New River CTC revises curriculum for EMS Programs

[BEAVER, W.Va.] As agencies across the country are celebrating National EMS Week, New River Community and Technical College announces updated curriculum for the college’s Paramedic and Emergency Medical Services Programs offered in Beaver, Lewisburg, Princeton and Summersville.

“Working with our advisory board, we’ve updated program requirements to ensure that our students are getting the classroom knowledge and field and clinical time needed to prepare them for work in emergency medical services,” explained Program Director Travis Copenhaver.

“Our students will also benefit from classes that build on each other so they can go after their EMT-B certification and have the option to continue their education to earn the paramedic certificate and go on to the associate degree program.”

The revised curriculum also includes multiple times for lab skills classes to accommodate those already working in the field.

New River CTC offers the EMT-B class, the Certificate of Applied Science in Paramedic and the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services. The EMT-B class is a prerequisite for all other EMS program classes.

Registration for classes starting in August is underway.

New River CTC’s EMS programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

For more information about EMS programs, contact Copenhaver at For information on admissions and the programs offered at New River CTC, visit, email or call 866-349-3739.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver).