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Paramedic Technician

Associate of Applied Science

Credits Required for Graduation: 70.00

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Paramedic Technician

Paramedics provide the most extensive pre-hospital care and may work for fire departments, private ambulance services, police departments or hospitals. Paramedics must be able to function independently in a non-structured environment that is constantly changing. Paramedics must have excellent judgment and be able to prioritize decisions, and act quickly in the best interest of the patient. Paramedics work with diverse multicultural groups and ages within those groups. Paramedics work under the direction of a Physician. They also work with other levels of pre-hospital care providers, Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, Nursing and other allied healthcare professionals.

Program Chair

Deb Slaby


Phil Rach

Summer Contact

Paula Berg

Enrollment Services


Web related links

Professional Organizations

Wisconsin EMS Association
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

EMS Club

The EMS Club is open to all students in EMS programs. The club raises money through fundraisers to provide learning opportunities for students. The club also participates in college and community activities.

Professional Organizations

  • Wisconsin EMS Association
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the special program characteristics?

The Paramedic Technician Program is designed for the adult learner. It features a learning environment that fosters independence, problem solving, organization, goal attainment and communication through faculty guidance and performance based evaluation. Courses provide learning tasks based on course competencies and facilitate mastery of theoretical and clinical performance standards. Classes, skills lab and clinical and field experience provide opportunities to share knowledge, ask questions, and practice newly mastered skills.

Will I be required to travel?

The Paramedic program utilizes clinical and field training sites in the Western Technical College area during the program and may at times require additional travel. Students are responsible for their own transportation to all clinical sites. Overnight travel may be required.

What happens after I graduate?

Upon graduation the student will become eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic written and practical examination. Upon successful completion of the National Registry exam, the student will then need to apply for licensure within the state they plan to seek employment in. There is an additional cost for this exam.

Do I need a computer with Internet Access?

Students may use the computer lab at all Western campuses, but may find it more convenient to own a computer. Internet supported learning strategies will include use of Blackboard.

Essential Functions (Typical Duties)

Essential functions have been identified for each program. These essential functions specify the physical, environmental, and cognitive/mental requirements that students may be expected to perform to complete the program. To obtain a detailed list of these functions, or inquire about accommodations for a documented disability, please contact Instructional Support Services at 608.785.9875. Students applying for admission to a program will be mailed a copy of the program's essential functions.

For More Information

For more information, or to apply for admission, contact Western at (608) 785-9553, or visit us online at You may also obtain an application for admission from the Welcome Center on the La Crosse campus.