Louisiana Paramedic Programs

National EMS Academy

Become a Paramedic

Paramedics are healthcare professionals providing the highest level of care available outside of a hospital. Paramedics work under the supervision of a physician through written protocols or online guidance to extend advanced life support care to the sick and injured.
Paramedics are trained in all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care.

During medical transport, the paramedic is responsible for the safety and well-being of the patient. Paramedics may work on ambulances, in industrial settings, and on aeromedical transport teams.

Anyone interested in enrolling in the Paramedic class MUST be currently nationally registered as an EMT AND complete Human Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) prior to entering the class.

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Additional Skills You Will Learn

In addition to basic EMT skills, paramedics also:

  • Start intravenous lines
  • Administer a wide variety of medications
  • Insert advanced airway devices
  • Read electrocardiograms
  • Use manual defibrillators and cardiac pacemakers
  • Perform other advanced skills delegated by the medical control physician

Paramedic students must take or show proof of passing a college-level survey A&P course or a full-year A&P course.

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Course Schedule


Our paramedic classes are held two days a week for 12 months, on alternating shifts (Monday & Tuesday/Wednesday & Thursday), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. These classes follow a 12-hour work schedule, which allows you to work full-time while attending class.

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Basic Course Composition

Instruction, Practice, Clinical Time

  • Classroom and skills instruction, including practice: 640 hours
  • Ambulance clinical time: 21 days (12-hour shifts)
  • Hospital clinical time: 21 days (12-hour shifts)

Nationally Accredited

EMS Training, AHA Training, Continuing Education & More


Our EMS training facility is an authorized American Heart Association Training Center for CPR and continuing education courses. South Louisiana Community College‘s paramedic program, hosted at the National EMS Academy, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.