What is EMS?

Providing emergency patient care.

Careers in EMS

Your journey doesn’t stop here.

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. This professionalization of the field will ultimately lead to higher salaries for those working in the EMS field.

What’s more, the economic outlook for this field is positive. According to the US Department of Labor, employment of EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow by 15% between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Paramedic vs. EMT

What is the difference?

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 and Gas industries

Who is Eligible?

Program Requirements

EMT 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
  • AHA BLS CPR certification or ARC CPR for the professional rescuer

Paramedic Eligibility

  • 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 solacc.edu)
National EMS Academy

Getting Started

Your First Step

 

The first step in your EMS training is to register for and attend a mandatory information session, where you will receive details about enrollment processes and program requirements. In Louisiana, this is done through a WebEx webinar. Texas information sessions take place at each of our Texas locations.

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