Program Description

The Fire Medic Associate Degree program prepares learners for an occupation in Fire and Emergency Medical Services focusing on entry-level employment as a firefighter/paramedic within a full-time municipal department, hospital or private ambulance service. Fire Medic learners will train to respond to today's emergencies with extreme confidence. After completing this program, learners are prepared to take the National Registry for Paramedic Exam. In addition, they will be able to take the State of Wisconsin Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 exams. Must be a licensed EMT Basic to enroll in the Fire Medic program. The Northcentral Technical College Fire Medic Associate Degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $11,187
Books & Supplies: $812

Starting Salary

Average, based on the WTCS Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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Graduates will be able to…

  • Perform essential firefighting skills to reduce loss of life and property
  • Meet state and national competencies listed for paramedic certification(s)
  • Demonstrate professional behavior
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Demonstrate paramedic skills associated with established standards and procedures for a variety of patient encounters
  • Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to provide appropriate patient care
  • Prepare for incident response and emergency operations


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Firefighter/Paramedic


The Fire Medic Associate Degree is a 62 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
Fire Fighting Principles 4.00
Hazardous Materials Operations 1.00
Gen Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00

Second Term

Advanced Firefighter Concepts 2.00
Technical Reporting 3.00
Think Critically & Creatively 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00

Third Term

EMS Fundamental 2.00
Paramedic Medical Principles 4.00
Adv. Patient Assess Principles 3.00
Adv. Pre-Hospital Pharmacology 3.00
Paramedic Respiratory Mgt. 2.00
Paramedic Portfolio 1 2.00

Fourth Term

Paramedic Cardiology 4.00
Adv Emergency Resuscitation 1.00
EMS Operations 1.00
Paramedic Portfolio 2 2.00

Fifth Term

Paramedic Trauma 3.00
Special Patient Populations 3.00
Paramedic Program Medical Emergencies 3.00
Paramedic Clinical/Field Experience 2 3.00
Paramedic Program Capstone 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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The Northcentral Technical College Fire Medic Associate Degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
Southern Illinois University Bachelor of Public Safety Management
UW Oshkosh Bachelor of Fire and Emergency Response Management
UW Oshkosh Bachelor of Human Services Leadership

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance









* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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Additional Information

Licensure/Certification Information

NTC’s Fire Medic Associate Degree is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's licensing criteria. However, NTC has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the NTC program meets licensure or certification requirements.

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

  • This program may require a Criminal Background Check and/or Health Record. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background or health record, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.
  • Students must be a Licensed EMT-B in order to start in the paramedic core classes. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification will also be required during this program.

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