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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 2006
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Chris Cannon, Lead MICT Instructor, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Connie Schaefer, Nursing Coordinator, Slade Griffiths, Department Chair

Allied Health Department Overview
The department is now a year old and has experienced great change and growth. We have made changes in existing classes and programs, and have developed many new classes and several programs - not for the sake of simply expanding but rather in an attempt to better help students, employers and ultimately the patients we all serve. Please visit our website to view many of the new classes that we have developed and also let us know if you desire any specialized education and training. We will listen. We will provide. We will meet your needs.

EMS Education
Cowley Paramedic
2006 Day Class
The 2006 daytime paramedic program students have completed the didactic portion of their education and have entered into their clinical endeavor. There are currently 12 students learning from nursing staff, physicians, assorted allied health professionals and patients in the hospital and clinical settings of the Via Christi hospitals in Wichita, the Cedar Vale clinic, South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center and William Newton Hospital. These students have also successfully completed a PALS course, a PEPP course and an NRP course. Later this summer they will take ACLS and PHTLS. They are all looking forward to this fall when they start field internship!

EMS Education
Cowley Paramedic
2006 Evening Class
The 16 students in Cowley's evening MICT program are still in the intensive didactic portion of class. They are close to completing the Pre-Hospital Pharmacology class.

The students have started practicing critical patient management in the laboratory utilizing the new 2005 AHA ECC guidelines. They are learning to apply their knowledge of patient assessment, ECG interpretation and pharmacology that they have gained throughout the program to treat simulated patients in an educational scenario. These laboratory experiences help prepare the students to treat real patients in the clinical and field settings later in the program.

 

Evening MICT Class of 2006 - 2007

 

Congratulations to Matt Orr
Matt is a Cowley MICT graduate and adjunct instructor, who was recently appointed as EMS Director at Arkansas City Fire Department.

Long Term Adult Health Care Administrator
Twenty-four students in the Spring and Summer 2006 classes are working through practicums in long term care facilities under the guidance of preceptors who are licensed long term care administrators. Since this program serves students statewide, current students come from cities and towns all over eastern Kansas, from Cherryvale to Andover to Sabetha.

CNA and Related Education
Cowley College's Certified Nursing Assistant program is growing at an incredible rate. In the two semesters since adding Connie Schaefer, RN, as the new Nursing Coordinator for the program, enrollment has increased by more than 50%.

Welcome to New Adjunct Instructors
Paula Andrew, Patti Hoover, and Lisa Swanson

The addition of these instructors will make it possible to offer additional CNA/CMA/HHA classes in Mulvane, Winfield and Arkansas City. Additional daytime classes, evening classes, and odd hour classes which are becoming more popular have been scheduled.

The three new instructors join the nursing instructor team of Sharon Logan, Jonny Thompson, Linda Voth, and Connie Schaefer.

Thank You
The advisory committee for the Certified Nursing Assistant program is currently active and meeting each semester. A special thanks goes to each volunteer serving on this important team:
Dr. Daniel Hein, Medical Advisor, Winfield Medial Arts
Dr. Robert Bean, CEO, Sumner Regional Medical Center, Wellington
Darlene Cooney, DON, SRMC
Carl Noyce, Administrator of Villa Maria Nursing Home, Mulvane
Amber Bryant, Human Resource Consultant, SCKRMC, Arkansas City
Jill Capron, RN, supervisor of William Newton Hospital's skilled nursing unit, Winfield
Juli Hickenbottom, RN, DON of Cowley County Health Department
Tisha Catlin, RN, Staff Development Coordinator, Good Samaritan Village, Winfield
Mark Thomas, PA-C, SCKRMC, Arkansas City
Cheryl Foster, RN, supervisor of WNH Home Health Care
Dawn Warren; past CNA student from Cowley College program
Darla Williams, CNA, current practicing CNA at Good Samaritan Village , Winfield
Marla Nispel, Regional VP of Medicalodges of Kansas, Parsons
Slade Griffiths, Allied Health Dept. Chair for Cowley College
Joyce Holloway, Coordinator of Allied Health for Cowley College
Connie Schaefer, RN, Nursing Coordinator for Cowley College CNA program

CNA Pinning Celebration
This summer the first annual CNA Pinning Celebration ceremonies for the Cowley College CNA program will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 2:00 PM in the Brown Center on the main campus. All Certified Nursing Assistant students and their families are invited to honor the CNAs. We will hear from advisory board members and instructors regarding this year's classes, and each student will receive a memorable gift to honor his or her success.

New Class
An IV Therapy class has been developed and is ready for student enrollment. The three credit hour class will meet July 31st through August 4th from 8 AM until 4 PM, and on August 7th & 8th for two days of clinicals in the hospitals in Arkansas City and Winfield. Sharon Logan and Connie Schaefer will be the instructors.

Remodeling of Allied Health Center
The main hallway and two lower level classrooms for CNA instruction and Pratt's 2nd year nursing students are currently being remodeled and will be ready for fall classes.


Spring 2006
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Chris Cannon, Lead MICT Instructor, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Connie Schaefer, Nursing Coordinator, Slade Griffiths, Department Chair

MICT Education
In January, we started both the day and evening classes with forty students (our 10th and 11th classes). The students are becoming more accustomed to our in-depth and intense program design and we applaud the efforts of these students.

