Paramedic Technician (Diploma)

Paramedic Technician (Diploma)

Degree Type

38-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

1 year

Start Date

August / January

How You'll Learn




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.

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

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How to Apply

To enter the Paramedic Technician technical diploma program, you must petition for an opening. Applicants are prioritized based upon their affiliation/employment status with local fire departments and EMS providers and/or enrollment in WCTC's Fire Medic or Paramedic Technician associate degree programs. Petitioning will not guarantee a seat in the program.

Program Start Dates

  • August Start (daytime classes, August-July) 
  • January Start (evening classes, January-December)

Before You Apply


Petition for the Paramedic Technician Technical Diploma Program

View and petition for upcoming sections.

Paramedic Diploma Program Acceptance

  • August Start: Applicants will be notified about acceptance between late March and late April.
  • January Start: Applicants will be notified about acceptance between late August and late September.

Prior to the Program (if accepted)

  • Attend a mandatory Program Expectation Session.
  • Complete clinical requirements using Viewpoint Screening.
  • Pay the $30 application fee.

After the Program


After the Paramedic National Registry Exam

Apply for the Paramedic State License

Program Details

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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

You must complete the Emergency Medical Technician program in order to apply to this program.

$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.

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 for national certification and Wisconsin licensure as an EMT-Paramedic through examination upon completion of the diploma program.


Students have opportunities to participate in many clinical rotations including emergency departments, operating rooms, OB units, children’s hospitals and medical examiner's office.


Students also complete an internship with a local fire department or EMS agency.


The Paramedic Technician program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

It was the first Paramedic Technician program accredited in the state.

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