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Undergraduate Certificate (Certificate)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

Prepares students for entry-level practice as an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic. 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 12 Credit Hours or 240 clock hours (Didactic credit hours: 15 clock hours = 1 credit hour). Of the 12 credit hours, 8 are didactic and skills laboratory; 4 are practicum courses divided between the hospital and pre-hospital settings.


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 final Fisdap score of 75% or greater, students will be authorized to set for the Emergency Medical Technician – Basic National Registry Exam.

Accreditation Information

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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