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Paramedic Technician (Diploma)

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Degree Type
38-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code

Time to Degree
1 year

Start Date
August / January

How You'll Learn

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Paramedics provide emergency pre-hospital care to those experiencing a medical emergency such as illness, injury or trauma. In the diploma program, develop skills in emergency medical systems and paramedic principles; patient assessment; pharmacology, anatomy and physiology; paramedic respiratory and cardiac management; pre-hospital treatment and care; EMS operations; and caring for special populations.

How To Apply

To enter the Paramedic Technician technical diploma program, you must petition for an opening. Applicants are prioritized based upon their affiliation/employment status with local fire departments and EMS providers and/or enrollment in WCTC's Fire Medic or Paramedic Technician associate degree programs. Petitioning will not guarantee a seat in the program.

Program Start Dates

  • August Start (daytime classes, August-July) 
  • January Start (evening classes, January-December)

Steps to Enter this Program and Become a Paramedic

Before You Apply

Petition for the Paramedic Technician Technical Diploma Program

View and petition for upcoming sections

Paramedic Diploma Program Acceptance

  • August Start: Applicants will be notified about acceptance between late March and late April.
  • January Start: Applicants will be notified about acceptance between late August and late September.

Prior to the Program (if accepted)

  • Attend the mandatory program expectation session.
  • Complete clinical requirements using Viewpoint Screening.
  • Pay the $30 application fee.

After the Program

  • Take the Paramedic National Registry Certification Exam. Skills testing can be completed at WCTC or any testing site. The written exam must be taken at a certified testing center.
  • Continue your education with the Paramedic Technician or Fire Medic associate degree.

After the Paramedic National Registry Exam

Apply for the Paramedic State License.

Program Details

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Contact Us

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Potential Careers

If you have top-notch critical thinking and problem-solving skills, are physically/mentally fit, and can remain calm in stressful situations, paramedic work may be for you. Those in this field encounter different situations each time they respond to a call. They must be great listeners, as emergencies require communication between patient and responders.

  • Paramedic Technician
  • Emergency Department Technician
  • Flight Medic
High School Eligibility

You must complete the Emergency Medical Technician program in order to apply to this program.

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Career Salaries

$28,200 – $36,600 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 for national certification and Wisconsin licensure as an EMT-Paramedic through examination upon completion of the diploma program.
  2. Students have opportunities to participate in many clinical rotations including emergency departments, operating rooms, OB units, children’s hospitals and medical examiner's office.
  3. Students also complete an internship with a local fire department or EMS agency.


The Paramedic Technician program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

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