Pre-requisite Requirements:

Paramedic Certificate: Certified EMTs who have completed a minimum of one college-level course are eligible to apply for the paramedic program.  A college Cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of 2.0 is required for admission to the program.  Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Department for advisement.

The Department will test applicants for competency in anatomy and physiology who have never successfully completed a full body systems course from an accredited institution. For applicants who score below the published criteria on the competency exam, an extension course in anatomy and physiology or other equivalent education plan must be completed.

Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Sciences: All paramedic students are eligible for the A.S. degree by completing the core curriculum (listed below) in addition to the Paramedic Certificate.  UAMS graduates with a certificate in emergency medical sciences who have a valid associate of science degree plan must complete the requirements within the time limit.  See “Applicants for a Higher-Level CHP Degree Who Already Hold a CHP Degree or Certificate in the Same Discipline” in section 5.10 of the catalog.

Core Curriculum

Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Semester Credit
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication3
College Algebra (or higher level Mathematics)3
Two science courses (Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, or Microbiology) with laboratories8
Fine Arts
Music, Art, Theater3
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
History of the United States or National Government3
Social Sciences
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, or Economics6

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.  Clinical practicum is scheduled primarily on Saturdays with some weekday rotations.