Technical Diploma

Program number: 315313

Credits: 38

Area of Study: Health Sciences

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $5,187.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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 (“job out”) and to begin serving 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 associate degree program.

Program Details

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

Full-time cohort meet Tuesday/Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with lab on Monday or Friday plus clinical hours. This program spans one year, including fall, spring and summer semesters. Students in this cohort attend full time.


Fall 2020 Part-time cohort meet Tuesday/Thursday 6 – 10 p.m. and 24 Saturday labs 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  plus clinical hours. This part time format takes 18 months to complete. Remote course attendance is available for parts of this class.


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.


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.

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 may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you're admitted into your program, review the Next Steps after Program Acceptance


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.

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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 13 13
    Number of Surveys Sent 12 13
    Number of Surveys Returned 7 12
    Percent of Surveys Returned 58.30% 92.30%
    Available for Employment 6 8
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 4
    Percent Not in Labor Market 16.70% 50.00%
    Available for Employment

    2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 6 8
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 6 8
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 0.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.5 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 6 8
    Very Satisfied 2 4
    Percent Very Satisfied 33.30% 50.00%
    Satisfied 4 4
    Percent Satisfied 66.70% 50.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 7 12
    Preparation for Getting a Job 1 4
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 14.30% 33.30%
    Career Change 2 0
    Percent Career Change 28.60% 0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 2 3
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 28.60% 25.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 5
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 14.30% 41.70%
    Personal Interest 1 0
    Percent Personal Interest 14.30% 0.00%
    Other 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 6 8
    Before Enrollment 0 5
    Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 62.50%
    While Attending the College 1 1
    Percent While Attending the College 16.70% 12.50%
    After Training at the College 5 2
    Percent After Training at the College 83.30% 25.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 6 8
    In College District 3 6
    Percent In College District 50.00% 75.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 33.30% 12.50%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 16.70% 12.50%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 4 8
    Average Monthly Wage $2,709 $2,773
    Average Hourly Wage $15.75 $16.12
    Average Work Hours per Week 47.2 52.9
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
    Average Hourly Wage $13.50
    Average Work Hours per Week 24
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open
    Number of Part Time Positions Open
    Total Jobs
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    City of Brookfield Firefighter/Paramedic Brookfield
    Divine Savior Healthcare Paramedic Portage
    Gladstone Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Gladstone MO
    Oregon Area Fire & EMS District Firefighter/EMT Oregon
    Ryan Brothers Ambulance Paramedic 4

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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.


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