Program Description

The Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Technical Diploma program prepares learners to manage emergency patient care and treatment by performing comprehensive patient assessments, using critical thinking skills, providing advanced cardiac life support, administering various medications and performing advanced skills and interventions.

Learners in this program are given several options of career and educational growth. Skills after graduation include identifying, caring for and treating a wide variety of medical situations that include Advanced Cardiac Life Support and pre-hospital trauma care. Learners will also have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments such as fire departments, hospital emergency rooms, private ambulance services and industrial medicine. Completion of this program will both advance learner skills and open new doors for learners in both management and administrative positions.

Must be a licensed EMT to enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Technical Diploma program. This program prepares learners for National Registry Certification as a Paramedic, which is required for licensure in the state of Wisconsin.

As an Embedded Technical Diploma, this program ladders fully into the Paramedic Technician Associate Degree program.

Accreditation Information: The Paramedic Technician Technical Diploma program 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). Graduates are eligible for national certification and Wisconsin licensure as an EMT-Paramedic.

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition: $6629 , Books: $334

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC 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…

  • 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 EMS operations


The Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Technical Diploma is a 39 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

COLLEGE 101 1.00

Second Term


Third Term


Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

Completing the Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Technical Diploma Earns You:


The Northcentral Technical College Paramedic Technician Technical Diploma 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).

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.
Expenses Student 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
Transportation $2,007 $2,007
Personal Expenses $2,245 $2,245
Loan Fees $83 $83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2022-2023 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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We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.


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Additional Information

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2021.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 72.7%.

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 84.6%.

Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.

The most recent retention rate was 72.2%.

More Outcomes Data

Year Retention Positive Placement National Registry Written Pass Rate - Success National Registry Practical Pass Rate - Success
2017 71.4% 60% 60% 100%
2018 83.3% 80% 60% 100%
2019 89.5% 94.6% 76.5% 100%
2020 90.0% 77.8% 55.6% 100%
2021 72.2% 84.6% 72.7% 100%

Technical Standards

Students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic Technical Diploma Program should be able to meet the established technical standards which are representative of those found in the Paramedic profession.

Licensure/Certification Information

NTC’s EMT – Paramedic Technical Diploma is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's licensing and certification 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

  • Students must be a Licensed EMT-B in order to enroll in this program. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification will also be required during this program.
  • 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.
  • There are other costs that may be associated with this program, including: Uniforms ($90 - $220), Background Check ($10), Health Document Verification ($45 - $50), National Registry Psychomotor (Skills) Exam ($225), National Registry Written Exam ($125) and Field Internship Student Data Acquisition Project ($26.25). Additional costs may be incurred for immunizations and test or obtaining CPR certification/recertification.

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Documentation can be sent via email to, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 16 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores. Score requirements vary by program and version of the Accuplacer test that was taken. For more details, please contact Admissions. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

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 emailed to you.