Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in Wisconsin have two options for refresher training. One way is by completing a 36-hour EMT refresher course. The second way is by completing 24 hours of continuing education, along with a six-hour mini-refresher course. There are also advanced EMT refresher courses consisting of 42 hours. Community colleges commonly offer these classes, but some offer hybrid learning. To accommodate work schedules, schools may offer refresher classes for a half or full day on a Saturday.
Lakeshore Technical College
Located in Cleveland, Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) offers various emergency medical services (EMS) courses and programs for individuals interested in working in EMS or those in need of recertification. LTC has an EMT refresher and Advanced EMT course that provides students with current instruction in EMT techniques. The course meets the requirements set by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin State Statutes. Applicants must be currently licensed EMTs in Wisconsin to pursue refresher training.
Madison Area Technical College
Located in Madison, this technical college offers several EMT courses and EMT refresher courses through its continuing education department. The EMT-Basic refresher course is offered onsite at several campus locations, as well as in hybrid format, which allows students to complete one part online while the other parts are completed onsite. Students have 30 days to complete the online portion. Participants must also provide proof of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. The advanced EMT (AEMT) refresher course is a 42-hour state-approved refresher course that's also offered in both onsite and hybrid format. The AEMT refresher course is for current EMT-Intermediates in need of recertification. Both the EMT and the AEMT courses are typically offered on Saturday and Sunday.
Rhinelander-based Nicolet Area Technical College offers an EMS refresher course through its Continuing Education department. Classes are taken over a three-day period, for nine hours each day.
Northcentral Technical College
With its main campus in Wausau, Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is a public school that offers several refresher courses for interested students. Courses include an EMT Refresher, which is a 30-hour class. Also available are the EMT-Basic Flexible Refresher (6 hours), EMT Paramedic Refresher (48 hours), and an Intermediate Technician Refresher (12 hours) for students taking an EMT Refresher course.
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore offers several EMS program and courses, including an EMT transition refresher course that meets the state of Wisconsin's requirement for EMT license renewal. Students learn about updated emergency care concepts and techniques. Upon completion of this 36-hour training, candidates take written and practical examinations.
Waukesha County Technical College
Pewaukee-based Waukesha County Technical College typically offers a series of EMT-Basic refresher courses throughout the school year. Students can earn .75 credits by completing this course. The EMT refresher course doesn't have any prerequisites; however, students usually are already EMTs. This course meets the state's requirements for EMT license renewal or recertification.
Western Technical College
The EMT-Basic refresher course at Western Technical College in La Crosse is aimed at EMTs in need of recertification or relicensing. Students can refresh their EMT skills and become familiar with any new advancements in EMS techniques and procedures. The 30-hour course meets the state's requirements for EMT refresher courses. CPR is not part of this course. Western Technical College also offers AEMT and paramedic refresher courses periodically.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Shell Lake-based Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) has several EMS courses and programs through its continuing education department and as part of its Emergency Services Conference. WITC offers a First Responder Transition Refresher course. The course is designed to aid Emergency Medical Responders in revitalizing their knowledge of first responder curriculum.
To be an EMT in Wisconsin, one must complete a state-approved training program and pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam so he or she can obtain licensure. EMT licenses, which are good for two years, expire on June 30th of even numbered years and must be renewed prior to the expiration date. Before EMTs can have their licenses renewed, they must complete EMT refresher training. The nine Wisconsin schools outlined below offer refresher training for practicing EMTs; however, students are advised to check with the schools on the availability of EMT refreshers courses because they are offered infrequently.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Refresher Courses Offered||Course Tuition & Fees|
|Lakeshore Technical College||Two-year, public; distant rural||EMT, Advanced EMT refresher||$4,247 in-state, $6,260 out-of-state (yearly tuition rate, 2018-2019)**|
|Madison Area Technical College||Two-year, public; midsize city|| EMT refresher,
|Nicolet College||Two-year, public; fringe rural||EMT refresher||$536*|
|Northcentral Technical College||Two-year, public; small city||EMT refresher, EMT Basic Flexible Refresher, EMT Paramedic Refresher, Intermediate Technician Refresher||$115 - $125 per course*|
|Southwest Wisconsin Technical College||Two-year, public; distant rural||EMT refresher||$4,404 in-state, $6,377 out-of-state (yearly tuition rate, 2018-2019)**|
|Waukesha County Technical College||Two-year, public; large suburb||EMT-Basic refresher||Not available|
|Western Technical College||Two-year, public; small city||EMT-Basic Refresher||Not available|
|Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College||Two-year, public; distant rural||EMS mini-refresher||$4,729 in-state; $6,877 out-of-state (yearly tuition rate for 2018-2019)**|
Source: *Schools' websites, **National Center for Education Statistics.