BEAVER — During National EMS Week, New River Community and Technical College announced its 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,” Program Director Travis Copenhaver explained in a press release.

“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.

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.

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