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Advanced Technology and Allied Health

Advanced Technology & Allied Health

Advanced Technology & Allied Health is comprised of seven departments with various fields of study. You will see each of the seven departments listed below with descriptions for each area. They are: CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design), CSNT (Computer Systems and Network Technology), EMT/Paramedic, John Deere/Agriculture Technology, Practical Nursing (both day and night courses, held at ASU-Searcy and ASU-Heber Springs, respectively), MLT (Medical Laboratory Technology) and Pharmacy Tech (held at ASU-Searcy). The photo above is from Hands-On Preview Night 2013 for Advanced Technology & Allied Health. Be sure to check for the dates of the fall and spring Hands-On Preview Nights for an upclose view of the programs in Advanced Technology & Allied Health.

CADD - Computer Aided Drafting and Design

CADD is a hands-on approach in teaching drafting using a wide variety of CADD software packages. Emphasis is placed both on learning software manipulation and drafting principles that business and industry is demanding of their employees.Graduates gain extensive skill sets in the following areas:

  • AutoCAD, the longtime industry leader in CADD software, to create both 2D and 3D mechanical drawings
  • Advanced solid modeling skills using state of the art CADD software titles such as SolidWorks, CATIA, Inventor, and Pro-Engineer to create  3D models, assemblies, 2D drawings, motion studies, and finite element analysis
  • Reverse engineering using state of the art 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies
  • Residential and structural construction modeling and drawing details using both AutoCAD and Revit Architecture software
  • Employ Autodesk Civil 3D to develop land parcel drawings, contour mapping, plan and profile views, and field exercises for total station data collection and entry
  • Geographic information systems using ArcGIS Desktop by ESRI to perform attribute queries, spatial queries, vector and raster geoprocessing, and address locating

The job opportunities for CADD technicians span a wide range of work environments including: national and international manufacturers, consulting and architecture firms, local surveyors, and utility providers.


Computer Systems and Networking Technology

Computer Systems and Networking Technology is a hands-on approach in teaching PC networking and computer hardware/software. Emphasis is not only placed on the hardware skills of computer systems, but also on the soft skills (written and verbal communications) that business and industry is demanding of their employees.

A CSNT Graduate will have skills to:

  • Design, install, configure, and support current Microsoft Windows 20xx Server networks for local, national, and global businesses
  • Upgrade, repair, and maintain computer hardware and software
  • Configure and maintain current operating systems such as Windows XP, Vista, 7, and Linux, while deploying proper security measures on each system
  • Understand and work with Computer Forensic tools for data retrieval
  • Install, configure, and manage VMware vSphere ESXi, as well as virtualized desktops

A graduate can expect to work in professional work environments ranging from small, family-owned businesses to PC consulting firms, or large multi-national companies. 


EMT / Paramedic

2015-2016 Paramedic Graduating Class PhotoThe EMT/Paramedic program is designed to meet the educational and training needs of those individuals who strive to meet the goal of obtaining national and state certification.

An EMT/Paramedic program graduate will have skills to react quickly with competence to varying incidents to provide immediate attention to the sick and injured.

New career opportunities exist for the North Central Arkansas EMT and Paramedic. These include augmenting the current hospital shortage working as a Paramedic in the Emergency Room, as well as opportunities with ambulance services, police and fire departments, medical centers, and industry.


Ag Tech/John Deere

The Agriculture Technology program  at ASU-Beebe is one of only 21 partnerships with John Deere in North America. Our unique program provides you with a specialized, hands-on education.  After learning the tools of the trade from an agricultural industry leader, you will be off to a bright future as a technician in a John Deere dealership.

Students learn to repair agricultural equipment with courses in various components of the machinery, such as diesel engines, electrical systems, power trains, and hydraulics.  John Deere provides approximately one million dollars’ worth of equipment for lab activities.  Each Ag-Tech student gains a well-rounded education by a combination of classroom, laboratory, and internship experience.

Job placement for students completing this program has been high with 85% being employed by their sponsoring dealer.  John Deere projects strong demand for trained technicians well beyond 2020.  In fact, approximately 10,000 trained technicians will be needed over the next 15 - 20 years. 


Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing is an approximately eleven month (day) or 18 month (night and weekend) program that prepares students for the practice of licensed practical nursing. This program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing defines Practical Nursing as "the performance for compensation of acts involving the care of the ill, injured or infirmed or the delegation of certain nursing practices to other personnel as set forth in regulations established by the board under the direction of a registered professional nurse, an advanced practice nurse, a licensed physician, or a licensed dentist, which acts do not require the substantial specialized skill, judgment, and knowledge required in professional nursing."

The curriculum integrates clinical education with classroom theory. Students obtain clinical experience in area hospitals and nursing homes. ASU-Beebe offers day and night programs in Practical Nursing. The day program accepts new students each fall and spring semester. The night program's schedule for accepting students will be posted on our website. There are application and testing deadlines so call early for information. The day program is conducted on the Searcy campus while the night program is conducted at ASU-Heber Springs

Graduates should expect to successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). After successfully passing the licensure examination, graduates are qualified to seek employment in hospitals, nursing homes, medical clinics, doctors' offices, and public health departments. 


Medical Laboratory Technology

The Medical Laboratory Technology program prepares the graduate to function in a medical lab under the direction of a pathologist performing procedures in hematology, serology, immunology, chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology and urinalysis.

A MLT Graduate will have skills to:

  • Analyze components of bodily fluids, isolation and identification of microorganisms
  • Study blood components, perform pre-transfusion tests and determine immune responses
  • Develop data that may be used in the diagnosis of disease and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment
  • Perform tests to assist physicians in the diagnosis of patients and aid in the prognosis of patients

A graduate can expect to work in pathology laboratories of hospitals or private pathology labs, doctors' offices, reference labs and industries. Work hours may vary with the needs and support of the medical staff. A graduate can also become a sales representative for laboratory supply companies. Eligibility to take the exam for Medical Laboratory Technicians given by several nationally recognized boards such as: American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and American Medical Technologists (AMT).  


Pharmacy Tech

The Pharmacy Technician Science program provides you with hands-on education in Pharmacy operations.  You will develop basic and intermediate level competencies necessary to obtain employment in various pharmacy settings.   Pharmacy settings include retail, hospital, mail-order, institutional operations, compounding centers, and home infusion centers.

As a graduate of the Pharmacy Technician Science program you will have entry level skills to assist licensed pharmacists in dispensing medication and other healthcare services to patients. Technicians generally perform routine tasks such as counting, labeling and preparing prescribed medications in retail and hospital settings.

Graduates should expect to succeed on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCB) or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technician exam (ICPT).  National certification helps distinguish graduates in obtaining employment in numerous pharmacy settings.