Getting Started as an EMT or Paramedic

Your First Step 

 

The first step to becoming an EMT or paramedic is to register for and attend a FREE mandatory information session. You will receive details about enrollment processes and program requirements. Louisiana and Texas information sessions are available through a WebEx webinar.

Louisiana Info SessionsTexas Info Sessions

If you are a high school graduate and are interested in becoming a medic, we have scholarships available. For more information, contact Lauren Anzalone at lauren.anzalone@acadian.com.

Scholarship Application

We are now offering an accelerated EMT program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

If you are interested in the program, select the link below to learn more about the program requirements.

Accelerated EMT Program New Orleans
Accelerated EMT Program Baton Rouge
Accelerated EMT Program Tennessee

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, the employment of EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow by 15% between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Where Do EMTs and Paramedics Work?

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

Who is Eligible to be an EMT or Paramedic?

Program Requirements

EMT Eligibility

  • At least 18 years old before the date of the certification exam
  • High School Diploma/GED/HiSET or college transcript
  • 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

Questions? See our FAQs.

FAQs