EMS Leadership and Management | Waukesha County Technical College

EMS Leadership and Management

18-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code 30-531-9

Designed for experienced Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals and built upon the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) core curriculum, WCTC’s online-only EMS Leadership and Management program provides the knowledge and skills to those interested in functioning as a leader-manager within a fire-based or stand-alone EMS service.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in one year.

Start Date

This program is currently on hold. Please check back for updates.

How This Program Is Offered
Courses in this online-only program are taught in an accelerated format in eight-week blocks.

What Makes This Program Unique

  • Courses are taught by experienced EMS professionals who are experts in their field.
  • Each class features relevant coursework that can immediately be applied to the EMS agency or fire department.
  • Those interested in enrolling in this program must possess a State EMS license or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification (at any level) prior to applying.
  • This program can be completed online.

Courses You'll Take

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

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

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How To Apply

  • This program is currently on hold. Please check back for updates.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2019 Start

  • Submit application by August 5, 2019
  • Complete checklist items by August 12, 2019

Spring 2020 Start

  • Submit application by January 6, 2020
  • Complete checklist items by January 13, 2020

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

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.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$42,000 and up 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 are a seasoned EMS provider looking to take your career to the next level, this program may be right for you. Those in leadership roles within fire and EMS agencies must have a collaborative mindset, be able to motivate staff, communicate effectively, delegate to others, and be strategic and critical thinkers.

  • EMS Officer
  • EMS Service Director
  • Training Officer
  • EMS Quality Assurance Manager

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

Jon Cohn 
Blake Klingle
Courtney Hull | 262.691.5363
Greg West | 262.691.5417