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2002-2003

 

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Let us know how we can better serve your educational needs.

Your quest for EMS education is given our full attention by competent and skilled faculty members.


Summer 2003
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Slade Griffiths, Program Director

Recently Completed Classes
EMT Classes - We completed two EMT classes in the spring which were taught by Dixie Simpson in Mulvane. We wish all of these students success in their EMS careers and congratulate each for their accomplishments.

Classes In Progress
EMT - We have an EMT class which started this summer in Winfield. It is being taught by Cindy Branscum.

MICT - Our students have entered the hospital clinical phase of the program. We wish to thank the clinical affiliates (Cedar Vale Nursing Center, Cedar Vale Rural Health Clinic, Dr. Jim McDermott and staff, the Via Christi system, and William Newton hospital) for all the help with the education and training of our students.

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MICT students practicing in a lab session. Students frequently perform during these sessions to build confidence, mastery and competence.

 

Of special note is our National Registry EMT-B & EMT-P Refresher classes. These are provided in the fall, one day a week for an entire semester. Many potential students stated that this schedule would be best for them. EMTs would enroll in one class; MICTs must enroll in two classes.

 

 

Potential Upcoming Classes
Please let us know if you are interested in participating in any of the following classes which we are considering:
First Responder
First Responder to EMT Bridge Course
Evening MICT Program
BCLS Instructor

Allied Health Classes in Winfield
In an effort to streamline operations and better provide for the Cowley healthcare students, we have decided to move most of these classes to the Winfield Center. We are making several important changes to the building which will make the educational experience more enjoyable and conducive for learning. We are also exploring the possibility of adding other allied health classes at the college. If you have any thoughts about new programs, please let us know.

Need Patches from Graduates
The quest for more graduate patches continues... If you are a graduate, please send us a patch from the organization where you work.

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Students from the MICT program are working in our scenario room at the college which contains a living room, bathroom, bar and bedroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Paramedic Education
We continuously strive to provide the best emergency care education. Our program is unique and tailored to meet the dynamic demands of the EMS profession. We have a proven and successful system of educating EMS professionals which is approved by the Kansas Board of EMS and accredited by the CoAEMSP. If you are interested in this training, give us a call to set up a visit at our campus.

Congratulations!
Dr. Roy Danks, our Associate Medical Director, was recently asked to join the editorial board of The Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). Additionally, he recently published an article entitled "Burn Management" in the May, 2003 edition of JEMS. He has also submitted a first ever retrospective study of burn injuries associated with methamphetamine manufacture to the Journal of Burns.

Let Us Know
If you desire any form of specialized training (initial classes or continuing education), please let us know. We can develop classes to meet your needs and may be able to teach the class at your organization.


Spring 2003
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Slade Griffiths, Program Director

Recently Completed Classes
EMT Classes - We completed two EMT classes in the fall of 2002. One was in Mulvane and taught by Dixie Simpson. The other was in Winfield and taught by Cindy Branscum.

MICT Program - This class finished in mid-December. Graduation was held on January 10th and the guest speaker was David Lake, Administrator of the Kansas Board of EMS. Each graduated with an AAS degree.

We wish all of these students success in their EMS careers and congratulate each for their accomplishments.

Classes In Progress
EMT - We have two EMT classes this spring in Mulvane which are being taught by Dixie Simpson. We are offering both day and evening classes.

MICT - Our seventh MICT program started January 6th with 18 students. Students are becoming accustomed to the fast and intense pace of our program.

Cowley Gains CoAEMSP Accreditation
This experience, although very time consuming and challenging, has been a positive experience for the EMS faculty. We are proud of our program and pleased that an external body approved our educational methodologies. We would like to thank all the administration, faculty, medical advisors, advisory committee members, graduates, students, EMS employers and preceptors who helped with this process.

We would also like to thank the following organizations who have shown great program support over the years: Arkansas City Fire Department, Butler County EMS, Cedar Vale Nursing Center, Cedar Vale Rural Health Clinic, Sedgwick County EMS, Via Christi Riverside, Via Christi St. Francis, Via Christi St. Joseph, William Newton Hospital and Winfield Area EMS.

Summer & Fall Educational Schedule
A list of our EMS and healthcare classes for the remainder of the year can be found online. Pre-enrollment for these classes is required.

We have been requested to provide National Registry EMT-B & EMT-P Refresher classes. These are provided in the fall, one day a week for an entire semester. Many potential students stated that this schedule would be best for them. EMTs would enroll in one class; MICTs must enroll in two classes.

Potential Upcoming Classes
First Responder - A couple organizations have expressed interest in another class. We are now in the process of gathering the names of potential students and when we gain enough, the class will be conducted. To be placed on the class list, contact the program director.

First Responder to EMT Bridge Course - We have developed a curriculum for this class and it is being evaluated by the Kansas Board of Regents. We anticipate approval during 2003. If interested in this class, contact the program director for information and to be placed on the class list.

