Health & Human Services

Emergency Medical Services

Teaching Staff

Dr. Kent Potter

Dr. Kent PotterMedical Director

  • Doctor of Osteopathy, University of Health Sciences
  • Board Certified Emergency Medicine, American College of Osteopathic Physicians
  • ACLS-Provider
  • ATLS-Provider
  • Neonatal Advanced Life Support - Provider
  • PALS - Provider


  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians
  • American Osteopathic Association

Dr. Potter is an emergency physician who is very active providing patient care in our community and guidance to the Cowley EMS programs. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathy studies in Kansas City with post-graduate training in emergency medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. In addition to serving as the Cowley EMS Medical Director, he is also the President, CEO and a member of the board of directors of Emergency Services, which provides ED physician staffing at Wesley Medical Center. He is also the medical director for the Reno and Harvey County detention centers, and serves as a faculty physician for the Kansas Medical Center.

Chris Cannon

Chris Cannon Department Chair, Health and Human Services
EMS Education Program Director

  • MS, Southwestern College
  • BS, Southwestern College
  • Paramedic Instructor/Coordinator
  • ACLS-Instructor
  • AMLS-Instructor
  • BCLS-Instructor
  • EPC-Instructor
  • PHTLS-Instructor
  • The Difficult Airway EMS-Area Training Center Coordinator
  • American Heart Association - Training Center Coordinator
  • National Association of EMTs - Training Center Coordinator


  • Cowley College EMS Division, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions and Dedication, 2005
  • N.I.S.O.D. Master Teacher, 2007
  • Cowley College Young Achiever Award, 2007
  • Kansas Council for Workforce Education, Leadership Within the Field Award, 2016


  • Cowley College Academic Affairs
  • Cowley College EMS Education Advisory Committee, Ex-Officio
  • Cowley College Fire Science Advisory Committee, Ex-Officio
  • Cowley College Medical Office Advisory Committee, Ex-Officio
  • Kansas Paramedic Program Directors Group, Founding Member
  • Kansas EMS Association
  • Kansas EMS Education Development Taskforce
  • National Association of EMS Educators
  • USD 465 Health Sciences Advisory Committee
  • USD 470 Health Sciences Advisory Committee
  • USD 353 CTE Advisory Committee
  • City of Burden, City Council Member (elected 2017 and 2021)
  • Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas - Operations Committee (past)
  • Kansas Council for Workforce Education - Board of Directors (past)
  • Cowley College AQIP 2 - Institutional Effectiveness Committee (past)
  • Cowley College Outcomes Assessment Team (past)
  • Cowley College AQIP 6 - Consistency and Quality Online Education Committee (past, Chair)
  • Cowley College AQIP - Professional Development (past, Chair)
  • Cowley College Security Advisory Committee (past)
  • Cowley College Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Council (past)
  • National Academic Advising Association (past)
  • KDHE Health Occupations Credentialing - 2009 Technical Review Committee (past, Chair)
  • Pratt Community College Nursing Advisory Committee (Winfield Campus) (past)

Chris Cannon functions as both the Director of EMS Education and as chair of the Health and Human Services Department. As the Department Chair, he guides and oversees all EMS courses, healthcare-related courses, the Paramedic program, Certified Medication Aide, Fire Science Program, Medical Coding program, Criminal Justice program, Cosmetology program, Early Childhood Education program, Education program, develops academic policy for the college, develops new college academic programs, evaluates and approves curricular changes at the college, and a host of other duties. He is responsible for guiding and ensuring excellence within the department.

As the Director of EMS education, he is responsible for all aspects of the EMS division. He assists in teaching the paramedic cohorts and acts as the academic advisor for pre-paramedic and paramedic majors. He is responsible for guiding and ensuring excellence within the division and the continued accreditation of the paramedic program.

Chris graduated from Cowley’s first MICT (paramedic) program in 1997 and then worked as a field paramedic and training officer for Butler County EMS. He has been a Cowley adjunct faculty member since 1998, a full-time MICT instructor since 2005, and EMS Program Director since 2008. With many years of EMS experience - including full-time ALS, volunteer fire fighting and BLS/ALS first response - he brings an intimate understanding of many different EMS systems to the classroom. He stays active in EMS as volunteer paramedic and chief officer with the Burden Fire Department.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a master of science degree in leadership from Southwestern College.

Chris and his wife Mandy live in Burden with their daughter Libby and son Max. He enjoys smoking delicious foods, 3-gun/precision rifle shooting, and home improvement projects.