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The Paramedic technical diploma from Madison College provides the educational background and training for careers in emergency medical services, hospitals, private ambulance services and community para-medicine. Occupational experience and continuing education provide the paramedic with opportunities to serve as EMS managers and instructors.
The embedded technical diploma gives you the opportunity to secure employment and serve your local communities, hospitals, and other institutions or industries which require the skills of a paramedic. You can do this while continuing your education later in the Paramedic Technician associate degree program.
Students in the Paramedic program may attend full or part time.
Full-time cohort meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 am - 4:30 pm. Students will be assigned a lab session on either Mondays or Fridays in addition to their clinical hours. This program spans one year, including fall, spring and summer semesters. Students in this cohort attend full time.
Academy cohort meets Monday through Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm. This program spans two semesters. Students in this cohort attend full time. Space in this program is limited and instructor consent is required.
All students must pass a drug screen, provide health history paperwork (vaccination records), as well as a background screening
You must complete a Background Information Disclosure and Criminal History Check (CHC) prior to placement in the field. Information obtained from the CHC may affect your ability to secure a WI EMS Training Permit. Under no circumstances are students assigned to the clinical area until all requirements are met.
Clinical/field time is scheduled outside of the classroom sessions, and includes nights and weekends. Due to the nature of the schedule, some of this program may not be eligible for financial aid or veterans’ benefits.
Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is your responsibility.
Paramedic classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus.
The Madison College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Accreditation data is updated after each cohort graduates.
Earning your one-year technical diploma in the Paramedic program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for the National Registry of EMT's Paramedic level Practical and Written exams.
With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:
- Emergency Room Technician
- EKG Technician
- Medical Laboratory Technician
- Home Health Aide
- Medical Assistant
- Registered Nurse
- Respiratory Therapist
- Physician’s Assistant
- Community Paramedic
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Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 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.First Semester10-531-9112 credits10-531-9124 credits10-531-9133 credits10-531-9143 credits10-531-9152 credits10-531-9164 credits10-531-9251 credit10-531-9261 creditSecond Semester10-531-9181 credit10-531-9194 credits10-531-9203 credits10-531-9213 credits10-531-9221 credit10-531-9271 credit10-531-9291 creditThird Semester - Summer
Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
- NEW: The Paramedic program uses the petition process. The application for pre-program is open now. This program petitions for fall terms only, and the first petition window opens on April 1, 2024 for entry into the Fall 2024 semester.
- There is currently no estimated wait time between acceptance into pre-program and the start of core classes. The estimated time to enter the core-program is subject to change based on the variable number of students ready to petition each semester.
- Learn more about the Madison College experience and get help with the admissions process
Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.
Students are required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements are subject to change based on updates to accreditation requirements or Madison College program assessment data.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.
Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:
- Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status
- Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
- Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
- Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program
You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the links below.
After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core-program courses through the Petition Process.
After completing the one-year Paramedic program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:
- Use critical thinking skills to confidently and effectively manage emergency situations.
- 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.
- Communicate clearly and professionally using verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.
- Perform accurate scene safety and patient assessments.
- Apply appropriate emergency medical and technical knowledge as required in emergency situations.
- Apply safety and infection control practices to maintain personal and professional well-being and to ensure patient safety.
- Manage emergency patient care and treatment appropriately within the scope of practice for an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic.
- Apply legal knowledge and medical ethics to all patient care situations by documenting accurate and complete patient records and reports and maintaining patient confidentiality.
- Meet requirements for National Registry Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certification exam.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 63 53 40 Number of Surveys Sent 63 53 40 Number of Surveys Returned 30 34 25 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 29 31 20 Percent Available for Employment 96.70% 100.00% 90.90% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 3.30% 9.70% 22.70% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 29 30 20 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 96.80% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 29 29 20 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 96.70% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 1 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 3.30% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 1 0 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 3.20% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.5 3.7 Number of Satisfaction Responses 30 31 22 Very Satisfied (4) 18 19 17 Percent Very Satisfied 60.00% 61.30% 77.30% Satisfied (3) 11 10 4 Percent Satisfied 36.70% 32.30% 18.20% Unsatisfied (2) 1 1 1 Percent Unsatisfied 3.30% 3.20% 4.50% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 3.20% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 29 34 25 Preparation for Getting a Job 8 10 8 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 27.60% 29.40% 32.00% Career Change 2 2 2 Percent Career Change 6.90% 5.90% 8.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 15 17 9 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 51.70% 50.00% 36.00% Preparation for Further Education 4 5 5 Percent Preparation for Further Education 13.80% 14.70% 20.00% Personal Interest 0 0 1 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 4.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 29 30 20 Before Enrollment 19 15 11 Percent Before Enrollment 65.50% 50.00% 55.00% While Attending the College 4 3 1 Percent While Attending the College 13.80% 10.00% 5.00% After Training at the College 6 12 8 Percent After Training at the College 20.70% 40.00% 40.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 20 21 11 In College District 18 20 10 Percent In College District 90.00% 95.20% 90.90% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 5.00% 4.80% 9.10% Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 5.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 23 25 18 Average Monthly Wage $3,474 $3,769 $4,026 Average Hourly Wage $20.20 $21.91 $23.41 Average Work Hours per Week 48.3 54.9 53.6 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 1 Average Hourly Wage $18.50 $33.00 Average Work Hours per Week 21 21
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Baraboo District Ambulance Services Paramedic Baraboo Beloit Health & Rehabilitation Center Paramedic Tech Beloit City of Madison Fire Dept Firefighter/Paramedic 2 City of Sun Prairie EMS LTE Paramedic Sun Prairie City of Watertown Fire Dept Firefighter/Paramedic Watertown Cross Plains Area EMS Chief Cross Plains Divine Savior Healthcare Paramedic Portage Janesville Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Janesville 2 Madison Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic 2 Mequon Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Mequon Midwest Medical Transport Co Senior Paramedic Janesville Midwest Medical Transport Co Critical Care Paramedic Richfield Midwest Medical Transport Co Paramedic Milwaukee Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service Critical Care Paramedic Reedsburg Wauwatosa Fire Department Firefighter Wauwatosa Whitewater Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Whitewater
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