Paramedic Technician

69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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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.

Program admissions and course registrations for all EMS programs are handled directly through the Fire & EMS Training department, 262.691.5541. In addition, enrollment priority is given to individuals affiliated with local fire departments or EMS providers.

  • A State of Wisconsin Basic-EMT license is required for participation in this program.
  • Admission to the Paramedic Technician program is made with approval from the dean.
  • 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.
  • A waiting list is maintained by the Fire/EMS Training Department and program admission is subject to priority enrollment policy. Those affiliated with local paramedic-level fire departments or EMS providers are given priority enrollment. (Those who do not have an EMT-Basic license are not eligible to be on the wait list.)
  • Paramedic students must pass a criminal background check as well as meet several health requirements (including specific immunizations). Failure to meet these requirements will preclude students from successfully completing the Paramedic Technician program.
  • Students must be 18 years old or older to participate in the program.
  • Graduates are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic written and practical examinations in order to be licensed as an EMT-P in Wisconsin.
  • Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $74,000-$75,000
    • Average Salary: $74,905
    • Median Salary: $74,905
    • Average Entry-level Salary: $74,905
    • Average Hourly Wage: $25.74
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $48,495

Required Courses

Required General Education Coursework

 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 801-136 English Composition 13+*
 806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology4 *
 806-178 Life Science Chemistry5 *
 809-197 Contemporary Amer Society3 *
 804-107 College Mathematics3+*
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 806-179 Adv Anatomy & Physiology4 *
 809-103 Think Critically & Creatively3 *
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
 
Total Credits
31
  
 

Technical Core/Clinical Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 531-911 EMS Fundamentals2  
 531-912 Paramedic Medical Principles4 *
 531-913 Patient Assessment Principles3 *
 531-914 Prehospital Pharmacology3 *
 531-915 Paramedic Respiratory Mgmt.2 *
 531-916 Paramedic Cardiology4 *
 531-917 Paramedic Clinical/Field 13 *
 
Total Semester Credits
21
  
 
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 531-918 Advanced Resuscitation1 *
 531-919 Paramedic Medical Emergencies4 *
 531-920 Paramedic Trauma3 *
 531-921 Special Patient Populations3 *
 531-922 EMS Operations1 *
 531-923 Paramedic Capstone1 *
 531-924 Paramedic Clinical/Field 24 *
 
Total Semester Credits
17
  
 
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class. Click on course title for specific information.)

Technical Skills Attainment Required for Graduation

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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

There are currently no transcripted credit agreements for Paramedic Technician . For more information, contact your academic advisor.


Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 66
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science: Public Safety ManagementJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup to 80
Southern Illinois University CarbondaleBS in Fire Service Managementminimum of 60
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies56
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 68
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60

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

Program instructor, Julie Brady

Julie Brady

Phone: 262.691.5589

Education

  • ADN, Lincoln Land Community College
  • BSN, Marquette University

Certifications

  • AHA instructor and provider for BLS, PALS, ACLS, EP, NREMT-P

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy is to make a difference in the lives of others."

Program instructor, Janet Curtis

Janet Curtis

Phone: 262.691.5589

Education

  • ADN, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Diploma courses in Fire Protection, Waukesha County Technical College

Certifications

  • Paramedic
  • Critical Care Paramedic
  • Registered Nurse
  • AHA instructor for BLS, ACLS, PALS

Teaching Philosophy

"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!"

Program instructor, Mark A. Spangenberg

Mark A. Spangenberg

Phone: 262.691.5589

Education

  • AAS, Fire Science, Gateway Technical College

Certifications

  • Critical Care Paramedic
  • Instructor certifications: (ACLS-EP. ACLS, PALS, PEPP, PHTLS, BLS, GEMS)
  • EMS Instructor II

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe in blending textbook material with the real world environmental experiences to give the students the best preparation possible for their careers."