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EMT Training in New Orleans, LA with Course and Program Info

Research EMT classes in New Orleans, LA, which currently has a couple of schools offering programs within 10 miles of the city's center. Read an overview of courses, admission information and program requirements for these 2 colleges to decide which one is right for you.

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New Orleans EMT Schools

Prospective emergency medical technicians (EMTs) can find education programs in the field within about 20 minutes of downtown New Orleans. This article highlights the hands-on training and coursework required at 2 area institutions; it also includes a table of facts and stats that provides additional info about the schools.

  • Delgado Community College is just over 4 miles away from downtown New Orleans and offers EMT training programs at the basic, intermediate and paramedic levels.
  • Roughly 9 miles from central New Orleans is Nunez Community College, where students can pursue a basic EMT program or a paramedic certificate.

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Comparison of Schools

Get a side-by-side comparison of the profiled colleges in this table. It contains a number of facts that might help you make an education decision, including tuition costs, graduation rates, school settings and more.

Delgado Community College Nunez Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 17,152* 2,617*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $3,911 in-state; $8,200 out-of-state* $3,945 in-state; $7,444 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 84%* 92%*
Acceptance Rate (2016) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 48% full-time* 43% full-time*
Graduation Rate (For Students Who Began in 2011) 11%* 12%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Delgado Community College

The Allied Health Division at Delgado Community College sponsors several training options for those interested in emergency medical services. To enter these programs, applicants must fulfill special requirements in addition to completing the regular admissions process. Delgado also provides career services on campus for students who are looking for employment.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Technical Competency Area

Students earn a total of 8 credits in this program. They learn the basic skills and knowledge needed to perform emergency lifesaving techniques before a patient is transported to the hospital. A laboratory class must be taken alongside the main EMT course.

Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate Technical Competency Area

Applicants must meet Louisiana Bureau of Emergency Medical Services eligibility requirements to enter this 11-credit program. In addition to the EMT intermediate course, which focuses on management and assessment of pre-hospital patients, students take a seminar, a clinical practicum and a lab class. Intravenous (IV) therapy and advanced airway techniques are among the skills developed during the program.

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Certificate of Technical Studies

This 16-month program accepts students only once a year, with an application deadline of April 30. Students must be nationally registered as EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate and be licensed in Louisiana to apply. To earn the certificate, students must complete 32 credit hours with a 'C' or better in all coursework. Topics covered include obstetrical and pediatric emergencies, emergency cardiac care, advanced airway management, trauma and medical emergencies, patient assessment, emergency communications and medical law. Labs and practical experience, such as field observation of emergency teams, are major elements of the program.

Nunez Community College

Having opened just 3 days after Hurricane Andrew in summer 1992 and weathering Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, it's fitting that Nunez Community College provides EMT-Basic and paramedic certificate training.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Technical Competency Area

To enter this 7-credit program, students must meet developmental reading requirements and receive permission from EMT faculty. The emergency medical technician course covers national standard-level life-saving techniques and includes class, lab, clinical and field observation experience. Basic EMT skills focus on airway obstruction management, CPR, hazardous substance response and defensive driving of emergency vehicles. To graduate, a 'C' or better must be earned in both courses.

Paramedic Certificate of Technical Studies

Applicants must possess proficiency in CPR, a Louisiana EMT license and national registration as an EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate to enter this 37-credit paramedic certificate program. Students can expect to study anatomy and physiology, as well as receive advanced training in patient assessment and care, airway management, response to trauma, medical and cardiac situations, pediatric and obstetrical emergencies and special situations that could involve hazardous materials or rescue. Most classes have a lab and/or practical component.

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