Fire Medic

Fire Medic

Degree Type

66-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code


Time to Degree

2 years

Start Date

August / January

How You'll Learn


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.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 5, 2024

Spring 2025 Start

  • Application Opens: April 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: January 10, 2025

Summer 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

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

  • iPad (128GB)
  • External keyboard and durable case (recommended)
  • FISDAP license key: $50
  • EMSTESTING Access: $99
  • Platinum Planner software: $90
  • Paramedic Kit: $40
  • EMS smock: $25
  • Immunizations/health requirements: up to $500
  • Drug screen: $50
  • Uniform: up to $200
  • Stethoscope: $50
  • Testing fee (NREMT certification): $400

View the full cost and supply list.

Before You Apply


Before You Apply


Apply for the Program

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit proof of WI Firefighter I Certification by email.
  • Submit a copy of your current (non-expired) State EMS license or NREMT certification by email.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Enrollment Counselor.


After Your Application is Accepted

Have transfer credit? Check out Credit for Prior Learning.


Prior to Beginning Core Courses

After successfully completing these steps and being awarded a seat through the petitioning process, you can begin your Paramedic core courses.


After Completing Fire and Paramedic Core Courses


After the Paramedic National Registry Exam

Apply for the Paramedic State License

Program Details

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Enrollment team by filling out our online form or by email at

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)

You must first complete the Emergency Medical Technician program and Firefighter 1 training in order to apply to this program.

$30,500 – $59,400 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.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique?


Graduates are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians – 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.

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Program Pathway

Earn certificates, technical diplomas and/or industry credentials along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.

Fire Medic Pathway

Earn credit for prior learning for the college-level knowledge and skills that you've already acquired through advanced high school classes, previous ollege coursework, self-study, military training work or volunteer experience.

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Associate Degree
  • Fire Medic (this program)

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.

More Credit Opportunities

High School Dual Credit

Dual enrollment offers high school students an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields while earning college credits.

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Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired through prior coursework, work experience and more.

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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
UW-OshkoshBAS Fire and Emergency Response Management (online)credits vary, 100% online

There are currently no general college credit agreements for Fire Medic. For more information, contact your academic advisor.


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