Emergency Medical Services

PROgram Office

CALL: (608) 246-5250

School of Human and Protective Services

Protective Services Education Building 100
1701 Pearson Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-5400

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Emergency Medical Technician

Less Than One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 305313


Emergency Medical Technician is an entry-level course and meets requirements for licensure in Wisconsin and certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. This course is offered throughout the district.

Prerequisites: CPR certification at professional level and a COMPASS/Accuplacer Reading score of 80 or higher or proof of a grade C or better in college-level English. The Department of Health and Family Services may set other requirements.

Students must be at least 18 years old.

Orientation is mandatory.

This program has a state-mandated hours requirement.

The National Registry of EMT's Practical Exam is offered on site at the end of your course.

EMS Student Dress Code is enforced at all times. Madison College EMS or Fire Program shirts are 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.

Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is your responsibility.

Program Details

Students in EMT program can attend part time.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Or through community ambulance services and fire departments.

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Emergency Medical Technician


Application for this program is processed through the EMS office only. Please read and follow the instructions on the schedule carefully. Incomplete registrations will not be considered.

Fall 2017 EMT Schedule

To apply:

  1. Submit your EMS registration form
  2. Include a copy of your current professional-level CPR certification
  3. Include a copy of your COMPASS Reading score of 80+ or ACT Reading Score 18+ or proof of a grade C or better in a college level English

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2017-2018 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.



After completing the EMT 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-Basic.
  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-Basic certification exam.



Earning your Wisconsin EMT License upon completion of the EMT program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as an Emergency Medical Technician.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

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