Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician


Degree Type

5-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

Less than 1 year

Start Date

August / January

How You'll Learn

On Campus



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.

Tuition Costs

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. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Any computer or tablet
  • External keyboard and durable case for tablet (recommended)
  • EMSTESTING Access: $50
  • Premium Planner software: $30
  • EMT Kit: $53
  • Immunizations/health requirements: up to $500
  • Drug screen: $50
  • Uniform: up to $200
  • Testing fee (NREMT certification): $200

View the full cost and supply list.

How to Apply

Follow the steps outlined below to complete the Emergency Medical Technician program:


Before You Register


Register for the EMT Program

View and register for upcoming sessionsPlease note, you must be at least 17 years old to take this class. Prospective certificate students do not need to complete an application for admission to WCTC.


Prior to the EMT Program


After the EMT Program

Take the EMT 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.


After the Exam

Apply for the EMT State License. This licensure is required before being eligible to register in subsequent EMS licensure programs.

Program Details

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Outreach team by filling out our online form or by email at outreach@wctc.edu.

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)

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Please note:

  • You must be at least 17 years old to participate in the emergency department clinical rotation (begins October 1 for fall courses and April 1 for spring courses).
  • You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a Wisconsin EMT License.
  • You are required to obtain licensing within two years of completing this program.

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$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.

This program does not qualify for financial aid.

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.


Gain extensive, hands-on practice with CPAP, cardiac monitoring, 12-lead and medication administration.


Learn the latest technology and standards from EMS professionals actively employed by area emergency departments.

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