate of applied science (AAS) in Paramedic at SouthArk. 

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Basic): 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 successful completion of the program, the student is awarded a Certificate of Proficiency. Application to the program is not required. The course has open enrollment until filled. Maximum enrollment is 20 students.

Paramedic (EMT-to-Paramedic):

This program requires an application and the applicant must already be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician).

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. 

Emergency Medical Services Professionals (EMSP) - Paramedics are health professionals concerned primarily with pre-hospital care of acutely ill and injured patients. Paramedics 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. SouthArk's Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Education Programs upon the recommendation of Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP: www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

Students completing the three semesters of Paramedic courses will be awarded a Technical Certificate (TC). Students are then eligible to sit for the state or national registry licensure exam to become a licensed paramedic.  

Students may earn an associate of applied science (AAS) degree by completing the additional 12 credit hours of general education courses listed in the degree plan. These students are also eligible to sit for the state or national registry licensure exam to become a licensed paramedic.

Community Paramedic:

The Community Paramedic program at South Arkansas Community College is a 12-credit hour certificate level program (CP) that provides additional training to licensed paramedics in the following areas:

  • Public health
  • Health prevention
  • Patient advocacy
  • Triage
  • Disease management
  • Mental health
  • Management of ongoing illness or injury

The Community Paramedic works under the direction of an emergency medical services (EMS) medical director in cooperation with a primary care provider. Community Paramedics work for EMS agencies, health care organizations or in other areas of public health.

Admission Process

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 three written references on forms provided by the Paramedic program describing character and professional attitude.
  6. submit basic studies test scores.
  7. application and admission process review with the program director.

Competitive components of the required information are:

  1. three written references as to character and professional attitude.
  2. basic studies test scores.
  3. application and admission process review with the program director.

Certificate of Proficiency - Emergency Medical Technician

Certificate of Proficiency - Emergency Medical Technician

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

Technical Certificate - Paramedic

Technical Certificate - Paramedic

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

Statistics

Statistics

   Graduation Year, Class of...          
 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Threshold 3yr Total 2015 to 2013 5yr Total 2015 to 2011
Graduates  22 22  16 18 24 13 13 56 93
Outcomes Assessments           3yr Total 2015 to 2013  5yr Total 2015 to 2011
Attrition 21.4 % 15.4 % 11.1 % 0.0 % 7.7 % 31.6 % 23.5 % 9.7 % 13.1 %
Retention 78.6 % 84.6 % 88.9 % 100.0 % 92.3 % 68.4 % 76.5 % 70% 90.3 % 86.9 %
Positive Placement 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 88.9 % 75.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 70 % 96.4 % 91.4 %
National Registry Written - % of grads Attempting 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 88.9 % 75.0 % 184.6 % 100.0 % 70 %
National Registry Written - Pass Rate - Success 86.4 % 100.0 % 75.0 % 81.3 % 88.9 % 79.2 % 84.6 % 70 % 87.0 % 85.4 %
National Registry Practical - % of grads Attempting 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 88.9 % 75.0 % 184.6 % 100.0 % 70 %
National Registry Practical - Pass Rate - Success 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 70 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Comprehensive Final Written - % of grads Attempting 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 88.9 % 75.0 % 184.6 % 100.0 % 70 %
Comprehensive Final Written - Pass Rate - Success 100.0 % 86.4 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 70 % 94.4 % 96.9 %
Comprehensive Final Practical - % of grads Attempting 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 88.9 % 75.0 % 184.6 % 100.0 % 70 %
Comprehensive Final Practical - Pass Rate - Success 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 70 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
State Exam Written - % of grads Attempting 86.4 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 88.9 % 75.0 % 184.6 % 0.0 % 70 %
State Exam Written - Pass Rate - Success 100.0 % 100.0 % 75.0 % 81.3 % 88.9 % 79.2 % 0.0 % 70 % 87.0 % 85.4 %
State Exam Practical - % of grads Attempting" 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 88.9 % 75.0 % 184.6 % 0.0 % 70 %
State Exam Practical - Pass Rate - Success 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 0.0 % 70 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Employer Survey - % sent 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 77.8 % 61.5 % 46.2 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 89.4 % *
Employer Survey - Cognitive - Success 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Employer Survey - Psychomotor - Success 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Employer Survey - Affective - Success 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Graduate Survey - % sent 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 88.9 % 75.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 96.4 % * 91.4 % *
Graduation Year, Class of...
Graduate Survey - Cognitive - Success 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Graduate Survey - Psychomotor - Success 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Graduate Survey - Affective - Success 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
*Threshold not met
Enrollment Year
Enrollment 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Threshold 3yr Total 2015 to 2013 5yr Total 2015 to2011
Enrollment 16 28 26 18 18 26 19 72 116

Associate of Applied Science - Paramedic

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 the Paramedic Technical Certificate plus the general education course requirements listed below.
COURSE #  COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
PRE-REQUISITE COURSES    
MATH 2123 Math for Health Professionals 3
HCIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
TOTAL Pre-requisite course total 6
     
IN-PROGRAM COURSES Paramedic In-Program Courses (EMSP courses) 42
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES CREDIT HRS
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology 3
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing 3
TOTAL OF GEN. EDUC. COURSES
12
TOTALS FOR EMT-to-PARAMEDIC ASSOCIATE DEGREE Credit Hours
Paramedic Technical Certificate 48
General Education Requirements 12
Total Credit Hours for AAS in Paramedic                                                                                                                             60
 

Application Deadlines

Professional Programs Application Deadlines

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

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

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

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Warren Days

January 2019
Spring Semester

Friday,
October 5, 2018
By 12:00 p.m.

Application Open Now

LPN - El Dorado Days

May 2019
Summer Semester

Friday
February 1, 2019
By 12:00 p.m.

Application Closed for Summer 2018

LPN - El Dorado Evenings

January 2019
Spring Semester

Friday
October 5, 2018
By 12:00 p.m.

Application Open Now

LPN-to-RN

January 2019
Spring Semester

August 31, 2018
By 5:00 p.m.
Application Open Now

Surgical Technology

August 2018

Fall Semester

June 15, 2018

OTA

Summer Semester
2019

March 28, 2019
Noon

PTA

Summer Semester
2018

March 1, 2018

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2018

 March 27, 2018

EMT

  Fall & Spring 
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August 2019

Fall Semester

  July 20, 2018

Medical Coding

August 2019

Fall Semester

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Phlebotomy

Each Semester

(Fall, Spring, Summer)

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled

Advisory Council

Advisory Council

Tommy Rich, NREMT-P, IC EMS Representative - ProMed Ambulance
Chad Mosby, NREMT-P, IC EMS Representative - El Dorado Fire Department
Terry Bracy, EMT-A EMS Representative - Basic EMT
Amanda Warren-Newton, NREMT-P EMS Representative - Columbia County Ambulance
Dusty Smith, NREMT-P EMS Representative - Ashley County/SouthArk EMS
Randy Evans, NREMT-P Industrial EMS Representative - Anthony Forest Products
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
Keith Carter, Program Dir.
Pafford Air One
Randy Gorman, Graduate Student
Graduate, 2015 Graduating Class
Will Silvey, EMT, Student Student Representative, 2009 Graduating Class