Emergency Medical Sciences - Paramedic
The Emergency Medical Sciences - Paramedic program prepares students to perform advanced emergency medical procedures in the pre-hospital setting. Students are trained in theory and a variety of technical skills. Upon completion of the program, the student is granted a Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree and is eligible to apply to take the National Registry EMT-Paramedic Certification Examination.
Application Procedures and Deadline
Classes are admitted in August. Class size is limited, and all applicants are not selected for participation.
Application Deadline: 2nd Friday in April.
*Deadline may remain open until qualified candidates are selected for all available slots in the class.
All applicants will have an equal opportunity regardless of race, age, disability, sex, creed, religion, or nationality. Applicants with special needs due to disability must make this fact known prior to admission, so that necessary accommodations can be made. Because of the nature of the profession it may not always be possible to accommodate students with severe disabilities.
Approval and Accreditation
Southeast Arkansas College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is an AQIP Participant. The SEARK College Paramedic Program is accredited by (CAAHEP)-Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; (727)210-2350.
CAAHEP Accreditation is by recommendation by the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Programs (CoAEMSP). 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088; 214-703-8445
Paramedic Pass Rates (2016-2017)
1/1 100% Graduates
1/1 100% 1st time pass rate
2/3 67% Attrition Rate
1/3 33% Retention Rate
Paramedic Pass Rates (2017-2018)
No Data – No Class Held
0/0 0% Graduates
0/0 N/A 1st time pass rate
0/0 N/A Attrition Rate
0/0 N/A Retention Rate
Paramedic Pass Rates (2018-2019)
15/16 94% Graduation Rate
6/14 43% 1st attempt
10/14 71% Cumulative 1st time Pass Rate
2/18 11% Attrition Rate
16/18 89% Retention Rate
Should the qualified applicants exceed the available slots in the program, admission into a particular class will be based on the date of completed application. Upon acceptance into the Emergency Medical Sciences program, the student must submit evidence of the following in order to begin classes: The cost of the subscription Drug Screen and Criminal Background Check is the student’s expense.
- Current CPR Certification (AHA Health Care Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer).
- Functional Ability acknowledgement form
- P.P.D. Skin Test or Chest X-Ray
- Hepatitis B Series or Signature on SEARK Vaccination Waiver Claim Form.
- Drug Screen
- Criminal Background Check
Students enrolled in Allied Health programs with a clinical component will be assessed a fee for malpractice insurance.
NOTE: Random drug screening may be utilized at any time during the course of the program at the students’ expense.
Counselors and faculty advisors are available to aid students in course selection and future planning.
- High School Diploma (or GED Equivalency)
- Completion of all general admissions procedure of the College.
- Completion of the Nursing and Allied Health Application for Admission form.
- Provide one or all of the following test scores for reading and math
- Accuplacer Math score of at least 77
- Compass Math score of at least 41
- ACT Math 19
- Next Generation Accuplacer Math at least 255
- Accuplacer Reading score of at least 75
- Next Generation Accuplacer Reading score of at least 250 ACT Reading score of at least 19
- COMPASS Reading score of at least 83, OR
- Completion of a course in developmental reading an math with a letter grade of C or better OR
- Completion of 15 semester hours of general education applicable to the program with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Copy of current EMT-Basic Certification Card
Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Sciences must meet placement standards set by the College prior to enrolling in math and/or English composition courses.
The above information must be submitted to:
Nursing & Allied Health / EMS Division
Southeast Arkansas College
1900 Hazel Street Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
For students who qualify, financial aid consists of funds made available from federal, state, and local sources. Scholarships, grants, loans, and Veteran's benefits are available to qualified students. Scholarships may be available from the Arkansas Ambulance Association.