Your Path to a Rewarding Career in EMS at Acadian Ambulance

Your Future After High School

It’s never too early to begin thinking about and preparing for your future after high school.

Whether you earn a diploma or a GED, a career in emergency medicine can be a rewarding one for you. Acadian has many job openings and opportunities for career growth for EMTs and paramedics throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. 

No matter which grade you’re in, sign up for our email list and we’ll guide you through the steps you can take to becoming an Acadian EMT and beyond.

Scroll through this page to learn more, and join our email list or sign up for text updates to receive occasional updates and news on EMS education and careers at Acadian Ambulance.

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Acadian Ambulance Explorers

National EMS Academy

Program for high school students

Acadian Ambulance Explorers gain valuable medical knowledge and experience while in high school, working alongside Acadian paramedics. With more than 15 Explorer posts throughout Acadian’s service area, students are able to join, allowing them to:
  • Learn basic lifesaving skills at monthly meetings.
  • Build a medical résumé.
  • Shadow Acadian paramedics and EMTs.
  • Ride along on ambulances.
  • Earn service hours volunteering and gaining hands-on experience at events like concerts, college football games and festivals.

Explorers to EMTs


School: Dutchtown High, class of 2020
Explorer post: Baton Rouge

Alex became an Explorer while also taking an EMT course through his high school, Dutchtown High. As an Explorer, Alex was able to provide emergency care at LSU games, ride along on ambulances and gain experience that helped him when the time came to test for the National Registry of EMTs. Alex’s advisors helped immensely with his understanding of emergency medicine and he’s choosing to work for Acadian because of how they acted like a “big brother” to his entire class. Alex is attending LSU and pursuing a degree in bio-chem. He plans to attend medical school, but wants to work as an EMT while on the way there!


School: Northshore Senior High School, class of 2018
Explorer post: Houston

After being an Explorer for most of her high school career, Francesca Cabanas became an EMT and joined the Acadian family in the Houston area. What she loves most about being an EMT is all of the experience she’s gaining in the medical field. Through the Explorers, Francesca was able to ride along on ambulances and learn just how vast her opportunities with Acadian were. Francesca plans to go back to school to become a neonatal nurse, and her work as an EMT gives her the opportunity to practice her skills. She loves that no two days are ever the same.
Her advisors, one of whom is her older sister, Isolde, helped her through EMT school and through the Acadian application process after passing the National Registry of EMTs.


School: Kinder High, class of 2020
Explorer post: Lake Charles

Devin says he loved riding on the ambulance with Acadian’s EMTs and paramedics and that his time as an Explorer greatly influenced his decision to apply for National EMS Academy’s EMT scholarship. Devin credits his success on the National Registry of EMTs exam to his instructors, who consistently supported and encouraged him. Devin has plans to get right back into school to become a paramedic, and plans to eventually become a critical care paramedic.


School: Dutchtown High, class of 2017
Explorer post: Baton Rouge

In the summer of 2020, Saraya joined the Acadian team as an ambulance driver, and she is studying to finish her EMT certification. While being employed with Acadian, she is also a student at UL Lafayette, majoring in biology, and is planning to advance to PA school upon graduation.

High School EMR and EMT Classes

Acadian Ambulance is proud to help support Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) classes in high schools throughout the state of Louisiana. EMRs provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients and provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport. Becoming an EMR is one step you can take before pursuing your EMT certification.

To find out if your school offers an EMR class, contact your school’s guidance counselor.

In addition, Acadian Ambulance is working with schools to provide EMT classes for students. These classes would enable a student to be eligible to test for EMT certification right out of high school, allowing them to enter the workforce sooner.

Currently, there are EMT programs at these schools:

  • Rayne High-Acadia Parish                     
  • Dutchtown High-Ascension Parish
  • EBR Career Tech -East Baton Rouge Parish
  • Lafayette High-Lafayette Parish
  • Career Center-Lafayette Parish
  • Career Magnet Center-Lafourche Parish
  • Tioga High-Rapides Parish
  • Buckeye High-Rapides Parish
  • Peabody High-Rapides Parish
  • Opelousas High-St. Landry Parish
  • Mandeville/Covington-St. Tammany Parish
  • Fontainebleau-St. Tammany Parish
  • Independence High-Tangipahoa Parish

For more information, contact your school’s guidance counselor.

National EMS Academy

Careers in EMS at Acadian Ambulance

Are you ready for the next step after high school?


EMS is a vital industry, with the roles of the EMT and paramedic continuing to be in high demand. Over the next 10 years, the increased demand and responsibility for EMS professionals will require moving from technical certificate programs to full-on degree programs.

Who is Eligible?

Program Requirements

EMT Eligibility

Paramedic Eligibility

  • At least 18 years old before the date of the certification exam
  • Demonstrate a minimum standard of reading aptitude
  • Physically able to perform the duties of an EMT
  • Verification of immunization records
  • EMT – National Registered or State Registered
  • High School Diploma/GED/HiSET or college transcript
  • AHA BLS CPR certification or ARC CPR for the professional rescuer
  • Verification of immunization records
  • Enrollment through SLCC (apply at
National EMS Academy

EMS Jobs

National EMS Academy

A diverse career path

EMTs work in:

  • Emergency rooms
  • Ambulance providers
  • Security agencies
  • Telehealth
  • Dispatch centers
  • Police agencies
  • Fire services

Paramedics work in:

  • Emergency rooms
  • Ambulance providers
  • Security agencies
  • Fire services
  • Telehealth
  • Dispatch centers
  • Aeromedical services
  • EMS instruction
  • Police agencies
  • Management
  • Oil & Gas industries

Getting Started

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Join our email list to receive information designed especially for high school students (freshmen – seniors). We’ll send you periodic updates and valuable information during your high school journey.

And, of course, we’re always here to answer your questions along the way.

Questions? See our FAQs.