EMT Training in Milwaukee with Program and Class Information

The Milwaukee area has three schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Learn about the EMT programs, admission info and program requirements for all three of these schools, none more than 40 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Milwaukee Schools Offering EMT Training Programs

Students seeking EMT training in Milwaukee will find three schools with a variety of programs. All are hour or less from the downtown area. This article examines those schools and their training options and also includes a table of information useful to prospective students. That data covers school enrollment, costs and campus setting in addition to other information.

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, about two miles from downtown, offers basic and advanced EMT diploma programs.
  • At Waukesha County Technical College, students can earn an EMT Technical Diploma or Advanced EMT Technical Diploma. This school has several campuses around 18 miles from the city center.
  • Gateway Technical College offers basic and advanced EMT diploma programs as well as a paramedic diploma program. This school is almost 28 miles from downtown Milwaukee.

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Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are looking for an EMT training program must be aware of many factors when choosing a school. The following table offers information about these three schools in a format that makes it easy to compare them.

Milwaukee Area Technical College Waukesha County Technical College Gateway Technical College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 14,012* 7,696* 9,166*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Midsize suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $4,491 in-state, $6,174 out-of-state* $4,340 in-state, $6,206 out-of-state* $4,369 in-state, $6,352 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 73%* 55%* 62%*
Acceptance Rate N/A Open enrollment N/A Open enrollment N/A Open enrollment
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 51% full-time, 44% part-time* 66% full-time, 58% part-time* 64% full-time, 61% part-time*
Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in 2014 11% (21% transfer-out rate)* 44% (10% transfer-out rate)* 31%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee Area Technical College is made up of four campuses, including one in downtown Milwaukee and West Allis, Wisconsin. The school's EMT programs are offered only at the Oak Creek campus, which is about 12 miles from downtown Milwaukee, and the Mequon campus, which is about 19 miles away. Each EMT program level has its own admission criteria.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Diploma

To enter the program, students must have a high school diploma or GED and attain minimum education requirement levels on the ACT or Accuplacer test. Successful program completion qualifies students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) basic exam. The program consists of a single class that spans a 16-week term, and students must earn at least a C to pass this course. Students are taught how to function as a member of a pre-hospital emergency care team. They learn skills in patient assessment, emergency medical treatment techniques, and patient stabilization and transportation. Along with basic EMT training, students also receive American Heart Association CPR training.

Advanced EMT Technician Diploma

Entrance requirements for this program include current licensure as a Wisconsin EMT and CPR certification at the healthcare provider level. Prospective students must also submit medical exam and immunization records, be at least 18 years old and pass a criminal background check. The program is one course that includes a clinical portion conducted through either a hospital or a fire department/ambulance provider. Studies build on EMT-Basic foundations and progress into advanced emergency service skills. Subjects covered include IV access and administration of intravenous fluids.

Waukesha County Technical College

Each level of training has different admission criteria. Training levels also qualify students for different types and levels of certification and licensure.

Emergency Medical Technician

Enrollment requirements include meeting health and immunization standards, as well as passing a criminal background check. Students must be at least 18 years old. The program is offered in 1-semester and 2-semester formats, which are offered in fall and spring terms. After successfully completing the program, students may take the NREMT exam. The program includes clinical training in a local hospital emergency department and American Heart Association CPR for healthcare providers training.

Emergency Medical Technician Advanced EMT Technical Diploma

To enroll in this program, students must already have EMT-Basic certification. Prospective students apply directly to the program rather than the school and priority is given to EMTs who are affiliated with local emergency medical service (EMS) providers and fire departments. Studies focus on IV access and fluid administration training. This program is a single course that prepares students to take the Wisconsin EMT-Intermediate exam.

Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate Technical Diploma

A Wisconsin EMT license is needed to enroll in this program. Courses include advanced studies in patient assessment, cardiac emergency care and medication administration. Students also study trauma and pediatric emergencies. Completing these courses will prepare students to take the NREMT Intermediate exam

Gateway Technical College

Though offered through Gateway Technical College, students take their EMT courses in the HERO Center in Burlington, which is about an hour away. Admission requirements vary by program level.

Emergency Medical Technician Technical Diploma

This program consists of a single course that's presented through lectures, lab practice and hospital clinical experience. Students are taught injury and illness assessment, cardiac arrest management and patient transportation safety for pediatric and adult patients. Completing this program will qualify students to take the NREMT Basic exam and apply for EMT-B licensure in Wisconsin. To participate, students must take a reading placement test and understand the functional ability requirements of the program.

Advanced EMT Technical Diploma

Students must have a current Wisconsin EMT license to be accepted into the program. This single-class program builds on EMT foundations and explores subjects such as I.V. introduction, airway management and methods for treating trauma patients. Graduation qualifies students to take the NREMT exam.

EMT - Paramedic Technical Diploma

Students spend 650 hours in the classroom and lab, in addition to gaining 500 hours maximum of clinical experience. EMT certification is required to enroll in this program. Offered as a part-time program for professionals working in the field, this certificate can be applied toward earning the school's paramedic technician associate degree.

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