Health & Human Services

EMS & Allied Health


News & Events - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - news archives
2004-2005

 

l Summer 2005 l Spring 2005 l Fall 2004 l

We're Here to Help
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 2005
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Chris Cannon, MICT Instructor, Slade Griffiths, Program Director

Completed Classes
EMT Classes - We completed four EMT classes in the spring semester. Two were taught by Dixie Simpson at the Mulvane campus and the other two were taught by Chris Cannon – one at the Winfield campus and another in Clearwater.

PALS and Newborn Resuscitation Courses - Each of these classes were provided at the Winfield campus early this summer by Cindy Branscum and Robert Ward.

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

MICT Class of 2005
The MICT students are in the clinical setting now. They are finally utilizing the skills and applying the behaviors and knowledge learned in the didactic session of the program.

We would like to thank the following clinical sites that truly help our students learn the art and science of emergency medicine:
Cedar Vale Rural Health Clinic (Dr. Jim McDermott)
Via Christi – St. Francis Campus
Via Christi – St. Joseph Campus
William Newton Hospital

Basic & Advanced EMS Tactical Operations
Last fall, we offered the Basic Tactical Operations class and by all accounts, it was highly received by the participants. This fall, we will repeat this course and offer the Advanced Tactical Operations course for those who have already completed the basic one. Both courses will study and practice entry in an actual house and the advanced class will receive instruction on the "shoot don't shoot" video shooting range at our main campus.

In order to take the advanced course, students must first complete the basic class (last year or this year's class). Although it has open enrollment, a brief criminal background check will be performed due to the nature of the course.

Allied Health Education Department
Cowley has formed a new department to better meet the needs of our allied health students. This process will transform the Winfield campus into an allied health education center. The college will also continue to provide allied health classes at the main campus and satellite campuses. This move has been made in an effort to streamline operations and better provide for the Cowley healthcare students.

Slade Griffiths, MEd, MICT IC, has been appointed the Department Chair and will co-teach both MICT classes.
Cindy Branscum, BS, MICT IC, will continue to concentrate on the daytime MICT class and other EMS related classes.
Chris Cannon, BS, MICT IC, has been hired as a full-time EMS instructor. He will concentrate on the evening MICT class and other EMS related classes.
Connie Schaefer, RN, has been hired as the full-time Nursing Coordinator. She will teach and coordinate all CNA, CMA, rehabilitation aide, etc. classes.
Joyce Holloway has accepted the Coordinator of Allied Health Support Services position. She will provide assistance to the new department, coordinate the Winfield campus and provide assistance to the Pratt nursing faculty.

We are also exploring the possibility of adding other allied health classes at the college and even providing them at other locations. Expect to hear about other changes in the future.

2006 Evening MICT Program Added
We are very excited about a change at Cowley College EMS Education. Starting in January 2006, we will offer both day and evening MICT classes in Winfield.

Over the past two years, we have seen a large increase in the number of student applicants. We are providing this extra class to help address the shortage of MICTs in south central Kansas and to provide a class schedule that is more convenient for the working adult. We feel that our actions will help alleviate the MICT shortage issue. In January 2007, we plan to offer the daytime class in Winfield and move the evening class to another campus site outside of Winfield.

The daytime class will remain the same. During the didactic sessions of the MICT program (spring semester), students should expect to meet 4 times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Thursday 1 - 5 PM. Clinicals will occur during the summer while the field internship shall be conducted during the fall. The last 2 weeks of the class will be spent in the classroom preparing for the National Registry examination.

Like the daytime class, the evening class will also start in January. The first two semesters will be spent in the classroom where students meet on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5-10 PM. During the fall semester, students will complete the clinical portion of the program. Field internship will be conducted in the spring semester and should end in May or June. The last 2-3 weeks of the class will be spent in the classroom preparing for the National Registry examination. This eighteen month program will better accommodate the working student or those who require longer assimilation times during their learning experience.

Winfield Campus to Have RN Program This Fall
We are proud to announce a partnership with Pratt Community College (PCC) who will start its ADN/RN nursing program at the Winfield campus this fall. It is a bi-level nursing program that provides students with many options. A student could take the first year of class (fall and spring - two semesters) and then take the seven week long summer class (NUR102a) that prepares the student to take the NCLEX-PN (these students must also complete English Composition I and General Psychology). Then, one could leave the program and work as an LPN or continue in the program to finish the second (RN) year (and work as an LPN if the additional summer class and general education classes were completed). The second year prepares the first year students for RN practice.

