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Become a Medic

Many communities across the United States, especially in rural areas, are experiencing a shortage of qualified EMTs. With more EMTs retiring than are graduating, now is the best time to get started on your career in the EMS field!

A core mission of the National EMS Academy is to provide quality educational programs that allow individuals to begin or enhance their career in emergency medical services. The EMT and paramedic programs at NEMSA meet or exceed all state and national standards for education programs.

Additionally, the paramedic program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Students enjoy the benefits of an academically rigorous program of study, access to simulation laboratories to develop skills and hands-on clinical experience at local hospitals and with Acadian Ambulance, a nationally recognized leader in the ambulance industry.

The future for EMS careers is growing as more and more paramedics begin to act as physician extenders, bridging the gap between physicians' offices and ERs, which results in a lower patient volume for those facilities. 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 require higher levels of reimbursement from insurance companies and higher salaries for those working in the EMS field.

Begin your application process by choosing your designated state below and apply from there.


If you live outside of Louisiana and Texas, contact your local state Department of Health & Human Services.

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