Suggested Program of Study
The Emergency Medical Sciences - Paramedic program prepares students to perform advanced emergency medical procedures in the pre-hospital setting. Students are trained in theory and a variety of technical skills. Upon completion of the program, the student is granted a Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is eligible to apply to take the National Registry EMT-Paramedic Certification Examination.
Upon passing the certification exam, graduates are licensed as Paramedics, through the Arkansas Department of Health. SEARK College graduates who complete both the Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree programs, will be able to continue their post-secondary education by articulating into the Emergency Medical Services online baccalaureate program in cooperation with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/College of Health-Related Professions (UAMS-CHRP)/EMS Division in Little Rock Arkansas.
The SEARK College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs for (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater FL. 33758: Phone (727) 210-2350.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE: Classes are admitted yearly in August. Class size is limited, and all applicants are not selected for participation. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED diploma and meet special admission requirements for the program listed below.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2nd Friday in April. Students may, however, apply for admission through the Fall Semester Registration period if classes are not at capacity.
All applicants shall have equal opportunity regardless of race, age, sex, creed, religion, or nationality. Applicants with special needs due to a disability must make this fact known prior to admission so that necessary accommodations can be made. Because of the nature of the profession, it may not always be possible to accommodate students with severe disabilities.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: High School (or GED Equivalency) Diploma plus general and special requirements listed below:
- Completion of general admissions procedures of the College. Refer to the SEARK College Catalog and Student Handbook;
- Completion of the Nursing and Allied Health Application for Admission form;
- ACT Reading Score of 19 or; or completion of course in developmental reading with a grade of “C” or better. ACCUPLACER NG Score of 263+; or completion of required developmental courses based on placement scores or completion of 15 semester hours of general education applicable to the program with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. A copy of current EMT - A Certification Card; and
- Completion or test score validated exemption of all required developmental studies courses in English, mathematics, and reading is required for the A.A.S. degree.
The above information must be submitted to:
Southeast Arkansas College
Nursing & Allied Health Technologies Division
1900 Hazel Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
NOTE: Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Sciences will be required to meet placement standards set by the College prior to enrolling in math and/or English Composition courses.
Any applicant who does not have a completed application packet in the Nursing and Allied Health Office, located in Founders Hall, by 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline date may not be considered for admission.
ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE: Should qualified applicants exceed the available slots in the program, admission into a particular class will be based on the date of completed application.
Upon acceptance into the Emergency Medical Technology program the student must submit evidence of the following in order to begin classes:
- Current CPR Certification (American Heart Association Health Care Provider);
- Functional Ability Acknowledgement Form;
- P.P.D. Skin Test or Chest X-Ray;
- Hepatitis B Series or Signature on SEARK College Vaccination Waiver Claim Form; and
- Criminal background check and drug screen.
Students enrolled in Allied Health Programs with a clinical component will be assessed a fee for malpractice insurance.
NOTE: Random drug screening may be utilized at any time during the course of the program at the student’s expense.