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Summer 2007
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Chris Cannon, Lead MICT Instructor, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Janet Bogle, Nursing Coordinator, Jeff Fluty, Athletic Trainer, Deb Nittler, Health Education Faculty, Slade Griffiths, Department Chair

Allied Health Department Overview
Exciting things continue to happen at the department!  We would like to welcome Deb Nittler and Jeff Fluty to the department.  Deb is a longtime Cowley employee who has held many different positions at the college such as Assistant Athletic Director, faculty teacher and Department Chair.  She will continue to teach health and athletic courses.  Jeff Fluty is the Athletic Trainer for the college and remains very busy with that position.  He will continue to teach within the sports medicine program that has been moved to this department.  Both are great educators and professionals who add further depth and breadth to this department.  Each are exploring other programs that will likely be offered at the college – stay tuned for more good things to come!

Late in the spring semester, thanks to outstanding work completed by Rae Dale and JoLynne Stalnaker, the Kansas Board of Regents approved the modification of several existing programs.  Now, Cowley is able to offer certificates and/or AAS degrees for medical coding, medical transcription and medical office support.  If you have ever wanted to enter the healthcare field and really didn’t want to have direct patient contact, these highly-in-demand programs may be for you.  Full information about each can be found on our website.

Have you ever thought about working in a laboratory to draw blood samples and then completing a full analysis?  If that interests you, please contact Slade Griffiths for more information.

We are happy to announce an articulation partnership with Southwestern College in Winfield to provide further education so our EMS Leadership, MICT, Coding and Transcription graduates can complete their bachelor degrees in approximately eighteen months.  We have enclosed more information about this exciting partnership.

CNA and Related Education

On June 15th Janet Bogle, Nursing Coordinator, and all adjunct instructors met for an in-service day.  Changes that will occur in fall classes were discussed.  One change will be that instructors will no longer collect KDHE application fees from students, as those fees will be added to course fees collected during enrollment.

New instructors Jereen Hoss and Julie Kirkbride were introduced and welcomed to the department. Jereen currently teaches a CMA class in Mulvane and plans to teach 2 CNA classes in the fall.  Julie will teach a CNA class in Winfield.   We look forward to working with Jereen and Julie.

A break out session was instrumental in developing syllabi which better explain requirements and policies of the CMA and CNA courses.  Janet will provide a syllabus template that includes essential information.

After much discussion it was decided unanimously to stop using the current text for CMA classes and use the Kansas State Curriculum for Certified Medication Aides along with current resources to provide the information for teaching.  This will be reviewed during the next year to see if there is a suitable text that helps prepare students for the state exam and for working in the healthcare setting.  Janet Bogle and Linda Voth reviewed a new textbook that is scheduled to be available in the fall of 2008 which seems to be a good selection.

Through aggressive marketing there has been an increase in the number of CMA recertification students over the past eight months with all scheduled classes being filled and two additional classes being offered.  It was decided to offer these classes every month during 2008.  We will continue to advertise and monitor enrollment.  Since several students have enrolled beyond the deadline date for these classes, effective in August there will be a fee of $25.00 added for those choosing to enroll after the deadline.

EMS Education

Overview
Cowley College has had a nationally-accredited MICT program for many years and we recently had a re-accreditation site visit.  As with the initial accreditation, to meet Kansas Board of EMS requirements that were adopted in 2001, we found the process enjoyable and beneficial.  Although the results of the site visit are not yet official, we are confident that our program was found to be one of excellence and continuing accreditation will be granted.  We would like to thank the hundreds of people associated with the program at the college, community, hospitals and EMS/FD organizations, and also our students, graduates, medical advisors and advisory committee.  We are successful due, in large part, to the support we receive from all these fine people and organizations.

Several employees from the EMS division have received honors or promotions that we would like to share.  Chris Cannon, Lead MICT Instructor, graduated with his master’s degree in leadership from Southwestern College.  Also, he was one of only three employees at the college to receive the prestigious Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.  “This year we chose three because all three individuals were all so absolutely outstanding,” Cowley Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs Sheree Utash said. “All three have contributed so much to the college, in and out of the classroom.  They are each outstanding educators that make decisions based on what is best for the student.”  Craig Isom, who is an EMS Lab Assistant/Clinical Coordinator and adjunct faculty member of the allied health department, was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at Winfield Area EMS.  Brandon Russell, Lab Assistant/Clinical Coordinator, was recently promoted to the Assistant Director position at Butler County EMS.  Mr. Russell also serves on the Cowley EMS Advisory Committee.  We are all very proud of these Cowley MICT graduates and employees.

