Emergency Medical Services Training

Emergency Medical Technician – Basic

The Emergency Medical Technician typically represents one of the first components of the emergency medical system. The EMT Basic course prepares individuals to care for patients at accident scenes and other trauma incidents, for patient illness in residential settings, and patient care and transport by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. The course emphasizes emergency skills such as managing respiratory and cardiac emergencies, other medical emergencies, trauma emergencies and patient assessment, and teaches these skills in a job-related context. The National Registry of EMT’s test is required at the completion of the course for licensure in the State of Wisconsin. The semester long course is also a pre-requisite for Advanced EMT (AEMT), EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic training. The EMT-Basic course is a 5 credit, 180 hour course, plus 10+ hours in a hospital emergency room setting and ambulance ride-along training. Students can expect an average of 10 hours per week of contact hours that will include four day-long lab days and on-line Blackboard coursework. When the student enrolls in the course they will only see that lab days are on Fridays but all students will have the choice of attending either Fridays or Saturdays for the 4 lab day weekends during the semester. If there are any questions please call Joy Skogen at 608-757-7690.

Students should expect to have Caregiver Background checks for the clinical portion of the course. Students must also meet the immunization requirements set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and proof of health insurance.

EMT Basic Practical / Knowledge / Skills Base Outcomes

A minimum of a 75% is required on all exams to be eligible to attend the National Registry of EMT (NREMT) practical and written exams needed for Wisconsin EMT licensing. Knowledge and skills outcomes include;

  • Recognize and provide interventions for airway and breathing emergencies
  • Recognize and provide interventions for trauma related emergencies
  • Recognize and provide interventions for cardiac emergencies
  • Recognize and provide interventions for medical emergencies
  • Recognize and provide interventions for pre-hospital childbirth, OB related emergencies and pediatric care
  • Provide medications by the State of Wisconsin EMS protocols
  • Show awareness of EMS operations, including special operations, EMS legal issues, communication, documentation and lifting and moving patients

An option for the EMT-B training is to enroll in a split course program that includes a 2 credit summer term course called “EMT Fundamentals” and a follow-up course for the fall term that is a 3 credit course called “EMT Applications”. These two courses together make up the same EMT-B course material as the single semester course that is offered every semester. For more information go to the Fire Protection Technician program to view the course descriptions for EMT Fundamentals, course # 503-125, and EMT Applications, course # 503-128.

Advanced EMT/Intermediate Technician

The EMT typically represents one of the first components of the emergency medical system. This Advanced EMT course prepares individuals to care for patients at accident scenes and transport by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. The course emphasizes emergency skills such as managing respiratory and cardiac emergencies, medical emergencies, trauma emergencies and patient assessment, and teaches these skills in a job-related context. The AEMT course is a 4 credit, 180 hour course with approximately 65 hours of clinical time that needs to be completed. NREMT testing is required for state licensure.

AEMT / Intermediate Technician Outcomes

Minimum of 75% is required on all exams to be eligible to take the State of WI EMT-Intermediate Technician Exam for licensing. Knowledge and skills outcomes include;

  • Apply the preparatory aspects of EMT-Intermediate Technician care.
  • Utilize a process of clinical decision making when forming a field impression.
  • Demonstrate usage of basic pharmacology principles.
  • Perform intravenous therapy.
  • Demonstrate care of cardiovascular patients.
  • Perform interventions for diabetic cases.
  • Deliver emergency care of narcotic overdose patients.
  • Perform clinical skill competencies.
  • Deliver emergency care to pediatric patients.

A Caregiver Background Check WILL be required for clinical portion of the program. Students must meet the immunization requirements set by the CDC and provide proof of health insurance.  Proof of a WI EMT Basic license is required for registration.

AEMT/Intermediate Technician students can expect these course time commitments:

Classroom and Skill Assessments               64 hours
Lab days                                                    16 hours
On-line/Blackboard Assignments                  35 hours
Clinical-Emergency Room                            65 hours
Total for course                                          180 hours

Intermediate Technician students will be graded using the following weights and values:

Clinical-ER and Ambulance 30%
Classroom Skill Assessments 20%
Cognitive Objective Assignments 10%
Critical Thinking Assignments 10%
Exams-pass of 80% on each 20%
Team Project Presentation 10%

Grade Explanations:

Clinical Time and Competencies: Approximately 65 hours of clinical time must be completed by the end of the class. Each of the competencies listed must be completed and verified successful by a preceptor. It is a State of Wisconsin requirement to complete all competencies and hours in order to be eligible for course completion. Preceptors will complete leadership and care management plan evaluation forms for each assessment performed by the student. Competency checklist forms will be given to student at the beginning of clinical eligibility. Points will be awarded according to a standard system based on the performance evaluation made by the preceptors.

A - 93%-100%
B - 86%-92%
C - 75%-85%
D - 70%-74%
F - 0%-69%