EMS Certification Commission

The EMS Certification Commission (EMSCC) has the responsibility to establish and publish standards of out-of-hospital practice; to regulate the scope of practice of Emergency Medical Services professionals, to discipline and regulate the practice of Emergency Medical Services professionals and to establish standards for educational programs preparing individuals for out of hospital practice. For more information about the EMSCC, visit the Division of Administration Boards & Commissions page.


The EMS Certification Commission approves and updates the Louisiana Scope of Practice.  The current Scope of Practice can be found on the 'Law and Regulation' page. The Scope of Practice Matrix defines the maximum scope (procedures) a duly licensed EMS Practitioner may perform, while operating under an approved medical protocol, or on the order of a physician.

Related Statues & Rules

The EMSCC is governed by the following statues, rules, and regulations


The Emergency Medical Services Task Force is composed of individuals subject to the approval of the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, which advises and makes recommendations to the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Department on matters related to emergency medical services. 

Members of the EMT Task Force are:
  • LANREMT - Terry Blanchard
  • LAA - Donna Newchurch
  • Emergency Preparedness - Rob Daughdril
  • ACEP/EMS Physician Medical Director - Dr. Angela Cornelius
  • Ambulance Service District Administrator - Dennis Seamans
  • Licensed Paramedic - E.J. Hanhart
  • EMS Certification Commission - Dr. Jeff Elder
  • CAAHEP/CoAEMSP Accredited Program - Kirk Lacour, Task Force Chair
  • Professional Firefighters - Chad Major
  • LERN -Paige Hargrove
  • Louisiana Department of Education - Lisa French
  • Louisiana ACEP - Nancy Bourgeois
  • EMS for Children - (vacant)
  • Licensed EMT - (vacant)
  • Private EMS Agency - (vacant)
  • Military Medic - (vacant)
  • Air Medic - (vacant)
  • Volunteer Firefighters - (vacant)
  • Louisiana Approved Education Program - (vacant)
  • Municipal EMS Agency - (vacant)
  • Provider of Industrial EMS - (vacant)
2018 Meeting Dates:
  • January 16
  • March 20
  • May 15
  • July 17
  • September 18
  • November 13
Task Force - State Partners
  • Beth Scalco - Assistant Secretary/Office of Public Health
  • Myra Lowe - Deputy Assistant Secretary/Office of Public Health
  • Director - Bureau of EMS
  • Butch Browning - State Fire Marshal
  • Dr. Jeffery Elder -  Chairman, EMS Certification Commission
  • Chris Hector - Louisiana Emergency Response Network
  • Rose Johnson - EMS for Children