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Emergency Medical Sciences

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Emergency Medical Sciences

The Emergency Medical Science (EMS) programs at UA - Pulaski Tech equips emergency medical professionals with the knowledge and skills required at different stages of their careers. Our programs offered are an Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Science (EMS), Paramedic Technical Certificate in EMS and a Paramedic Certificate of Proficiency in Emergency Medical Science Technology (EMT). Regardless of the professional path you choose, UA-PTC students benefit from working in a major medical center with experienced faculty who train them for successful careers within the growing EMS filed.

The Profession

The paramedic is the highest level emergency medical services health care professional in the pre-hospital setting. The paramedic must be able to work independently and as a team leader rendering care to people under stressful conditions. The paramedic must demonstrate proficiency in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, advanced airway management, intravenous therapy, and medication therapy. Paramedics must also rapidly apply problem-solving skills to formulate and implement rapid care plans for a wide array of situations including cardiac, trauma management, pediatric, geriatric, and other medical and behavioral emergencies.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the entry-level professional in the emergency medical services system. The EMT is concerned primarily with basic life support pre-hospital care of acutely ill and injured patients.

Paramedics and EMTs can find career opportunities with ambulance services, fire departments, and industrial companies. In addition, paramedics are employed by emergency helicopter services, offshore oil companies, and as military combat medics.

*The Program

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program consists of 6 semester credits of course work in EMSC 1602 – Introduction to Emergency Medical Technology. Historically, those enrolled in this course are interested in working as a licensed EMT, fulfilling the primary prerequisite for the paramedic program, embarking on a fire service career, or establishing patient care skills in another health profession such as physician assistant or medicine. Students who successfully complete the course may be eligible to challenge the EMT credentialing examinations offered by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT). EMT Classes are held two days per week. There's a $60 EMT fee per a semester.

The Paramedic program has two degree options: Certificate or Associate’s degree. The certificate program requires 43 hours of professional coursework, while the associate’s degree program requires 35 hours of Core Curriculum coursework in addition to the 43 hours of professional coursework. There's a $10 paramedic program fee per credit hour. Successful program completion of both options satisfies the eligibility requirements to apply for the paramedic credentialing examinations offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Graduates who complete the certificate program are eligible to complete the associate’s degree at a later time as long as all requirements of the degree plan are met.

Students are accepted into the paramedic program as either a fall or spring entry. Approximately 40% of the paramedic program course work is delivered online. Paramedic classes are held every Wednesday and generally two Monday’s each month. Students may schedule their clinical time within program guidelines including weekends and weekdays.

*Curriculum and degree plan information will be available soon.

Admission Factors

Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Academic aptitude
  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Written and oral communication
  • Interpersonal skills

Programs of Study


For questions about the Emergency Medical Science (EMS) program, contact the following:

Harold Shray
Emergency Medical Sciences Program Director
(501) 771-6020

Dennis Mitchell
Emergency Medical Sciences Lead Instructor
(501) 771-6023

Tim Rinehart
Instructor and Clinical Coordinator
(501) 771-6021

Karen Alford
Emergency Medical Sciences Administrative Specialist III
(501) 771-6022