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EMS: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

5-credit Technical Diploma

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Emergency Medical Services providers are the first to respond to emergency calls. The EMS: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program provides entry-level training in emergency medicine. Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to assess and manage all types of injuries and acute illnesses, while providing safe and rapid transport to a medical facility. Learn about airway management, bleeding and shock, emergency childbirth and automated defibrillation.

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.

  • EMS: EMT offerings include mandatory American Heart Association Basic Life Support and clinical experience at a local hospital emergency department.
  • Upon program completion, students are prepared to take the National Registry examination to be licensed as an EMT-Basic in Wisconsin. This licensure is required before being eligible to register in subsequent EMS licensure programs.
  • EMT students must pass a criminal background check and meet several health requirements (including specific immunizations). Failure to meet these requirements will preclude students from successfully completing the EMT program.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $32,121

Program Code 30-531-3

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 531-301 Emergency Medical Technician5 *
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, 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!"