Louisiana, like the rest of the nation, faces a shortage of licensed practitioners. To help alleviate the strain, the Louisiana Bureau of EMS and the Louisiana Department of Education have partnered to develop an innovative program. The High School EMS Jump Start pathway is actively addressing the shortage of qualified personnel. Four years in, thousands of licensed EMRs and dozens of licensed EMTs are now available. While not every high school EMS graduate may pursue a career in EMS, many are now considering EMS as a viable option that exists immediately after graduating high school.