Emergency Medical Technician

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Emergency Medical Technician 

Technical Diploma

5 Credits | 180 Hours

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of On Site and Online Live instruction

Career Cluster: Law, Public Safety and Security

Emergency Medical Technicians respond to emergencies that require urgent medical attention. As a graduate of this program, you will be trained to assess the emergency, provide patient care that can save a life and transport the patient to the hospital.


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Financial assistance may be available to assist with your healthcare training as part of the Support for Communities grant. To determine if you're eligible, please connect with the contact based upon your county of residence:  

For Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Price, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn counties, please contact Scott Schultz, Project Coordinator, sschultz@nwwib.com, 715.201.8493, www.nwwib.com/s2c

For Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, Pepin and St. Croix, please contact Kari Dahl, Case Manager, kari.dahl@workforceresource.org, 877.711.9390 ext. 1421, www.workforceresource.org

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Program Overview

Emergency Medical Technicians are the crucial link in the healthcare system. Graduates of the EMT program must complete the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Exam for licensing. If successful, students will be eligible to apply for licensure as an EMT.

Graduates will know how to respond quickly to various life-threatening emergencies. Students must be 18-years-old for licensing and will also be required to complete 10 patient contacts after obtaining a Training Center Training Permit. Students who successfully complete the program, with a program plan GPA of 2.0 or better, will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMT's cognitive and psychomotor examinations for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level of certification. 

Upon successful completion of the first course, 30531340 Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Part 1, the student may take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMR certification examination. Individuals with a current EMR license who are looking to advance their career to obtain their EMT license, may be able to use credit for prior learning to receive credit for 30531340 EMR and EMT Part 1 course and ladder into the 30531341 Emergency Medical Technician Part 2 course. 

Program Outcomes

Emergency Medical Technician graduates will be able to:

  • 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
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According to Northwood Tech's Graduate Survey Response, 98 percent of EMT grads were employed within six months. For your convenience, Northwood Tech can arrange to offer this diploma at a location near you. 

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Learn by doing.

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Offered at various off-campus locations.

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In-demand career. 


This 180-hour technical diploma is offered at the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campuses and available at various off-site locations for your convenience. Select courses are available at the Balsam Lake, Hayward and Ladysmith Outreach Centers. 

Get Licensed

This course prepares students for all aspects of emergency medical care, both medical and trauma situations, licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Career Pathways

After completing this program, you can build upon your education by completing Northwood Tech's Paramedic Technician associate degree or the EMT-Paramedic technical diploma. 

180 Hours

After completing this short 180 hour training, you'll be ready to enter a rewarding career as an Emergency Medical Technician. 


These courses prepare students for all aspects of emergency medical care, both medical and trauma situations, sanctioned by the Wisconsin Division of Health, at the basic level.

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Emergency Medical Technician is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Emergency Medical Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way. The EMT program is not embedded, but is a requirement for the Paramedic programs.

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
5 Credits / 180 Required Hours
Potential Careers
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Range of Yearly Salary
$2,600 - $129,990 annually
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Advance your skills.

Technical Diploma
38 Credits / 1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
EMT – Paramedic, Ambulance Service, Dispatch Centers, First Responder Units, Hospitals/Emergency Departments, Industrial Safety Departments, Rescue Squads, Urgent Care Facilities
Range of Yearly Salary
$22,462 - $97,337
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Obtain your associate degree.

Associate Degree
67 Credit / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Option Available
Potential Careers
Paramedic, Ambulance Services, Dispatch Centers, First Responder Unit, Hospitals/Emergency Departments, Industrial Safety Departments, Rescue Squads, Urgent Care Facilities
Range of Yearly Salary
$34,629-$81,530 annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree.

Admissions and Tuition

To apply for a technical diploma, just fill out an application form either online or at a campus, and Northwood Tech will guide you from there. 

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process for this program that can be completed in one step: simply fill out the application form. That’s it!

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Emergency Medical Technician 

5 Credits | 180 Hours


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Emergency Medical Technician Program

Students who successfully complete the program, with a program plan GPA of 2.0 or better, will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMT's  cognitive and psychomotor examinations for Emergency Medical Technician level of certification.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information

Northwood Tech’s EMT Technical Diploma is designed to prepare students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. However, Northwood Tech has not made a determination whether this program meets the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure other states. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in the state to verify that the Northwood Tech program meets licensure or certification requirements.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Rachel Lee

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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