Emergency Medical Services

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CALL: (608) 246-5250
FAX: (608) 616-1590

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 program and meets requirements for licensure in Wisconsin and certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. This program is offered throughout the district.

Students must be at least 18 years old.

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 the EMT program can attend part time. Each cohort consists of two parts, EMT 1 and EMT 2, which you enroll in together.

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


To apply:

  1. Select a cohort, some semesters will not have multiple offerings
  2. Setup your student account
  3. Register for classes. You must register for both EMT 1 and EMT 2 at the same time.

Summer 2018 - Accelerated format

Cohort 1 - Protective Services Building; Mondays & Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30-July 30, 2018 Class #10416 & 10417

Cohort 2 - Protective Services Building; Tuesdays & Thursdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31-July 30, 2018 Class #10480 & 10481

Fall 2018 - Single Semester format

Cohort 3 - Protective Services Building; Mondays & Wednesdays 8 a.m. to noon. Sept.5-Dec. 17, 2018 Class #31850 & 31851

Cohort 4 - Protective Services Building; Mondays & Wednesdays 1 to 5 p.m. Sept.5-Dec. 17, 2018 Class #31852 & 31853

Cohort 5 - Protective Services Building; Tuesdays & Thursdays 6 to 10 p.m. Sept.3-Dec. 17, 2018 Class #31854 & 31855

Cohort 6 - Reedsburg Campus; Mondays & Wednesdays 6 to 10 p.m. Sept.5-Dec. 17, 2018 Class #31856 & 31857

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 - Two Semester format*

Cohort 7 - Protective Services Building; Mondays 6 to 10 p.m. Sept.5, 2018-May 8, 2018 Class #32847 & TBD

*This offering of the EMT program requires a two semester commitment. You will complete EMT 1 in fall 2018 and EMT 2 in spring 2019.



Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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