Paramedic Technician (Diploma) | Waukesha County Technical College

Paramedic Technician (Diploma)

38-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code 31-531-2

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.

Entrance Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be licensed at the EMT level, or higher, within the State of Wisconsin
  • Must submit a criminal background check
  • Must meet several health requirements (including specific immunizations and drug test)
  • Must show proof of health insurance
  • Pay the $30 application fee (only if accepted into the program)

How Long It Will Take

This program is only offered as full-time. Students can complete the core courses within 10 months to one year.

Start Date

You can begin this program in September, January or April.

How This Program Is Offered

This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting. Students also attend clinical/field rotations. Daytime and evening/weekend offerings available.

What Makes This Program Unique

  • Graduates are eligible for national certification and Wisconsin licensure as an EMT-Paramedic through examination upon completion of the diploma program.
  • The curriculum for the Paramedic Technician Technical Diploma program is the first year of studies in the Paramedic Technician associate degree program. Students who complete the technical diploma will require just one additional year of studies to earn their associate degree.
  • Students have opportunities to participate in many clinical rotations including emergency departments, operating rooms, OB units, children’s hospital and medical examiner office.
  • Students also complete an internship with a local fire department or EMS agency.

Courses You'll Take

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

This program requires valid BLS Provider certification.  If you are currently certified and need to maintain your status, WCTC also offers a BLS Provider Renewal course. If you hold another version of CPR certification, please review the list of acceptable CPR certifications for this program.

How to Apply

Applicants are prioritized based upon their affiliation/employment status with local fire departments and EMS providers and/or enrollment in WCTC's Fire Medic associate degree program. Applying will not guarantee a seat in the program.

Program Start Dates

  • September Start (daytime classes, Sept-Aug) 
  • January Start (evening classes, Jan-Dec)
  • April Start (daytime classes, Apr-Mar)
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Application Guidelines:
  • If accepted into the Paramedic Technical Diploma Program, the candidate will be notified by email and must CONFIRM ACCEPTANCE within 72 hours.
  • This information is only valid for the current application window. If the candidate is not accepted, a new application will need to be submitted.

Are you currently enrolled in WCTC's Fire Medic Program?
Application Guidelines:
  • If accepted into the Paramedic Technical Diploma Program, I will be notified by email and must CONFIRM ACCEPTANCE within 72 hours.
  • This information is only valid for the current application window. If I am not accepted, I will need to re-apply.


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.

View the Paramedic Technician Costs and Supply List.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$30,000 – $34,000 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 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

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

Heather McCartney
Jennifer Barkow | 262.695.3457