To fully prepare students for a career as an EMT or Paramedic, Gateway Technical College provides training facilities and advanced equipment allowing students to fully immerse in hands-on learning.
The HERO Center gives instructors the ability to stage scenarios in several breakout rooms to simulate real-world emergencies in settings like industrial areas, kitchens, second-floor apartments and medical facilities. The center also has two ambulances used for further training opportunities.
Students learn and practice skills in simulated situations that encompass the entire patient care cycle. Scenarios include treating patients in a living room or kitchen, loading them into an ambulance and then bringing them to the HERO Center and into a simulated emergency room.
Beyond typical classroom presentations and small group work, students receive a large amount of hands-on learning using the human patient simulator. The simulator helps students practice technical skills by simulating real-life emergencies in a controlled lab setting. The simulator acts and looks like an actual real-life patient and also provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, technical ability and critical thinking skills.