Graduates of the 2006 daytime MICT program are all certified and employed in the EMS field at Butler County EMS, Clearwater EMS, Sedgwick County EMS or Winfield Area EMS.  We congratulate each of them for this great accomplishment.

The EMS division has added many new Lab Assistants/Clinical Coordinators to meet the needs of our students.  We are proud to announce that Chris Atwater, Matt Creighton, Paul Misasi, Deryk Ruddle, Brian Schmidt, Aaron Sutton and Josh Whiteside are all employees at the college.  Their bios can be found at   http://www.cowley.edu/ departments/allied/ems/faculty.html.

We are excited that the EMS Leadership degree starts this fall.  We truly feel that this online leadership degree will positively affect the profession for many years.  If you are a Cowley MICT graduate, we are offering a three credit hour scholarship to you as a ‘thanks’ for attending our school – contact Slade for more information.

If you are considering either the daytime (Winfield) or evening (Andover) MICT programs that start in January 2008, now is the time to apply.  We will be conducting the selection process in late July.

Tactical Classes
Cowley will offer its fourth Basic Tactical EMS Operations course on September 8th and 9th. Participants in this class will learn basic tactical emergency medical care fundamentals such as care under fire, team tactics, and sensory deprived assessment. Tactical vests, handcuffs, replica firearms and EMS kits will be provided during the course for all participants. The class will have a classroom component and an exciting hands-on portion where students will function as a tactical team and apply their new tactical EMS skills. This course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Tactical EMS Operations course. 

The Advanced Tactical EMS Operations course will be offered on September 29th and 30th. This class will build on the skills taught in the basic course, and an emphasis on field operations and application of skills under stress is utilized. This course culminates in the students functioning as tactical EMS providers while conducting mock raids on several different on-campus and off-campus buildings and residences. During the field operations portion of class, students must plan the raid, execute the raid (including providing on-scene EMS care), and debrief the team after the raid is completed. These classes are very popular offerings, so please be sure to enroll soon.

Cowley Paramedic 2006-07 Evening Class
We are very proud to announce that twelve students from the evening MICT program recently completed their field internship rotations, the Advanced EMS Care class, and passed the program final written and practical examinations

After completing the MICT program, the students then challenged the National Registry practical exam for certification, and will complete the computer based written test in the near future. This group of students was the first entire MICT class that tested under the new computer-adaptive-testing that has been adopted by the National Registry for EMT-Paramedic testing.

 

 

 

The successful completers of the 2006-2007 Evening MICT Program are:

  • Binh Chung
  • Sarah Denny
  • Alison Floyd
  • Paul Hunter
  • Ryan Kilby
  • Ben King
  • John T. Lies
  • Matt Manning
  • Byron McNary
  • Cole Mitchell
  • Jenniffer Reeves
  • Pam Utter

Jared Smith, a student in the evening MICT program, was recently deployed with his army unit to the Middle East, where he serves as a combat medic. He is still in the MICT program, and will complete his field internship after he returns from his combat tour. Our thoughts and prayers go with Jared.

We would like to thank our staff instructors, field preceptors, local EMS services, hospitals, physicians, nurses, other hospital staff members, and everyone else that assisted with the evening MICT Program. We greatly appreciate everyone that made this program a success. 

EMS Leadership Program
The first ever classes for the EMS Leadership degree program will be offered during the 2007 Fall semester.  We are very excited to offer this unique program to EMS professionals, and we feel that it will help bridge the gap from initial EMS courses of instruction to the knowledge needed to become a true EMS leader. The prehospital care environment is continually changing and becoming more complex each day.  Our dedicated faculty will provide you with the tools you need to be successful in this challenging environment, both today and in the future.

