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 (“job out”) and to begin serving 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 associate degree program.
Students in the Paramedic program may attend full or part time.
Full-time cohort meets Tuesday/Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with lab on Monday or Friday plus clinical hours. This program spans one year, including fall, spring and summer semesters. Students in this cohort attend full time.
Fall 2021 part-time cohort meets Monday/Wednesday 6 – 10 p.m., with 24 Saturday labs 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., plus clinical hours. This part-time format takes 18 months to complete. Remote course attendance is available for parts of this class.
Academy cohort meets Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This program spans two semesters. Students in this cohort attend full time. Space in this program is limited and instructor consent is required.
Health history documentation is required. Lab results and vaccination documentation are obtained from your healthcare provider by you.
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 may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
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
Emergency Medical Service Jobs
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
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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
2018 2019 2020 Number of Program Graduates 13 34 64 Number of Surveys Sent 13 34 64 Number of Surveys Returned 12 16 31 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 8 11 30 Percent Available for Employment 100.0% 100.0% 96.8% Not in Labor Market 4 5 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 50.0% 45.5% 3.2% Available for Employment
2018 2019 2020 Graduates Employed 8 11 30 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% Employed in Related Occupation 8 11 30 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Seeking Employment 0 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.5 3.6 Number of Satisfaction Responses 8 11 31 Very Satisfied (4) 4 5 19 Percent Very Satisfied 50.0% 45.5% 61.3% Satisfied (3) 4 6 11 Percent Satisfied 50.0% 54.5% 35.5% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 1 Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 3.2% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Number of Primary Reason Responses 12 16 30 Preparation for Getting a Job 4 5 8 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.3% 31.3% 26.7% Career Change 0 2 3 Percent Career Change 0.0% 12.5% 10.0% Improvement of Existing Skills 3 3 15 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 25.0% 18.8% 50.0% Preparation for Further Education 5 6 4 Percent Preparation for Further Education 41.7% 37.5% 13.3% Personal Interest 0 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% When Employment was Obtained
2018 2019 2020 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 8 11 30 Before Enrollment 5 5 19 Percent Before Enrollment 62.5% 45.5% 63.3% While Attending the College 1 3 4 Percent While Attending the College 12.5% 27.3% 13.3% After Training at the College 2 3 7 Percent After Training at the College 25.0% 27.3% 23.3% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2018 2019 2020 Number of Employment Location Responses 8 11 30 In College District 6 8 18 Percent In College District 75.0% 72.7% 60.0% In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 2 10 Percent of In Wisconsin 12.5% 18.2% 33.3% Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 12.5% 9.1% 3.3% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 1 Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 3.3% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 8 9 24 Average Monthly Wage $2,773 $3,159 $3,495 Average Hourly Wage $16.12 $18.37 $20.32 Average Work Hours per Week 52.9 55.9 48.0 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 Average Hourly Wage $18.50 Average Work Hours per Week 21.0
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Baraboo District Ambulance Services Paramedic Baraboo Baraboo EMS Paramedic Baraboo City of Madison Fire Dept Firefighter 2 City of Madison Fire Dept Firefighter/Paramedic 4 City of Sun Prairie Paramedic Sun Prairie 2 DeForest Area Fire & EMS Firefighter/Paramedic DeForest Dells-Delton EMS Paramedic Lake Delton Divine Savior Healthcare Paramedic Portage Edgerton Fire Dept Firefighter/Paramedic Edgerton Fire Department of Mount Horeb Firefighter/AEMT Mount Horeb Green County EMS Paramedic Monroe Gundersen Health System Mobile Health Paramedic La Crosse Jefferson County EMS Paramedic Jefferson Lifestar Emergency Services Paramedic Columbus Lifestar Emergency Services Paramedic Waupun Madison Fire Department FFPM Madison Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Mauston Area Ambulance Paramedic Mauston 2 Plover Fire Dept EMT Plover Southwest Health EMS Paramedic Platteville US Army Combat Medic Fort Bliss TX UW Health Hospital & Clinics Emergency Department Technician Western Lakes Fire District Firefighter/EMT Oconomowoc
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