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Basic Emergency Medical Technician(EMT) Program

Make a difference and become a valued member of the Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) team as an Emergency Medical Technician or First Responder. 

The EMT-Basic is the first component of the emergency medical technician system. An EMT trained at this level is prepared to care for clients at the scene of an accident and while transporting clients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. The EMT-Basic has the emergency skills to assess a client’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.

EMT Program Mission and Student Learning Outcomes

EMT Admission Requirements

EMT First Responder

EMT Program Required Text

Basic EMT Program Information


In accordance with college policy as stated in the College Catalog, this publication is not to be construed as a contract between the student and the EMT Program. All programs within the Division of Allied Health reserve the right to make changes at any time in individual courses, the curriculum leading to a degree or certificate, as well as policies contained in the EMT Information Packet, PCCUA College Catalog, and web. Students must be familiar with, observant of, and subject to all rules and regulations of PCCUA.

General Information

The EMT program is a one semester Certificate of Proficiency program. Upon successful completion of three courses (EMT 1010, Emergency Medical Training course, OT 113, Medical Terminology I, and BH 113, Chronic and Infectious Diseases) students are eligible to earn a Certificate of Proficiency in EMT.

Students who complete the requirements for the Certificate of Proficiency in EMT or complete only the EMT 1010  course requirements are eligible to apply to take the State of Arkansas and National Registry EMT-Basic practical and written examinations for certification. An Arkansas criminal background check is required. Applicants should be aware that violation of any federal, state, or local drug law or conviction of a crime may preclude certification as an EMT. In addition, clinical facilities also may require a criminal background check and/or substance abuse test as a condition of clinical practice in the respective facility.  Inability to complete the clinical portion of the EMT course because of failure to meet these requirements will result in course failure.

Applicants who have a revoked or encumbered license in another healthcare field are also advised to check with the Arkansas Department of Health and the National Registry to determine eligibility to write the practical and written exams. 


The EMT program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Health: Section of EMS and Trauma Systems, 5800 West 10th Street, Suite 800, Little Rock, AR 72204-1763, phone: (501) 661-2262. 

FERPA Policy

PCCUA complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. A student has the right to inspect and review all of his/her records that meet the definition of educational records. No third party has the right to review student records. Directory information can be provided unless the student requests that it be withheld.

Health Insurance

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas does not provide insurance for its students. The College strongly encourages each student to provide his/her own health insurance, and for that reason, the College has contacted an insurance agency. Forms for this insurance are available in the Registrar’s office.


The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas Public Colleges and Universities. Student s are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and the equitable treatment in the application of credits for the admission and degree requirements. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as “No Comparable Course.” Additionally courses with “D” frequently do not transfer and institutional policies may vary. ACTS may be accessed on the Internet by going to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Website and selecting Course Transfer.

Essential Functions Statement

Students applying to or enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician program must be aware that they are required to possess the following skills and abilities in order to provide safe patient care in the clinical setting.

The Emergency Medical Technician program/or affiliated clinical agencies may identify additional essential functions or skills and reserve(s) the right to amend the essential functions as deemed necessary.

Visual ability

  • Read for prolonged periods of time either hardcopy or on computer screen

  • Visualize small font (6 font) written words and information on paper, computer screen, and equipment

  • Distinguish and appropriately respond to multiple visual inputs

  • Recognize subtle changes in patient status (ex: patient responsiveness, drainage, cyanosis, etc.)

Auditory ability

  • Hear monitor alarm(s), emergency signals, telephones ringing, telephone interactions, calls for assistance

  • Respond and react immediately to spoken instruction and/or monitor equipment

  • Tolerate occasional exposure to loud and unpleasant noises

  • Distinguish changes in tone and pitch in heart, lung, and bowel sounds using a stethoscope or modified stethoscope

  • Distinguish sounds and understand verbal communication in environments with multiple auditory inputs

Olfactory ability

  • Ability to detect smoke and odors

  • Ability to tolerate occasional unpleasant odors

Tactile ability

  • Palpate for pulses, temperature, texture hardness or softness, physical landmarks etc.

  • Discriminate subtle differences between sharp or dull and hot or cold

Motor function ability

  • Handle small delicate equipment/objects or hand-held devices without extraneous movement, contamination, or destruction

  • Move, position, turn, transfer, assist with lifting or lift and carry adult patients without injury to patient, self, or others

  • Lift, push, pull, or transfer (bed-to-chair, bed-to-bed) an adult or pediatric patient

  • Use hands, wrists, and arms to apply up to 10 pounds of pressure to bleeding sites or when performing CPR

  • Coordinate eye/hand, fine and gross motor movements

  • Perform electronic keyboarding/documentation and/or extensive writing with a pen and/or pencil

  • Stand, bend, walk, stoop, squat while providing patient care

Communication abilities

  • Effectively read, write, comprehend, and speak the English language

  • Communicate relevant, accurate, and complete information in a concise and clear manner both verbally and in writing to patients and health care members

  • Communicate and function effectively in environments with multiple auditory and visual inputs

Cognitive abilities

  • Perform mathematical calculations accurately for I & O etc.

