Mr. Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” Earning your EMT license makes you a helper.
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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 Summer Cohorts

    Cohort 1 - Protective Services Building; Tuesdays & Thursdays 8 am to 5 pm May 21-July 16, 2024 Classes 10950 & 10952

    Cohort 2 - Protective Services Building; Mondays & Wednesdays 8 am to 5 pm June 3-July 29, 2024 Classes 10954 & 10956

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

    Accelerated Fall Cohorts

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

    Cohort 4 - Protective Services Building; Tuesdays & Thursdays 8 am to 5 pm Oct. 15-Dec. 5, 2024 Classes 36624 & 36625

    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. 18-Dec. 9, 2024 Classes 32336 & 32338

    Cohort 8 - Watertown Campus; Mondays & Wednesdays 6 pm to 10 pm Aug. 18-Dec. 9, 2024 Classes 32506& 32508

    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 Graduates193178170
      Number of Surveys Sent189178170
      Number of Surveys Returned79103108
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment715463
      Percent Available for Employment89.90%58.70%70.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market10.10%51.10%50.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed685359
      Percent of Graduates Employed95.80%98.10%93.70%
      Employed in Related Occupation483440
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation70.60%64.20%67.80%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation191819
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation27.90%34.00%32.20%
      Employed - No Response110
      Percent Employed - No Response1.50%1.90%0.00%
      Seeking Employment314
      Percent Seeking Employment4.20%1.90%6.30%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses799190
      Very Satisfied (4)486972
      Percent Very Satisfied60.80%75.80%80.00%
      Satisfied (3)291918
      Percent Satisfied36.70%20.90%20.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)130
      Percent Unsatisfied1.30%3.30%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)100
      Percent Very Unsatisfied1.30%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses79102108
      Preparation for Getting a Job363524
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job45.60%34.30%22.20%
      Career Change141111
      Percent Career Change17.70%10.80%10.20%
      Improvement of Existing Skills5129
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills6.30%11.80%8.30%
      Preparation for Further Education153346
      Percent Preparation for Further Education19.00%32.40%42.60%
      Personal Interest91116
      Percent Personal Interest11.40%10.80%14.80%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%1.90%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses675259
      Before Enrollment212114
      Percent Before Enrollment31.30%40.40%23.70%
      While Attending the College2289
      Percent While Attending the College32.80%15.40%15.30%
      After Training at the College242336
      Percent After Training at the College35.80%44.20%61.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses605048
      In College District574239
      Percent In College District95.00%84.00%81.30%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin268
      Percent Outside Wisconsin3.30%12.00%16.70%
      Employer Location Unknown121
      Percent Location Unknown1.70%4.00%2.10%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count252232
      Average Monthly Wage$2,570$3,071$3,154
      Average Hourly Wage$14.94$17.85$18.34
      Average Work Hours per Week53.652.448
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1574
      Average Hourly Wage$10.58$15.74$16.48
      Average Work Hours per Week17.423.124.3
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Ascension St Joseph HospitalEMTMilwaukee
      Aurora Sinai Medical CenterED TechnicianMilwaukee
      Bell AmbulanceEMTMilwaukee
      City of BeloitFirefighter/ParamedicBeloit
      Cross Plains Area EMSEMTCross Plains
      Curtis Universal Ambulance ServiceEmergency Medical Technician
      Curtis Universal Ambulance ServiceEMT-BMilwaukee
      DeForest Area Fire & EMSFirefighter/EMTDeForest
      Edgerton Fire Protection DistrictFirefighter/EMTEdgerton
      Fitchburg Fire DeptFirefighter/EMTFitchburg
      Gastroenterology AssociatesMedical Technical AssistantAllentownPA
      HJ PertzbornPlumber
      Johnson Creek EMSEMTJohnson Creek
      Maple Bluff EMS & FireFirefighter/EMT
      Midwest Medical Transport CoEMT2
      Mount Horeb Fire DepartmentFirefighter/EMTMount Horeb
      Northwestern MedicineED TechnicianPalos HeightsIL
      Ochsner Medical CenterER TechnicianNew OrleansLA
      Reedsburg Area Ambulance ServiceEMTReedsburg
      Reedsburg Area Ambulance ServiceFirefighter/EMTReedsburg
      Rush UniversityER TechnicianOak ParkIL
      Sauk Prairie Ambulance AssociationVolunteer EMTPrairie du Sac
      Southside TireTire TechnicianFond du Lac
      SSM HealthEMT Specialty Medicine Floater
      SSM HealthCertified Nursing Assistant
      SSM HealthEMT
      SSM HealthClinical Support Staff
      St Anthony HospitalED TechnicianChicagoIL
      Stoughton HealthRegistered NurseStoughton
      Sun Prairie Fire DepartmentFirefighterSun Prairie2
      Superior AmbulanceEMT2
      UW HealthMedical Assistant
      Verona Fire DeptFirefighterVerona
      Watertown Regional Medical CenterPatient Care TechWatertown

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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