Do you have a passion for saving lives?

Through a partnership with the National EMS Academy, our Emergency Medical Technician & Paramedic programs let you master real-world skills in a fast-paced, hands-on environment, where you'll learn how to provide patient care while using critical thinking.

Whether you want to work in emergency rooms or for ambulance providers, security agencies, fire services, telehealth, dispatch centers, EMS instruction, or AeroMed, SLCC will prepare you for a life as an EMT or Paramedic after graduation.


The National EMS Academy is a nationally recognized leader in the ambulance industry. Students enjoy the benefits of an academically rigorous program of study, access to simulation laboratories to develop skills, and hands-on clinical experience at local hospitals.

The classes are offered at several locations in Louisiana:

  • Alexandria (724 Scott St.)
  • Baton Rouge (9213 Interline Ave.)
  • Covington (2016 Ronald Reagan Hwy.)
  • Houma (144 Equity Blvd.)
  • Lafayette (2916 N. University Ave., Bldg. B)
  • Lake Charles (721 Enterprise Blvd.)
  • New Orleans (5749 Susitna Drive Ste. B, Elmwood, LA 70123)

SLCC in partnership with the National EMS Academy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP: To contact CoAEMSP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992


The future for EMS careers is growing as more and more paramedics begin to act as physician extenders, bridging the gap between physicians' offices and ERs, which results in a lower patient volume for those facilities.

Over the next 10 years, the increased demand and responsibility for EMS professionals will require moving from technical certificate programs to full-on degree programs. This professionalization of the field will ultimately require higher levels of reimbursement from insurance companies and higher salaries for those working in the EMS field.

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

Average Salaries:

  • Paramedic: $44,740
  • Emergency Medical Technician: $35,020

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana Average Salary 2021)

Program Requirements

Students wishing to earn an Associate of Applied Science in EMT- Paramedic from South Louisiana Community College must:

  • Submit a history & physical examination report stating they are physically and emotionally fit for the program.
  • Provide recent (less than one year) TB skin test or chest x-ray.
  • Submit proof of current immunizations.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Pass a drug screen.
  • Possess a CPR card for Basic Life Support.
  • Purchase the required class and clinical uniform(s), and supplies as outlined by instructor.
  • Adhere to HIPAA and other confidentiality clauses involving client care or clinical training.
  • Arrange transportation to clinical sites or any additional trainings or extra-curricular activities.
  • Provide evidence of hospitalization insurance to the EMSE departmental office during the first week of the semester when enrolled in clinical/field practicum.
  • Adhere to policies prescribed by each clinical agency when involved in clinical or field experiences at that agency.
  • Be 18 years old to sit for National Registry.
  • Assume the cost of the National Registry EMT and Paramedic examination.
  • Assume the cost of Louisiana state licensure fees.

Paramedic Licensure Disclosures

Potential changes to licensure requirements

The Paramedic program director and faculty will monitor changes to National Registry and licensure requirements in all states where the Paramedic program is offered (Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana), and update this site, as well as all program students within 14 days of any substantive changes.

Students who pursue licensure in states outside of Texas, Tennessee and Louisiana should note that licensure changes may occur. While our program may meet the educational requirements for initial licensure, changes in requirements could impact the program’s ability to meet any new educational requirements.

Student Relocation during the course of a program

Students relocating to a different state during the course of Paramedic training must keep in mind that licensing requirements vary by state, and relocating could impact their financial funding, eligibility for state licensure, and transferability of program courses. If students are considering relocating, they should contact their faculty member as soon as possible to discuss any substantive changes to their education, training, financial funding, and prospective licensure.


Want to become a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician? Take our 2-part EMT industry-training course.


Timothy Dronet

Department Chair & Instructor, EMT & Paramedic

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