Associate of Applied Science
in Paramedic Science
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Professional is the "safety net" for public health according to the Federal Government. As such, emergency care is rendered to all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, or economic status.
The EMS professional has several opportunities to serve the public at a varying levels of education. Emergency Medical Responders, which are mostly volunteers, are usually the entry level position to an EMS career. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is at the next level, and provides basic life support such as first aid, oxygen administration, airway management, application of splints and bandages, CPR and automated defibrillation.
Advanced Life Support (ALS) is provided by paramedics. ALS includes intravenous therapy, invasive airway management such as Endotracheal Intubation, and Chricothyrotomy, administration of life-saving medication, cardiac monitor, defibrillation and emergency pacing of the heart.
Paramedics work at:
- Fire Departments
- Private or Public Operated EMS Agencies
- Local Hospitals as ER Paramedics • Helicopters
- Fixed Wing Aircraft
The rewards as a paramedic are many to those who thrive in a fast-paced environment where they can help others in emergency and/or traumatic events.
The NWACC Paramedic Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
CoEMSP Paramedic Outcomes for NWACC (Three year averages for years 2012, 2013, 2014)
First attempt at National Registry Written Certification Exam - 97.56%
Attrition rate from program - 14.5%
Job placement upon graduation - 100%
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Clearwater, FL 33756
The Paramedic Sciences Program at NWACC follows the National Education Standards for EMS education.
Courses are approved through the Arkansas Department of Health.
Click here to access the application for NWACC's Paramedic Sciences program.
Click here to access the EMT-Basic Application
Format and Location
Required courses are available in-person on NWACC's main campus in Bentonville or its outlying centers in Springdale and Farmington. Courses are also available in a hybrid format (both in-person and online), providing you the convenience of learning when and where you want.
Classes specific to the Paramedic Sciences program will be taught inside the Center for Health Professions on NWACC's campus in Bentonville.
*delivery options will vary by semester