Medical Simulation Training Center

Medical Simulation Training Center

Physical Address

Medical Simulation Training Center
Building 9031, 5th Street
Tacoma, WA 98431

Business Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed on Federal Holidays and Selected Training Holidays

Contact Information

Front Desk: (253) 968-3842
Fax: (253) 968-3850


From I-5 North/South take exit 122 and enter Joint Base Lewis-McChord through the Madigan gate. Take a right turn at the first traffic light (Gardner Loop). Turn right on 5th Street. The Medical Simulation Training Center is the first building on the right, on the corner of 5th Street and Gardner Loop. Parking is located in front of and along the side of the building parallel to Gardner Loop.


The Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) officially opened on May 31, 2006 and is the first of 20 facilities of its kind established Army-wide that addresses the requirement of providing sustainment and enhancement training for the Military Occupation Specialty of Combat Medic (68W series) in a performance-oriented setting.

The MSTC provides realistic, state-of-the-art training to aid the students in gaining proficiency in treating all areas of trauma and basic medical treatments. Under the principles of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3), the student will gain knowledge and skills to treat severe bleeding, perform a needle chest decompression for a tension Pneumothorax and establish a secure airway. Students will receive this training through classroom instruction, basic skills training and the use of trauma and medical lane training. The functional skills developed during course work will be demonstrated during a final simulated battlefield environment, exposing students to different scenarios and situations that they could possibly experience in a combat situation.

The MSTC serves as the standardized training platform for conducting Combat Medic (68W series) sustainment training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The top training priority at the MSTC is Medical Education and Demonstration of Individual Competence (MEDIC) Tables I-VIII which contains the approved curriculum and is the program of choice for Combat Medic (68W series) sustainment.

Additionally, training offered at the MSTC extends to non-medical personnel in the form of Combat Life Saver (CLS) and IFAK familiarization for those units that lack organic medical personnel assigned. Point of Injury medical training is also provided for local National Guard, Reserve Component, Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and other State, Local and Federal Agencies on an as needed/as available basis.

The MSTC offers the following courses:

Medic Tables I – VIII: Offered upon request to assist the commands with maintaining the minimum skills required for sustainment of certification as an Army medic & technician (Military Occupation Specialty 68W). Our staff will assist in the setup and validation upon request of the command, or can just fill the role as the host facility.

Combat Lifesaver (CLS): The Combat Lifesaver (CLS) program is a 3-day course designed for non-medical personnel to become familiar with treating patients using the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) principles. The primary focus in the classroom and on practical application is treatment for severe bleeding, performing a needle chest decompression for a Tension Pneumothorax and airway management with the use of a Nasopharyngeal (NPA.) During the 3-day period the student will complete the basic skills and graduate to a level of competence that will allow them not only to start the process of battlefield injury mitigation, but also bridge the gap between self-aid/buddy-aid and the combat medic. These skills will be transferable for those providing additional basic assistance to the Combat Medic as needed.

Improved First Aid Kit (IFAK): This one day course is designed for familiarization with the contents of the Improved First-Aid Kit (IFAK). Upon completion, the student will be able to demonstrate that they can successfully apply a Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT), Emergency Trauma Dressing (ETD) and insert a Nasopharyngeal Airway (NPA), as it applies in a combat role. This training will include performance evaluations in a simulated battlefield scenario.

Emergency Medical Technician Refresher: This 3-day EMT Refresher course is designed to assist personnel with meeting the minimum standards as laid out by the National Registry for recertification standards. The course uses classroom and hands-on training to satisfy these very demanding requirements. Upon completion the student will have met the core requirements towards the final recertification process for the NREMT.

Basic Life Support CPR w/ AED (BLS): This is a certified American Heart Association 8 hour course, which certifies the student in Basic Life Support skills to include the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This course satisfies the requirements for all CPR skills needed.

To register for any JBLM MSTC Course:

Complete HFL Form 888 and submit form with all appropriate signatures to Individual Training Branch (ITB) by fax at (253) 967-2197 or email it to us.

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