Thank you for your interest in our Paramedic program. Since the 1950's, the need for quality pre-hospital care of the critically ill and injured has been recognized and a standardized level of care has been developed through the Department of Transportation. At the basic level, the Emergency Medical Technician provides stabilization, basic life support and safe transportation of the trauma victim or the medically ill patient to a medical facility. In addition to those basic functions, the Paramedic provides advanced cardiac and trauma life support. For a description of the profession, click here. For an overview of the occupational outlook for Paramedics, click here.
Our Paramedic program is designed and organized to provide the highest quality education for students who wish to gain the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes which lead toward employment as an Paramedic. Education and training received in this program will prepare the properly motivated student to provide highly skilled advanced life support in the pre-hospital or other health care settings. This affords the individual an opportunity to have a true impact on reducing morbidity and mortality.
While taking advantage of Cowley's professional training, you'll be getting a top quality education. Cowley's Paramedic program staff is comprised of exceptionally competent teachers with vast field experience who share their first hand knowledge and experience with you. You'll find Cowley instructors are not only gifted teachers, but just as important, they care about your success. Cowley also has numerous nurses, respiratory therapists, physician assistants and physicians who function as adjunct faculty members for the EMS department. We have an incredible advisory committee comprised of individuals who are concerned about healthcare and student success. We also appoint a current Paramedic student each year and have appointed a past Paramedic graduates to this committee. We also have excellent state-of-the-art training equipment and an excellent facility. We added the McDermott Wing in 2001 that brought an additional 1800 square feet of laboratory training space and a clinic office in 2005 -- each truly help us prepare field-ready Paramedics. We provide our MICT training at the Cowley College Allied Health Education Center in Winfield and the Butler Community College in Andover. We also offer an online/hybrid program in partnership with Neosho County Community College and Flint Hills Technical College.
We are proud of our success and quality in education. Ask others about our program. If you're ready for the Paramedic challenge, Cowley is the place for you.
The Paramedic program has a selective admissions process.
The faculty must follow the regulations, curriculum and guidelines established by the United States Department of Transportation and the Kansas Board of EMS. Our local EMS advisory committee added other pertinent objectives into the curriculum which are unique to Cowley. Cowley is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
The successful Paramedic candidate will earn 54 credit hours (opportunities for an additional 5 credit hours will also be provided to the student) during the program. Our program begins with an intensive didactic section and progresses through hospital clinicals and internships at EMS organizations. The program is fast paced and exciting. The size of the class will be limited to 18 students or less. Because of the fast paced and specific curriculum at Cowley, we do not accept Paramedic transfer students (who wish to finish their class here), offer EMS credit for experiential learning or have advanced placement within our program. Students must finish their Paramedic education with the class they start.
14 Month Classes
The last three weeks of the class will be spent in the classroom preparing for the National Registry examination. The 14 month program begins each June, with the program cohort alternating each year between the Andover and Online programs.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL PROGRAM COHORTS WILL COMPLETE SOME SIMULATION TRAINING AT THE WINFIELD CAMPUS.
When applying to the Paramedic program, you will be asked to denote your schedule preference and if the other schedule could work for you if needed. If students are unsure about the schedule selection, they should contact the program director.
The College and Paramedic Faculty applauds and recognizes excellence in student performance with several awards and honors.
For a more in depth view of the program objectives click here for the class descriptions and follow the desired links.
Paramedic Functional Job Analysis Technical Qualifications
Must be at least 18 years of age and be a high school graduate or equivalent. Must have proof of valid driver's license. Ability to communicate verbally; via telephone and radio equipment; ability to lift, carry, and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance); ability to interpret and respond to written, oral, and diagnostic form instructions; ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations and take on role of "leader".
Must have good manual dexterity with ability to perform all tasks related to advanced emergency patient care and documentation. Must have the ability to bend, stoop, balance, and crawl on uneven terrain; and the ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold, and moisture. Ability to perform quickly, precise, practical mathematical calculations pertinent to ratio and proportion of medication and supplies used in emergency patient care. Must be independent, confident, able to work independently without defined structure, have good stable reasoning ability with ability to draw valid conclusions expediently relevant to patient's condition, often, using limited information. Must have knowledge and skills relevant to position and be able to implement them in stressful situations. Must be cognizant of all legal, ethical, and moral obligations inherent within scope of practice.
Must be able to perform mathematical calculations/ratios and apply them in expedient, practical manner. Must be independent, confident, able to work independently without structure, have good stable reasoning ability and able to draw valid conclusions quickly relevant to patient's condition, often, using limited information. Must have knowledge and skills relevant to position and be able to implement them in practical fashion in stressful situations. Must be cognizant of all legal, ethical, and moral obligations inherent within scope of practice.
Must have successful completion of approved curriculum with achievement of passing scores on written and practical certification examinations as defined by programmatic guidelines. Re-certification is dependent upon an individual's successful completion of inter-agency approved Paramedic continuing education fresher courses. At any given time, performs any or all tasks performed by a lower level EMT. May supervise activities of students or interns, and/or may engage in writing of journal articles or teach.
A student who meets one or more of these definitions is eligible for service:
The Special Needs program serves students who have the following disabilities:
For additional information on theDisability Services Program, contact the Coordinator at (620) 441-5557 (or use this toll-free number: (800) 593 2222) or visit online.
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