The community support for this program has been phenomenal. We feel this PCC program will significantly and positively affect healthcare in the region.

Winfield Campus Construction
This center is undergoing drastic changes to better meet the needs of all at the campus. All rooms are being remodeled and the center is getting all new carpet. A new student lounge with internet access is being constructed. All the ceilings will be lowered as well. It is thought that this construction shall be completed over the next two years. It will update the center and make life there much more enjoyable and better for all.


image

 

New Scenario Clinic Office Addition
During each clinical rotation, the Cowley MICT students are each assigned to Dr. James McDermott for a week at his clinics and hospitals in rural Kansas. This rotation in the rural setting with one-on-one interaction with a physician brings greater breadth and depth to the MICT student. This mock clinic office we constructed at the Winfield campus will better prepare students for that experience and for functioning in the EMS setting where calls can originate in a physician's office.


New Adjunct Faculty
We would like to welcome the following new members to our MICT teaching staff:

Jon Clawson, AAS, MICT - Paramedic/Firefighter at Arkansas City Fire Department and EMS
Terri Griffiths, MBA, RN/MICT - CNO & Vice President of Patient Services at Anthony Hospital. She will also assume the American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator responsibilites.
Tracy LeValley, BSN, RN/MICT - ED nurse at William Newton Hospital and MICT with the Winfield Area EMS Reserves
Travis Morin, AAS, MICT - Full-time paramedic at Winfield Area EMS and part-time paramedic at Sedgwick County EMS

They all bring a wealth of experience in healthcare/EMS and are a welcome addition to our professional teaching staff.

Online Pharmacology Class
An online pharmacology class was added to the summer schedule and is currently in progress. This course (HER5230 – 3 credit hours) is designed to meet the pharmacology class needs of students enrolled in Pratt Community College nursing program, pre-allied health majors (to include future MICT students) and would be beneficial for others in the allied health field who desire a greater understanding of pharmacological principles and agents. It has open enrollment, though Anatomy and Physiology is highly recommended.

image

 

A New Look
The Winfield campus now has a new look with a stone sign designed and constructed by Mark Hull, an EMT graduate from the spring of 2005. He did a very fine job with the project. When not working at his full-time job or making stone signs, he volunteers with the Cambridge Fire Department.


Winfield Center Open House
We plan to have an open house for the Pratt Community College nursing program and the new Department of Allied Health Education later this year. This will be a great opportunity for all to view how we prepare students to progress into professional, caring and thinking healthcare providers. We hope that you can visit the campus and meet all of the staff and faculty.

National EMS Accreditation
Cowley EMS education is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

The committee's primary goal is to partnership with EMS programs in continuous quality improvement. Another 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 college administrators an external audit of the quality of the program. We have always welcomed this process because it validates our program and helps protect EMS students in Kansas from inappropriate educational or administrative practice.

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

We had our accreditation site visit in August 2002 and did very well. The final step, a vote by the full accreditation committee, occurred in February 2003. We were notified that our program received accreditation and, to meet long-standing Kansas Board of EMS regulation, it has been maintained since that time.

This experience, although very time consuming and challenging, has been a positive experience for the EMS students, faculty and college. We were pleased to find that the committee validated our reputation for providing excellence in MICT education. We are proud of our program and pleased that an external body approved our educational methodologies several years ago.

We would again like to thank all the administration, faculty, staff, medical advisors, EMS advisory committee members, graduates, students, EMS employers, clinical sites, field sites and preceptors who helped with this process.

Congratulations!
Congratulations to Angela Hamilton-Junk, Adjunct Faculty member, who married Darrin earlier this year. She works as a full-time MICT at Sedgwick County EMS.

Congratulations also to Slade Griffiths who received the 2005 KEMTA Outstanding IC Award.

EMS Education Newsletter
This will be the last issue of this newsletter. In the future, the newsletter will change to include all other healthcare education information and shall be called the Allied Health Education Newsletter.

