Cuesta College has a new ambulance simulator for its Nursing and Allied Health programs.
The College showed the new simulator at an open house on Thursday afternoon. The next class of paramedics beginning in January will be able to apply what they learn in the classroom into a simulated environment.
The simulator, which was made possible using state funding, is able to move, play traffic sounds and get as close as possible to a true ambulance.
“The students will get their lecture, they’ll hear about the techniques they need to use when they’re in a moving ambulance, but then we’ll be able to walk out here, and in groups, they’ll get inside,” said Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing/Allied Health Dean Jason Curtis.
Cuesta College also has plans to get a patient mannequin to enhance the simulated experience for paramedic students.
The paramedic program lasts 12 months. EMT students will also have a chance to learn using the simulator.