Paramedic Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315311

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. This program is nationally accredited through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professionals under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Follow Your Path

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

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.


    Requirements for Program Entry

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

    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

    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 AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. 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. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.


    • 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.