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Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Frequently Asked Questions:

Is financial aid available?  

  • No, but occasionally grants and scholarships are available through the Arkansas Trauma System, the Arkansas Ambulance Association and the Arkansas EMT Association through their EMS Foundation.  More information can be found at the following links:

How long is the program?

  • The EMT program is one semester (about four months).  If you start the program in August you will finish in December.  For those students that start in January you will finish in May.

Where is your office located? 

  • We are located behind the UAMS Bookstore in CHP Building 4, 1st floor room 123.  A map to our offices can be found on this link:

What are the chances of finding a job after I complete the program?

  •  Our graduates typically have a 100% employment rate after finishing the program. The most common areas are with ambulance services or hospitals as Patient Care Technicians. Although, keep in mind that no guarantee of job placement is made or implied.

Does the EMT Course lead to a certificate or a degree?

  • Successful completion of the EMT program leads to the ability to test for the State of Arkansas practical skills examination and National Registry written examination. Completion of the EMT program does not in itself insure certification or licensure.

Is it a requirement to have health insurance to be a student?

  • All students admitted to a College of Health Professionals degree or certificate program are required to have major medical health insurance coverage at all times that meet minimum standards as outlined on page 27 of the College’s catalog.

Is a physical examination required to be a student?

  • Prior to their first semester’s registration, all individuals admitted must submit proof of a physical examination using the UAMS Pre-Enrollment Medical Examination Form. This examination is used by the Student and Employee Health Service to verify required immunizations and to establish a baseline for treating illnesses occurring after admission.

Which immunizations are required?

  • The following are the UAMS required immunizations prior to enrollment:
    • 2 MMR vaccines (or positive measles, mumps, rubella titers)
    • TDAP vaccine
    • 3 Hepatitis B vaccines (or positive titer for Hepatitis B)
    • Varicella vaccines (students must show documentation of 2 doses of Varicella vaccine, or a varicella titer showing immunity, or a health care provider documentation of varicella diseases or herpes zoster)
    • TB Skin Test (within 3 months of registration)

Paramedic Frequently Asked Questions:

Is financial aid available?  

  • Yes. Interested individuals may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (501-686-5451) for information concerning available grants, loans and scholarships.  Remember that you can apply for financial aid even before you are admitted to our program.

Do you accept Veterans Educational Benefits?

  • We routinely have students have are using the benefits they earned serving our country.  Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information at 501-686-5451.

What is the deadline for admission applications?

  • Fall entry August 1st, Spring entry December 1st, Summer entry May 1st

How long is the program?

  • Four semesters or approximately seventeen (17) months with typical breaks for major holidays and Spring Break.

Where is your office located?

  • We are located behind the UAMS Bookstore in building 4, 1st floor room 123.  A map to our offices can be found on this link:

What are the chances of finding a job after I complete the program?

  •  For those of our graduates seeking employment with the field of EMS our graduates typically have a 100% employment rate after finishing the program.  Although keep in mind that no guarantee of job placement is made or implied.

Which immunizations are required?

  • The following are the UAMS required immunizations prior to enrollment.
    • 2 MMR vaccines (or positive measles, mumps, rubella titers)
    • TDAP vaccine
    • 3 Hepatitis B vaccines (or positive titer for Hepatitis B)
    • Varicella vaccines (students must show documentation of 2 doses of Varicella vaccine, or a varicella titer showing immunity, or a health care provider documentation of varicella diseases or herpes zoster)
    • TB Skin Test (within 3 months of registration)

Do I have to have health insurance to be a student?

  • All students admitted to a College of Health Professions degree or certificate program are required to have major medical health insurance coverage at all times that meet minimum standards as outlined on page 27 of the College’s catalog.

Will I have to have a physical to be in the program?

  • Prior to their first semester’s registration, all individuals admitted must submit proof of a physical examination using the UAMS Physical Examination Form. This examination is used by the Student and Employee Health Service to verify required immunizations and to establish a baseline for treating illnesses occurring after admission.

Does this lead to a certificate or a degree?

  • Successful completion of the Paramedic program leads to a certificate. Completion of additional general education requirements listed in the college catalog that you enter under will put you on the path to obtain an Associate of Sciences Degree in Emergency Medical Sciences.