Fire Department and EMS Organization Photos
In an attempt to promote EMS and Fire services, we have established a web page to salute any of these organizations. We would ask that you send organization photos (no patient care images); please see this page for information on how to submit your photos. Thanks in advance.

image

 

 

Students practicing extrication at a class provided by the Winfield Fire Department

 

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

We are also looking for other healthcare classes or programs that may be needed in our community. If you know of something that is needed, please let us know. We will listen and try to develop the class or program that helps you with your needs.


Spring 2005
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Slade Griffiths, Program Director

CoAEMSP Program 600162
Completed Classes
EMT Class - We completed an EMT class in the fall of 2004 that was in Mulvane and taught by Dixie Simpson.

MICT Program - This class finished in mid-December. Graduation was held on January 28th and the guest speaker was Don Hauschild, MICT/RN, who taught many fine MICT classes in the past, continues to provide EMS education and currently works as a nurse for the Via Christi system. Each graduated with an AAS degree.

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

MICT Class of 2005
Our ninth MICT program started January 10th – students are becoming accustomed to the fast and intense pace of our program.

image

Spring EMT Classes
We currently have four EMT classes in progress. Dixie Simpson is teaching day and evening classes at the Mulvane Campus while Chris Cannon is teaching classes in Clearwater and Winfield.

Basic & Advanced EMS Tactical Operations
Last fall, we offered the Basic EMS Tactical Operations class and by all accounts, it was highly received by the participants. This fall, we will repeat this course and offer the advanced course for those who have already completed the basic one. Both courses will study and practice entry in an actual house and the advanced class will receive instruction on the video "shoot don't shoot" shooting range at our main campus.

2006 Evening MICT Program Added
We are very excited about a change at Cowley College EMS Education. Starting in January 2006, we will offer both day and evening MICT classes in Winfield.

Over the past two years, we have seen a large increase in the number of student applicants. We are providing this extra class to help address the shortage of MICTs in south central Kansas and to provide a class schedule that is more convenient for the working adult. We feel that our actions will help alleviate the MICT shortage issue. In January 2007, we plan to offer the daytime class in Winfield and move the evening class to another campus site outside of Winfield.

The daytime class will remain the same. During the didactic sessions of the MICT program (spring semester), students should expect to meet 4 times a week on MWF from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Thursdays 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Clinicals will occur during the summer while the field internship shall be conducted during the fall. The last 2 weeks of the class will be spent in the classroom preparing for the National Registry examination.

Like the daytime class, the evening class will also start in January. The first two semesters will be spent in the classroom where students meet 2-3 times a week. During the fall semester, students will complete the clinical portion of the program. Field internship will be conducted in the spring semester and should end in May. The last 2-3 weeks of the class will be spent in the classroom preparing for the National Registry examination.

Online Pharmacology Class
Starting this summer, we will be offering this course. This course (HER5230 – 3 credit hours) is designed to meet the pharmacology needs of students enrolled in nursing programs, pre-allied health majors (to include future MICT students) and would be beneficial for others in the allied health field who desire a greater understanding of pharmacological principles and agents. It has open enrollment, though Anatomy and Physiology is highly recommended.

Winfield Campus to Have RN Program in Fall 2005
We are proud to announce a partnership with Pratt Community College (PCC) who plans to offer its nursing program at the Winfield Campus of Cowley College. It is a bi-level nursing program that provides students with many options. A student could take the first year of class (fall and spring - two semesters) and then take the seven week long summer class (NUR102a) that prepares the student to take the NCLEX-PN (these students must also complete English Composition I and General Psychology). Then, one could leave the program and work as an LPN or continue in the program to finish the second (RN) year (and work as an LPN if the additional summer class and general education classes were completed). The second year prepares the first year students for RN practice. An MICT to RN bridge program will be considered in the future. We feel this PCC program will significant affect healthcare in the region.

Allied Health Classes in Winfield
As mentioned in previous newsletters, and as you can see from our recent college changes, we are moving toward our goal of transforming the Winfield Campus into an allied health education center. This move has been made in an effort to streamline operations and better provide for the Cowley healthcare students. We are also exploring the possibility of adding other allied health classes at the college and even providing them at other locations. Expect to hear about other changes in the future.

Congratulations!
Congratulations to Chris Cannon, adjunct faculty member since 1998, who gained MICT IC status.


Fall 2004
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Slade Griffiths, Program Director

CoAEMSP Program 600162

Fall EMT Class
There is an EMT class being taught by Dixie Simpson at the Mulvane campus.

