Emergency Medical Technician

Program: Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

Degree Type: Certificate

The Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) is "an individual who has successfully completed a State Bureau of Emergency Medical Service approved training program based on the United States Department of Transportation curriculum for EMT-B, and who has received Louisiana Certification and National Registration".

Thus, the proposed EMT-B program will provide students with training in all aspects of pre-hospital basic emergency medical care and life support. The curriculum includes instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillation (AID), other Basic Life Support Skills, Spinal Packaging, Airway Management, Patient Assessment, varied aspects of Trauma, and Ambulance Operations  

Spring Entry ONLY

The EMTB is a program that prepares individuals to function in the pre-hospital environment. The EMT-Basic program provides instruction in basic life support care of sick and injured persons, including airway assessment, shock management, communications, documentation, general pharmacology for the basic provider, hemorrhage control, ambulance operations, and splinting of adult, pediatric and infant patients, as well as special care of patients exposed to heat, cold, radiation, hazardous materials, poisons or contagious disease The program consists of didactic and laboratory class time. Completion of this course qualifies the student to be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam.

Admission Procedure

  • Make application and be accepted to Southern University Shreveport.  Application can be completed online.
  • Submit copies of official transcripts of all schools attended to the Office of Admissions.
  • Meet all Academic Requirements (listed below) and complete any program pre-requisites or Entry Requirements.

Academic and Entry Requirements

EMS personnel must be at least 18 years of age. Generally, the knowledge and skills required show the need for a high school education or equivalent. In order to enroll in our EMT program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 18 years old before the date of the certification exam, demonstrate a minimum standard of reading aptitude, and be physically able to perform the duties of an EMT.  Successful completion of a CPR certification program at the healthcare provider level is required before classes start.


EMS personnel must have the:

  • Ability to communicate verbally via telephone and radio equipment
  • Ability to lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance)
  • Ability to interpret written, oral and diagnostic form instructions
  • Ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations
  • Ability to work effectively in an environment with loud noises and flashing lights
  • Ability to function efficiently throughout an entire work shift
  • Ability to calculate weight and volume ratios and read small print, both under life threatening time constraints
  • Ability to read and understand English language manuals and road maps
  • Ability to accurately discern street signs and address numbers; ability to interview patient, family members and bystanders
  • Ability to document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such
  • Ability to converse in English with coworkers and hospital staff as to status of patient.

EMS personnel should possess good manual dexterity, with ability to perform all tasks related to highest quality patient care. Ability to bend, stoop and crawl on uneven terrain and ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold and moisture is vital. The ability to work in low light, confined spaces and other dangerous environments is required.

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (Certificate of Technical Studies Program) CTS 

Spring Semester

EMTB 200 – Emergency Medical Technician Lecture   -       9 credit hours

EMTB 201 – Emergency Medical Technician Practicum -  12 credit hours

Total Credit Hours           21 

Please see your advisor or University Catalog for more information.

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