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EMS: Paramedic Technician (Diploma)

38-credit Technical Diploma

Paramedics provide emergency pre-hospital care to those experiencing a medical emergency such as illness, injury or trauma. They are a key member of the paramedic team as they administer advanced life support at critical times. In the Paramedic Technician 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.

Program admissions and course registrations for all EMS programs are handled directly through the Fire & EMS Training department, 262.691.5541. In addition, enrollment priority is given to individuals affiliated with local fire departments or EMS providers.

  • The curriculum for the Paramedic Technician Technical Diploma program is the first year of studies in the Paramedic Technician Advanced Associate of Applied Science Degree program. Students who complete the technical diploma will require just one additional year of studies to earn their associate degree.
  • Admission to the Paramedic Technician technical diploma program is made with approval from the dean.
  • Applicants must also be currently licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as an EMT (or higher).
  • This program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). It was the first Paramedic Technician program accredited in the state.
  • Paramedic students must pass a criminal background check as well as meet several health requirements (including specific immunizations). Failure to meet these requirements will preclude students from successfully completing the diploma program.
  • Students must be 18 years old or older to participate in the program.
  • Graduates are eligible for national certification and Wisconsin licensure as an EMT-Paramedic through examination upon completion of the diploma program.
  • CAAHEP Annual Report Data 2016
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $40,719

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Program Code 315312

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 531-911 EMS Fundamentals2  
 531-912 Paramedic Medical Principles4  
 531-913 Patient Assessment Principles3  
 531-914 Prehospital Pharmacology3  
 531-915 Paramedic Respiratory Mgmt.2  
 531-916 Paramedic Cardiology4  
 531-917 Paramedic Clinical/Field 13  
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 531-918 Advanced Resuscitation1  
 531-919 Paramedic Medical Emergencies4  
 531-920 Paramedic Trauma3  
 531-921 Special Patient Populations3  
 531-922 EMS Operations1  
 531-923 Paramedic Capstone1  
 531-924 Paramedic Clinical/Field 24  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Julie Brady

Julie Brady

Phone: 262.691.5589


  • ADN, Lincoln Land Community College
  • BSN, Marquette University


  • AHA instructor and provider for BLS, PALS, ACLS, EP, NREMT-P

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy is to make a difference in the lives of others."

Program instructor, Michelle Bourget

Michelle Bourget

Phone: 262.691.5589


  • BA, University of Wisconsin- Whitewater


  • Nationally Registered Paramedic

Teaching Philosophy

"Our job is to help create the desire in a student that learning is a lifelong process. As educators, we need to keep the learning process fresh and engaging, which may take a lot of time, investment and reinvention, but the return is phenomenal!"

Program instructor, Janet Curtis

Janet Curtis

Phone: 262.691.5589


  • ADN, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Diploma courses in Fire Protection, Waukesha County Technical College


  • Paramedic
  • Critical Care Paramedic
  • Registered Nurse
  • AHA instructor for BLS, ACLS, PALS

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe that education is a two-way proposition. The student's part is to come to class prepared to learn and my part is to create an interactive environment that engages the student in the learning process in and out of the classroom. My responsibility is to stimulate and encourage thinking rather than to provide answers and resolve problems, which is exactly what an EMS provider needs to do: think critically!"