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2008-2009

 

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Spring 2009
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Loretta Heft, Lead Medical Office Instructor, Stefani Jones, Coordinator  of Support Services, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Janet Bogle, Nursing Coordinator, Jeff Fluty, Athletic Trainer, Chris Cannon, Department Chair

Allied Health Department OverviewSpring 2009
2009 has already been an excellent year for the Allied Health department. In January, eleven MICT graduates were honored for their accomplishments at the annual MICT graduation event. This year, noted EMS author and lecturer Dr. Bryan Bledsoe presented the Keynote address to the students and about 150 friends and family in attendance. Dr. Bledsoe reminded the students that although their initial education was complete, they need to stay abreast of changes in the medical field. Dr. Bledsoe also wrote an article about his experience at Cowley, titled Success in the Heartland.

Program improvements continue to be made in all areas of the Allied Health department. We are currently updating the curricula in the MICT program and Medical Coding programs, and we’re making changes to several individual courses. We are dedicated to providing the most relevant, up-to-date, and highest quality education available, and these updates allow us to provide our students with an excellent educational experience. Many of these updates are driven by advisory committee recommendations, and from information received from our communities of interest. If you would like to see a new course or a change made to an existing course, please contact us.

Cowley College Partners with Barton County to Offer MLT Degree
Cowley College has partnered with Barton County Community College to bring Barton’s nationally accredited Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program to south central Kansas to help meet the current regional demand for qualified healthcare professionals.
The MLT associate degree program consists of online coursework combined with clinical training in several local medical laboratories, and prepares students to work in hospitals, physician offices, and other high demand areas.
The MLT degree program may also be utilized as a ‘stepping-stone’ to further education to become a medical technologist, physician assistant or physician.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students in south central Kansas to complete the MLT program without leaving the area.” said Chris Cannon, Cowley College Allied Health Department Chair. “Barton has one of the top MLT programs in Kansas, and I’m excited to have this opportunity to partner with them.”
There is currently a national shortage of medical laboratory professionals, and the demand for medical laboratory technicians (MLT) and medical laboratory technologists (MT) is expected to grow by 15-25 percent over the next decade, with Kansas being on the high end.
“Barton Community College welcomes an opportunity to partner with Cowley College to help meet the shortage of laboratory professionals in Kansas,” said Cheryl Lippert, Barton County MLT Program Director. “With this collaboration, both colleges make the MLT degree attainable for more people, no matter their responsibilities or distance from a college.”
The medical laboratory is vital to healthcare, and laboratory professionals play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. It is estimated that 70 percent of medical decisions involve laboratory test results.
“The thing they really need in the laboratory is knowledgeable and skilled workers, this program will help meet those health care needs,” said Slade Griffiths, Cowley College vice president of Academic Affairs. “Barton (County) has a long tradition of providing outstanding education training in the MLT arena. This partnership truly is a win-win situation for the students and both institutions. The students can acquire classes locally and the schools are able to provide this program in a cost effective fashion.”
Griffiths praised the work done by Chris Cannon, Cowley College Allied Health Department Chair; Leonard Bunselmeyer, