Emergency Medical Technician | Waukesha County Technical College

Emergency Medical Technician

5-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code 30-531-3

Emergency medical services providers are the first to respond to emergency calls. In this program, develop the skills and knowledge necessary to assess and manage all types of injuries and acute illnesses, while providing safe and rapid transport to a medical facility. Learn about airway management, bleeding and shock, emergency childbirth and automated defibrillation.

How Long It Will Take

Full-time students can complete this program in one semester.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.

How This Program Is Offered
This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting.

What Makes This Program Unique

  • Upon program completion, students are prepared to take the National Registry examination to be licensed as an EMT-Basic in Wisconsin. This licensure is required before being eligible to register in subsequent EMS licensure programs.
  • EMT students must pass a criminal background check and meet several health requirements (including specific immunizations). Failure to meet these requirements will preclude students from successfully completing this program.
  • Students will attend two clinical rotations at a local emergency department.
  • Students are required to attend a mandatory program expectation session.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

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How To Start

Program admissions and course registrations for all EMS programs are handled directly through the Fire and EMS Training department.

  • Students must be at least 17 years old to take this class.
  • Priority registration is given to in-district Fire Department and EMS provider personnel and Fire Protection associate degree students.
  • Register for upcoming sessions.
    • Prospective certificate students do not need to complete an application for admission to WCTC.

Important Dates

  • Registration for the fall semester begins June 1.
  • Registration for the spring semester begins November 1.
  • In-district fire departments can register their students two weeks prior to the dates listed above.


Financial Aid Eligibility

This program does not qualify for financial aid.

Questions? Contact your academic advisor.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

View the Emergency Medical Technician Costs and Supply List.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$26,000 – $30,000 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.

Potential Careers

If you have a positive attitude, a desire to help others and can act quickly during stressful situations, a career in emergency medicine may be for you. EMTs must have good social skills, and act with empathy and humility. Solid communication and leadership skills are crucial, as EMTs need to assess and manage different situations.

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


Other Educational Opportunities

Learning is an ongoing process. That’s why we offer professional development classes and seminars, designed to build upon your knowledge and experiences. They’re also a great way to fulfill industry requirements. 

Explore Fire and EMS Training Courses.

Program Instructors

Michelle Bourget, BA | 262.691.5589