Ambulance Simulator for the proposed Emergency Medical Services and Management program arrives at Lees-McRae College

May 23, 2014

In May 2014, Lees-McRae welcomed the newest addition to the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences -- an ambulance simulator to be used as part of the proposed emergency medical services and management (EMSM) program.

The ambulance simulator consists of the back half of an ambulance, known as an ambulance box, from Northwestern Emergency Vehicles in Jefferson, N.C. and has been placed on the first floor of the two-story May School. This ambulance, which will be fully equipped with all necessary medical supplies, will help students simulate the experience of working with patients and emergency medical interventions in an actual ambulance setting.

The EMSM program will be one of only twelve baccalaureate degree programs in the nation, and it will be the second program implemented in North Carolina. The EMSM program will also afford students opportunities to volunteer and work in their field while in college. Upon graduation, students will have 600 hours of clinical experience.

Throughout their time at Lees-McRae, students will have the opportunity to gain certification in the following areas: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), Paramedic (EMT-P) and Disaster Management. Elective certifications include scuba diving, swift water rescue and wilderness emergency medicine.

Post-graduation job opportunities include Clinical Instructor, Community Emergency Response Team, Disaster Response Team, Emergency Medical Technician, EMS Educator, EMS Director, EMS Training Officer, Health Educator, Medical Assistant, Medical Transport Coordinator, Paramedic and Patient Care Technologist/Technician.

Additionally, EMSM students will be able to work with students in the athletic training program and proposed BSN pre-licensure nursing program to create real life, collaborative and comprehensive care scenarios. Performing Arts students will also help dramatize traumatic and emergency situations, and 3G wireless human simulators will act as the patient. The EMSM student can provide immediate, first responder care, then nursing students can transfer the human simulator to a realized “emergency room” in the May School to stabilize the patient and prepare them to be discharged. Then athletic training students will be able to simulate rehabilitation for orthopedic patients and their related care in a full-size studio apartment learning lab also located in the May School. All of these scenarios will be recorded by state-of-the-art equipment to enable instructors to review each student’s performance and offer analysis.

For more information about the proposed emergency medical services and management program at Lees-McRae College, please contact Melanie Thompson at or visit

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Exterior of the ambulance simulator
Interior of the ambulance simulator
Interior of the ambulance simulator