A paramedia student steps into the EMS simulator lab at NWTC

Paramedic - Technical Diploma

Paramedic graduates are prepared to perform emergency patient care and advanced life support in the pre-hospital setting, transporting injured and ill patients to hospital emergency departments. Graduates of this program will have the potential for employment on board paramedic-level ambulance services in the public (fire department-based) or private sector or in hospital emergency departments as emergency technicians. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088 214-703-8445 FAX 214-703-8992 www.coaemsp.org

Program Code: 315311
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All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):

Fire Medic, 105312

Currently certified/practicing paramedics may apply credit from prior education and work experience toward Nursing - Associate Degree, 105431


  • Day
  • Full-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Viewpoint account and requirements met
  • Completed application
  • Currently licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the state of Wisconsin
  • Maintain a current AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider certification on a two-year renewal cycle to comply with affiliating agency requirements
  • Students are required to complete their field experience throughout the duration of the program that would permit the completion of field experience necessary to qualify for licensure
  • Aptitudes required for work of this nature are good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, lift, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Paramedic technical degree in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 39
  • Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-531-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team.
  • The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program credits, but must be passed with a "C" or better

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare for incident response and EMS operations
  • Integrate pathophysiology principles and assessment findings for a variety of patient encounters
  • Demonstrate paramedic skills associated with established standards and procedures for a variety of patient encounters
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies, and supervisors
  • Demonstrate professional behavior
  • Meet Wisconsin state and national competency requirements for paramedic credentialing

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 93% in field


Median Starting Salary

Source: NWTC Graduate Outcome Survey

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment as a Paramedic, Emergency Room Technician, EKG Monitoring Technician, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Technician,Cardiac Catheter Lab Technician, or other healthcare settings.

What else do I need to know about the program?


  • Transfer of credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis only.
  • Graduates of the Paramedic technical diploma who complete their coursework with a "C" or better and meet the program benchmark scores for the Fire Medic program, may qualify for advance standing within the Fire Medic Associate Degree program
  • Graduates of the Paramedic technical diploma who complete the following courses with a "B" or better, meet the program benchmark scores for the Nursing-Associate Degree program, AND successfully complete the General Studies courses for the Nursing-Associate Degree program may apply to that program for advanced standing:
  • 10-543-127, Paramedic to ADN Theory 1, 3 cr.
  • 10-543-128, Paramedic to ADN Theory 2, 3 cr.
  • 10-543-129, Paramedic to ADN Clinical, 2 cr.
  • 10-543-130, Paramedic to ADN Skills, 2 cr.
  • Refer to the program information for Nursing-Associate Degree on this website for benchmark scores and required General Studies courses.

Industry Credentials

Students who complete the Paramedic program have the opportunity to be certified by NREMT to achieve eligibility for EMS licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services EMS Section.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.viewpointscreening.com/nwtc AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry and/or clinical, practicum, field experience. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Please review your entry/admission checklist. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical, practicum, or field experience site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum/field experience placement or guarantee graduation.

Minimum Expectations:

To prepare Paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession. 


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.