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Emergency Medical Technician
Program Code: 30-531-3

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Technical Diploma: 180 Hours, 5 Credits
Appleton Campus - Classroom and Online
Not Financial Aid Eligible

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Emergency medical service involves the delivery of emergency medical care to people who have taken ill or who have suffered injury.

As part of the Emergency Medical Services team, the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic determines the nature and extent of various illnesses and injuries, administers prescribed medical treatment at the site of an emergency and during transport, and communicates with other professional medical personnel at definitive emergency care sites.

A career in pre-hospital emergency medical service is not for everyone. Both the training program and the profession are physically, mentally and emotionally challenging. You will see things and be involved with situations that are not always pleasant. You will often enter the life of a patient under less than ideal conditions. Yet knowing that you possess the skills to alleviate suffering and save lives, and knowing that you can make a positive difference in the life of a patient, makes being an emergency medical technician one of today's most rewarding occupations.

Program Description

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (10-531-169) is a 180-hour entry-level program that will train you to respond on an ambulance as an integral member of the pre-hospital emergency care team. You will be able to provide efficient and immediate emergency pre-hospital care to the ill or injured, and continue that care during transport to a medical facility.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Basic written and practical examinations , a licensing prerequisite in Wisconsin and many other states.

This program, in conjunction with two-year degree programs in criminal justice, fire protection or nursing, can further enhance your opportunities for job placement and career advancement.

This program is also a prerequisite for consideration in admitting you to advanced pre-hospital training programs such as Advanced EMT, Emergency Medical Technician, and Paramedic.

Topics covered in the program include preparatory airway, C-PAP, Combitube, patient assessment, medical emergencies, nebulizer, glucagon administration, blood sugar evaluation, trauma, infants and children, operations, clinical/field experience, and defibrillation.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements
  • EMT caregiver background check
  • EMT criminal background check
  • EMT preclinical health form
  • Program/plan financial aid ineligible

Must meet all Clinical Documentation Policy requirements as stated on the Emergency Medical Services website at

Program Outcomes
  • Function in a basic level of prehospital emergency care doing the following: assessment of patients, cardiac and respiratory assessment skills, care of trauma/medical patients using advanced airway management skills, with greater scope of responsibility with blood glucose monitoring and administration of specific medications.
  • Functions under protocols for emergency patient care.
  • Possesses critical thinking and decision making skills in the provision of prehospital care and in selected emergency room settings.
  • Take a leadership role at the emergency scene as the highest level of emergency care provider present.
  • Makes inter-facility transfers of patients within defined protocols.
  • Provide specialty skills in providing airway management, i.e. C-PAP.
  • Prepared to take and be successful on the National Registry of EMT.
  • Employed in ambulance services, emergency rooms or as safety directors in business and industry.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail Peggy Mueller at (920) 735-5631.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program