Oct 21, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog


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The Associate of Applied Science Paramedic Degree at Northark is a 2-year program designed to prepare Paramedics for out-of-hospital care. This program meets and exceeds National DOT Standards and curriculum. Graduates are eligible to take the National Registry, Psychomotor & written exams.

To be eligible for the programs, prospective students must:

  • Be accepted as a student in the college; complete the Northark application if you are not current enrolled
  • Be accepted into the Paramedic Program; complete the Paramedic Program application
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate; complete high school transcript request
  • Be in good health; submit a Health Information Form
  • Have a current Arkansas EMT certification or be in the testing phase
  • Be currently certified in AHA Health Care Provide CPR
  • Complete required pre-requisites
  • Have completed ACT and/or the Accuplacer test and have scores sent to Northark
  • Have all immunization records on file and provide proof of Hepatitis B vaccine, rubella vaccine and TB skin test
  • Have three written recommendations (see application)
  • Have a minimum grade of “C” in each prerequisite course and in each course required in the paramedic program

The deadline for completing the application packet is July 1.


Paramedic Program Accreditation

The North Arkansas College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The program follows the National Education Standards for EMS education. Courses are approved through the Arkansas Department of Health.
Further accreditation information is available from:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
Fax (214) 703-8892

Program Cost

Tuition charges per semester hour as approved by the Northark Arkansas College Board of Trustees. Paramedic books, liability insurance, name badges and uniforms will be an additional cost. This does not include certification in costs for ACLS, PHTLS, PALS or EPC.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates of the Paramedic Program will distinguish the nature and seriousness of the medical condition and extent of traumatic injuries using anatomy and physiology to assess and treat the patient within the scope of paramedic practice.

  • Paramedic graduates will demonstrate proper handling of the patient to minimize discomfort, prevent further injury, and perform drug calculations and medication administration safely during patient care.

  • Graduates will identify operational knowledge in such areas as communication, transportation, inventory and custody of accounts and laws related to Paramedic and healthcare practice.

  • Graduates will exhibit cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills in out-of-hospital care dealing with environmental safety of the accident/trauma patient.


Students begin in the Associate of General Studies. Required courses from the Associate of General Studies Certificate are to be completed prior to program entry include:

First Semester (Fall): 13 Credits

Second Semester (Spring): 16 Credits

Third Semester (Fall): 12 Credits

  • Students who complete the above Pre-Requisites and have a Certified EMT-B or have completed EMS 1105 Emergency Medical Technology & EMS 1102 Emergency Medical Technology Practicum are ready to apply to the Paramedic Program. After acceptance into the program, proof of immunizations, CPR Certification are required.  A criminal background check and drug screen will be arranged by the Program Director prior to being assigned to a clinical site. Upon written program acceptance, the following EMS courses are taken.   Failure of any EMS course prevents progression in the program. EMS courses must be taken in the following sequence:    


  • Credits: 1
  • Credits: 3
  • Credits: 4
  • Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1

Sixth Semester (Summer II): 4 Credits

Grand Total: 64 Credits

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