Emergency Medical Technician-Basic - Learn More

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic


Credits Required for Graduation: 5.00

Learn More About This Program

The Emergency Medical Technician performs limited invasive (advanced) skills. The EMT program emphasizes the development of student skills in patient assessment and examination, the recognition of signs and symptoms of illness or injury and the use of proper procedures when rendering basic emergency medical care.

Program Chair

Shari Jacobson
email: jacobsons@westerntc.edu


Deb Slaby
email: slabyd@westerntc.edu

Phil Rach
email: rachp@westerntc.edu

Summer Contact

Paula Berg
Email: bergp@westerntc.edu

Enrollment Services


Web related links

Professional Organizations

  • Wisconsin EMS Association
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Frequently Asked Questions

Is clinical time required?

Yes, we would prefer that you ride on an ambulance to get the 5 patient contacts. If that is not possible, you can sign up for the local Emergency Departments in the area. Western Technical College has a contract with most hospitals and ambulance services. Students are responsible for their own transportation to all clinical sites.

Is there a State or National Exam at the end of the course?

Yes there is both a State and National Exam at the end of the course. Wisconsin accepts the National Registry Written Exam and the NREMT accepts the Wisconsin practical exam. At the end of the course you have the option of taking this certification for National and State recognition. You must pass this exam, to be eligible for EMT Basic license. Once the student successfully completes the National Registry, it is their responsibility to apply for state licensure.

What is the job market like?

Employment of Emergency Medical Technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014, as full time paid EMTs and Paramedics replace unpaid volunteers. As population and urbanization increase, and as a large segment of the population-aging baby boomers-become more likely to have medical emergencies, demand will increase for EMTs and Paramedics.

Earnings of EMTs and Paramedics depend on the employment setting and geographic location as well as the individual's training and experience. Annual earnings can range from $19,970 to $43,240.

Essential Functions

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 www.westerntc.edu. You may also obtain an application for admission from the Welcome Center on the La Crosse campus.