MICT Class of 2004
Our MICT students are now in the field internship phase of the program. We would like to thank the following organizations who helped with the clinical education: Cedar Vale Nursing Center, Cedar Vale Rural Health Clinics, Cedar Vale Community Hospital, Via Christi St. Francis, Via Christi St. Joseph and William Newton Hospital. We would also like to thank the following organizations who help with the field internship experience: Arkansas City Fire Department, Butler County EMS, Sedgwick County EMS and Winfield Area EMS.

image

 

Students are performing a resuscitation in the mock house located within the Winfield campus at Cowley.

 

Basic EMS Tactical Operations
The response for this course has been outstanding! This class will be offered on October 23rd and 24th. If you are interested, please go online for information about the class and how to enroll.

 

2005 MICT Program
We have completed the selection process for our next daytime MICT program that starts in January 2005. It was very difficult -- we had many more qualified applicants than seats in the class. It is still our intention to complete an evening class in the future to meet the needs of these students.

Iraq Update
The conflict in the Middle East has deeply affected most all of us in the United States and throughout the world. At home, many of us know someone who has been sent to Iraq or elsewhere with the military.

Eric Stringer, a Cowley EMS student, had planned to enter the MICT program in 2005. In late April, he left with his company to complete work in Iraq. Before he left, he told us that he would be delighted for anyone to write or e-mail him while he is away. He recently returned to the US for a break and went back in mid-September.

Several Cowley MICT students have also ‘adopted' Erin West, a close friend of an MICT student, who is also working in Iraq with the US Army. She was able to return to the US for a small break and is now back in Baghdad working in a hospital.

Dennis Sewell, a PA from Clay Center and longtime flight medic at LifeStar, is being sent to the Middle East for a year tour. He also will be missed by the community.

They are in our thoughts and prayers, and we wish them a speedy and healthy return to the United States.

We plan to send ‘care' packages to these folks and if you wish to participate in this activity, let us know and we can pick up any of your items. Any help to support our friends and troops would be appreciated.

Cowley Faculty
Our programs are taught by an exceptional group of people. We thank each of the following who truly care about education and emergency medical care:

Cindy Branscum, BS, MICT IC
Lead MICT Instructor at Cowley

Chris Cannon, MICT TO
Paramedic at Butler County EMS

Michael Crego, BS, MICT TO
Firefighter & Paramedic at Sedgwick County Fire Department & Butler County EMS

Roy Danks, DO
Associate Cowley Medical Advisor, Assistant Professor, Trauma Surgeon, SICU Intensivist and Director of Burn Unit at The University of Kansas

Todd Goetz, MICT
Paramedic at Sedgwick County EMS & LifeTeam

Sara Goodin, AA/AAS, MICT
Paramedic at Sedgwick County EMS

Slade Griffiths, M.Ed., MICT IC
Program Director at Cowley

Angela Hamilton, AAS, MICT
Paramedic at Sedgwick County EMS

Craig Isom, AGS, MICT
Paramedic at Winfield Area EMS

Hiedi Isom, MICT
Paramedic at Sedgwick County EMS

Jason Newberry, AAS/AS, MICT, TO
Firefighter/Paramedic at Wellington Fire Department

Gabe Ponce, AAS, MICT
Paramedic at Sedgwick County EMS

Jerry Preston, AAS/AS, MICT
Firefighter/Paramedic at Wellington Fire Department

Chet Ranzau, AAS, MICT TO
Firefighter/Paramedic at Arkansas City Fire Department

Jason Runnalls, AAS, MICT TO
Paramedic at Butler County EMS

Brandon Russell, BS, BA, MICT IC
Training Officer at Butler County EMS

Chandy Samuel, MD
Cowley Medical Advisor & Surgeon

Dixie Simpson, BAN, RN, MICT IC
ED Nurse/MICT at St. Francis & William Newton Hospital

Lyle Webster, MICT
Paramedic Lieutenant at Sedgwick County EMS

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. Our collection is starting to get rather large -- thanks to all who have sent us patches.

Fire Department and EMS Organization Photos
In an attempt to promote EMS and Fire services, we are planning to establish a web page to salute any of these organizations. We would ask that you send organization photos (no patient care images); please see our web page for information on how to submit your photos. Thanks in advance.