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West Virginia Northern Community College

Health and Public Safety Courses

AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Renewal/Update - Wheeling Campus


with Phil Klein

Calendar Aug 22, 2023 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

The PALS Provider Course aims to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by preparing healthcare providers to effectively recognize and intervene in patients with respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest by using high‐performance team dynamics and high‐quality individual skills. The course includes a series of case scenario practices with simulations that reinforce important concepts.  This course is a renewal/update course for current providers.  

AHA Heartsaver AED/CPR/First Aid - Wheeling Campus


with Linda Steele

Calendar Aug 22, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This course is also eligible for college credit at WVNCC (HPE 110).

This course is designed to instruct non-medical personnel on how to recognize and treat a life-threatening emergency.  Topics include cardiovascular emergencies, external and internal injuries, stroke, heart attack/cardiac arrest, and basic first aid.   

Upon successful completion of the course, students receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED First Aid card valid for 2 years.

AHA BLS CPR - Weirton


with Larry Helms

Calendar Aug 24, 2023 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

This American Heart Association BLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support. This course reflects the updated 2020 American Heart Association guidelines.  It teachers both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on High-Quality CPR and team dynamics.  Certification is good for two years.  

EMT Basic - Fall 2023 (Wheeling Campus)


with Linda Steele

Calendar Aug 29, 2023 at 6 pm

This class is offered in a hybrid format utilizing the Zoom platform.  

This course prepares students to provide emergency medical care for critical patients who need health care access. This program is offered in a flexible format, allowing students to attend class in person or online (labs and clinical rotations are only offered in person). Students can choose to continue their education and become advanced EMTs, paramedics or continue their education and transition into another health care field.

NOTE:  This class will also include Mental Health First Aid for Fire/EMS and Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC).  One Saturday (December 9) is required for driving skills. 

WF HEAPS Funding for West Virginia Residents:

WIOA Funding: West Virginia residents should contact the American Job Center at 304-232-6280. Ohio residents should contact Ohio Means Jobs at 740-633-5627.

If you are interested in the medical field and helping people, you might consider becoming an emergency medical technician. These healthcare professionals provide immediate assistance to patients in emergencies before bringing them to a doctor's care. 

An emergency medical technician, or EMT, is a first responder trained in basic medical knowledge and skills to provide immediate medical care to patients in an emergency. They are often the first emergency service providers to arrive on the scene of a crisis, such as an accident, medical emergency, fire, or natural disaster. An EMT's main responsibility is to provide basic and emergent medical care to stabilize patients in crisis before transporting them to a hospital where a physician can further assist them.

EMTs can have several levels of responsibility and certification, and each has different requirements. Some areas use EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate or advanced levels. In contrast, others classify levels of training and certification as emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician, and advanced emergency medical technician before advancing to the level of a paramedic. While many EMTs work on private ambulances, they can also work for other emergency services, such as a fire department or search and rescue teams.

EMT salaries vary based on their level of certification, employer, experience, and location. The national average salary in the United States is $15.04 per hour, while some salaries range from $7.25 to $38.90.


This program meets all the requirements of state and national certification and/or licensing requirements.



Calendar Sep 16, 2023 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

This training will focus on getting water to and on the fire when it comes to structure fires in one- or two-story residential buildings. This is the essential skill that every firefighter and fire department must know and perform with proficiency and mastery. Also covered will be water shuttle, relay pumping, drop tank setup, and drafting and the class will end with a water supply scenario.












 This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to operate a fire department aerial ladder truck and associated equipment. Students will learn to safely and effectively operate an aerial ladder at a fire or emergency scene. Major topics covered in the course are truck company operations, tool requirements, terminology, techniques of spotting, stabilizing, working angles, loading, extreme operating conditions, raising and lowering, controls and valves, hydraulic systems, and engine company supplying the aerial truck.



Ass’t. Chief Jim Francis – Wheeling Fire Dept.

Jim Blazier – Wheeling Fire Dept.

Tony Campbell – Ohio Co. EMA



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