EMT - PARAMEDIC
We have EMT and paramedic programs in partnership with the National EMS Academy to provide quality educational programs that allow individuals to begin or enhance their career in emergency medical services. These EMT and paramedic programs meet or exceed all state and national standards for education programs. We offer an Associate of Applied Science – Paramedic degree along with a Technical Diploma – Paramedic program.
Take a look at the Degree Plan:
- Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic
- Technical Diploma in Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic
Additionally, SLCC in partnership with the National EMS Academy 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).
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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
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 and with the National EMS Academy, a nationally recognized leader in the ambulance industry.
All perspective EMT and paramedic students can get more information on the program through information sessions.
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.
Paramedic Licensure Disclosures
National Certification comes first, then State Licensure comes next.
South Louisiana Community College’s Paramedic program meets the educational standards required for students to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Certification.
“The National Registry provides National EMS Certification, which is a validated and legally defensible attestation of competency. Almost all states and territories in the United States require National Registry certification before a state license to practice is issued.” (NREMT, 2021)
Students enroll in initial education which then leads to national certification and then students can apply for state licensure. In the State of Louisiana, both National Registry certification and Louisiana licensure is required by law at each level of prehospital care (except for Emergency Medical Responder) (Louisiana Department of Health, 2021). The Paramedic Program at South Louisiana Community College meets the education requirements for Louisiana licensure.
Steps to gain licensure as a Paramedic in the State of Louisiana:
- Complete National Registry Certification (Pass)
- Apply for Louisiana Licensure through the Bureau of EMS
- Complete Louisiana Background Check Report
- Pay all required fees
Detailed steps can be found here: https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/759
Yes. Upon successful completion of the paramedic program, the student is eligible to sit for the National Registry psychomotor and cognitive exams which are a requirement in the state of Texas for initial licensure. The Paramedic Program at South Louisiana Community College meets the education requirements for Louisiana licensure.
Most states require National Registry Certification prior to application for a state license to practice as a Paramedic. A list of National Registry States can be found here: https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/data/maps
States that require National EMS Certification for initial state licensure may require other steps to become licensed as a Paramedic in that state. Students who are interested in working in a state that requires National EMS Certification prior to initial state licensure will need to contact that state’s Bureau of EMS to determine all other requirements for state licensure.
South Louisiana Community College’s Paramedic program meets the educational standards required to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Certification; thus would assist students with gaining initial licensure in any state that requires National EMS Certification prior to state licensure.
Montana, New York, and North Carolina do not require National EMS Certification prior to state licensure. If a student is interested in becoming licensed in these states, they will need to contact the State’s Bureau of EMS to determine the requirements for becoming licensed in that state.
South Louisiana Community College has not made a determination of whether it’s Paramedic program meets the educational standards for licensure in a state that does not require National EMS Certification prior to initial state licensure.
Potential changes to licensure requirements
The Paramedic Program Director and faculty of the SLCC Paramedic Program will monitor changes to National Registry requirements 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 other states outside of LA,TX, and TN should note that licensure changes may occur and 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
If students relocate to a different state during the course of Paramedic training the student must keep in mind that licensing requirements vary by state and relocating could impact a students 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.
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