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Emergency Medical Technician
Program Number: 305313
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
5 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 semester
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  • Program Overview

    Emergency Medical Technician is an entry-level program and meets requirements for licensure in Wisconsin and certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. This program is offered throughout the district.

    You must be at least 17 years old to join the EMT program. Minors must wait until age 18 to apply for an EMT license.

    This program has a state-mandated hours requirement.

    The National Registry of EMT's Practical Exam is offered on site at the end of your course.

    EMS Student Dress Code is enforced at all times. Madison College EMS or Fire Program shirts are required.

    Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is your responsibility.

    Program Details

    Students in the EMT program can attend part time. Each cohort consists of two parts, EMT 1 and EMT 2, which you enroll in together. Depending on the semester, offerings may include accelerated, one-semester or two-semester formats.

    Emergency Medical Technician classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
    • Madison - Goodman South
    • Reedsburg
    • Portage
    • Fort Atkinson
    • Watertown


    Earning your Wisconsin EMT License upon completion of the EMT program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as an Emergency Medical Technician.

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Emergency Room Technician
    • Firefighter
    • EKG Technician
    • Paramedic
    • Home Health Aide
    • Medical Assistant
    • Registered Nurse
    • Respiratory Therapist
    • Physician’s Assistant
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    2 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To apply:

    1. Select your cohort, some semesters will not have multiple offerings.
    2. Setup your student account.
    3. Submit your placement test scores or transcripts to satisfy the prerequisite.
    4. Register for classes. You must register for both classes in your Cohort at the same time, except for the two semester option.

    All EMT offerings are hybrid and require the completion of online content in addition to the on-campus training hours listed below.

    Accelerated Fall Cohorts

    Cohort 3 - Protective Services Building; Tuesdays & Thursdays 8 am to 5 pm Aug. 20-Oct. 10, 2024 Classes 31670 & 31672

    All EMT offerings are hybrid and require the completion of online content in addition to the on-campus training hours listed.

    Fall Cohorts

    Cohort 5 - Protective Services Building; Fridays 8 am to 5 pm Aug. 16-Dec. 6, 2024 Classes 32512 & 32514

    Cohort 6 - Goodman South Campus; Tuesdays & Thursdays 6 pm to 10 pm Aug. 22-Dec. 10, 2024 Classes 32332 & 32334

    Cohort 7 - Reedsburg Campus; Mondays & Wednesdays 6 pm to 10 pm Aug. 19-Dec. 9, 2024 Classes 32336 & 32338

    Cohort 8 - Watertown Campus; Mondays & Wednesdays 6 pm to 10 pm Aug. 19-Dec. 9, 2024 Classes 32506 & 32508

    Cohort 9 - Goodman South Campus; Fridays 8 am to 5 pm Aug. 16-Dec. 6, 2024 Classes 36687 & 36688

    All EMT offerings are hybrid and require the completion of online content in addition to the on-campus training hours listed.

  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the EMT program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    1. Use critical thinking skills to confidently and effectively manage emergency situations.
    2. Practice professional standards by demonstrating a strong work ethic, positive attitude, respect for patients, ability to work cooperatively as a health care team member and willingness to maintain and enhance technical skills.
    3. Communicate clearly and professionally using verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.
    4. Perform accurate scene safety and patient assessments.
    5. Apply appropriate emergency medical and technical knowledge as required in emergency situations.
    6. Apply safety and infection control practices to maintain personal and professional well-being and to ensure patient safety.
    7. Manage emergency patient care and treatment appropriately within the scope of practice for an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic.
    8. Apply legal knowledge and medical ethics to all patient care situations by documenting accurate and complete patient records and reports and maintaining patient confidentiality.
    9. Meet requirements for National Registry Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certification exam.