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Daytime MICT Class of 2006

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Evening MICT Class of 2006 - 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMS Classes
Throughout the remainder of the year, we will offer BCLS, BCLS-Instructor, PALS, PHTLS, ACLS, ACLS-Instructor, Basic and Advanced Tactical Classes, Newborn Resuscitation and EMT-Basic.

LPN IV Certification Class
We plan to offer an IV certification class for LPNs this summer. Information about this can be obtained by contacting Joyce Holloway.

Congrats to Cindy -- NISOD Master Teacher
Cindy Branscum received the prestigious NISOD Excellence Award from the University of Texas in Austin. This award, more commonly known as the 'Master Teacher' designation is a real honor for the faculty member and college - only two Cowley instructors can receive it each year.

Long Term Adult Health Care Administrator Program
We continue to actively provide students with the information, skills and behaviors needed to become an administrator. For more information, contact Bruce Irwin or visit the program website. Thirteen new students are currently working on their practicum hours. Fourteen others who started in the program prior to the Spring semester are continuing their studies in long term care facilities.

Classes or Programs You May Want
Tell us what healthcare, EMS or fire department education and training you need - We Will Listen at Cowley College.

We offer a wealth of courses in the allied health and emergency services sector and care currently in the process of evaluating future classes and programs. We are responsive to student and community needs and truly welcome any comments or suggestions.

Cowley/Pratt Cooperative LPN/RN Program
Applications are still being accepted, although the review process for admission to the fall 2006 class is in progress. TEAS testing is available at the Winfield campus by appointment.

CNA and Related Education
Thank you to all of our clinical sites for CNA students. Your willingness to work with our instructors and students is an essential component for student learning and is very much appreciated.
Villa Maria , Mulvane
Sumner Regional Medical Center, Wellington
Cumbernauld Village, Winfield

Enrollment
The Summer CNA class has already filled in Mulvane. A few openings remain in the Winfield and the Wellington CNA classes.

New Adjunct Instructor Hired for CNA and Related Classes
Welcome to Paula Andrew, who joined the Allied Health Department this semester. She is currently teaching a CNA class and has just completed her first Home Health Aide class. Another HHA class is scheduled for April 4-21. Paula's full time position is with Villa Maria Nursing Home in Mulvane, one of our clinical sites for CNAs.


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Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Chris Cannon, Lead MICT Instructor, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Connie Schaefer, Nursing Coordinator, Slade Griffiths, Department Chair

Allied Health Newsletter
Welcome to the first edition of the newsletter for the allied health department at Cowley College. In the past, you have received the EMS Education Newsletter but it has now changed to encompass all of the department.

Department of Allied Health
Every member of the department truly believes in our mission at Cowley: The Department of Allied Health Education is dedicated to developing competent, caring and thinking healthcare providers through the use of effective learning strategies that graduate qualified professionals in a mutually rewarding atmosphere. These are not simply empty words that look good on some plaque or sound awesome when rattled off at some meeting; this is what we believe in and will provide the students, healthcare organizations and patients.

As many of you know, Cowley offers a variety of allied health programs and prepares students to perform advanced life support skills in the out-of-hospital setting – we offer both day and evening classes. We also offer EMT classes that allow graduates to work in the emergency services and a variety of other settings. We also offer EMS recertification, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, tactical and Newborn Resuscitation classes.

We offer nurses aide, medication aide, home health aide, rehabilitation aide, CMA updates and other related courses at most all of our campuses for those who need these classes. Connie Schaefer, RN directs these courses.

Cowley also has a long term adult care home administrator-in-training program that enjoys the highest enrollment in Kansas for a program of its nature. This program is coordinated by Bruce Irwin. Students can start the program whenever they desire and have two years to complete the practicum at a long term health care facility in Kansas (that is approved by the KDHE).

We have also partnered with Pratt Community College to provide an RN program at the Winfield Allied Health Center campus. Pratt is well known for providing outstanding nursing education and we are pleased to have them at our school. New classes start each fall. The deadline for applying to the program is December 2005 for the following fall start time.

We will also conduct specialized and individualized classes upon request. Let us know and we can develop a curriculum to meet your needs.

Criminal Record Checks
The dominant accrediting body for healthcare organizations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), mandated criminal record checks be performed on persons having any opportunity for patient interaction at its accredited hospitals. This includes volunteers, faculty, and healthcare and EMS students. A criminal record check that reveals certain crimes could result in a situation where the student cannot participate in clinical rotations at a healthcare facility. As such, this student could not successfully complete the class. At the present time, this policy will not affect students who take classes unless they participate in clinicals at a JCAHO hospital.

MICT Program Update
The students are now completing their field internship. Each are experiencing the demands of the schooling and profession.

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MICT Class of 2005 (several students absent from photograph)

 

 

Long Time EMT Instructor Leaves
Dixie Simpson, RN/MICT IC, has taught the Mulvane EMT class and other EMT classes at other rural areas for many years and has decided to not teach at Cowley any more. We thank her for all the years and wish her success in the future. We are now in the process of locating another instructor who will teach at the Mulvane campus.

AHA Training Center
Cowley College has once again gained American Heart Association training center status for both BCLS and ACLS. Terri Griffiths is the center coordinator.

Classes or Programs You May Want
Tell us what healthcare, EMS or fire department education and training you need -- We Will Listen at Cowley College. We offer a wealth of courses in the allied health and emergency services sector and are currently in the process of evaluating future classes and programs. We are responsive to student and community needs and truly welcome any comments or suggestions.