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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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  • 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 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
    • 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 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 Semester
    2 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    4 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Second Semester
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Third Semester - Summer
    1 credit
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    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

      After Acceptance

      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.

      Additional Notes

      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.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

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    • Petition

      After Acceptance

      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.

      Summer 2024, Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

      After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core-program courses through the Petition Process.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

    • 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

        Number of Program Graduates635340
        Number of Surveys Sent635340
        Number of Surveys Returned303425
        Percent of Surveys Returned
        Available for Employment293120
        Percent Available for Employment96.70%100.00%90.90%
        Not in Labor Market
        Percent Not in Labor Market3.30%9.70%22.70%
        Available for Employment

        Graduates Employed293020
        Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%96.80%100.00%
        Employed in Related Occupation292920
        Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%96.70%100.00%
        Employed in Unrelated Occupation010
        Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%3.30%0.00%
        Employed - No Response000
        Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Seeking Employment010
        Percent Seeking Employment0.00%3.20%0.00%
        Reaction To Training at Madison College

        Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
        Number of Satisfaction Responses303122
        Very Satisfied (4)181917
        Percent Very Satisfied60.00%61.30%77.30%
        Satisfied (3)11104
        Percent Satisfied36.70%32.30%18.20%
        Unsatisfied (2)111
        Percent Unsatisfied3.30%3.20%4.50%
        Very Unsatisfed (1)010
        Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%3.20%0.00%
        Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

        Number of Primary Reason Responses293425
        Preparation for Getting a Job8108
        Percent Preparation for Getting a Job27.60%29.40%32.00%
        Career Change222
        Percent Career Change6.90%5.90%8.00%
        Improvement of Existing Skills15179
        Percent Improvement of Existing Skills51.70%50.00%36.00%
        Preparation for Further Education455
        Percent Preparation for Further Education13.80%14.70%20.00%
        Personal Interest001
        Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%4.00%
        Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
        When Employment was Obtained

        Number of When Employment Obtained Responses293020
        Before Enrollment191511
        Percent Before Enrollment65.50%50.00%55.00%
        While Attending the College431
        Percent While Attending the College13.80%10.00%5.00%
        After Training at the College6128
        Percent After Training at the College20.70%40.00%40.00%
        Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

        Number of Employment Location Responses202111
        In College District182010
        Percent In College District90.00%95.20%90.90%
        In Wisconsin, Not in District000
        Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
        Outside of Wisconsin111
        Percent Outside Wisconsin5.00%4.80%9.10%
        Employer Location Unknown100
        Percent Location Unknown5.00%0.00%0.00%
        Salary Trend
        Salary Trend202020212022
        Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count232518
        Average Monthly Wage$3,474$3,769$4,026
        Average Hourly Wage$20.20$21.91$23.41
        Average Work Hours per Week48.354.953.6
        Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count21
        Average Hourly Wage$18.50$33.00
        Average Work Hours per Week2121
      • Graduate Employers

        Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
        Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
        Baraboo District Ambulance ServicesParamedicBaraboo
        Beloit Health & Rehabilitation CenterParamedic TechBeloit
        City of Madison Fire DeptFirefighter/Paramedic2
        City of Sun Prairie EMSLTE ParamedicSun Prairie
        City of Watertown Fire DeptFirefighter/ParamedicWatertown
        Cross Plains Area EMSChiefCross Plains
        Divine Savior HealthcareParamedicPortage
        Janesville Fire DepartmentFirefighter/ParamedicJanesville2
        Madison Fire DepartmentFirefighter/Paramedic2
        Mequon Fire DepartmentFirefighter/ParamedicMequon
        Midwest Medical Transport CoSenior ParamedicJanesville
        Midwest Medical Transport CoCritical Care ParamedicRichfield
        Midwest Medical Transport CoParamedicMilwaukee
        Reedsburg Area Ambulance ServiceCritical Care ParamedicReedsburg
        Wauwatosa Fire DepartmentFirefighterWauwatosa
        Whitewater Fire DepartmentFirefighter/ParamedicWhitewater

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        ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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