The steps to become an EMT in Arkansas are laid out for you below in our latest article. Oversight of EMTs in Arkansas is done by the Arkansas Department of Health and the path to licensing is shown below.

What do EMTs do in the State of Arkansas?

Whereas the general role of EMTs and Paramedics is to take care of the sick and injured, there is more to their roles. You’ll find a variety of more-comprehensive descriptions of the profession’s role at this link.

Becoming an EMT in Arkansas

Becoming an Emergency Medical Technician in Arkansas calls for graduating from a professional training program. Arkansas mandates that all EMTs and Paramedics working in the state be professionally certified. The next five steps will be required in order to become an EMT in each state.

Step 1: Get your high school diploma or GED

All Emergency Medical Technician training programs require applicants to be high school graduates or G.E.D. holders as part of their admissions requirements. For these reasons, if you’re thinking about earning a living in healthcare, it’s always a smart idea to finish this crucial initial step.

Step 2: Finish an accredited EMT course in the State of AR

You have to finish an accredited, state-approved Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training course. Ahead of taking the examination, you will need to give evidence of having graduated from a program in the previous 24 months, and need to also be placed on the National Registry (see below). EMT training is most often offered by community colleges, technical schools, hospitals, and universities.

All Arkansas EMT Programs that are Approved by the Arkansas Department of Health

Below is a complete list of the approved EMT courses by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Arkansas Northeastern College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
2501 South Division Street
Blytheville, AR 72315
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 5/20/2005
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Bobby Lynn Sikes MEd, NRP, EMS-I
Phone: (870) 780-1254
bsikes@smail.anc.edu
www.anc.edu

Arkansas State University-Beebe
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
PO Box 909
Searcy, AR 72143
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 7/25/2008
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Justin Allen BPS, NRP
Phone: (501) 207-6242
JCAllen@asub.edu
www.asub.edu

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1600 South College St
Gotaas Hall, H109
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 7/19/2012
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Tonya Young MS, NRP
Phone: (870) 508-6365
tyoung@asumh.edu
www.asumh.edu

Arkansas Tech University
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949
Satellite Locations/Multiple Campuses
Fort Smith EMS, Fort Smith, AR
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 5/13/2005
Degrees: Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Todd Birkhead AGS, NRP
Phone: (479) 508-8500
tbirkhead@atu.edu
www.atu.edu/ozark/

Black River Technical College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
PO Box 468
1410 Hwy 304 East
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 11/19/2004
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Matthew Smith MSW, NRP
Phone: (870) 248-4000
matthew.smith@blackrivertech.edu
www.blackrivertech.edu

East Arkansas Community College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1700 Newcastle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 5/20/2005
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Jack Hill BS, NRP
Phone: (879) 633-4480
jhill@eacc.edu
www.eacc.edu

National Park College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
101 College Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 5/20/2005
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Lewis Klay Hall MPA, NRP
Phone: (501) 760-4207
Klay.Hall@np.edu
www.np.edu

North Arkansas College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1515 Pioneer Dr
Harrison, AR 72601
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 11/19/2004
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Jacob Williams BS, NRP
Phone: (870) 391-3125
jacob.williams@northark.edu
www.northark.edu

Northwest Arkansas Community College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
Allied Health
One College Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 4/19/2002
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Jamin Snarr NREMT-P
Phone: (479) 619-4251
jsnarr@nwacc.edu
www.nwacc.edu

South Arkansas Community College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
300 S West Ave
El Dorado, AR 71730
Satellite Locations/Multiple Campuses
MEMS Academy, Little Rock, AR
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 11/17/2006
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Justin Murphree BS, NRP
Phone: (870) 864-8490
jmurphree@southark.edu
www.southark.edu

Southeast Arkansas College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1900 Hazel Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 11/19/2004
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Scott Gann BS, NRP
Phone: (870) 850-2184
sgann@seark.edu
www.seark.edu

University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
4301 West Markham Street
CHRP, UAMS, #635
Little Rock, AR 72205
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 4/19/2002
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Harold Shray MSOM, NRP
Phone: (501) 686-8125
hdshray@uams.edu
www.uaptc.edu

University of Arkansas at Monticello
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1609 East Ash Street
PO Box 747
McGehee, AR 71654-0747
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 5/20/2005
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Gursarn Singh BS, NRP
Phone: (870) 222-8929 Ext -5502
singh@uamont.edu
www.uamont.edu

University of Arkansas Community College At Hope
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
2500 South Main Street
Hope, AR 71801
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/14/2008
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Mark Wilcox BS, NRP
Phone: (870) 722-8513
mark.wilcox@uacch.edu
www.uacch.edu

University of Arkansas Community College Batesville
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
2005 White Dr
PO Box 3350
Batesville, AR 72503
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 11/18/2005
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Jennifer Davidek BS, NRP
Phone: (870) 612-2061
jennifer.davidek@uaccb.edu
www.uaccb.edu

How long is EMT School in Arkansas?

One should figure on spending a minimum of two to six months in class in order to become an EMT.

Step 3: Hold a CPR-BLS credential

Students should have a CPR-BLS credential for “Healthcare Providers” for EMT candidacy. The American Heart Association manages the standards for all Basic Life Support (BLS) and CPR programs. The American Red Cross is one of the world’s most well-known providers of training classes.

Step 4: Pass the National Registry EMT Exam

There are a pair of different components to the EMT certification examination: The Cognitive Exam (based upon general knowledge) and the Psychomotor Exam (centered on skills). The knowledge section is typically completed online and the skills examination is done on location and in-person. Directly below you can find a more detailed look at the two sections of the examination.

Click here for more details about the EMT tests.

Step 5: Become added on the National EMT Registry

The last step in becoming an EMT is to have your name added to the National EMT Registry within 30 days of finishing your coursework. To become listed, you will be expected to pay an $80 fee. Having your name added to this registry is the final step required to become eligible for employment as an Emergency Medical Technician.

EMT pay in Arkansas

The table below highlights all the salary and hourly wage details for EMTs in Arkansas. All data come from bls.gov.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$10.52$16.05$27.40
Yearly$21,880 $33,380 $56,990
ArkansasHourly$8.97$13.09$22.51
Yearly$18,660 $27,220 $46,830
Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR MSAHourly$12.19$22.42$33.80
Yearly$25,350 $46,640 $70,300
Jonesboro, AR MSAHourly$9.13$20.98$26.97
Yearly$18,980 $43,630 $56,100
Memphis, TN-MS-AR MSAHourly$12.98$18.84$29.98
Yearly$27,000 $39,180 $62,350
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO MSAHourly$10.49$14.17$19.70
Yearly$21,820 $29,470 $40,980
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR MSAHourly$9.85$13.88$18.98
Yearly$20,480 $28,880 $39,480
Fort Smith, AR-OK MSAHourly$8.68$13.81$19.79
Yearly$18,040 $28,730 $41,160
West Arkansas BOSHourly$8.84$12.53$22.23
Yearly$18,390 $26,050 $46,230
South Arkansas BOSHourly$8.92$12.50$21.31
Yearly$18,560 $25,990 $44,330
East Arkansas BOSHourly$8.75$11.15$17.60
Yearly$18,200 $23,190 $36,610
Central Arkansas BOSHourly$8.80$10.90$18.90
Yearly$18,310 $22,670 $39,320

What’s the job outlook for EMTs and Paramedics in Arkansas?

As is the case across the nation, the medical industry in Arkansas is experiencing historic growth thanks to the region’s aging population and increasing number of insured customers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 25% growth in EMT and Paramedic jobs also over the subsequent decade.