Evening MICT Program - We have had many requests to complete an evening MICT program and are currently exploring possibilities which could make this a reality. If interested in this class, contact the program director for information and to be placed on the class list.

Need Patches from Graduates We are continuing to receive service patches. So, if you are a graduate of any of our Cowley programs, please send a patch to us. We would really like to have your current (or past) organization represented here. Thanks in advance for making this possible.

Because this is a new thing for Cowley, we still do not have too many service patches -- E-mail the director if you wish to check on the services which have already responded.

Paramedic Education
We continuously strive to provide the best emergency care education. Our program is unique and tailored to meet the dynamic demands of the EMS profession. We have a proven and successful system of educating EMS professionals. If you are interested in this training, give us a call to set up a visit at our campus.

Congratulations!
Congratulations to Brandon Russell who was accepted into the I/C class. Congratulations also to the 2002 MICT graduates who received the following awards:
Honor Graduate Award: Andi Stipp
Lyle E. Eckhart Award: Jason Runnalls
Patrick J. McAtee Award: Forrest Walker

Advisory Committee Member Changes
Dennis Mauk, Assistant Director at Sedgwick County EMS and Joe Megredy, Assistant Director at Butler County EMS and a Kansas Board of EMS Member, have joined our advisory committee. Jerry Hollis has joined the oversight committee as well. We welcome these gentlemen and appreciate their input.

Let Us Know
If you desire any form of specialized training, please let us know. We can develop classes to meet your needs.


Fall 2002
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Slade Griffiths, Program Director

Accreditation Update
As mentioned in the summer newsletter, Cowley is seeking EMS education accreditation from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

The committee's primary goal is to foster partnership with educational programs in continuous quality improvement. The secondary goal is to certify that a program meets the standards of quality that are expected for EMS education. The accreditation process also exists to provide institutional administrators an external audit of the quality of the program. We have always welcomed this process.

When Cowley started the MICT program in 1996, accreditation standards were used in the development of the program though official accreditation was not sought. Starting in 2000, the program has been moving towards official accreditation. The first step, a self-study, was completed, sent and accepted by the committee. This 1000 page study documents all aspects of our EMS programs.

We had our accreditation site visit in late August and did very well. The final step, a vote by the full accreditation committee, will occur in February 2003. We are confident that our program will become accredited by the committee and that our reputation for providing excellence in MICT education is accurate.

This experience, although very time consuming and challenging, has been a positive experience for the EMS faculty.

EMT Classes
We have two EMT classes currently in progress. One is in Mulvane which is being taught by Dixie Simpson and the other is in Winfield and is being taught by Cindy Branscum These students come from a variety of backgrounds and are welcomed to the EMS community.

MICT Program - Class of 2002
Students from our sixth MICT program are in field internship -- something they've wanted for many months. They have worked very hard during this year and all of the work is paying off: they are rapidly becoming entry-level MICTs. Students are completing the internship experience at Butler County EMS and Sedgwick County EMS. Both of these EMS organizations are truly making a difference for these students. We thank both of these fine services for all their help.

Small ACLS Classes in Wichita Area
ACLS - We have been conducting small ACLS classes in the Wichita area. Those who have attended this class have really enjoyed the format. If interested in a class of this type, please call Randall Smith at (316) 383-7776 for information.

MICT Program - Class of 2003
Our seventh MICT program starts on January 6, 2003. It will be nice to have another full class.

Need Patches from Graduates
We thought that it would be a great idea to create a frame of patches from all our graduates. So, if you are a graduate of any of our Cowley programs, please send a patch to us. We would really like to have your current (or past) organization represented here. Thanks in advance for making this possible.

We just started this campaign and do not have many service patches -- E-mail the director if you wish to check on the services which have already responded.

Good Luck!
Good luck to former adjunct faculty members Nick Billings and Richard West. Nick has moved to Arizona to work as a paramedic and Richard is now working at the Wichita Police Department as an officer.

Let Us Know
If you desire any form of specialized training, please let us know. We can develop classes to meet your needs.

New MICT Adjunct Faculty
We would like to welcome Chet Ranzau and Jason Newberry to our MICT teaching staff. Both are Cowley MICT graduates and each have been BLS adjunct faculty in the past. Chet works full time at Arkansas City Fire Department as an MICT/Firefighter and Jason works full time at Wellington Fire Department as an MICT/Firefighter. They each bring a wealth of experience in EMS and firefighting and are a welcome addition to our professional teaching staff.

Congratulations!
Congratulations to Heidi Bloyer and Craig Isom, both Cowley graduates and adjunct faculty, who were recently married. Congratulations also to other EMS adjunct faculty members: Chris Cannon who became a Training Officer I and PALS instructor, and Chet Ranzau and Brandon Russell who also both became PALS instructors.