EMS Education

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).


National Registry

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.

Click here for NREMT website

Click here for LCCR content requirements


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. 

Click for the BEMS-IMS.


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:

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.

Click here for the High School Program Manual.


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.

Click here for the Addressing the Need Report.


EMS Instructor Requirements

The Bureau of EMS is responsible for the credentialing of EMS Instructors in the state of Louisiana. No individual may refer to himself or herself as a 'Bureau of EMS Instructor' unless they are approved and properly credentialed by the Bureau of EMS.

To qualify for an EMS Instructor Credential an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a current Louisiana EMS license. Credentialed instructors may teach material at their current license level or below.
  • Maintain active credentialing through NREMT.
  • Complete a BEMS approved Instructor Course.
  • Volunteer to assist with state psychomotor examinations.
  • Obtain affiliation with a BEMS approved educational agency.

If you would like for credentials to be reviewed or for more information, please contact John Cavell, BEMS Education Manager (225-925-7214).