Which Arkansas Schools Offer EMT Training?

Learn about EMT training programs in Arkansas. Get information about classes available and admission and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

EMT programs are offered from 2-year schools in Arkansas through a combination of classroom, hands-on laboratory and clinical rotation experiences. Several schools have different program options, so check to see which one work best for your schedule and location.

What You Need to Know

EMT (emergency medical technician) and paramedic training come in the form of individual courses, certificate programs, and associate's degree programs in Arkansas. Students interested in completing EMT training at the basic level may do so in one semester; paramedic training programs take 18 months to two years to complete. All Arkansas EMT and paramedic programs are offered by two-year, public schools throughout the state. Students must be certified as EMTs-Basic before applying to a paramedic program.

EMT-Basic Training in Arkansas

East Arkansas Community College

East Arkansas Community College is a rural, fringe campus situated in the northeast part of the state. Through the EMT-B program, you'll learn about patient assessment and how to use proper equipment to handle various types of emergencies, including breathing problems, trauma injuries and childbirth. After completing the course, you'll be qualified to take the EMT-B certification exam through the NREMT.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) Program
  • Program Length: 7 credits/1 semester
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,790 per year for in-district; $3,090 per year for in-state; $3,600 per year for out-of-state
  • School Type: 2-year, public; roughly 1,300 students (all undergraduate)

Arkansas State University Mid-South

Located in a large suburb of east Arkansas near Memphis, TN, Arkansas State University Mid-South's training course provides you with academic knowledge and practical skills. You'll need to complete a 3- or 4-credit anatomy and physiology course, in addition to 7 credits of EMT-B training. After you graduate, you can take the national certification exam for EMT-Basic.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Proficiency in Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
  • Program Length: 10-11 credits/1 semester
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,554 per year for in-district; $3,034 per year for in-state; $4,388 per year for out-of-state
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,900 students (all undergraduate)

North Arkansas College

North Arkansas College is situated in a remote town. The EMT-Basic course consists of a balance of classroom studies and clinical education. You can learn to immobilize fractures and the spine. You must complete 24 hours of emergency room learning as well as 24 hours of ambulance ride time that includes 'contact' with a minimum of 6 patients. Graduates may take the Arkansas State Practical Exam and the NREMT exam.

  • Program Name: EMT-Basic
  • Program Length: 6 credits/1 semester
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,040 per year for in-district; $2,616 per year for in-state; $4,320 per year for out-of-state
  • Requirements: Have current CPR certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 2,000 students (all undergraduate)

Ozarka College

A remote rural college located in north Arkansas, Ozarka College offers an EMT training program that allows graduates to sit for the NREMT-Basic certification exam. This program can be completed in 5 months. You'll learn all about providing pre-hospital emergency care, including assessing injuries, properly moving patients and providing critical care treatments. Ozarka College's EMT curriculum also includes ambulance ride time and clinical hours that must be completed.

  • Program Name: Basic Emergency Medical Technology
  • Program Length: 7 credits/1 semester
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,776 per year for in-state; $5,128 per year for out-of-state
  • School Type: 2-year, public; roughly 1,300 students (all undergraduate)

EMT-Paramedic Training in Arkansas

East Arkansas Community College

In the northeast part of Arkansas sits East Arkansas Community College. It offers a paramedic training program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), so you (and possible employers) know you'll receive a quality education. The curriculum balances clinical training with classroom learning and covers topics like care management and traumatology. You can earn either an Associate of Applied Science degree (67 credit hours) or a Technical Certificate (46 credit hours). You're qualified to take the NREMT Paramedic certification exam when you complete your program.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic Program
  • Program Length: 18 months
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,790 per year for in-district; $3,090 per year for in-state; $3,600 per year for out-of-state
  • Requirements: Have current Arkansas EMT-B and CPR certifications, pass entrance exam, obtain health and malpractice insurance and have vaccinations for Hepatitis B, tetanus, rubella, measles, mumps and TB
  • School Type: 2-year, public; roughly 1,300 students (all undergraduate)

North Arkansas College

Located in a small town near the Missouri border, North Arkansas College offers a 2-year Associate of Applied Science paramedic program that's accredited by CAAHEP. You'll take courses such as advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, medical emergencies, patient assessment and trauma life support. Riding on a paramedic-level ambulance is part of your training as well. Upon graduating, you may sit for the state and national registry certification tests.

  • Program Name: Paramedic - Associate Degree
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,040 per year for in-district; $2,616 per year for in-state; $4,320 per year for out-of-state
  • Requirements: Have current Arkansas EMT-B certification and CPR certification, be at least 18 years old, obtain malpractice insurance and have immunizations against TB, rubella and Hepatitis B
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 2,000 students (all undergraduate)

EMT basic certification is available through East Arkansas Community College, Arkansas State University Mid-South, North Arkansas College and Ozarka College, while East Arkansas Community College or North Arkansas College offers paramedic training.

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