Program Description

The Emergency Medical Technician or EMT, provides out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. Emergency Medical Technicians are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system.  [From the: National EMS Scope of Practice Model]

The UAMCTM EMT-Basic Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and clinical experience required to provide safe and effective prehospital care.  The program integrates classroom, laboratory, and applied clinical practice following the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards.  The program works with local ambulance services and hospitals to provide medical and trauma training in prehospital settings, emergency departments, and specialty rotations.  Successful graduates are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification examination and apply for licensure through the State of Arkansas.  

The Arkansas Department of Health EMS Division approves the Emergency Medical Technology courses offered by UAMCTM.

EMT/Paramedic Program of Study

EMT Program Outcomes

Graduating Year 1st Attempt Pass Rate Pass Rate within 3 attempts *Job Placement %
Spring 2019 56% 67% 83%
Fall 2019 100% 100% 100%
Spring 2020** 38% 38% 100%
Fall 2020 71% 100% 100%
Spring 2021 100% 100% 100%
Fall 2021 75% 75% 100%

*Job placement (licensed EMTs only) includes full-time, part-time, PRN, and continuing education.

**This class is eligible to test until November 30, 2022 due to NREMT COVID-19 allowance.

contact information

Manda Leftwich-Tharp, B.S., NRP, IC-1
EMS Program Director
Allied Health Building, Room 220
Office: 870-460-2131