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Degree Type
60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

Time to Degree
2 years

Start Date
August / January

How You'll Learn

  • Daytime

Fire medics cross-train in the areas of emergency medical services and fire protection/suppression. They respond to all types of emergencies, such as house fires, traffic accidents and rescue situations. Develop skills in emergency medical response at the paramedic technician level; learn about fire behavior, firefighter safety and survival; and develop critical thinking skills for effective emergency response.

A State of Wisconsin EMT-Basic, or higher, license is required for participation in this program. Students must also have obtained their Wisconsin State Firefighter I Certification to enroll in the Fire Medic program.

How to Apply

Follow the steps outlined below to complete the Fire Medic program:

Steps to Complete the Fire Medic Degree Program

Before You Apply

Apply to the Fire Medic Program

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit proof of WI Firefighter I Certification by email.
  • Submit a copy of your current (non-expired) State EMS license or NREMT certification by email.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

After Your Application is Accepted

Have transfer credit? Check out Credit for Prior Learning.

Prior to Beginning Core Courses

After successfully completing these steps and being awarded a seat through the petitioning process, you can begin your Paramedic core courses.

After Completing Fire and Paramedic Core Courses

After the Paramedic National Registry Exam

Apply for the Paramedic State License.

Program Details

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Contact Us

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Enrollment team by filling out our online form or by email at

Potential Careers

If you are committed to helping others during a critical time of need, a career as a fire medic may be right for you. Those working in this area must be physically and mentally strong, but must also be resilient and adaptable as situations can change from one minute to the next.

  • Fire Fighter
  • EMT - Paramedic
  • Emergency Room Technician (ER Tech)
High School Eligibility

You must first complete the Emergency Medical Technician program and Firefighter 1 training in order to apply to this program.

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Career Salaries

$30,500 – $59,400 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. Graduates are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians – Paramedic written and practical examinations in order to be licensed as an EMT-P in Wisconsin.
  2. The fire courses in this program are recognized by the National Fire Academy Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program, and students will receive a certificate from the National Fire Academy for their coursework at the completion of each course.
  3. Students will have the opportunity to attend clinical rotations at local area hospitals in the emergency department, operating room and OB unit.

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