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
  • MICT Instructor/Coordinator
  • ACLS-Instructor
  • ACLS-Regional Faculty
  • AMLS-Instructor
  • BCLS-Instructor
  • BCLS-Regional Faculty
  • PALS-Instructor
  • PEPP-Instructor
  • PHTLS-Instructor
  • The Difficult Airway EMS-Area 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


  • National Association of EMS Educators
  • NAEMSE - Education Committee
  • National Academic Advising Association
  • KDHE Health Occupations Credentialing - 2009 Technical Review Committee (Chair)
  • Pratt Community College Nursing Advisory Committee (Winfield Campus)
  • USD 470 Health Sciences Advisory Committee
  • Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas - Operations Committee
  • Kansas Council for Workforce Education - Board of Directors (past)
  • Cowley College Academic Affairs
  • Cowley College AQIP 2 - Institutional Effectiveness Committee
  • Cowley College Outcomes Assessment Team
  • Cowley College EMS Advisory Committee
  • Cowley College AQIP 6 - Consistency and Quality Online Education Committee (Chair)
  • Cowley College AQIP - Professional Development (Chair)
  • Cowley College Security Advisory Committee
  • Cowley College Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Council
  • Cowley College Medical Office Advisory Committee

Chris Cannon functions as both the Director of EMS Education and as chair of the Allied Health Department. As the Department Chair, he guides and oversees all EMS courses, healthcare-related courses, the MICT program, Pratt’s LPN/RN program, Certified Medication Aide, Certified Nurse Assistant, Home Health Aide and Restorative Aide classes, EMS leadership degree and certificate, Medical Coding program, and nutrition, medical transcription and medical terminology classes, 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 co-teaches the 12-month paramedic program with Deryk Ruddle and the 14-month paramedic programs with Steven Storm. He acts as the academic advisor for all pre-paramedic majors and other allied health 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 first response - he brings an intimate understanding of many different EMS systems to the classroom. He stays active in EMS as a part-time paramedic at Winfield Area EMS and a volunteer paramedic with the Burden Fire Department.

Chris enjoys writing and teaching. His most current article, who he co-authored with Dr. Danks, is entitled "Concussion and Second Impact Syndrome" can be found in the August 2006 issue of JEMS. He has also authored numerous print and video blogs.

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 Winfield with their daughter Libby and son Max. He enjoys participating in 3 gun competitions, golf, and home improvement projects.