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Undergraduate Certificate

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

Program Notice

This program will be transitioning to our partners at NYITCOM as of July 1. Students currently enrolled in this program will not be impacted and will be able to graduate as planned.

Prepares students for entry-level practice as an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic. Didactic content, required skills laboratory as well as hospital clinical and pre-hospital field experience provide the environment for students to demonstrate critical thinking in the application of fundamental knowledge of emergency pharmacology, patient assessment, airway management, shock and resuscitation, medical emergencies, trauma, special populations and Emergency Medical Services operations. Demonstrated proficiency in the associated psychomotor skills related to these topics is required.

Progressive testing as well as individualized learning and remediation plans contributes to the development of competency as an entry-level practitioner. Students may choose completion of the program for academic credit or not for credit. Course content and progression in the program are the same whether the student opts for credit or not. The curriculum is 42.5 credit hours. Included is 225 clinical hours and 427 field hours on an ALS ambulance.


Curriculum and certificate requirements can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

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  • Program Costs

    Certificate of Proficiency in Basic EMT (For Credit)

    For-credit coursework is subject to the standard university tuition & fees rates.

    Certificate of Proficiency in Basic EMT (Non-Credit)

    Total Program Cost

At the conclusion of the program, and with a comprehensive final score of 70% or greater, students will be authorized to set for the Paramedic National Registry cognitive exam.

Accreditation Information
Graduation Year Retention 3rd Att. Cumulative Pass Rate Positive Placement
2021 57.1% 50% 100%
2022 73.3% 70% 81.8%

The Arkansas State University Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) 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

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