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
|Course Num||Course Name||Credits|
|531-912||Paramedic Medical Principles||4|
|531-913||Patient Assessment Principles||3|
|531-915||Paramedic Respiratory Mgmt.||2|
|531-917||Paramedic Clinical/Field 1||3|
Total Semester Credits
|Course Num||Course Name||Credits|
|531-919||Paramedic Medical Emergencies||4|
|531-921||Special Patient Populations||3|
|531-924||Paramedic Clinical/Field 2||4|
Total Semester Credits
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
531-911 EMS Fundamentals
This course provides the paramedic student with comprehensive knowledge of EMS systems, safety, well-being, legal issues, and ethical issues, with the intended outcome of improving the health of EMS personnel, patients, and the community. The students will obtain fundamental knowledge of public health principles and epidemiology as related to public health emergencies, health promotion, and illness/injury prevention. Introducing students to comprehensive anatomical and medical terminology and abbreviations will foster the development of effective written and oral communications with colleagues and other health care professionals.
531-912 Paramedic Medical Principles
This course addresses the complex depth of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of major human systems while also introducing the paramedic students to the topics of shock, immunology, and bleeding.
531-913 Patient Assessment Principles
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate scene and patient assessment findings with knowledge of epidemiology and pathophysiology to form a field impression. By utilizing a structured and organized assessment process with knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, life span development, and changes that occur to the human body with time, the students will learn to develop a list of differential diagnoses through clinical reasoning, along with the ability to modify the assessment as necessary to formulate a treatment plan for their patients.
531-914 Prehospital Pharmacology
This course provides the paramedic student with the comprehensive knowledge of pharmacology required to formulate and administer a pharmacological treatment plan intended to mitigate emergencies and improve the overall health of the patient.
531-915 Paramedic Respiratory Mgmt.
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate complex knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology into the assessment to develop and implement a treatment plan with the goal of assuring a patient airway, adequate mechanical ventilation, and respiration for patients of all ages. Specific knowledge pertaining to the respiratory system is also provided to ensure the student is prepared to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a respiratory complaint.
531-916 Paramedic Cardiology
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a cardiovascular complaint.
531-917 Paramedic Clinical/Field 1
This course provides the student with the opportunity to enhance his or her learning through the practice of paramedicine in field and health care environment experiences with actual patients under the supervision of instructors or approved preceptors. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in formal high-fidelity human patient simulator experiences as a part of this course.
531-918 Advanced Resuscitation
By teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) methodologies and protocols, this course prepares the paramedic student in the integration of comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of shock, respiratory failure, respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, and peri-arrest states with an emphasis on early intervention to prevent respiratory and/or cardiac arrest if possible.
531-919 Paramedic Medical Emergencies
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a medical complaint.
531-920 Paramedic Trauma
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for an acutely injured patient.
531-921 Special Patient Populations
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with special needs. Gynecological emergencies, along with special considerations in trauma are also included within this course.
531-922 EMS Operations
This course provides the paramedic student with the knowledge of operational roles and responsibilities to ensure patient, public, and EMS personnel safety.
531-923 Paramedic Capstone
This course provides the student with a final opportunity to incorporate their cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills through labs and scenario-based practice and evaluations prior to taking the National Registry written and practical examinations. Technical skills attainment (TSA) for each student will be compiled and/or documented within this course as required by the DHS-approved paramedic curriculum.
531-924 Paramedic Clinical/Field 2
This course provides the student with the opportunity to enhance his or her learning through the practice of paramedicine in field and health care environment experiences with actual patients under the supervision of instructors or approved preceptors. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in formal high-fidelity human patient simulator experiences as a part of this course. Successful completion of this course requires the student to meet all clinical and field competency requirements at the paramedic level as defined by WI DHS EMS.
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
- ADN, Lincoln Land Community College
- BSN, Marquette University
- AHA instructor and provider for BLS, PALS, ACLS, EP, NREMT-P
"My philosophy is to make a difference in the lives of others."
- BA, University of Wisconsin- Whitewater
- Nationally Registered Paramedic
"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!"
- ADN, Waukesha County Technical College
- Diploma courses in Fire Protection, Waukesha County Technical College
- Critical Care Paramedic
- Registered Nurse
- AHA instructor for BLS, ACLS, PALS
"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!"