NEMSA Instructor teaching students in classroom

The National EMS Academy is one out of only four schools in Louisiana to have their paramedic program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

CAAHEP accredits a program based on the quality of the institution and its services, and by measuring them against agreed-upon standards. As of the first of this year, a paramedic must be a graduate of a CAAHEP-accredited program to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Exam.

NEMSA, the largest EMS education provider in the state and one of the largest in the country, has held this elite accreditation since 2010. NEMSA also began implementing the new education standards for paramedic training in August, which increased their paramedic course hours from 1060 to 1260 hours.

“We are proud to be one of the few accredited programs in Louisiana,” said Greg Mullen, EMS program manager at NEMSA. “We have always strived to administer the best EMS training by offering the most up-to-date methods taught by highly experienced instructors, and we feel that we continuously achieve that goal and remain on the cusp of EMS education.”

NEMSA has seven campuses throughout Louisiana—Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Covington, Gretna, Houma, Lafayette, and Lake Charles—and two in Texas. Paramedic classes begin every January and August, while EMT Basic courses start every January, May and August.  To find out more please call 1.866.459.3500 or visit

NEMSA is a division of Acadian and offers entry-level, continuing education, and refresher courses for a number of EMS career pathways, including EMTs and paramedics. NEMSA is a nationally-accredited EMS training facility and an authorized American Heart Association Training Center for CPR and ECC courses.

Since 1971, Acadian has been committed to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. In the past decade, the company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services in health, safety, and transportation. Acadian’s six divisions are Acadian Ambulance Service, Acadian Monitoring Services, Air Med, Executive Aircraft Charter Service, National EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems.


Cutline: NEMSA Education Coordinator Harry Murphy instructs a class during the mandatory Anatomy and Physiology portion of the paramedic program.

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