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Emergency Medical Science

EMS Faculty

Tonja K. Mikell-Pool, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P

CVCC AmbulanceGrowing up as the youngest of four children Ms. Pool watched her Dad and 3 older brothers enter into the field of Emergency Medical Services.While attending Western Carolina University, she decided to obtain her degree in Emergency Medical Care; achieving her goal of becoming a Paramedic in 1997, while also graduating Cum Laude. Upon graduation, she immediately began working with McDowell County EMS as a Paramedic.She later went to work for Mission Hospitals, and in 1999 became one the first Critical Care Paramedics in western North Carolina.

Ms. Pool began instructing EMS classes for Mayland Community College in 2002 and later functioned as an EMS coordinator for their program. In 2006, she accepted a Position with McDowell Technical Community College as an EMS Program Coordinator, and worked closely with the local EMS service to help indentify and meet their educational goals. Ms. Pool accepted her position with Catawba Valley Community College in 2009 as a curriculum educator. She has now achieved a goal she set for herself when she first started her work at Western Carolina, that of educating and encouraging the dreams of future paramedics.


Tonja Pool
East Campus, Room 935
(828) 327-7000 Ext. 4167 

Nimon Badgley, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P
EMS Clinical Coordinator 

Nimon grew up in Burnsville, NC.  He enrolled at Western Carolina University after graduation of high school where he obtained his bachelor of science degree in emergency medical care.  He began his career at McDowell County EMS in Marion, NC while in school at Western Carolina.  After completion of his degree, he began full time work with McDowell County EMS as a paramedic.  He began to teach at McDowell Technical Community College in 2010 part time and immediately developed a passion for teaching.  In 2011, he began his career as a full time EMS educator at CVCC.  He continues to work at McDowell EMS as a part time paramedic.    


Nimon Badgley
East Campus, Room 939
(828) 327-7000 Ext. 4347

2550 US HIGHWAY 70 SE • HICKORY, NC • 28602-8302 • 828.327.7000
Updated 01.22.2014: EMS