New River CTC faculty train on new mobile sim labs

BEAVER, W.Va. (WVDN) – When faculty at New River Community and Technical College’s EMS program unveiled two mobile simulation labs in 2019, they didn’t think they would help bring similar technology to EMS programs across the state. of 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 new state-of-the-art simulation labs. Labs will start in November.

“With a shortage of EMS workers, Governor Jim Justice wanted to find a way to increase the workforce,” Snuffer explained. “I was involved in some of the first meetings with Mr. Persily and seven other community college program directors across the state.”

Negotiations have resulted in the Attorney General awarding $10 million to improve EMS Education, in which the funds will be used to design five new simulation labs for programs across the state. The new labs include simulation teams and AV equipment to allow instructors to work through scenarios in the back of an ambulance operation. The class simulation labs are managed by HealthNet Aeromedical and the scheduling app for use of the labs will begin in November. Mobile simulation labs will be based in Beaver, Charleston, Clarksburg, Huntington and Wheeling.

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New River CTC offers the workforce Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) class, paramedic certificate of applied science and EMS associate programs. EMT-B classes are offered annually with classes starting in August and January. Earning an EMT-B certification allows someone to respond to provide emergency care, including basic life support and first aid. EMT-B lab classes are available in Ghent, Lewisburg and Summersville. The class is offered in a hybrid format allowing students to choose a time and place to attend the portion of the lab class that works best for them during the week. New River CTC’s EMT-B course is a 156-hour class.

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Students interested in continuing their education after earning their EMT-B certification will be prepared to test their education on the New River CTC Certificate of Applied Science in Paramedic exam and for National Registry Paramedic Certification by completing one additional semester in college. New River CTC also offers an EMS associate degree program. New paramedic and EMS classes will begin annually in August.

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For more information about the programs offered at New River CTC, visit, email [email protected] or call 866-349-3739.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in West and South-South Virginia: Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers and Webster. The college offers classes online, in Beaver at Raleigh County Campus, in Ghent at the Center for Advanced Technology, in Hinton at Summer County ARH Hospital, in Lewisburg at Greenbrier Valley Campus, in Marlinton at Union University, in Princeton at Mercer. Camp County and Summersville to Nicholas County Camp.


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