Program Description

Prepares learners for an occupation in Fire and Emergency Medical Services. The courses focus on preparing a learner for 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 (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Approximate Cost

$11,740
Tuition: $10016 , Books: $1724

Starting Salary

$34,944
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Students Enjoy…

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
50-60 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

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

Courses

The Fire Medic Associate Degree is a 63 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

FIRE FIGHTING PRINCIPLES 4.00
ADVANCED FIREFIGHTER CONCEPTS 2.00
GEN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

SPECIAL RESCUE 3.00
TECHNICAL REPORTING 3.00
THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Third Term

EMS FUNDAMENTALS 2.00
PARAMEDIC MEDICAL PRINCIPLES 4.00
ADVANCED PATIENT ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES 3.00
ADVANCED PRE-HOSPITAL PHARMACOLOGY 3.00
PARAMEDIC RESPIRATORY MANAGEMENT 2.00
PARAMEDIC PORTFOLIO 1 2.00

Fourth Term

PARAMEDIC CARDIOLOGY 4.00
ADVANCED EMERGENCY RESUSCITATION 1.00
PARAMEDIC PORTFOLIO 2 2.00

Fifth Term

PARAMEDIC TRAUMA 3.00
SPECIAL PATIENT POPULATIONS 3.00
EMS OPERATIONS 1.00
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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Accreditation

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

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

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 requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, 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.

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.