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Allied Health and Nursing Departments at NorthWest Arkansas Community College

The Allied Health and Nursing Departments at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are producing qualified graduates that are working in the rapidly growing healthcare professions. The healthcare field is expanding both in Northwest Arkansas and nationally, with an ever-increasing need for trained professionals, and NorthWest Arkansas Community College is on the forefront of healthcare education.  

NorthWest Arkansas Community College offers several healthcare, emergency medicine, and fire/rescue programs.

EMT-Basic (Certificate)

- An introductory study to Emergency Medical Programs. Standards of care, procedures, and techniques for dealing with emergencies are discussed. Upon successful completion, the EMT candidate should meet the requirements to challenge the Arkansas or National EMT certification Exam. First Responder is a prerequisite to the EMT Program. For more information contact Scott Byrd, EMT Coordinator at 479-619-4152, or sbyrd@nwacc.edu .

Paramedic (Certificate/AAS degree)

- Paramedics work under the direction of a physician and recognize, assess and manage medical emergencies of acutely ill or injured patients in pre-hospital care settings. This program includes 33 credit hours of Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic course work completed in 4 semesters for a certificate. Special admission requirements must be met. Prerequisite courses include A&P I and II, Medical Terminology, Dysrhythmias, Intro, Advanced Pharmacology, and EMT Basic. Additional general education courses are required for the AAS degree. For more information contact Jamin Snarr, Paramedic Program Director at 479-619-4251, or jsnarr@nwacc.edu .

Fire Science Administration and Technology (AAS degree)

- This program is designed to prepare students to enter the fire service, promote to a position of leadership within a fire department, and/or continue their education toward a bachelor's degree. The program consists of 67-68 credit hours of course work in fire science technology, fire science administration, and general education. Students may begin their program of study during any semester. For more information contact Jeff Sprott, Fire Science Program Director at 479-619-4276, or jsprott@nwacc.edu .

Respiratory Therapy (AAS degree)

- Respiratory Care Practitioners are specialized members of the health-care team who evaluate, treat and manage patients with breathing disorders. The main responsibilities of this profession include medical gas therapy, delivering medication to the airways, managing life support equipment, and diagnostic testing. This program consists of 42 credit hours of general education courses and 42 credit hours of respiratory care courses. For more information contact Alan Clark, RT Program Director at 479-619-4250 or aclark@nwacc.edu .

Physical Therapist Assistant (AAS degree) -

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is designed to prepare students to perform as entry-level PTAs.  

Under the supervision of a physical therapist, entry level PTAs provide patient care to optimize an individual's level of function after an injury or illness. PTAs work in a variety of clinical environments including outpatient facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, schools and home health. The PTA Program includes two semesters of prerequisite course work followed by admission to the PTA Program for three semesters of technical and clinical physical therapy courses.  

Successful completion of the PTA Program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree making the student eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE).  

The student must pass the NPTAE to receive a license to practice in the state of Arkansas. Those students wishing to practice in other states should contact the state regulating board of physical therapy for that state to obtain their requirements. For more information contact Deanna Fletcher, PTA Program Director at 479-619-4253, or dfleteche@nwacc.edu .

Registered Nursing (RN) Program (AAS degree) - The Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing is designed to prepare graduates to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to function as Registered Nurses in providing client care at the beginning staff level position. Graduates who attain RN licensure are prepared to provide client care at the beginning staff nurse level. General nursing education imparts a broad base of nursing knowledge. Those individuals wishing to pursue further education and/or a nursing specialty will have the necessary knowledge base upon which to advance their professional career. Nursing students complete clinical experiences in area healthcare facilities. The Nursing Program also offers a LPN to RN Transition Track.

For more information contact the Nursing Department at 479-619-4151, or nursing@nwacc.edu .

All Allied Health and Nursing Programs at NorthWest Arkansas Community College have excellent pass rates and job placements! 

In addition to excellent classroom, lab, and clinical facilities, Northwest Arkansas is a beautiful region, offering enthusiasts numerous outdoor activities and scenery.

Visit our websites at www.nwacc.edu/academics/alliedhealth and www.nwacc.edu/academics/nursing for additional program information, frequently asked questions, and program applications.  

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