Cowley Paramedic 2007 Day Class
After successfully completing didactic education, the students from the day class are participating in their clinical experience.  These students have successfully been certified in PALS, PEPP and NRP.  Later this summer they will be taking PHTLS and ACLS.  We are proud of the positive comments we are receiving from the performance of these students from each of the clinical areas.  
We appreciate the experiences they are being allowed at the Via Christi facilities, William Newton Hospital in Winfield, South Central Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City, Cedarvale Clinic, Sedan Hospital and the Kansas Medical Center in Andover.  We are looking forward to seeing them excel in field internship starting in the fall.

Pratt-Cowley ADN Program at Winfield

The first nursing students who started this program at Cowley have taken their licensure examinations.  The results of their testing have been excellent and we are very proud of each of them and Pratt Community College.

Tracy Bergagnini has been promoted to the Pratt Nursing Program Coordinator position at the Winfield site.  Tracy has many years of experience as a nurse, leader and educator.  We welcome her to this position.

Jonny Thompson was recently hired by Pratt Community College as an instructor at the Winfield campus. Jonny has taught as an adjunct for Cowley Allied Health for several years and we look forward to working with her in this new position.

Pratt and Cowley are discussing the possibility of providing a bridge program for the MICT to RN.  If interested in this type of education and training, please call Joyce Holloway so that we can send additional information as it becomes available.

Long Term Adult Health Care Administrator
Opportunities as a licensed Adult Care Home Administrator have never been better. Cowley’s program is one of the oldest and most popular in the state. Instruction fulfills standards set by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). We are also in the process of gaining KDHE approval to provide administrator continuing education classes that cover the ‘administration’ requirement for re-licensure.  Licensed administrators throughout Kansas should really be happy with what we are developing.  Stay tuned for more exciting information that concerns this new venture.


Spring 2007
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Chris Cannon, Lead MICT Instructor, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Janet Bogle, Nursing Coordinator, Slade Griffiths, Department Chair

Allied Health Department Overview
Exciting things continue to happen at the department!  We would like to welcome the following new instructors who are teaching online classes for the department: John Elliott, Hiedi Isom, Lisa Kilts and Travis Morin.  This spring, we started teaching the following new online classes at the college: Medical Coding I, Allied Healthcare Anatomy and Physiology, and Medical Office Procedures.  We have also been busy developing new courses that were requested by the healthcare community.  These are being added to the summer or fall schedule:

ALH 5241  Medical Coding II – ICD-9-CM
This course is designed to present basic ICD-9-CM coding and Healthcare Reimbursement issues.  The student will develop competencies in the basic elements of medical coding using the ICD-9-CM manual.  Various body systems will be reviewed so that students will better understand how the coding is derived.  This is the second of two courses in medical coding and is intended for those entering the medical profession, whether it be as a front office employee with day to day involvement in the coding aspect, or clinical personnel who will be integral in the coding aspect as the provider or assisting the provider.

ALH 5242 Medical Coding III – Healthcare Reimbursement
This course is designed to incorporate all concepts presented in Medical Coding I & II into an understandable format that explains the process of healthcare reimbursement.  The student will learn to apply the competencies learned in Medical Coding I & II into real life coding and reimbursement situations.  This is the final of three courses in medical coding.

ALH 5243 Health Insurance and Billing Processes
This course provides an in-depth investigation of the various types of health insurance and processes utilized by practitioners to bill for health services.  Students will be introduced to medical coding procedures but this course does not focus on that process.  This is not open to those who have completed ALH 5242 Medical Coding III.

Leadership (EMS Emphasis) AGS Degree
This degree was designed for EMS professionals to gain necessary leadership skills.  More information on this degree can be found in the EMS section of the newsletter.

Upcoming Changes
We have been asked by many folks to develop a pathophysiology class; we listened and are currently developing this course.  Also, our office technology program is being revised to provide, if approved by the Kansas Board of Regents, degree programs for the coding and transcription classes.

EMS Education

2006 MICT Day Class Graduation

Graduation for 11 students in Cowley College’s Mobile Intensive Care Technician (paramedic) program was held January 26th in Cowley’s Earle N. Wright Community Room on the main campus in Arkansas City. The program, which finished on December 15, completed the AAS degree requirements for these graduates. 

