UACCM Academics

Career-Specific Program Overview

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Students at the back of an ambulance learning how to remove and operate a wheeled stetcher.

Emergency Medical Technician

The EMT 1008 course offered in the Emergency Medical Technician program is an introduction to the study of emergency medical services and the basic principles, procedures, and techniques of pre-hospital emergency care. Course content includes medical, legal, and ethical topics; patient assessment; medical and traumatic injuries; emergencies with emphasis on life-threatening conditions; airway and ventilation skills; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and spinal immobilization and splinting.

Instruction includes a minimum of 120 contact hours of lecture and 48 hours of clinical practice, which includes 16 hours in the emergency room setting and a minimum of 14 emergency calls with an ambulance service. The course is based on the National Standard Curriculum Guidelines as developed by the Department of Transportation. Successful completion of this course prepares the student to apply for the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician examination to earn the EMT national certification. Graduates of the EMT program must complete the certification exam within two years of graduation and be a minimum of 18 years of age to receive the national certification.

Course completion does not automatically guarantee the right to test for certification.

Career Opportunities

  • Emergency Medical Technician

Certificate Requirements

Program Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification that must not expire before class ends.
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Tuberculosis assessment and clearance.
  • Shot record including flu shot (turned in during the first night of class).
  • Arkansas Criminal Record background check and federal background check if the student hasn’t been a resident of the state of Arkansas for the last consecutive five years (done during the first night of class).
  • Ability to lift to a height of 33 inches
  • Ability to carry 125 pounds
  • Completion of all remedial courses prior to EMT 1008 if placement scores indicate it is required.