Fire Medic

66-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code 10-531-2

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 Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.

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

  • Graduates are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic written and practical examinations in order to be licensed as an EMT-P in Wisconsin.
  • 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.
  • Students will have the opportunity to attend clinical rotations at local area hospitals in the emergency department, operating room and OB unit.

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.

WCTC Hands-on Education

How To Apply

  • Apply by contacting the Fire and EMS department at 262.691.5541 and receive approval from the Associate Dean.
  • Pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit official high school transcript.
  • Complete placement assessment.
  • Submit proof of WI Firefighter I Certification by fax 262.691.5123 or email to the Admissions Office.
  • Submit a copy of your current (non-expired) State EMS license or NREMT certification by email to the Admissions Office.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2020 Start

  • Contact the department for more information.

Spring 2021 Start

  • Contact the department for more information.

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

The Paramedic Technician technical diploma is part of the Fire Medic degree. Once admitted into the Fire Medic degree program, you must apply for the Paramedic Technician technical diploma portion.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.


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

$31,000 – $59,000 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 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)

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.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Marian UniversityBS Homeland Securityup to 67, 10% tuition discount
Purdue GlobalBS Fire Sciencecredits vary, 20% tuition discount
UW-OshkoshBAS Fire and Emergency Response Management (online)credits vary, 100% online
College Program Name Credit Awards
Colorado State University-Global CampusAny Bachelors Degreeup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityAny Bachelors10% tuition discount
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBachelor of Business AdminJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education and Training (100% online)up to 60

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

Heather McCartney
Jennifer Barkow | 262.695.3457