The following are the graduating members of the daytime class of 2006: Jenni Leis, Rose Hill; Kevin Leis, Rose Hill; Amber McMonigle, Wichita; Jose Moreno, Wichita; Luke Rivera, Mulvane; Brian Schmidt, Moundridge; Deb Shrewsbury, Clearwater; Gabrielle Simon, Clearwater; Sarah Stephenson, Wichita; Echo Vaden, Dexter; and Tara Wittsell, Wichita.

The evening began when Slade Griffiths, Allied Health Department Chair, issued the welcome and discussed the education the graduates received while in Cowley’s program.  Griffiths praised all of the people involved with the program and singled out Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, for “her dedication to the students – something that truly impacted their learning.”  Dr. Roy Danks, Cowley Associate Medical Advisor then spoke to the graduates about how to psychologically survive while working in the field as a paramedic. Dr. Danks worked as a paramedic many years before becoming a trauma surgeon.

Dr. Patrick McAtee, Cowley President, and Mrs. Branscum conferred the certificates and presented the class of 2006 to the gathering of about 150 people who came to honor the graduates. Dr. McAtee thanked the graduates for selecting EMS as a career and for choosing Cowley College for their education.

“We are all very thankful and proud of every one of you,” said Dr. McAtee.

During the course of their schooling, these graduates assessed 5,000 patients and administered over 3,000 medications during the year.  With this tenth graduating class, Cowley MICT graduates now treat approximately 70,000 patients each year.

The national job outlook continues to be greater than average, and the local job outlook looks promising. All graduates have found employment in the EMS field.

Cowley currently has two MICT programs in progress and will start both day and evening programs in January 2008.

Cowley Paramedic 2007 Day Class
The Cowley 2007 Day class started with 16 students on January 8, 2007.  The students have already completed Anatomy and Physiology and are quickly progressing to ECG interpretation and pharmacology.  They are now starting to intubate patients in the Operating Room and will also be spending time with Winfield Area EMS and Arkansas City Fire and EMS in their pre-internship rides.

Cowley Paramedic 2006-07 Evening Class
The students in the evening MICT program began their Field Internship on February 14th. There are eleven students completing their FI with Sedgwick County EMS, two students at Winfield Area EMS, and one student at Butler County EMS. They will be in Field Internship until the latter part of May, after which they will be back in the classroom for National Registry testing preparation.

Jared Smith, a student in the evening MICT program, was recently deployed with his army unit at the end of hospital clinicals. Jared will be serving as a combat medic with his unit during their deployment to the Middle East. He is still in the MICT program, and will complete his field internship after he returns from his combat tour. Our thoughts and prayers go with Jared.

We would like to thank the hospitals, physicians, nurses, other hospital staff members, and our adjunct instructors that assisted in the hospital clinical portion of this program. The students completed clinical training at William Newton Hospital, South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center, Via Christi St. Francis, Via Christi St. Joseph, and the Sedan City Hospital. The clinical portion of the program is integral for providing students with opportunities to apply and master skills while treating patients, and we greatly appreciate everyone that made this year’s clinicals a success.

2008 Paramedic Programs
In January 2008, we will again be starting both daytime and evening MICT programs.  Now is the time to make preparations and apply to enter this exciting and challenging program.  Our daytime class will be held in Winfield and the evening class will be held at the Andover campus of Butler Community College.

Reading about us in this newsletter or hearing about our MICT program through our staff or former students can be an excellent way to help you explore your future MICT educational options. However, nothing can replace the value of experiencing our facilities at Cowley first-hand.  We encourage and welcome all students to visit Cowley's outstanding facilities and take the time to meet our professional teaching staff. To obtain information or schedule a visit, call or email us.

Leadership Degree
Leadership is an integral component to the dynamic and evolving field of EMS. From service directors, to street supervisors and field technicians, an intimate understanding of leadership is integral to the success of both individuals and organizations. An organization with great leadership will be more effective, more cost efficient and have better employee morale at all levels, all of which are important components of any successful organization.

As a profession in its relative infancy, the need for skilled and knowledgeable leaders in the EMS field is immense. EMS leaders must deal with not only normal leadership issues such as conflict resolution, leader-follower relationships and fiscal responsibilities, they must also be familiar with laws regarding patient care and billing, appropriate system status management, and how to lead the unique followers that comprise an EMS organization. To be a successful leader in EMS, one must be intimately familiar with current leadership practices and the issues confronting EMS organizations.

