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The EMS faculty has over 100 years of combined service in emergency medical services. All instructors are experienced paramedics who continue to practice as clinicians in municipal, private, and fire-based EMS systems.  Like our students, we are all lifelong learners, committed to improving our own clinical and classroom practice.


We are passionate about providing exceptional quality instruction.   We bring the field to the classroom, relying on evidence-based principles and field experience.  Most instructors hold instructor credentials from the AHA, NAEMT and MA OEMS and continue to expand their expertise within the discipline.


Whether you are an EMT or Paramedicine student, you will be challenged throughout the curriculum- in the classroom, lab, simulation, and clinical/field.   You will receive quality lectures with plenty of hands on practice in lab and simulation that will give you the skills and tools you will need to succeed.  Our experienced faculty is dedicated to developing our students’ clinical decision-making skills. Students work with state-of-the-art, high-fidelity patient simulators and a realistic ambulance simulator to add elements of realism to skills development that other programs cannot provide. You will be prepared to manage the dynamic and often chaotic prehospital emergency environment while gaining important industry connections to help you gain employment once you graduate.

Here at MassBay, we educate future professionals who we are proud to work beside

Program Director:


Kimberly Altavesta, M.Ed., NRP, I/C
Office: Framingham 120E
Phone: 508-270-4037

BIO: Kimberly Altavesta, M.Ed., NRP, I/C has over 16 years of experience as an EMS educator and field paramedic. She serves as the EMS Program Director and Department Chair at MassBay Community College in Framingham, MA. Ms. Altavesta is committed to advancing and streamlining curriculum and technology integration in EMS education. To that end, she has worked to advance instruction and professional standards within the MassBay EMS Department by incorporating authentic clinical experiences and improving instructional strategies. She also serves on several college, high school, and national EMS committees.

Ms. Altavesta holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, and a certificate in Paramedicine.

Medical Director:
Emily Groom, M.D.

Clinical Coordinator / Adjunct Faculty / EMS Instructor/Coordinator:
Jacob Hanley-McCarthy, EMT-P, I/C

BIO: Jacob Hanley-McCarthy, EMT-P, I/C is an adjunct professor and Clinical Coordinator in the EMS Department at MassBay Community College. He has been instrumental in the revision of the internship program based on feedback from the employers and other members of the EMS Department. Jacob has built a Standardized Simulation Scenarios program that focuses on clinical decision making skills, building from simple to complex patient care presentations. He holds a certificate in Paramedicine as well certification as an EMS Instructor/Coordinator. He is a full time Paramedic in the greater Boston area. He is a lead instructor in EMT simulation and clinical and teaches in the EMT and Paramedicine labs.

Full-Time Faculty:
Jessie Briggs, MPA, NRP, I/C

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