EMS: Paramedic Technician (Degree)
69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Paramedics provide advanced-level care during medical emergencies. Their quick response and competent care may mean the difference between life and death for those who are injured, wounded or sick. In the comprehensive EMS: Paramedic Technician program, learn to manage emergency patient care and treatment by performing comprehensive patient assessments, using critical thinking skills, providing advanced cardiac life support, administering medications and performing advanced interventions. The skills developed throughout this program will lead to becoming an integral part of the paramedic team, providing pre-hospital care prior to and during transport. For those already licensed in the State of Wisconsin as an EMT, paramedic is recognized as the highest level of EMS licensure available within the state.
- The Paramedic Associate’s Degree is a program for those who have already completed the Paramedic technical/core courses. This must be documented through one of the following:
- Copy of Current Wisconsin Paramedic (or Critical Care Paramedic) license
- Copy of Current National Registry Paramedic Certification
- Official college transcripts documenting completion of a Paramedic Program documenting the core courses
- This program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). It was the first Paramedic Technician program accredited in the state.
- Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
- CAAHEP Annual Report Data 2014
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $62,984
- Students completing the Paramedic Technician Associate’s Degree may be eligible for the Paramedic to RN Bridge program (coming in 2017)
- If interested in earning your Paramedic Technical Diploma to earn your National Registry Certification and State Licensure, please see the Paramedic Technician diploma program.
Program Code 10-531-1
Required General Education Coursework
|Course Num||Course Name||Credits|
|801-136||English Composition 1||3||+|
|806-177||Gen Anatomy & Physiology||4|
|806-178||Life Science Chemistry||5|
|809-197||Contemporary Amer Society||3||*|
|806-179||Adv Anatomy & Physiology||4|
|809-103||Think Critically & Creatively||3|
|809-199||Psychology of Human Relations||3||*|
Technical Core/Clinical Courses
|Course Num||Course Name||Credits|
|531-912||Paramedic Medical Principles||4|
|531-913||Patient Assessment Principles||3|
|531-915||Paramedic Respiratory Mgmt.||2|
|531-917||Paramedic Clinical/Field 1||3|
Total Semester Credits
|Course Num||Course Name||Credits|
|531-919||Paramedic Medical Emergencies||4|
|531-921||Special Patient Populations||3|
|531-924||Paramedic Clinical/Field 2||4|
Total Semester Credits
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class. Click on course title for specific information.)
Not required for graduation Required for Graduation
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
531-911 EMS Fundamentals
This course provides the paramedic student with comprehensive knowledge of EMS systems, safety, well-being, legal issues, and ethical issues, with the intended outcome of improving the health of EMS personnel, patients, and the community. The students will obtain fundamental knowledge of public health principles and epidemiology as related to public health emergencies, health promotion, and illness/injury prevention. Introducing students to comprehensive anatomical and medical terminology and abbreviations will foster the development of effective written and oral communications with colleagues and other health care professionals.
531-912 Paramedic Medical Principles
This course addresses the complex depth of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of major human systems while also introducing the paramedic students to the topics of shock, immunology, and bleeding.
531-913 Patient Assessment Principles
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate scene and patient assessment findings with knowledge of epidemiology and pathophysiology to form a field impression. By utilizing a structured and organized assessment process with knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, life span development, and changes that occur to the human body with time, the students will learn to develop a list of differential diagnoses through clinical reasoning, along with the ability to modify the assessment as necessary to formulate a treatment plan for their patients.
531-914 Prehospital Pharmacology
This course provides the paramedic student with the comprehensive knowledge of pharmacology required to formulate and administer a pharmacological treatment plan intended to mitigate emergencies and improve the overall health of the patient.
531-915 Paramedic Respiratory Mgmt.
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate complex knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology into the assessment to develop and implement a treatment plan with the goal of assuring a patient airway, adequate mechanical ventilation, and respiration for patients of all ages. Specific knowledge pertaining to the respiratory system is also provided to ensure the student is prepared to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a respiratory complaint.
531-916 Paramedic Cardiology
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a cardiovascular complaint.
531-917 Paramedic Clinical/Field 1
This course provides the student with the opportunity to enhance his or her learning through the practice of paramedicine in field and health care environment experiences with actual patients under the supervision of instructors or approved preceptors. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in formal high-fidelity human patient simulator experiences as a part of this course.
531-918 Advanced Resuscitation
By teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) methodologies and protocols, this course prepares the paramedic student in the integration of comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of shock, respiratory failure, respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, and peri-arrest states with an emphasis on early intervention to prevent respiratory and/or cardiac arrest if possible.
531-919 Paramedic Medical Emergencies
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a medical complaint.
531-920 Paramedic Trauma
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for an acutely injured patient.
531-921 Special Patient Populations
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with special needs. Gynecological emergencies, along with special considerations in trauma are also included within this course.
531-922 EMS Operations
This course provides the paramedic student with the knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities to ensure patient, public, and EMS personnel safety.
