BRTC Paragould campus

BRTC’s facility on the AMMC campus in Paragould.

PARAGOULD — Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (AMMC) has become an instructional site for Black River Technical College’s new registered nursing traditional pathway. Classes began meeting in the new facility on Sept. 1.

The new facility is equipped with simulated hospital and lab training rooms, as well as a faculty office spaces and a facility for distance learning. The facility allows BRTC’s RN students to attend classes on either the Pocahontas BRTC campus or at AMMC.

The simulation labs at both campuses mirror each other in order to provide equal learning opportunities for students at each site. Currently, 12 students are taking classes at the AMMC facility.

Jamie Pasmore, RN instructor, said, “It is exciting to be a part of this new offering at AMMC. The students have been engaged and appreciative of the AMMC simulation lab and classroom space.”

Kelsie Cagle, RN instructor, added,” I am excited about this new opportunity for BRTC Nursing. This partnership allows us to fill a need in Greene County and surrounding areas while keeping students closer to their communities. This benefits them in travel expenses and time on the road allowing them more study time.

“The administration at AMMC has been wonderful in helping students get settled into the new learning environment and making them feel welcome. I look forward to seeing the growth of this partnership and the opportunities it provides to these students and many more in the future.”

Alyssa Maness, TRN student, said her first day at the AMMC campus was amazing.

“I had more fun than I expected to in the lab and in just one lab day I have learned so much,” Maness said. “The AMMC staff made me feel very welcomed and grateful to be where I am.”

Melanie Steele, TRN agreed, “I loved my first day. The people at AMMC seemed very nice and excited that we are there. The classroom is amazing and the facility is really clean.”

For more information about the nursing programs offered at BRTC, contact Ramonda Housh at 870-248-4173 or Ramonda.Housh@blackrivertech.edu or Dana Clay, Allied Health Academic Advisor at 870-248-4150 or danac@black rivertech.edu.