Emergency Medical Technician - Basic | Western Technical College

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

Technical Diploma

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Not Financial Aid Eligible

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Fall, Spring, Summer

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 degree for further job opportunities and earning potential.

The Emergency Medical Technician course is offered in a variety of ways. Learn more about your options.

To view the Emergency Medical Technician - Basic program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

This program will cost about $821* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding20
Employed in Related Occupation6
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education10
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week38
Median Hourly Wage$16.06
Hourly Wage Range$16.00-$16.12
Median Annual Salary$31,726

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • EMT, Firefighter, Forestry Technician, General Laborer/Production

Career Opportunities

Emergency Medical Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Prepare for incident response and EMS operations
  • Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to provide appropriate patient care
  • Demonstrate EMT skills associated with established standards and procedures for a variety of patient encounters
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Demonstrate professional behavior
  • Meet state competencies for EMT certification

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

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*), and read and return a signed copy of the supplemental information document. You can find links to these document below.

* Tuberculosis (TB) Test - One of the following is required:

  • Two step TB skin test (1-3 weeks apart) OR
  • Two consecutive annual tests (no more than 12 months between tests) OR
  • QuantiFERON Gold blood test (lab report required) OR
  • If positive results provide a lab report or physician verification of a clear chest x-ray.

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

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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