531-923 Paramedic Capstone
This course provides the student with a final opportunity to incorporate their cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills through labs and scenario-based practice and evaluations prior to taking the National Registry written and practical examinations. Technical skills attainment (TSA) for each student will be compiled and/or documented within this course as required by the DHS-approved paramedic curriculum.
531-924 Paramedic Clinical/Field 2
This course provides the student with the opportunity to enhance his or her learning through the practice of paramedicine in field and health care environment experiences with actual patients under the supervision of instructors or approved preceptors. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in formal high-fidelity human patient simulator experiences as a part of this course. Successful completion of this course requires the student to meet all clinical and field competency requirements at the paramedic level as defined by WI DHS EMS.
801-136 English Composition 1
This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research, and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology
Examine basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to the health sciences. Use a body systems approach to discover the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization in the human body. Develop the ability as a healthcare professional to apply the basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to decision making and professional communication with colleagues and patients.
806-178 Life Science Chemistry
Explore a wide range of topics, including inorganic and organic chemistry. During the inorganic portion of the course, study topics including measurements and conversions, matter and the kinetic molecular theory, periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, solubility, gases, problem-solving and solutions, equilibrium and acid-base behavior. The organic chemistry portion introduces chemical structure as well as physical and chemical behavior of organic molecules. Many of these topics are related to the field of animal science.
809-197 Contemporary Amer Society
Examine the network of interdependent social systems, which affect learners as employees, family members and citizens. In this interdisciplinary course, study public policy issues that illustrate how our traditional institutions such as family, education, government, work and media are being changed by global, political, demographic, multicultural and technological trends. Use creative and critical thinking skills in evaluating information, making decisions, advocating positions and participating in the democratic process through an exploration of contemporary issues.
Approved Substitutes: 809-196 Intro to Sociology
804-107 College Mathematics
Review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra; geometry and trigonometry; and probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures, and summarizing and analyzing data.
Approved Substitutes: 804-115 College Technical Math 1
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Practice the necessary skills for effective speech delivery, listening, assertiveness, conflict resolution, teamwork and general interpersonal communication.
806-179 Adv Anatomy & Physiology
Use a body systems approach to study normal human anatomy and physiology and the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. During lab exercises, analyze cellular metabolism and explore the individual components of the nervous, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and urinary body systems. Examine homeostatic mechanisms and their relationship to fluid, electrolyte, acid-base balance and blood. Apply genetic concepts to human reproduction and development.
809-103 Think Critically & Creatively
Gain instruction in the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking, which are in high demand in all of today?s occupations. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives are considered in depth. Learn to apply specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations.
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations
Examine the principles of interaction as applied to human relations at home and on the job. Explore topics such as self-concept, personality development, learning, motivation, emotions, stress, human relations processes and special relationships.
Approved Substitutes: 809-198 Intro to Psychology
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
WCTC Credits Awarded
|801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm||3|
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
|Bellevue University||Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science||up to 66|
|Colorado State University-Global Campus||Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership||63|
|Concordia University||Baccalaureate Degree||up to 80|
|Franklin University||Bachelor of Science: Public Safety Management||68|
|Mount Mary University||Bachelor Degree||Junior Standing|
|Ottawa University||Bachelor of Arts or Sciences||up to 80|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||BS in Fire Service Management||minimum of 60|
|Upper Iowa University||Bachelor of Science||up to 78|
|UW-Green Bay||Bachelor of Applied Studies Online||Junior Status|
|UW-Oshkosh||Bachelor of Applied Studies: Leadership & Organizational Studies||68|
|UW-Stout||Bachelor of Science in Management||up to 68|
|UW-Stout||B. S. Career, Technical Education & Training||up to 60|
|UW-Waukesha||Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)||60-Junior Standing|
|Wisconsin Lutheran College||Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership||40|
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructor
- ADN, Lincoln Land Community College
- BSN, Marquette University
- AHA instructor and provider for BLS, PALS, ACLS, EP, NREMT-P
"My philosophy is to make a difference in the lives of others."
- ADN, Waukesha County Technical College
- Diploma courses in Fire Protection, Waukesha County Technical College
- Critical Care Paramedic
- Registered Nurse
- AHA instructor for BLS, ACLS, PALS
"I believe that education is a two-way proposition. The student's part is to come to class prepared to learn and my part is to create an interactive environment that engages the student in the learning process in and out of the classroom. My responsibility is to stimulate and encourage thinking rather than to provide answers and resolve problems, which is exactly what an EMS provider needs to do: think critically!"
- AAS, Fire Science, Gateway Technical College
- Critical Care Paramedic
- Instructor certifications: (ACLS-EP. ACLS, PALS, PEPP, PHTLS, BLS, GEMS)
- EMS Instructor II
"I believe in blending textbook material with the real world environmental experiences to give the students the best preparation possible for their careers."