The associate of general studies degree program in Leadership (with an EMS emphasis) from Cowley College is designed to provide a conceptual framework for individuals to facilitate the implementation of successful leadership practices in EMS organizations. Topics such as leadership styles, organizational leadership and EMS financial management provide a better understanding of the necessary components that form a successful EMS organization, and how individuals at all levels of the organization can be responsible for positive organizational change. One does not need to be a leader in title to affect powerful personal and organizational payoffs.

To better serve the busy professionals that are the target audience of this program, the delivery format of the leadership program has been enhanced to allow participants to obtain all of the program elective requirements online. The course scheduling has also been changed from the traditional 16 week long semester to offering two 8 week courses per semester.

To receive an AGS degree in leadership, students must also complete thirty hours of general education courses.

Hybrid EMT-Basic Course
The Cowley hybrid EMT-Basic program is designed to offer a convenient format for working adults and others to complete their EMT-Basic training. This is accomplished by utilizing an online component for didactic instruction along with an on-ground component for psychomotor skills integration. A clinical and field internship portion of 24 and 36 hours respectively is also included in the program.

Students that enroll in the program will complete lecture assignments, discussion board postings, homework and quizzes via the Cowley WebCT online course delivery software. The lecture portion of class consists of a narrated PowerPoint presentation that is available both online and via CD-ROM to students that have slower internet connections.

Students will also be required to attend a once weekly skills laboratory session at the Winfield Allied Health Center to ensure mastery of psychomotor skills. At the beginning of the program, all students will receive a skills DVD that demonstrates in detail the skills required in the course. In the classroom, the students will receive further skills instruction and will be closely monitored in the laboratory setting by qualified Cowley adjunct faculty members.

We believe that a hybrid course is currently the most effective method of extensively utilizing an online component in an initial EMS course of instruction. The structure of this course will allow us to ensure that students who complete the program are just as competent as their on-ground comrades. It is our hope that with the convenience offered by this course more students will be able to make their dream of becoming an EMT a reality.

Hybrid classes start in August, so be sure to enroll soon. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Cannon at 620-229-5985.

Tactical Classes
Cowley will offer its fourth Basic Tactical EMS Operations course on September 8th and 9th. Participants in this class will learn basic tactical emergency medical care fundamentals such as care under fire, team tactics, and sensory deprived assessment. Tactical vests, handcuffs, replica firearms and EMS kits will be provided during the course for all participants. The class will have a classroom component and an exciting hands-on portion where students will function as a tactical team and apply their new tactical EMS skills. This course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Tactical EMS Operations course. 

The Advanced Tactical EMS Operations course will be offered on September 29th and 30th. This class will build on the skills taught in the basic course, and an emphasis on field operations and application of skills under stress is utilized. This course culminates in the students functioning as tactical EMS providers while conducting mock raids on several different on-campus and off-campus buildings and residences. During the field operations portion of class, students must plan the raid, execute the raid (including providing on-scene EMS care), and debrief the team after the raid is completed.

CNA and Related Education
The first LPN IV class is progressing well.  This course will certify LPNs to establish IVs and give most IV medications.  This is a great class to incorporate more skills for LPNs.

Janet Bogle attended a great educational conference in Albuquerque the first week of February.  The conference addressed a different approach to teaching nursing students involving more “need to know” information and a variety of teaching skills.  She learned new methods for teaching students so they are better prepared for the job and for examinations that require the ability to critically think instead of simple recall of information.

Scholarships for CNA/CMA courses were awarded to Nicolasa Carrasco, Susan Lind, and Valerie Snow.  We wish them success in their classes!

We are pleased to announce that Winfield Rest Haven has agreed to be a clinical site for our CMA and CNA students.  We hope to utilize this facility next semester.

An open house was held for Winfield and Arkansas City High Schools for students interested in classes being offered in the Fall of 2007 which will include a CNA and HHA combined class.  Approximately 40 students participated.  Many expressed interest in these classes.

