Schools with Paramedic Programs in New Orleans
This article looks at the only two schools in the New Orleans area that offer paramedic training programs. Neither is more than 25 minutes from downtown. Before more detailed information on these programs, there's a table of important facts about the schools that includes size, costs, type and the percentage of students who graduate on time.
Paramedics in Louisiana must complete training programs approved by the Department of Transportation and pass the paramedic exam administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).
- Approximately two miles from downtown New Orleans, Delgado Community College offers an emergency medical technician (EMT)-paramedic certificate program.
- Nunez Community College, about seven miles from the city center, offers an EMT-paramedic certificate program that meets state training standards.
Comparison of Schools
The following table contains statistics about each of these schools that prospective students should consider.
|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|
|Undergraduate 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 Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)*||86%||92%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*||44% for full-time, 34% for part-time students||38% for full-time, 32% for part-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2014)*||5% (19% transfer-out)||15% (18% transfer-out)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Delgado Community College
Located in New Orleans, Delgado Community College is the second-largest and oldest 2-year college in the state. The school offers more than 100 diploma, certificate and associate degree programs, as well as over 100 courses not granting credits. The Allied Health Department provides programs that educate students to work in the emergency medical field.
EMT-Paramedic Certificate of Technical Studies
This program lasts for 17 months and trains students to become EMT-Paramedics. The curriculum includes classroom instruction and practical applications. Students learn how to assess patients and handle different types of situations, such as general trauma and medical, pediatric and obstetric emergencies. Certificate holders are eligible to sit for the NREMT paramedic exam. To be eligible for this program, an applicant must meet the following requirements: have a high school diploma, be licensed in Louisiana as an EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate and have completed courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, English and algebra.
Nunez Community College
Located in Chalmette, Louisiana, Nunez Community College is a public school that has a variety of academic programs that include technical training and transfer programs. The Emergency Medical Technology division offers a limited admissions paramedic certificate program. Prior to enrollment, applicants must meet with an EMT faculty member.
Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic Certificate of Technical Studies
Students need a Basic or Intermediate EMT license to apply for this paramedic program and must have professional status CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification. The completion of 37 credit hours is necessary, and classes include such topics as special situations and operations, obstetrical and pediatric emergencies, advanced emergency care and cardiac care. Coursework includes class time, lab work and fieldwork. To complete the practicum courses, students work at local hospitals, clinical sites or on ambulances to obtain hands-on training. In addition to being licensed EMTs, applicants must be eligible to enroll in English composition and introductory algebra. Students must complete anatomy and physiology and its laboratory prior to starting the second semester.