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Program Number: 315313
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
38 Credits | Finish diploma in 1.5 years
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$5,451.10 Tuition
$890.06 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$400.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    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.

    Program Details

    Students in the Paramedic program may attend full or part time.

    Full-time cohort meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 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.

    Fall evening cohort meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 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. Cohorts starting during odd years will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, even years meet Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    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.

    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
    • Firefighter
    • EKG Technician
    • Paramedic
    • Medical Laboratory Technician
    • Home Health Aide
    • Medical Assistant
    • Registered Nurse
    • Respiratory Therapist
    • Physician’s Assistant
    • Community Paramedic

    Emergency Medical Service Jobs


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    Finish training in as little as one year!
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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 Semester
    2 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    4 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Third Semester - Summer
    1 credit
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2023

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED or completion of 5 college-level credits with a C or higher is required. Graduation from high school or completion of GED/HSED is required if applying for financial aid. Submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • College transcript showing cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale with a minimum of 5 credits
    • High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) 
    • GED/HSED transcript

    3. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) licensure
    Proof of a current (unexpired) State of WI EMT-Basic (or higher) license must be submitted to

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements. Admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you're admitted into your program, complete the Next Steps after Program Acceptance to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.


    Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246-6210.

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  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the one-year Paramedic 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-Paramedic.
    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-Paramedic certification exam.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 34 63 53
      Number of Surveys Sent 34 63 53
      Number of Surveys Returned 16 30 34
      Percent of Surveys Returned 47.10% 47.60% 64.20%
      Available for Employment 11 29 31
      Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 96.70% 100.00%
      Not in Labor Market 5 1 3
      Percent Not in Labor Market 45.50% 3.30% 9.70%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 11 29 30
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 96.80%
      Employed in Related Occupation 11 29 29
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 100.00% 96.70%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 1
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 0.00% 3.30%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 0 0 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 3.20%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.6 3.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 11 30 31
      Very Satisfied (4) 5 18 19
      Percent Very Satisfied 45.50% 60.00% 61.30%
      Satisfied (3) 6 11 10
      Percent Satisfied 54.50% 36.70% 32.30%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 1 1
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 3.30% 3.20%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 1
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 3.20%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 16 29 34
      Preparation for Getting a Job 5 8 10
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 31.30% 27.60% 29.40%
      Career Change 2 2 2
      Percent Career Change 12.50% 6.90% 5.90%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 3 15 17
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 18.80% 51.70% 50.00%
      Preparation for Further Education 6 4 5
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 37.50% 13.80% 14.70%
      Personal Interest 0 0 0
      Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 11 29 30
      Before Enrollment 5 19 15
      Percent Before Enrollment 45.50% 65.50% 50.00%
      While Attending the College 3 4 3
      Percent While Attending the College 27.30% 13.80% 10.00%
      After Training at the College 3 6 12
      Percent After Training at the College 27.30% 20.70% 40.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 11 29 30
      In College District 8 18 20
      Percent In College District 72.70% 62.10% 66.70%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 9 9
      Percent of In Wisconsin 18.20% 31.00% 30.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 1
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 9.10% 3.40% 3.30%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 1 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 3.40% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 9 23 25
      Average Monthly Wage $3,159 $3,474 $3,769
      Average Hourly Wage $18.37 $20.20 $21.91
      Average Work Hours per Week 55.9 48.3 54.9
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2
      Average Hourly Wage $18.50
      Average Work Hours per Week 21
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Beaver Dam Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Beaver Dam
      City Of Jefferson Firefighter/Paramedic Jefferson
      City Of Jefferson Paramedic Jefferson
      City Of Kenosha Fire Dept Station 1 Firefighter/Paramedic Kenosha
      City Of LaCrosse Fire Dept Firefighter LaCrosse
      City Of Madison Fire Dept Firefighter/Paramedic 2
      City of Madison Fire Dept Firefighter/Paramedic 2
      City Of Waukesha Fire Dept Firefighter/Paramedic Waukesha
      Dells-Delton EMS Paramedic Lake Delton
      Fitch-Rona EMS District Paramedic Verona 3
      Highland Park Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Highland Park IL
      Lafayette County EMS Paramedic Darlington
      Madison Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic
      Marquette County EMS Paramedic Montello 2
      Mauston Area Ambulance Paramedic Mauston
      Orange Cross Ambulance Paramedic Sheboygan
      Ryan Brothers Ambulance Paramedic 2
      Superior-Air-Ground Ambulance Paramedic Janesville
      Waunakee Area EMS Paramedic Waunakee 2

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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