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The Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic is a three semester, 42 credit hour program designed to provide educational opportunities for individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills, values, and competencies for a career as a Paramedic. Graduates will receive the Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic and will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification examination, and seek state licensure to practice as a Paramedic.

Admission Criteria

The following are minimum prerequisites requirements for admission to the Paramedic CTS program. Must earn a grade of “C” or better in the prerequisite course listed below:

Prerequisite Course Credit Hours

BIOL 110 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology 4

  1. Possess National Registry certification and Louisiana state license at the EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate level (i.e. EMSE 100 Basic Emergency Medical Care).

  2. Attend mandatory group advisement / information session

  3. Must be admitted to the college.

  4. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.

  5. Health and physical examination with immunizations/titers as required.

  6. Criminal background check and drug screen.

  7. Proof of health and liability insurance.

  8. Meet physical and technical standards of the EMT profession.

  9. Meet additional requirements as outlined by the State Bureau of EMS.

  10. Must be 18 years of age or older to sit for certification examination.

  11. Valid Louisiana Driver’s License.

Application Process

Admission to the Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic program is open to qualified applicants each fall semester. Applicants must attend a mandatory information session where detailed instructions and state and federal requirements for program admission will be discussed. Priority will be given to qualified applicants who complete and submit required documentation by the published deadline.

Students admitted to the Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic program will receive additional instructions regarding program requirements that include but are not limited to: submission of personal health history, a physical examination, immunizations and/or vaccinations, a urine drug screen, CPR certification and personal and professional liability insurance. Costs for all requirements are incurred by the student.

Criminal Background Check

The Louisiana Bureau of EMS Certification Commission is required to make a determination regarding the eligibility of each applicant for EMT certification, reinstatement, or the right to practice as a Paramedic student. A pardon, suspension of sentence, expungement, pretrial diversion, or similar program shall not negate or diminish the requirement for truthful compliance. Applicants who have been arrested, summonsed, charged, or convicted, should self-disclose regardless of the outcome. Failure to disclose or correctly answer questions constitutes falsification of documents and may result in denial or delay of certification.


Prerequisite Credit Hours

BIOL 110 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology 4


First Semester

EMSE 200 Intro to Advanced Emergency Care 4

EMSE 202 Airway and Ventilation 2

EMSE 203 Patient Assessment 2

EMSE 206 Trauma Emergencies 3

EMSE 209 Clinical Practicum I 1

EMSE 212 Field Practicum I 2


Second Semester

EMSE 204 Medical Emergencies I 4

EMSE 205 Medical Emergencies II 4

EMSE 201 Concepts of Cardiac Monitoring 4

EMSE 210 Clinical Practicum II 2

EMSE 213 Field Practicum II 1


Third Semester

EMSE 207 Special Patient Populations 3

EMSE 208 EMS Operations 1

EMSE 211 Clinical Practicum III 2

EMSE 214 Field Internship III 2

EMSE 215 Final Assessment & NR Preparation 1


Total Program Hours 42