    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates178170191
      Number of Surveys Sent178170191
      Number of Surveys Returned103108115
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment546372
      Percent Available for Employment52.4%58.3%62.6%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market45.6%41.7%35.7%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed535971
      Percent of Graduates Employed98.1%93.7%98.6%
      Employed in Related Occupation344053
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation64.2%67.8%74.6%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation181917
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation34.0%32.2%23.9%
      Employed - No Response101
      Percent Employed - No Response1.9%0.0%1.4%
      Seeking Employment141
      Percent Seeking Employment1.9%6.3%1.4%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses919098
      Very Satisfied (4)697265
      Percent Very Satisfied75.8%80.0%66.3%
      Satisfied (3)191832
      Percent Satisfied20.9%20.0%32.7%
      Unsatisfied (2)301
      Percent Unsatisfied3.3%0.0%1.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses102108113
      Preparation for Getting a Job
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job
      Career Change
      Percent Career Change
      Improvement of Existing Skills
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills
      Preparation for Further Education
      Percent Preparation for Further Education
      Personal Interest
      Percent Personal Interest
      Percent Other0.0%1.9%0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses525970
      Before Enrollment211424
      Percent Before Enrollment40.4%23.7%34.3%
      While Attending the College8915
      Percent While Attending the College15.4%15.3%21.4%
      After Training at the College233631
      Percent After Training at the College44.2%61.0%44.3%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses555973
      In College District423952
      Percent In College District76.4%66.1%71.2%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District51112
      Percent of In Wisconsin9.1%18.6%16.4%
      Outside of Wisconsin684
      Percent Outside Wisconsin10.9%13.6%5.5%
      Employer Location Unknown215
      Percent Location Unknown3.6%1.7%6.8%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202120222023
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count223238
      Average Monthly Wage$3,071$3,154$3,462
      Average Hourly Wage$17.85$18.34$20.13
      Average Work Hours per Week52.448.049.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count749
      Average Hourly Wage$15.74$16.48$16.97
      Average Work Hours per Week23.124.321.8
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2023
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
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      Ascension St Joseph HospitalEmergency Medical TechnicianMilwaukee
      Aurora Health CenterEmergency Department Medical TechnicianMilwaukee
      Baraboo EMSEmergency Medical TechnicianBaraboo
      Baraboo EMSFirefighter/EMTBaraboo3
      Belleville EMSEmergency Medical TechnicianBelleville
      Cambridge Area EMSFirefighter/EMTCambridge
      Cambridge Area EMSAEMTCambridge
      City of Madison Fire DeptFirefighter3
      Colorado Mountain MedicalClinical AssistantAvonCO
      Cross Plains Area EMSFirefighter/EMTCross Plains
      Delton Fire DeptFirefighterLake Delton
      Group Health CooperativeCare Team Specialist
      Harlem Roscoe Fire DepartmentFirefighter/EMTRoscoeIL
      Ho-Chunk NationEMT/SecurityBaraboo
      Johnson Creek EMSEmergency Medical TechnicianJohnson Creek
      Madison Fire DepartmentFirefighter2
      Madison Fire DepartmentFirefighter/EMT2
      Midwest Medical Transport CoEmergency Medical Technician3
      Midwest Medical Transport CoEmergency Medical TechnicianMilwaukee
      Midwest Medical Transport CoAEMT
      Monona Fire DeptEmergency Medical TechnicianMonona
      Moses Lake Fire DepartmentFirefighterMoses LakeWA
      Reedsburg Area Ambulance ServiceEmergency Medical TechnicianReedsburg2
      Ryan Bros AmbulanceEmergency Medical Technician
      Sauk Prairie Ambulance AssociationEmergency Medical TechnicianPrairie du Sac
      Sauk Prairie Ambulance AssociationEmergency Medical TechnicianSauk City
      SSM HealthEmergency Medical Technician6
      Sun Prairie Fire DepartmentFirefighter/EMTSun Prairie
      Sun Prairie Fire DepartmentFirefighterSun Prairie
      Superior AmbulanceEmergency Medical Technician
      Superior AmbulanceEmergency Medical TechnicianFitchburg
      Superior AmbulanceField Training Officer/EMT
      Superior Ambulance serviceEmergency Medical TechnicianGreen Bay
      US Forest ServiceWildland FirefighterChesterCA
      UW HealthEmergency Department Medical Technician
      UW HealthEmergency Dept Technician
      Verona Fire DeptFirefighterVerona
      Verona Fire DeptInternVerona

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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Contact Emergency Medical Services

Madison Truax Campus
Protective Services Building, 100

1701 Pearson Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Fax: 608.616.1590


  • Monday – Friday: 9 am - 5:30 pm