In 2002, MEMS realized the importance of “growing our own” with regards to meeting our staffing needs. It was then that MEMS’ EMS Academy was established and we began in-house EMT and Paramedic Training. In 2011, MEMS’ EMS Academy partnered with South Arkansas Community College to provide accredited Paramedic Education for its employees. In 2017, MEMS EMS Academy collaborated with SACC for the EMT program.
SouthArk is accredited by CAAHEP and meets the national EMS Education Standards approved by the commission on the Accreditation of EMS Program (COAEMSP). The program is accredited as Program 600224.
Our Training Department staff has over 100 years of combined field experience to share with our students.
MEMS EMT Rookie School is usually held twice each year as staffing needs occur. Classes and deadlines to apply will be announced prior to the anticipated start date.
Suitable and qualified candidates are selected for the EMT Rookie School and are paid an hourly rate of $8.50 per hour while going through our full-time, eight week in-house EMT school. After successful completion and obtaining an Arkansas State and National License they are extended full-time employment and are eligible to bid for a full-time shift and be a part of an ambulance crew.
Licensed EMT’s, with no experience, receive a starting base annual salary of $24,605 with full benefits (Hourly rate is calculated based on shifts assigned).
Once employed, qualified EMT employees of MEMS are eligible for our in-house Paramedic school, which is usually held once per year. This 6-month program allows EMT employees who are in good standing and meet the academic requirements to attend Paramedic school full-time at MEMS while being paid their current base annual salary. This program reduces the traditional educational calendar of 18 months to 6 months.
Licensed Paramedics, with no experience, receive a starting base annual salary of $38,064, also with full benefits (Hourly rate is calculated based on shifts assigned).