BEAVER, W.Va. (WVDN) – When New River Community and Technical College’s EMS program faculty unveiled mobile simulation labs in 2019, they had no idea they would help bring similar technology to EMS programs across the state. in West Virginia.
Last month, New River CTC EMS Programs Director Matthew Snuffer and EMS Instructor Matthew Hellems were invited to Charleston to receive training on the district’s new mobile simulation labs. The labs will be put into use in November.
“Due to the EMS staffing shortage, Governor Jim Justice wanted to find a way to increase staffing,” explained Snuffer. “I was involved in some of the first meetings with Dr. Persily and seven other EMS program directors at community colleges across the country.”
The negotiations resulted in Governor Justice providing $10 million to improve EMS Education, including funds used to design five new simulation labs for use by programs across the state. The new labs include advanced simulation manikins and AV equipment to allow instructors to work on scenarios behind a working ambulance. The cluster of simulation labs is managed by HealthNet Aeromedical, and will begin using a scheduling app for the labs in November. Mobile simulation labs will be located in Beaver, Charleston, Clarksburg, Huntington and Wheeling.
New River CTC offers an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) class, an emergency medical technician certificate in applied science and an EMS-related degree program. EMT-B classes are offered annually with classes beginning in August and January. Obtaining an EMT-B certification allows someone to provide emergency care, including basic life-saving care and first aid. EMT-B lab classes are scheduled in Ghent, Lewisburg and Summersville. The class is offered in a hybrid format that allows students to choose the time and place for the weekly lab portion of the class that works best for them. The New River CTC EMT-B course is a 156-hour class.
Students interested in continuing their education after obtaining the EMT-B certificate will be prepared to continue their education in New River CTC’s Certificate of Applied Science in Paramedic and examine the National Emergency Registration Certificate by completing one additional semester of college. New River CTC also offers an EMS degree program. New emergency and EMS classes begin each year in August.
For more information about the programs offered at New River CTC, visit www.newriver.edu, email [email protected] or call 866-349-3739.
New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeast and south-central West Virginia: Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers and Webster. The College offers classes online, in Beaver at the Raleigh County Campus, in Ghent at the Advanced Technology Center, in Hinton at the Summers County ARH Hospital, in Lewisburg at the Greenbrier Valley Campus, in Marlinton at One Room University, Princeton at Mercer. County Campus and Summersville at the Nicholas County Campus.