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The Paramedic Technician degree 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 may lead to opportunities to serve as EMS managers and instructors.
The embedded technical diploma gives you the opportunity to secure work and continue your career serving local communities, hospitals, and other institutions or industries that require the skills of paramedic. You may choose later to complete your associate degree.
Paramedic Technician is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree, a technical diploma and other opportunities for advanced learning. All will prepare you for a good job. The associate degree allows you to transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.
Full-time cohort meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 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 9 am - 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.
Due to the nature of the schedule, some portions 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 associate degree in the Paramedic program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you to participate in 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 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- SummerFourth SemesterFifth Semester
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. 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.
UW System SchoolsThe terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Wisconsin Private SchoolsA student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.
Out-of-State SchoolsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
After completing the two-year Paramedic degree 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 18 16 13 Number of Surveys Sent 18 16 13 Number of Surveys Returned 1 8 5 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 1 8 5 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 1 8 5 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 1 8 5 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 4 3.8 3.6 Number of Satisfaction Responses 1 8 5 Very Satisfied (4) 1 6 3 Percent Very Satisfied 100.00% 75.00% 60.00% Satisfied (3) 0 2 2 Percent Satisfied 0.00% 25.00% 40.00% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 1 8 5 Preparation for Getting a Job 1 3 2 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 100.00% 37.50% 40.00% Career Change 0 1 0 Percent Career Change 0.00% 12.50% 0.00% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 3 3 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 37.50% 60.00% Preparation for Further Education 0 1 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 12.50% 0.00% 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
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 1 8 5 Before Enrollment 0 4 4 Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 50.00% 80.00% While Attending the College 0 1 0 Percent While Attending the College 0.00% 12.50% 0.00% After Training at the College 1 3 1 Percent After Training at the College 100.00% 37.50% 20.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 1 8 4 In College District 0 7 4 Percent In College District 0.00% 87.50% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 100.00% 12.50% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 7 5 Average Monthly Wage $3,956 $4,203 $3,257 Average Hourly Wage $23.00 $24.44 $18.93 Average Work Hours per Week 56 48.5 61.2 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Baraboo EMS Paramedic Baraboo City of Madison Fire Dept Firefighter/Paramedic Madison Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic New Glarus Area EMS AEMT/Paramedic New Glarus Wauwatosa Fire Department Firefighter Wauwatosa
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