EMS Practitioners (EMRs, EMTs, AEMTs, Paramedics) are certified by the National Registry of EMTs and licensed by the Bureau of EMS to practice as EMS Practitioners in the State of Louisiana.
The federal government has defined “certification” as the process by which a non-governmental organization (i.e., NREMT) grants recognition to an individual who has met predetermined qualifications specified by that organization. Certification is for the purpose of providing the public information on those individuals who have successfully completed the certification process (usually entailing successful completion of educational and testing requirements) and demonstrated their ability to perform their profession competently. Licensure, on the other hand, is the state’s grant of legal authority, pursuant to the state’s police powers, to practice a profession within a designated scope of practice. In Louisiana, under L.R.S. 40:1231, the Bureau of EMS has the authority to issue a license to practice as an EMS Practitioner in the State of Louisiana.
Louisiana, like many states, use the NREMT certification as the basis for issuing the license to practice. Essentially, the Bureau of EMS is outsourcing the responsibility and the associated expense of creating legally defensible exams, verification of continuing education records, and verification of the minimum competency to the National Registry of EMTs. Once the NREMT validates the candidate meets the requirements, the Louisiana Bureau of EMS accepts that validation and issues a state license.
Licenses can be verified on-line from the eLicense portal. No log-in is required to verify a license.
An individual is required to be 18 years of age at time of application for an EMT, A-EMT, or Paramedic license.
There is no age limit for an EMR license.
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(2 Year License)
Discount for Emergency Medical Technicians
In accordance with the L.R.S., if you are employed by the State of Louisiana, a municipal fire department, a fire protection district, a volunteer fire department, or a municipal law enforcement agency, and you do not perform emergency medical services outside of this public entity for any form of compensation, your EMT license fee is $15 and your EMT renewal fee is $10. Note, this discount is on applicable at the EMT license level.
Complete an initial EMS Provider course conducted by a state-recognized EMS education program. After completing your program, pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ (NREMT) written and practical examinations and become certified by the NREMT, you can apply for a Louisiana license.
Information regarding the NREMT can be found at: www.nremt.org.
To apply for a Louisiana License, use the eLicense portal: https://louisiana.emsbridge.com/licensure/
No. You must have a current Louisiana EMS license to practice as an EMS Practitioner in Louisiana. To qualify for an EMS license, you must have a valid National Registry of EMTs certification.
If you are certified in another state, you will be required to achieve NREMT certification by completing the written and practical examinations. Upon successful NREMT certification and submission of a completed application, you will be eligible for a license in Louisiana.
Louisiana recognizes the following levels:
You must submit a signed written request that includes your social security number, date of birth and current mailing address to the License Unit of the Bureau of EMS. You must include a COPY of official documentation verifying your name: marriage license, passport, driver's license, or social security card. (Do NOT send the original document to the Bureau of EMS.)
The Bureau of EMS has adopted the National EMS Scope of Practice Model as the foundation for the Scope of Practice in Louisiana. The maximum scope of practice for each license level is defined and approved by the Louisiana EMS Certification Commission. An agency's medical director refines the scope of practice, within the established boundaries for each license level, to meet the needs of the specific agency. An agency's medical director may reduce or limit the scope of practice, but not expand the scope of practice.
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Expiration dates are determined by the date of successful completion of the license application process. Individuals completing license process (including payment) between the dates of January 1 - June 30 will receive an expiration date of March 31 two years in the future. Individuals completing the EMT, A-EMT, or Paramedic license process between July 1 and December 31 will receive an expiration date of March 31 three years in the future. The Bureau of EMS does not automatically set your state license to match your NREMT certificate expiration date.
EMR licenses expire on September 30 every two years.
No, the Bureau of EMS does not offer a license extension option. You must renew your license prior to the expiration date.
Yes. The Louisiana Bureau of EMS requires all EMS personnel to maintain registration with the NREMT. If you have no disqualifying conditions (felony, state issued EMS discipline issues) you can apply for a reciprocity license. Complete the License by Reciprocity application.
The Bureau of EMS will not clear an individual for a license until they have enrolled in an EMS course. Once an application is submitted disclosing your conviction(s), you will be contacted by a Bureau of EMS Investigator to obtain information from you regarding your conviction. After your situation is reviewed, the Bureau of EMS may forward your case for a formal review by the EMS Certification Commission.
Note, because Louisiana requires a valid NREMT certification prior to state licensure, we recommend you also review the NREMT felony policy: https://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/policy_felony.asp
You must first re-qualify for your NREMT certification. Re-entry into the National Registry may be granted to a previously state licensed or Nationally Certified Paramedic (NRP) provided you:
Maybe. Please contact your Primary Instructor or Course Program Director for more information on their Americans with Disabilities Act policies and procedures.
No. There are no testing modifications/accommodations permitted at the EMS Practical Skills Exam as the ability to bend, stoop and crawl is an essential function of a licensed EMS provider. However, use of aids that can be brought to the patient's side (i.e. amplified stethoscope) may be utilized with the prior knowledge of the Practical Skills Examination Coordinator.
Yes. If you are teaching at the level at which you are certified, you are eligible to receive credit (hour for hour) for the curriculum you teach. However, any hours you do not teach are not eligible hours to be claimed unless you are listed as a student and complete all requirements for that core content session.