Pratt-Cowley ADN Program at Winfield
Students who were in the first class of the newly formed nursing degree program at the Winfield Center last fall are now in their second year. Four instructors have offices at the Winfield campus. A new group of first year students has joined the program and have already started their clinical training. Classes are held at the Cowley College Winfield Allied health Center while the instructional faculty, program and curricula is supervised by Pratt Community College.

Long Term Adult Health Care Administrator
Opportunities as a licensed Adult Care Home Administrator have never been better. Cowley’s program is one of the oldest and most popular in the state. Instruction fulfills standards set by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.


Fall 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
Things are really happening in the department! We have developed many new courses to meet the healthcare education needs for those who want to work in a medical office or those who desire to know more information to better function in their job. Each class is taught by practicing healthcare providers who are experts in their fields - we are proud to have them teaching at Cowley College.

The following are the descriptions of these classes, all of which are offered online in the spring.

ALH 5240 Medical Coding I This class is part of a series of Medical Coding I and II, and should be taken in order to fully understand the concepts of coding in the medical profession. Section I will focus on the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) manual, understanding how the manual is organized, and the various sections that describe the medical, surgical and diagnostic services. This section will also describe and explain Health Care Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) codes and the various subgroups within that designation.

ALH 5241 Medical Coding II (offered in summer 2007) This course is designed to present basic ICD-9-CM coding and Healthcare Reimbursement issues. The student will develop competencies in the basic elements of medical coding using the ICD-9-CM manual. Various body systems will be reviewed so that students will better understand how the coding is derived. This is the second of two courses in medical coding and is intended for those entering the medical profession, whether it be as a front office employee with day to day involvement in the coding aspect, or clinical personnel who will be integral in the coding aspect as the provider or assisting the provider. broad discussion of the primary medications in each of the pharmaceutical classification categories. This course is designed to meet the pharmacology needs of students enrolled in nursing programs, pre-allied health majors and would be beneficial for others in the allied health field who desire a greater understanding of pharmacological principles and agents. A medical background is recommended, but not required.

ALH5244 Medical Office Procedures This course is designed to introduce students to careers in the medical office. Students will develop an understanding medical office procedures, prepare medical office documents, understanding of medical billing and coding practices, and learn skills to prepare for the job search. Stress is placed on confidentiality and on oral and written communication skills.

ALH 5235 Allied Healthcare Provider Anatomy and Physiology This course is designed to provide an overview of anatomy, physiology and basic pathology for students who wish to know more about the human body and disease. It would be very useful for students who are currently functioning in healthcare or those who plan to enter the allied health workforce (e.g. medical transcription, medical coding, nursing assistant, etc.). It is not intended to replace the five credit hour anatomy and physiology course for those who intend to enter professional training in the health sciences (e.g. nursing, medicine, etc.).

ALH 1655 Medical Terminology This course is designed to present the basic principles of medical word building. The student will develop competencies in the basic elements forming medical words. Additional information about anatomy and physiology will be provided.

ALH 1660 Medical Transcription This course is designed to give the student a firm foundation in medical transcribing through the use of a variety of letters, memos and reports that are typically encountered in the medical field. The course is designed to enhance the learner's knowledge of medical terminology, reinforce anatomy knowledge and challenge the student in the use of English language skills. The prerequisite for this class is Medical Terminology.

ALH5230 Pharmacology This course will provide the basic pharmacology principles with an emphasis on a broad discussion of the primary medications in each of the pharmaceutical classification categories. This course is designed to meet the pharmacology needs of students enrolled in nursing programs, pre-allied health majors and would be beneficial for others in the allied health field who desire a greater understanding of pharmacological principles and agents. A medical background is recommended, but not required. The prerequisite for this class is Human Anatomy and Physiology.

EMS Education
Cowley Paramedic -- 2006 Day Class
The paramedic students in the 2006 day class are doing well and are nearing completion of their initial training. A huge thank you goes out to all the help and support given to our students by the clinical sites and to our adjuncts who served as clinical preceptors. These students enjoyed learning a wide variety of new skills and concepts at both Via Christi St. Francs and St. Joseph as well as William Newton Hospital in Winfield, South Central Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City and the Cedar Vale Hospital and Clinic.

