Paramedic

Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Program


What does an Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic do?

The EMT-Paramedic Program prepares students to become a highly skilled health care provider. An Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic, through performance of patient assessments and provision of emergency medical care, strives to meet the goals of preventing and reducing mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in and out of hospital settings. The Paramedic certificate program prepares the graduate for a career as a certified Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic. Graduates of the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Program can find a career in several areas such as ambulance services, air ambulances, fire service, military medics, tactical Emergency Medical Technician, Park Ranger/Search and Rescue, and Overseas Paramedic.  For further information, contact Paula Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 304-673-3123.

Learning by Doing

Curriculum CAS
Curriculum AAS

New River CTC's Paramedic programs are offered at the Raleigh County Campus in Beaver, WV, the Lee Street Complex in Lewisburg, WV, and the Workforce Building located near the Nicholas County Campus, in Summersville, WV. The programs are structured to incorporate a large amount of hands-on learning opportunities. Students participate in a variety of laboratory skills to learn and refine patient assessment and treatment skills as well as community outreach activities. Students have the opportunity to sit for National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT’s) paramedic certification skill examination at New River CTC, and the written examination at any participating Pearson Vue testing center.

The facilities include mobile laboratory skill stations, and Fixed-Position High Fidelity Simulation Stations at the Raleigh County and Nicholas County campus locations. The mobile skill lab hosts both low and medium fidelity patient simulators that prepare the practitioner to perform advanced level procedures including, but not limited to: Patient Assessment, Intubation and Ventilation management, IV establishment, Cardiac Arrest simulation through ECG monitoring and electrical therapy.

Community Partners

The success of the EMT/Paramedic program is in part by the input and direction of the EMT/Paramedic advisory board members and employer partners/supporters. For a full list of Community Partners, please click here.

Community Education

Community Paramedicine
Critical Care Transport

Accreditation

Program Faculty

Program Information

Program Application & Admission Information

FAQs

Critical Care Transport

Critical Care Transport

The Critical Care Transport Course was designed for the Paramedic and Registered Nurse. In this course, the student will obtain additional knowledge and skills to integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate an impression and implement and/or continue management plans for the critical patient during transfers between hospitals, specialty referral centers and extended care facilities.

Applications are being accepted for the Critical Care Transport Course at the Raleigh County Campus in collaboration with HealthNet Aeromedical Services. Classes will be held on Fridays beginning January 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a 12-week course costing $850.Students must be a Registered Nurse or Certified Paramedic to enroll.

Student Resources

Frequently Asked Questions regarding move to Raleigh County Campus

Student Information Directory (List of important departments and phone numbers)

Special Services

Technology Services

Student Handbook

Community Resource Guides

SGA

There is a Student Government Association on each campus which can provide a forum for opinions as well as a calendar of cultural and fun events throughout the academic year. There are Halloween parties and Christmas functions geared for children of students as well as dances, gaming activities, and opportunities for community service.

Mercer County Campus

Nicholas County Campus

Greenbrier Valley Campus

Raleigh County Campus

Developmental Courses

The college provides developmental foundation courses in Reading, English, Arithmetic, and Algebra (ENGL 098, ENGL 099, MATH 098, MATH 099) for students scoring below the benchmark scores on ACT, SAT, ASSET, or COMPASS assessment instruments. Successful completion of developmental course(s) is a prerequisite for many college-level courses. Developmental studies courses are not counted toward meeting graduation requirements and are not used in the calculation of the graduation grade point average; however, they are covered by financial aid.

Student Success Center

The mission of the Student Success Center is to provide students with a comprehensive range of services and resources to enable students to reach their educational, lifelong learning, and career goals. The New River goal is to provide services to help all students achieve academic success. The expanded mission is to coordinate quality tutoring programs through a variety of delivery systems to meet the needs of traditional and nontraditional students. Upon student request, each campus provides support services at no additional cost. 

Any New River student is eligible for up to three hours of tutoring per class per week by completing an application. Tutoring is by appointment and availability of qualified tutors.   Tutoring is not available in all subjects.  Please contact your campus Educational Counselor in the Student Success Center on your campus.

The following services may be available:

  • Writing Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Career Counseling
  • Secure, make-up testing (by appointment only)
  • Mentoring
  • Study Groups
  • E-tutoring through synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Multimedia computer labs and prescriptive software programs

Student Success Center Contact Information:

Advanced Technology Center, P.O. Box 307, 527 Odd Road, Ghent, WV 25843, (304) 929-5016                                

Raleigh Co. Campus, 280 University Dr., Beaver, WV 25813, (304) 929-5005

Mercer County Campus, 1001 Mercer Street, Princeton, WV 24740, (304) 425-5858                                            

Nicholas County Campus, 6101 Webster Rd., Summersville, WV 26651 (304) 883-2465

Greenbrier Valley Campus, 101 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901, (304) 647-6591 

Coordinator of Student Success Centers, (304) 929-5027

Educational Opportunity Center - Admissions, Career, and Financial Aid Counseling

Prospective and current students should contact the Educational Opportunity Center if they would like help with the admissions and financial aid process.  The EOC not only helps students apply for admissions and financial aid but also helps them find out what programs are available, decide on a career, and select a degree program.  The EOC’s main goal is to help students enroll in post-secondary educational programs by providing information on GED classes, adult basic education, vocational/technical schools, colleges, and graduate schools.  The EOC also provides services that help students stay enrolled, such as career assessments, academic advising, and financial aid counseling.  Through counseling and referrals to other programs, the Educational Opportunity Center helps students deal with educational barriers, including financial difficulties, time constraints, lack of family support, and fear of failure.  The EOC is a federally-funded TRIO program through the U.S. Department of Education.  All services are free and confidential.

