Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Program

A CAAHEP Accredited Program

The New River Community and Technical College’s Paramedic Program is 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).

     Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
     25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
     Clearwater, FL 33763

     Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
     8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
     Rowlett, TX 75088
     Phone: 214-703-8445
     Fax: 214-703-8992


The New River Community and Technical College’s Paramedic Program Goal is:To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

What does a paramedic do?

The Emergency Medical Services and Paramedic Programs prepare student to become highly skilled health care providers. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in and out of hospital settings. Through performance of patient assessments and provision of emergency medical care, paramedics strive to prevent/reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. The paramedic certificate program prepares graduates for careers as certified Emergency Medical Technicians/Paramedics. Graduates of the Emergency Medical Services Program are prepared for careers in areas such as: ambulance services, air ambulances, fire service, military medics, tactical Emergency Medical Technician, Park Ranger/Search and Rescue and Overseas Paramedic.  For more information on these programs, contact Tamara Rahal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304-929-3324.

Learning by Doing

Interested in becoming a paramedic? Click here for the technical standards expected of an individual entering the program.

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New River CTC's Emergency Medical Services and Paramedic Programs are offered at the in Beaver, Lewisburg and Summersville. The programs are structured to include significant hands-on learning opportunities. Students participate in community outreach activities and laboratory exercises to learn and refine patient assessment and treatment skills. Students have the opportunity to sit for the 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 Campuses. The mobile skill lab hosts both low and medium fidelity patient simulators to prepare practitioners 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.

Transfer of Credit Policy

Prospective students requesting credit earned for previous training at another post-secondary institution must apply at the time of enrollment or prior to starting their program.  For credit to be considered, the institution where the credit was earned must be accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or the military, and the credit must originate from a similarly titled course.  New River CTC does not accept credit earned through challenge examinations, achievement tests, advanced placement, or experiential learning.


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Enrollment and Retention

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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
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Current students can now register for summer and fall classes! Course schedules are posted.