The day students are currently learning under highly skilled and helpful preceptors in the field internship setting. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each of the crews that have accepted one of these paramedic students for their internship experience.

These students are looking forward to challenging the state boards in mid-December.

Cowley Paramedic -- 2006-07 Evening Class
The 15 students in the evening MICT program started their clinical training on October 30th. This training takes place at William Newton Hospital, South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center, Via Christi St. Francis and St. Joseph, and the Sedan City Hospital. Students will also spend at least a week in Dr. McDermott's clinics learning rural medicine.

The students recently completed PHTLS, ACLS, and PALS/PEPP courses, and will complete an NRP course in the near future. These certification courses help prepare the students for the clinical and field environments, and are prerequisites to employment by most EMS organizations.

We would like to thank the adjunct faculty members, Dr. Danks, Dr. Samuel and Dr. Dennett, as well as everyone else who has committed their time and expertise in helping to make this class a success.

Tactical EMS Classes
image September was a busy month for Tactical EMS education at Cowley. On September 9th and 10th, Cowley offered its third Basic EMS Tactical Operations class. The 8 students in the course learned about tactical medicine, care under fire, remote access medicine, team tactics, firearms effects and safety, and felony cuffing procedures. The students then practiced their new found skills by successfully completing several hours of intense tactical scenarios.

On September 23rd and 24th, Cowley offered its first ever Advanced EMS Tactical Operations class. This class began with a brief review of the skills taught in the basic class, and progressed to a field operations exercise that lasted over 7 hours. The field portion of the class was conducted at a vacant home owned by Cowley's criminal justice division and at the Brown Center on the main campus. The 14 students in the class were separated into 2 teams and had to complete the entire reconnaissance, interview process and preplanning for each raid, and then they had to actually execute the planned raid. Realism was added by issuing each student tactical vests and replica firearms, and by utilizing outside individuals as role players for this exercise.

Hybrid EMT-Basic Course
Cowley College will be offering a hybrid online/on-ground EMT-basic course during the 2007 spring semester. In contrast to traditional EMT courses, this course will have all didactic instruction, homework, quizzes and exams done via the WebCT online delivery system. Students will meet once weekly during the class to practice and master patient care skills. Students will also complete 24 hours of clinical training and 36 hours of field internship training like traditional Cowley EMT programs. Outcomes and competencies will be measured and assessed throughout the program, with course completion requirements being very similar to traditional on-ground programs. We are excited to be the first college in Kansas to offer this progressive program to our students. We believe that the time savings and convenience will be ideal for working adults and others that have a limited amount of time for in-classroom instruction. If you are a bright, dedicated and motivated individual, this program may be for you.

Butler Community College MICT Program
Beginning January 2008, Cowley College will provide an evening MICT program at Butler Community College's Andover campus. A new class will start each January in addition to the daytime MICT program taught in Winfield that also starts each January. For more information contact Slade Griffiths.

CNA and Related Education
Thank you to Connie Schaefer for her dedication and hard work last year as our nursing coordinator. Although Connie has decided to resign from that position, she will continue to teach classes for us.

Welcome to new nursing coordinator, Janet Bogle. We look forward to working with Janet as we continue to build and improve Cowley's healthcare classes.

Welcome to new adjunct instructor Jamie Bing, CMA instructor. Thank you to all of the adjunct instructors who make it possible to offer classes at unique times and days to accommodate student schedules.

This fall the Winfield Veterans' Home became a new clinical site for CNAs in Connie Schaefer's class. Students enjoyed the training they received there and the staff enjoyed having the students at the facility. It was a mutually rewarding experience.

Advisory board members will be contacted soon to schedule a fall meeting. Input from members is an important factor in planning the future for the program.

Pratt-Cowley ADN Program at Winfield
Students who were in the first class of the newly formed nursing degree program at the Winfield Center last fall are now in their second year. Four instructors have offices at the Winfield campus. A new group of first year students has joined the program and have already started their clinical training.

TEAS testing may be scheduled by calling the Allied Health office at 620.221.3392.

Long Term Adult Health Care Administrator
Opportunities as a licensed Adult Care Home Administrator have never been better. Cowley's program is one of the oldest and most popular in the state. Instruction fulfills standards set by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.