The State of Louisiana requires that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel adhere to the strictest standards of quality as it relates to education, training, testing, and service. To insure these efforts, Louisiana requires certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) as a prerequisite for licensure at every license level, except for the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).
The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) serves as the Nation’s Emergency Medical Services Certification organization. The mission of the NREMT has always been centered on protecting the public and advancing the EMS profession. The National Registry’s mission is to provide a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers, and to maintain a registry of certification status.
EMS Education Courses
Are you looking for an EMS Education course in Louisiana? Search the BEMS Information Management System (IMS) for a course near you.
EMS Training Programs
In Louisiana, individuals desiring to obtain an EMS License are required to complete an educational program approved by the Louisiana Bureau of EMS. The Bureau of EMS currently approves initial training programs at the following levels:
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) – Click here for the National Standards for EMR
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Click here for the National Standards for EMT
- Advanced EMT (A-EMT) – Click here for the National Standards for A-EMT
- Paramedic – Click here for the National Standards for Paramedic
Training Institutions are required to design and implement a competency-based curriculum to ensure students are adequately prepared for the National Registry of EMTs cognitive and psychomotor certification examinations. The National EMS Education Standards define the minimal entry-level educational competencies for each level of EMS personnel.
Click here for in the National EMS Scope of Practice Model.
To apply to the Bureau of EMS for Educational Program approval, please complete an online application in the BEMS-IMS.
High School EMS JumpStart Pathway
The Louisiana Bureau of EMS is proud to collaborate with the Louisiana Department of Education in order to provide EMS career opportunities to aspiring high school students through the Louisiana Jump Start Pathways Initiative.
High School EMS Education Program Manual
The Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission adopted the High School EMS Education Program Manual on May 16, 2018, and enacted effective July 1, 2018.
2019 Addressing the Need Report
Louisiana, like the rest of the nation, faces a shortage of licensed practitioners. To help alleviate the strain, the Louisiana Bureau of EMS and LDOE 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.
The Louisiana Bureau of EMS adapted the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician’s 2015 Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio (PPCP) to develop this best practice package with step-by-step instructions for implementation of the EMT Psychomotor Competency Portfolio component of EMT education. The Bureau of EMS developed this portfolio of vital skills in which each EMT student must demonstrate competency to qualify for the Bureau's EMT Certification examination. Each student’s portfolio is tracked by the program throughout the formative and summative phases of education in the laboratory and internship settings. The complete portfolio becomes a part of the student’s permanent education file and is a prerequisite to seeking NREMT EMT certification and a Louisiana license. The Bureau of EMS EMT Psychomotor Competency Portfolio Manual is designed to provide the reader with a description of what is needed to develop the competency portfolio and prepare EMT students for national EMS certification and state license.
The EMT Psychomotor Comptency Portfolio is a required component of initial EMT courses effective January 1, 2020.