Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

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As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), you’re on the front lines providing lifesaving care to people in need. You’ll learn how to assess a patient’s illness or injury, render aid, and use proper procedures and precautions when treating a patient. This 180-hour course covers all the situations you are likely to encounter as an EMT, including emergency childbirth, airway obstruction, bleeding, fractures, shock, heart attack and stroke, and other medical emergencies, as well how to stabilize and safely transport the patient to a medical facility.

Although most EMTs work for ambulance services, fire departments and hospitals also employ them.

Students are required to take a practical and written exam to become nationally registered, and then apply for a license to work as EMTs in Wisconsin. Continue your education to earn a technical diploma or associate's degree for further job opportunities and earning potential.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

This program will cost about $900* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding31
Employed in Related Occupation12
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market18

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week1943
Median Hourly Wage$11.15 $14.75
Hourly Wage Range$2.00 - $11.90$8.00 - $18.99
Median Annual Salary$7,696.00 $34,515.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • EMT; Black River Falls, EMS, Black River Falls, WI
  • EMT; Camp Douglas, Inc., Camp Douglas, WI
  • EMT; Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake, WI
  • EMT; Sparta Ambulance, Sparta, WI
  • EMT; Vernon Memorial Hospital, Viroqua, WI
  • Nurse Tech; Trempealeau County Health Care Center, Whitehall, WI
  • Resident Care Associate; Bethany Heights Assisted Living, Holmen, WI
  • Wilton Ambulance Service; Village of Wilton, Wilton, WI

Career Opportunities

Emergency Medical Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Interpret the nature and seriousness of the patient's condition.
  • Assess requirements for emergency care.
  • Administer appropriate emergency medical care based on assessment findings.
  • Transfer the patient to minimized discomfort and prevent further injury.
  • Operate EMS equipment safely and effectively.
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse range of people.
  • Establish a safe environment for patient care.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician – Basic program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions, complete a background check, provide proof of immunization (including a TB Test), read and return a signed copy of the supplemental information document, and complete American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider CPR certification. You can find links to these document below.

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the documents below:

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

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