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Mission Statement

The mission of the Health Sciences Division is to provide students with didactic education and practical experiences necessary to create a solid foundation for graduates to qualify as contributing members of their chosen profession.

Division Goals

1. To provide students with the opportunities to develop their academic capacity and technical skills in accordance with discipline-specific competencies. 
2. To provide opportunities for students to develop their professional image, including interpersonal communication skills, flexibility, responsibility, commitment, ability to work independently, and the ability to work as a team.
3. To provide opportunities for students to develop critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. 
4. To provide programs that are sensitive to the needs of their communities of interest.

To apply to NPCC's Health Sciences program, you can submit an application via email or U.S. Postal Service. The application can be downloaded from the left navigation menu.

The Health Sciences Division offers the following certificate and degree programs:

Basic Emergency Medical Technology (Certificate of Proficiency)

This program includes an introduction to anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, wound control, splinting, and moving patients. This course is required of all ambulance service personnel prior to employment and serves as a prerequisite to the EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic courses.

Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic (A.A.S.) (See the EMT Program's Admission Requirements) 

This program will advance Basic EMTs and EMT-IS to the next level recognized in Arkansas -- the EMT-Paramedic. Employment opportunities include ambulance services and hospital emergency rooms.

Health Information Technology (A.A.S.)

Health Information Technology (HIT) prepares the student to perform tasks related to the use, analysis, presentation, abstracting, coding, storage, and retrieval of healthcare data in manual and electronic form. Graduates are eligible to take a national certification exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Special Note: National  Park Community College has implemented a non-degree educational program designed to provide a pool of qualified workers with  both medical and information technology knowledge. The electronic health record  project will provide quality and efficiency, while maintaining privacy and  security of medical information. To learn more about this program, see our HealthIT section.  

Median Loan Amount: $9,772.50 The above Median Loan Amount represents the median amount of loans incurred by students who have completed this degree/program.

Medical Laboratory Technology (A.S.)

Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) is that branch of medical science employing chemistry, physics, and biology in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of diseases.This program encourages men and women with an interest in science and a commitment to service to investigate this many-faceted career field.

Median Loan Amount: $8,965.00 The above Median Loan Amount represents the median amount of loans incurred by students who have completed this degree/program.

Phlebotomy (Technical Certificate)

Due to the increase in the number and complexity of laboratory tests and the need to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, phlebotomy has become a specialized area of practice. Graduates from this certificate program will be eligible to sit for national certifying exams.

Median Loan Amount: $4,896.00 The above Median Loan Amount represents the median amount of loans incurred by students who have completed this degree/program.

Professional Medical Coding (Technical Certificate)

A professional medical coder transforms verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into alphanumeric designations. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for entry-level positions as coders in hospitals, clinics, and a variety of other healthcare facilities. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Exam for Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

Median Loan Amount: $9,500.00 The above Median Loan Amount represents the median amount of loans incurred by students who have completed this degree/program.
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Radiologic Technology (A.A.S.)

This program prepares the student with the necessary technical skills of imaging and interpersonal patient care skills to qualify as contributing members in today’s healthcare environment. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the American Registry of Radiologic Technology examination to attain professional status as entry-level radiographers.

Respiratory Care (A.A.S.)

Respiratory Therapists (RT’s) also known as Respiratory Care  Practitioners (RCP’s) evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing  problems (asthma, emphysema, etc.) or other cardiopulmonary disorders (cardiac  or respiratory arrest, trauma from an accident, stroke, or heart attack).   Upon completion of the program, graduates will take the National Board of Respiratory Care exam that will certify the student  (CRT).  Students are also preparing to  take the advanced practice  exam to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Median Loan Amount: $10,000.00 The above Median Loan Amount represents the median amount of loans incurred by students who have completed this degree/program.

Admission To All Health Science Programs

Students seeking admission to a Health Science program must complete all general requirements for admission to National Park Community College. Admission to the College does not mean a student is admitted to a Health Science program.

Students seeking admission to any of the Health Science programs must also meet additional admission requirements. Each applicant must be approved by the respective program coordinator. Additional requirements exist for the Emergency Medical Service specified in this section. Students officially admitted to one of the College's Health Science Programs should be aware that there is a seven-year statute of limitation pertaining to the completion of required science and mathematics courses.

For placement and participation in clinical activities: You must successfully pass a Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Process. Read the Policy. Link:

Refer to program-specific policies regarding readmission to Health Science programs.

Procedure for the Health Sciences' Division Application

  1. Contact the Health Science Division. All Health Science majors must have a Health Science advisor.
  2. Forward an official high school transcript or G.E.D. certification.
  3. Provide official transcripts from any college or university previously attended.
  4. If the student applying is still in high school, provide a list of subjects planned for the senior year, and a transcript of the student's first six semesters. Official high school transcripts must still be provided following graduation.
  5. All students submitting an application to the programs must provide ACT, SAT, ASSET, or COMPASS scores.
  6. Attend a scheduled general information meeting.
  7. Complete an interview with the assigned faculty advisor.
  8. Provide the necessary health records.
  9. No record of felony convictions.

Emergency Medical Services and Paramedic Program Requirements

  1. Be 18 years of age.
  2. Supply a copy of their Arkansas Emergency Medical Technician
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation.