Pictured, from left, are Xavier Osburn, paramedic student; Justin Allen, Director of EMS program; Josh Rainbolt, EMS Instructor; Dr. Jason Goodner, Vice Chancellor for Academics; Dr. Jennifer Methvin, ASU-Beebe Chancellor; April Knight, EMT program graduate; Tonia Hale, NorthStar EMS Director of Operations; Allie Duffey, EMT program graduate; Coral Tobey, paramedic student; Donald Shull, NorthStar EMS President and CEO; Dr. Thomas Smith, Dean of Math & Science Division; and Joseph Scott, Director of Allied Health.
ASU-Beebe Emergency Medical Services recently unveiled a new wrap on an ambulance that was donated by NorthStar EMS in 2019.
The 2014 E-450 ambulance donation was facilitated by Donald Shull, NorthStar EMS President and CEO.
The ASU-Beebe EMS Advisory Committee brought up the need to have ambulance operations training added to the EMT coursework. “This ambulance will provide the needed driver training and will also simulate the ‘patient in motion’ problem solving aspect, which is not easily replicated in the classroom environment,” said Justin Allen, Director of the ASU-Beebe EMS program and Advanced Instructor of EMS.
Joseph Scott, Director of Allied Health at ASU-Beebe, stated, “We are very grateful to Donald Shull and NorthStar EMS for donating this ambulance to our program. The students and their future patients will greatly benefit by having EMTs who are better prepared to respond to various emergency situations.”
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are part of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Entrants into the paramedic program must be a licensed EMT. Paramedic technical certification coursework is a 12-month program and culminates in challenging the paramedic licensure exam. Paramedic classes begin each July. EMT courses are taught in the spring, fall, and summer terms. ASU-Beebe EMS program consistently exceeds the state and national pass rates for licensure. ASU-Beebe EMS program graduates also have a 100% employment placement rate.
The ASU-Beebe Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).