Any person who wants to apply to a paramedic training program in Louisiana will first need to meet the following requirements (these requirements are general and may differ from program to program):
· He or she must be at least 18 years old.
· He or she must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
· He or she may also have to demonstrate a 10th grade reading and math score on the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE).
· And while EMT experience is typically not required, he or she will need to be Nationally Registered EMT-Basic and Louisiana certified. Therefore, any paramedic program you select will require photocopies of your EMT certification. The NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) is a non-governmental agency that registers and maintains a database of certified EMTs. You can learn more at NREMT.org.
· He or she may also be required to provide references, proof of immunizations (such as Hepatitis B), and likely submit to a criminal background and/or drug screening.
· CPR certification will also be required.
PARAMEDIC TRAINING IN LOUISIANA
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their healthcare programs:
Bossier Parish Community College – Bossier City, LA
6220 East Texas
Bossier City, LA – 71111
Delgado Community College – New Orleans, LA
615 City Park Avenue
Bldg. 4, Room 136
New Orleans, LA – 70119
Nunez Community College – Chalmette, LA
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
3710 Paris Rd
Chalmette, LA 70043
South Louisiana Community College – Lafayette, LA
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
National EMS Academy
2916 North University
Lafayette, LA 70507
PARAMEDIC SCHOOLS IN LOUISIANA
Paramedic training courses can typically be found at community colleges. Some are located at universities, as well.
Generally, an EMT-P course often provides students with a mixture of classroom and in-hospital clinical experience, as well as some field experience.
You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in Louisiana you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Louisiana?
In general, make sure you visit the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) to find an accredited paramedic training program. This is important, because as of January 1, 2013, all students will need to complete paramedic education at an accredited school in order to take the paramedic NREMT exam.
Do I need EMT experience to apply to a paramedic training program?
This varies from school to school, so check be sure to check around for a program that fits you best. Typically, experience is not required (though it is recommended) because proper experience can takes years to acquire.
How long will it take me to become a paramedic?
Expect a typical paramedic program to last anywhere from six months to two years.
How much will a paramedic training program cost?
All paramedic courses are a bit different and vary college to college. But, typically, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for a quality and thorough paramedic training course. Some programs can most certainly exceed that cost, however.
At Louisiana State University Fire & Emergency Training Institute, which is an accredited program located in Baton Rogue, tuition to attend their paramedic program will cost students about $3,500 for a course that’s approximately 1200 hours (600 didactic, 600 clinical and field internship).
TAKING THE PARAMEDIC NREMT EXAM
After you successfully complete the required paramedic training course, you will need to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam. This is both a computer adaptive test (cognitive examination) as well as a skills test (psychomotor examination).
The cognitive examination will cover the entire spectrum of EMS care. This includes Airway, Ventilation, Oxygenation, Trauma, Cardiology, Medical, and EMS Operations. The maximum amount of time you will be given to pass this portion of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The psychomotor examination consists of 12 separate skills laid out in a scenario-type format to approximate the abilities of the EMT-Paramedic to function in the out-of-hospital setting. Those taking the test are actually allowed to bring their own equipment to the exam provided it is approved for testing by the National Registry Representative in attendance at the examination.
The psychomotor exam portion of the paramedic NREMT exam will test your knowledge and competency in each of the following skills: Patient Assessment-Trauma, Ventilatory Management, Cardiac Management Skills, IV and Medication Skills, Oral Station, Pediatric Skills, and Random Basic Skills.
PRACTICING AS A PARAMEDIC
In order to apply for Louisiana EMT certification, you must be Nationally Registered by the NREMT and provide a copy of your NREMT card with your application for state certification. If you need more information about this process, you can contact the Louisiana Bureau of EMS at 225-275-1764.
How much money does a paramedic make annually?
An average paramedic salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011, is about $34,030 per year.
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