Program Description

The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system.  [From the: National EMS Scope of Practice Model]

The UAMCTM Paramedic 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.  The UAMCTM Paramedic Program is a nationally accredited program. 

EMT/Paramedic Program of Study


The University of AR at Monticello – College of Technology, McGehee Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

To contact CoAEMSP:

Paramedic Program Outcomes

CAAHEP-accredited Paramedic educational programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Paramedic educational programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2022.

Graduating Year Retention NREMT Exam Placement
2015 60% 100% 100%
2016 58% 86% 100%
2017 80% 67% 100%
2018 88% 67% 100%
2019 60% 50% 100%
2020 100% 67% 100%
2021   There were no graduates
during  the 2021
reporting year.
2022 100% 100% 100%

contact information

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