Emergency Medical Technician
Technical Diploma
5 Credits
Central Campus (Janesville)

Flexible Learning Options

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Several classes in this program are offered in one or more of the following formats:

What You’ll Learn

"Some people spend their whole lives wondering if they made a difference. Some don't have that problem."  - Unknown

Your best day on the job is often the worst day for someone else. That’s the role of an emergency medical technician (EMT).

Throughout Rock and Green counties, Blackhawk is well-known for training EMTs to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries, accident scenes, or whenever disaster strikes.

BTC’s Basic- or Advanced-EMT programs provide the necessary education and training to work on a private ambulance, as a firefighter, a police officer, or a number of other careers in the medical field.

Using advanced technology, such as a digital anatomy table or human simulators, combined with instruction from top-flight professionals and opportunities to do scenario-based training with students from other medical programs, a graduate from this program will gain the skills they need to become a successful emergency medical technician. 

  • The EMT-Basic program is a 5 credit, 180-hour course, plus 10+ hours in a hospital emergency room setting and ambulance ride-along training.
  • The EMT-Advanced program is a 4 credit, 180-hour course with approximately 65 hours of clinical time
  • For both the EMT-Basic or -Advanced programs, 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.
  • For both the EMT-Basic or -Advanced programs, a minimum of 75% is required on all exams to be eligible to attend the National Registry of EMT (NREMT) or EMT Intermediate practical and written exams needed for Wisconsin EMT licensing.
Estimated Program Costs & Potential Earnings

Median Wage


*based on EMSI Occupational Employment Statistics

Potential Careers

Emergency Medical Technician
Emergency Department Technician

Career Pathway

Previous education and work experience could qualify for Credit for Prior Learning saving you time and money. Find out more about what may apply to this program.

Emergency Medical Technician
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

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