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EPCC EMT Students have New Tool for Simulated Training, Echoing Real-Life Experience

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic students have a new tool for “real-life” training.

As part of a $123,000 grant from the Texas Association of Community Colleges– Texas Success Center, EPCC has installed a $40,000 state-of- the-art Ambulance Simulator in its classrooms at the Mission del Paso Campus.

“The EMT and Paramedic program is required to train and educate students in a variety of lifesaving treatments and assessment techniques,” said Tony Ayub, Program Coordinator Emergency Medical Services Paramedic. “Simulation has been used successfully in a variety of healthcare related training programs as it allows students to practice and test in a realistic environment.”

Practice with “real-life” simulators enriches the student’s training experience.

300 ppi Ambulance Simulator _1Accreditation entities recognize and allow the use of medium and high fidelity simulation for clinical training.  Paramedic student Kenya Martinez says the simulator training really enhances the program, “I like to help people; I know I can make a difference in their lives.”

Ambulance simulators allow the student to practice treatment of critical patients while in transport with all of the restrictions that are associated with working in small, enclosed environments.

The Texas Success Center has launched a statewide strategy focused on building capacity for community colleges to design and implement structured academic and career pathways at scale, for all students.

This project is intentionally designed to dramatically contribute to the state’s strategic plan of increasing credentialed young Texans to 60% by 2030.

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