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 two area institutions; it also includes a table of facts and stats that provides additional info about the schools.
- Delgado Community College is less than 1.5 miles away from downtown New Orleans and offers an EMT training program at the paramedic level.
- Roughly seven miles from central New Orleans is Nunez Community College, where students can pursue a basic or advanced EMT program or a paramedic certificate.
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 (2017)||14,239*||2,599*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$4,079 in-state; $8,368 out-of-state*||$4,175 in-state; $7,674 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||86%*||92%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions*||N/A - Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||44% full-time*||38% full-time*|
|Graduation Rate (For Students Who Began in 2014)||5% (19% transfer-out rate)*||15% (18% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Delgado Community College
The Allied Health Division at Delgado Community College features a paramedic certificate program. To enter this program, 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 - 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 three days after Hurricane Andrew in summer 1992 and weathering Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, it's fitting that Nunez Community College provides EMT-Basic, EMT-Advanced and paramedic certificate training.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Technical Competency Area
To enter this 8-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 all courses.
Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced Technical Competency Area
The Advanced EMT program requires 9 credits of study and builds on the Basic program. In addition to being registered EMTs in the state, students must complete an anatomy and physiology course, including a lab, to be eligible to apply for this program. Students continue their studies on emergency and trauma care, and the program includes a practicum.
Paramedic Certificate of Technical Studies
Applicants must possess proficiency in CPR, a Louisiana EMT license and national registration as an EMT-Basic or EMT-Advanced 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.