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Paramedic Overview

If you are level–headed, have a passion for medicine, and want to be on the front-lines helping people when they need it the most, CVTC’s Paramedic technical diploma could be the right choice for you. This one-year technical diploma will prepare you for a career in the medical field as a Paramedic. Apply today for a rewarding career that will make a big difference in the lives of people every day.

Throughout this program you will learn:

  • General Anatomy & Physiology
  • Emergency Resuscitation
  • EMS Operations
  • Pre-Hospital Pharmacology
  • Patient Assessment Principles
  • Pre-Hospital Advanced Life Support Skills

As a student, you will complete clinicals which allow you hands-on application of skills learned in the classroom. Upon completion of this program you will be eligible for national certification and Wisconsin licensure as an EMT-Paramedic. If you wish to continue your education, you can carry your credits into the two-year Paramedic Technician associate degree.

Before beginning the program, prerequisites are required. View prerequisite information.

Two-Year Associate Degree

Graduates of our one-year program have an opportunity to enroll in our advanced placement two-year Paramedic Technician program. Students must first enroll in the Paramedic program. Upon completion of the Paramedic program, a student can declare their intent to continue on into the Paramedic Technician Advanced Placement program.

Career Opportunities

Critical Care Paramedic



ED Technician

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Graduate Employers

Mayo Clinic Ambulance Services

Western Lakes Fire District

Just the Facts

44 Credit Technical Diploma

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One Year

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Eau Claire

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August and January

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Financial Aid Eligible


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 Estimated Total: $10,443

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!


Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Paramedic program.

Paramedic Medical Principles
This course addresses the complex depth of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of major human systems while also introducing the paramedic students to the topics of shock, immunology, and bleeding.

Advanced Emergency Resuscitation
By teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) methodologies and protocols, this course prepares the paramedic student in the integration of comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of shock, respiratory failure, respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, and peri-arrest states with an emphasis on early intervention to prevent respiratory and/or cardiac arrest if possible.

Special Patient Populations
This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with special needs. Gynecological emergencies, along with special considerations in trauma are also included within this course.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Paramedic Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Paramedic professionals make an average starting salary of $35,654.


Regional Jobs

There are 35 job openings in the CVTC district for the Paramedic industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Technical Diploma

FireMedic, Associate Degree

Paramedic Technician, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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