Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic program students must be able to demonstrate critical, logical and analytical thinking while also possessing motor, auditory and visual skills that enable them to meet program objectives and perform job duties required by the profession.

Disability Act Statement: Madison College complies with all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and makes reasonable accommodations upon request for qualified individuals. If you believe you may need accommodations to assist you in performing the functions listed below, please contact the Disability Resource Services (DRS) office at (608)246-6716 or (800)322-6282 ext. 6716 (deaf students via Relay 711) or via email. To promote your success, accommodation requests must be received by the end of the second week of your first course.

Gross Motor Skills

Move within confined spaces

Reach above shoulder

Reach below waist

Reach out front

Fine Motor Skills

Pick up objects with hands

Grasp small objects with hands

Write with pen or pencil


Pinch / pick / squeeze with fingers


Good eye hand & foot coordination

Simultaneous hand wrist & finger movement.

Physical Endurance

Walking and Standing

Sustain repetitive motions (CPR)

Climbing and Balancing   





Physical Strength

Lift, carry, and balance up to 125 pounds

(250 pounds with assistance)

Carry equipment / supplies

Use upper body strength (CPR)

Squeeze with hands


See objects up to 20 inches away (small needles)

See objects up to 20 feet away

Use depth perception

Use peripheral vision

Distinguish color and color intensity

See in a darkened room


Work in cold, with or without temperature changes

Work in extreme heat, with or without temperature changes

Work in wet and/or humid conditions

Work in noise and/or vibration

Work in Hazards

Work in atmospheric conditions  


Hear and discriminate at speech normal conversational sound levels

Hear faint voices

Hear faint body sounds (shallow breathing)

Ability to discriminate speech in noise

Hear in situations when not able to see (back turned, mask)


Feel vibrations

Detect hot and cold temperatures

Feel differences in surface characteristics

Feel differences in sizes & shapes


Read medication/prescription labels

Accurately read a Drug Reference Manual

Accurately read a road map

Review written reports for accuracy

Read professional journals


Tell time

Measure time

Add, subtract, multiply, divide, and count

Compute fractions and decimals

Perform quickly and precisely mathematical calculations using ratio and proportion

Document numbers in records

Interpersonal skills

Establish rapport with EMS personnel, patients, family members, bystanders, and other health care providers.

Communication Skills

Exhibit & comprehend nonverbal cues

Speaks English

Writes English

Read English

Understand English

Listen & comprehend spoken / written word

Communicate verbally with diverse cultures and age groups

Collaborate with others

Emotional Stability

Independent and confident

Adapt to changing environments

Deals with the unexpected

Establish professional relationships

Accept feedback appropriately

Accept responsibility of own actions

Ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations

Ability to assume the role of team leader

Critical Thinking

Comprehends & follows instructions

Identifies cause-effect relationships

Ability to draw valid conclusions expediently relevant to patient’s condition, often using limited information.

Analytical Thinking

Problem solve

Transfer knowledge from one situation to another

Process & interpret written & oral information from multiple sources

Apply math concepts

Analyze & interpret abstract and concrete data

Prioritize Tasks (time management)

Evaluates outcomes

Use short & long-term memory

Plan & Control activities

Contact Emergency Medical Services

Madison Truax Campus

Protective Services Building, 100

1701 Pearson Street

Madison, Wisconsin 53704



Fax: 608.616.1590


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