All applicants must hold a current Arkansas EMT license and a current American Heart Association CPR
Healthcare Provider Certification (contact department for details). Based on the
applicant's academic performance history, further eligibility
requirements are listed below:
Applicants with a
high school cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or above are
eligible for consideration for admission. Those applicants with a high
school grade point average less than 2.0 must successfully complete
college work for eligibility in the program (see # 3).
Those applicants with
a General Education Diploma (GED) are eligible for consideration.
Applicants who did
not earn a CGPA of a least 2.0 (on a 4-point scale) in high school
must have completed at least 9 SC of course work chosen from the list
of required general education courses for this program from a
regionally accredited higher education institution. (Credit earned
through completion of a college-level EMT course taken at a regionally
accredited institution of higher education may be applied for up to 3
SC of the 9 SC requirements.) Applicants who have completed 9 SC must
have earned a grade of "C" or better in each of the courses in order
to transfer that credit and be eligible for consideration for
admission. Students who have completed 9 SC or more of college work
must submit transcripts of all the courses taken, and earned a CGPA of
at least 2.0 to be considered for admission.
College-level course work is encouraged before entry into the
program. Students accepted into the paramedic program can choose a fall
or spring entry depending on their circumstances. Students
entering in the spring must have completed an anatomy and physiology
course covering all body systems before beginning the program.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Department for
Approximately 35% of the paramedic program course work is delivered
online. Students who do not have a computer with Internet
connectivity can use computer laboratories on the UAMS campus.
All paramedic students are required
to have a thorough medical examination by a physician upon acceptance
for admission and prior to registration for classes. Students are
required to begin and complete a hepatitis B vaccination series if one
has not been completed, or sign a waiver.
Classes are typically held one day per week with a few exceptions.
Students may schedule their clinical time within program
guidelines including weekends and weekdays. Clincial practicum is
scheduled primarily on Saturdays with some weekday rotations.
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