Off-Campus Courses

New River Community and Technical College offers courses at various off-campus locations through the service region.  For availability of courses, check the schedule published each term.

Testing

New River Community and Technical College provides testing services through Bluefield College, which is an approved testing center (selected examinations) for the American College Testing Program (ACT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).

CLEP

To earn credit by CLEP examination, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • A student must be enrolled in New River Community and Technical College or have been accepted by the College. Freshman, transfer, and recently accepted students must enroll in and pass at least 3 credit hours at any of the New River campuses to be eligible for CLEP credit from NRCTC.
  • A student must meet the prerequisites for the equivalent course(s) for any CLEP test(s) taken.
  • A student may not receive CLEP credit for equivalent courses for which he/she has already earned credit.
  • CLEP credit will not be accepted for the purpose of overcoming deficient grades.
  • A student is not eligible to take the CLEP test if he/she is currently enrolled in an equivalent course.
  • A maximum of 31 hours of credit will be granted for successful completion of the five tests within the General Examinations.
  • A waiting period of six months is required to repeat the same test(s). Scores on test(s) repeated earlier than six months will be canceled by NRCTC.
  • Requests for official transcript copies of the CLEP score report(s) should be directed to the Office of Student Services.

Accuplacer

Accuplacer is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level. Scores are normally available immediately after testing is completed. The Accuplacer test can be taken in lieu of the ACT or SAT. A composite score cannot be obtained by taking this test. Anyone needing a composite score for Nursing, Radiological Technology, Medical Assisting, or NCAA purposes MUST take the National ACT or SAT. A minimum of 60 days must have elapsed before retesting is allowed with Accuplacer.

EDGE

The West Virginia EDGE initiative allows students to take high school courses for community and technical college credit. Students who take the EDGE courses available in high school or at a Career and Technical Center could earn an Associate Degree earlier. Find out more

NLN

New River Community and Technical College offers the NLN Pre-Admission Exam-LPN.  All students seeking admission to the Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate program must take the Pre-Admission Exam-LPN. Contact the Student Services office regarding additional testing restrictions and registration information.

Information concerning registration and administration of the above examinations can be obtained from the Office of Student Services.

Brainfuse Tutoring

Brainfuse provides online tutoring and writing services for its students.  A division of Brainfuse, Brainfuse also offers an online writing lab for assistance with essays.

Community Paramedicine

Community Paramedicine

Community paramedicine is an emerging healthcare profession. It allows paramedics to operate in expanded roles to provide healthcare services to underserved populations. It is a way to improve rural emergency medical services (EMS) as well as address the healthcare needs of the community. Some rural patients lack access to primary care, and misuse 911 services in an attempt to access emergency departments for routine healthcare. This is demanding on volunteer EMS personnel in rural areas and causes strains on the workforce. Working in a primary care role, community paramedics can meet the needs of such individuals, as well as others in the community, in a more efficient and proactive way.”

The Emergency Medical program at New River CTC is accepting applications for a Community Paramedicine Course at the Greenbrier Valley Campus. The course will be offered on Fridays beginning January 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a 26-week course and it costs $2,000. Students must be a certified paramedic to enroll.

For additional information, contact Travis Copenhaver, Instructional Specialist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304-793-3004.

Articulation and Transfer Agreements

New River has negotiated a number of articulation agreements with partner institutions so that our graduating students can make a smooth transition into a four-year degree program.  This page provides a list of those partner institutions.

Articulation Area Name of Baccalaureate Institution Total Credit Hours Articulated Original Agreement
Business Admininstration/Mgt Glenville State College 64 pdf

Elementary Education

K-6/Early Education PreK-K

Glenville State College 64 pdf
Academic Program leading to Baccalaureate Degree Bluefield State College 67 pdf
Business Administration Bluefield State College 67 pdf
Elementary Education Bluefield State College 71 pdf
Criminal Justice Administration Bluefield State College 72  pdf
Studio Arts
Interdisciplinary Studies
Recreation/Tourism Management
Board of Governors
Concord University 60 pdf 
Course Articulation Marshall University 72 pdf
General Education University of Charleston 60 pdf
  Kaplan University   pdf
Welding 1 Mercer County Technical Education Center 6 credits pdf
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The deadline to apply for spring 2016 graduation is Friday, Nov. 11.  Your application must be in the Registrar’s Office or the Business Office on your campus by this date. Applications are available online or from your advisor. Make sure to see your advisor before submitting your application.