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  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-531-2
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic

Continuing Education

Enhance your education and meet your CEU requirements through our continuing education or customized training offerings.


If you keep a clear head during emergencies and want to help people in need, the FireMedic Program could be a good match for you.

This program prepares you for a career in fire service and paramedic arenas. It's a career area that requires highly developed character:

  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good math and mechanical ability
  • Ability to display good judgment under stress
  • Caring for and empathy toward all people

Your coursework focuses on preparing you to respond to the diverse incidents of today's emergency service. Your program will include special courses in water, confined space, trench, high angle, and vehicle extrication rescue. When you finish the program you are prepared to take the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Paramedic, Firefighter I, and Fire Apparatus Driver Operator exam.

While most graduates seek employment as career firefighters/paramedics, you have other opportunities. Your combined training in firefighting and paramedics strengthens your chances for placement in a related field. Your career path may lead you to working as a member of an industrial emergency response team or serving as a representative for a fire/emergency medical equipment vendor. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment outlook for firefighters and paramedics is good. You have opportunities and options!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 70
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.
  • Attend a required information session regarding the program content and expectations. An invitation will be mailed to you with a specific date and time.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
ACT Reading: 19 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (only used for course placement)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

  • Submit a copy of a current State of Wisconsin EMT - Basic License or National Registry of EMT - Basic certificate with expiration date.
  • Obtain and maintain current CPR certification by the American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider level) or the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer level). Proof must be verified with a current CPR card. Class rosters, letters from instructors or employers, and on-line course certification are not acceptable.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.