  • follow directions in stressful or emergency situations

  • Function effectively in stressful situations

  • Remember multiple messages and information

  • Adapt rapidly to environmental changes and multiple task demands

  • Maintain concentration and focus in professional care settings

    Adapted with permission from the ADNP’s Essential Functions Statement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock




Students are encouraged to disclose a disability and to request reasonable accommodation for that disability, as early as possible during a particular semester, in order that any agreed upon accommodation may be implemented as soon as possible for the benefit of the student. Written documentation of a disclosed disability must be presented to one of the PCCUA Disability Coordinators who are identified in the PCCUA College Catalog and Student Handbook.

Students with no history of accommodation or who do not utilize an accommodation granted by PCCUA during their pre-licensure educational program may be less likely to receive accommodations on the state and national Registry EMT-Basic practical and written exam.

Arrangements for Reasonable Accommodation

Reasonable clinical and classroom accommodation will be offered providing such accommodation does not alter the fundamental nature of the EMT program in a major way, jeopardize the health and safety of others, or cause undue hardship on the College or affiliated clinical agencies.

  1. Make an appointment to meet with a Disability Coordinator as early as possible during a particular semester, preferably before a semester begins. A Disability Coordinator is located on each campus and identified in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.

  2. Obtain an Application for Disability Services Form from:

  3. Submit to the Disability Coordinator (1) a completed nd (2) medical documentation from providers which include, but are not limited to, a certified/licensed physician, psychologist, psychometrist, audiologist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation counselor, physical or occupational therapist. Medical documentation must reflect the student’s present level of functioning with respect to the major life activity affected by the disability. Diagnostic information must include specific recommendations as well as the rationale for each. The cost of obtaining professional documentation is the sole responsibility of the student.

  4. The Disability Coordinator will verify eligibility and discuss with the student the medically recommended accommodation(s).

  5. The Disability Coordinator and student will identify and agree upon reasonable accommodation(s).

  6. The Disability Coordinator will complete a Faculty Notification of Services Form, which identifies recommended reasonable accommodation(s).

  7. The Disability Coordinator will give the completed Faculty Notification of Services Form to the student.

  8. The student will assume responsibility for taking the completed Faculty Notification of Services Form to each of the student’s instructor(s) to discuss the identified accommodation(s) on the Faculty Notification of Services Form. (The Disabilities Coordinator will email the instructors who are teaching courses for which the student has requested accommodation(s).

  9. The instructor and student will discuss the requested reasonable accommodation(s).

  10. The instructor will sign the Faculty Notification of Services Form indicating his or her notification to provide reasonable accommodation services. Each instructor will keep a copy of the signed Faculty Notification of Services Form for his/her records.

  11. The student will return the original Faculty Notification of Services Form to the Disability Coordinator after each of the student’s instructor(s) for a particular semester has/have signed the form.

  12. The Disability Coordinator will keep the signed copy of the Application for Disability Services Form, medical documentation, and Faculty Notification of Services Form in the Disability Coordinator’s office.

  13. The Disability Coordinator will send a copy of the Application for Disabilities Services Form, medical documentation, and Faculty Notification of Services Form in a sealed envelope to the Registrar’s Office for inclusion in the student’s permanent academic record.

  14. Requests to rescind or modify any accommodation must be submitted in writing to the student’s Disability Coordinator and all instructors providing reasonable accommodation(s) for a particular semester.

  15. The request to receive accommodation services for a disclosed disability MUST BE REPEATED each and every semester the student is enrolled. However, documentation does not need to be presented to the Disabilities Coordinator each semester unless the status of a disability changes requiring a different level of accommodation.


    Information in the student’s disability file is confidential. Information pertaining to the student’s disability will be maintained in a sealed envelope in the student’s permanent academic record. Information about the existence and the relevant limitations of a disability and the accommodation for which a student is eligible will be disclosed only with the student’s written permission. The student must provide written permission for disclosure to secure academic and support services (parking, library usage, etc.). The graduate assumes sole responsibility for contacting the respective state board of nursing to request accommodation during the licensure exam.


    A student may appeal a decision concerning accommodation by first requesting an informal meeting with a Disability Coordinator and Vice Chancellor for Instruction and instructor if applicable. If the issue is not resolved, the student may activate the formal grievance process as outlined in the PCCUA Policy and Procedure Manual

Gainful Employment Information


Phyllis Fullerton

Professional Advisor/Disabilities Coordinator
DeWitt Campus

Phone: (870) 946-3506, Ext. 1610