Arkansas EMT Programs

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How to Become a EMT-Paramedic in Arkansas and EMT-Paramedic Programs in Arkansas

Learning how to become a EMT-Paramedic in Arkansas is an important undertaking. All licensing and training for Arkansas EMTs is overseen by Arkansas EMS and Trauma Systems. Contacting this agency is a recommend step for those who would like to undergo EMS training. You will need to go through a school that offers a state-recognized program, with all the necessary courses that are needed to work as a paramedic. Before you can work, you must pass a test that demonstrates your knowledge of issues specific to being an EMT.

EMT-Paramedic training programs in Arkansas cover the many situations that EMS employees may have to cope with on a daily basis. You will need to learn skills to cope with a variety of emergencies, from heart attacks or strokes to traumatic injuries. Some of the issues that you can expect to receive training for include controlling bleeding, joint and bone immobilization, BVM ventilation, and managing cardiac arrest situations. You will also be equipped to deal with special situations, like administering treatment following a disaster like a tornado. Another part of your training also involves knowing the procedures to follow when entering a dangerous situation.

Arkansas has over 30 locations where EMT training is offered. Community colleges are often a good choice for obtaining your certification. One advantage that colleges offer is the ability to take intermediate and advanced courses, as your needs may require. Many hospitals offer their own basic training courses. One thing that will be a part of any regular courses is taking exams to demonstrate your knowledge of the subjects learned. It will also be necessary to demonstrate hands-on knowledge of the subjects that you have learned. The state has many opportunities with local EMS departments and private ambulance services. As the population expands, more emergency personnel are needed.

To become an EMT in Arkansas, you don't have to possess a degree. In order to enroll in a certification program, you must be at least 18. You must also have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants for EMT programs must have taken and passed a CPR healthcare provider test. Most students will be able to complete their training in a single semester. In addition to classroom courses, the curriculum will include emergency runs and working in a hospital setting. For convenience, many courses are available during evening hours. This allows students to easily maintain their existing jobs while they are undergoing training.

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University Tower Building
1123 S. University, Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619
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