CPR Class Content Requirements for Louisiana EMTs

EMS Providers in Louisiana usually need Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) certification at the Healthcare provider level. Required skills include; Adult, child and infant CPR, AED and use of a bag-valve mask. Some EMTs may also need a CPR and First Aid course but this is determined by the employer.


Health Standards Division CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

The Louisiana Board of Emergency Medical Services requires Healthcare Provider level CPR certification with practical skills component that is accepted by the Board or CAPCE approved.

Board Statement

§1135.1. Qualifications to operate ambulances; equipment; penalty
(c) No individual shall provide services in any capacity on any ambulance without holding an American Heart Association HealthCare Provider, or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer, or the equivalent cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification that has been approved by the Department of Health and Hospitals.

§1137.3. Persons in possession of AEDs; training, testing, and notification requirements; manufacturer responsibility; possession required
(3) (a) Expected AED users regularly, on the premises of a particular entity, such as a work site or users who carry an AED in a private security patrol vehicle, receive appropriate training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and in the use of an AED from any nationally recognized course in CPR and AED use.

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CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education) CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

CAPCE (previously called CECBEMS) requires to maintain CPR for Healthcare Providers that includes practical skills evaluation component. CAPCE accredited organizations listed here.

Board Statement

CAPCE (previously CECBEMS) recognizes that EMS providers are required to maintain certification in a number of disciplines, including:

  • CPR for Healthcare Providers (CPR) 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 
  • Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) 
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 
  • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) 
  • Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) 
  • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

EMS providers frequently maintain these certifications simultaneously through distributive learning. There are a number of CAPCE-accredited organizations that offer these certification courses. The most popular are ACLS, PALS, and CPR, and include practical skills evaluation as a required component.

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Choose Your CPR Training Method

EMS Providers in Louisiana are required to do the Basic Life Support level of CPR certification for Healthcare Providers that includes a practical skills evaluation through a classroom or blended training process. 100% online CPR will only be an option upon the discretion of the employer or institution and is not accepted by the state licensing department or for continuing education credits for Emergency Responders.

Some employers may require a specific type of training, or may leave it up to the State’s requirement. If you are not certain of your employer's requirement, make sure to check with them about both the training type and the required course content.

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