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EMT-Basic Admission Requirements

Since enrollment in EMT 1010, Emergency Medical Training, is limited to 20 students, interested students are encouraged to register early. Enrollment in the EMT course is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who wish to enroll in the EMT-Basic Course must meet the following criteria:

  1. Fulfill all college admission requirements
  2. Be at least 18 years of age
  3. Submit official high school transcript documenting graduation or official Arkansas High School Diploma/GED Certificate to Registrar’s Office
  4. Document a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average in all courses taken at PCCUA
  5. Provide SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER scores taken within the last 4 years that meet the minimum skill level in reading, math, and English or have a 8th grade reading level on the TABE test.
  6. Students who speak English as a second language must also take the ESL Accuplacer Exam to prove proficiency in English. The following scores are required in each category
    • Listening: A minimum score of 106
    • Reading: A minimum score of 116
    • WritePlacer ESL: A minimum score of 5

Students who meet the minimum criteria may enroll in the EMT course. Enrollment is first-come, first-serve until the class is filled.

After Enrollment

The students must provide the following documents before going to an assigned clinical agency for clinical practice.

  1. Completed Health Statement
  2. Proof of immunization compliance
    • Current Td or Tdap
    • Two varicella or positive titer
    • Two MMRs, if born after 1957, or positive titers
    • Initiation of Hepatitis B series or positive titer
    • Current Flu immunization
  3. Proof of TB skin test
  4. Signed communicable disease statement
  5. Current US federal or state issued photo ID, examples include:
    • US passport
    • US military ID
    • State driver’s license
  6. Comply with substance abuse testing
  7. Provide written proof of professional liability insurance within 4 weeks of the first class meeting. Students who fail to provide proof of professional liability insurance within the first 4 weeks will be administratively withdrawn from the course. Professional liability insurance must be valid the entire semester the student is enrolled in the EMT course.
  8. Complete a criminal background check.
  9. Obtain within the first two EMT classes American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support CPR certification. AHA CPR certification that expires any time during the semester the EMT course is offered will NOT be accepted.

Students are expected to furnish their own transportation to school as well as to and from clinical area.

Students are Required to Purchase These Supplies Before Class

  • Bandage scissors

  • Battery operated pen light

  • Manual blood pressure cuff

  • Protective eye glasses

  • Trauma shears
  • Watch with a second hand

Immunization Policy 

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious communicable disease that can cause extensive damage to the liver and may result in death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified health-care workers who come into contact with blood or body fluids as being at increased risk for Hepatitis B infection. EMTs and EMT students fall into this category. The CDC recommends members of high-risk groups be vaccinated against Hepatitis B and that vaccination should be completed before coming into contact with blood. Based on this recommendation, PCCUA EMT program requires initiation of Hepatitis B vaccination series before entering the nursing program or a positive immunity titer.

Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine, given at specific intervals, are required for full protection. The vaccine is 80-100% effective and can be obtained from your private or public healthcare provider.  

Influenza

The most effective ways to stop the spread of seasonal flu is for an individual to frequently wash his or her hands and get an influenza (flu) vaccination each year. This vaccination takes one to two weeks to start working and is 70 to 90 percent effective in preventing the seasonal flu. The flu vaccination does not give you the flu! The vaccination helps to protect an individual against the seasonal flu virus but does not protect the individual from all flu strains. Students are required to provide written proof of receiving an annual flu immunization by November 1st of each academic year. In addition, all students will abide by agency policy regarding flu immunization before caring for patients in all affiliated clinical facilities.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

Individuals born after January 1, 1957, must furnish proof of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines administered after the first birthday and after January 1, 1968 or positive immunity titers.

Tetanus

Individuals must have received a tetanus booster or Tdap within the last 10 years.

Varicella

Individuals must furnish proof of completed varicella vaccination or a positive immunity titer.