EACC’s Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic Program offers two tracks: an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic and a Technical Certificate in Paramedic. Once accepted, students will be required to participate in both classroom and clinical settings. The program is designed to be completed in eighteen (18) months, based on full time enrollment, exclusive of vacation time. The Paramedic Program is for currently certified Arkansas EMT’s who wish to advance to the Paramedic level. EACC does not offer Advanced Placement for the Paramedic program. Upon graduation, students are eligible to challenge the National Registry of EMT-Paramedic’s certifying exam. This exam is required to work in Arkansas as an EMT-Paramedic.
Students completing one of EACC's EMT-Paramedic programs can expect to perform the following job duties upon graduation:
Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in pre-hospital settings.
Operate equipment such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments.
Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
Observe, record, and report the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment to a physician.
*Approximate program cost includes in-county tuition, building use fee, technology fee, matriculation fee, infrastructure fee, and other paramedic program cost (books, ACLS card, malpractice insurance, FISDAP, criminal background and drug screen for clinical, uniforms, shoes, stethoscope, penlight, clinical travel/parking fees, CPR certification, immunization requirements, criminal background for licensure, state certification fee, and NREMT Licensure fee).
East Arkansas Community College’s Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). East Arkansas Community College’s Paramedic Program received accreditation in May of 2010. The address of the CAAHEP is 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756. The telephone number is (727) 210-2354. The web address is http://www.caahep.org.
East Arkansas Community College’s Paramedic Program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Emergency Medical Services Programs (CoAEMSP). The address of CoAEMSP is 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088. The telephone number is 214-703-8445. The web address is http://www.coaemsp.org.
EMT/Paramedic Objective 1
Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate field impressions and implement treatment plans for patients who present with trauma and/or medical disease processes.
EMT/Paramedic Objective 2
Apply for the certifying exam administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic
EMT/Paramedic Objective 3
Perform as an entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic within the established “Scope of Practice” as defined by the Department of Transportation’s National Standard Curriculum and in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.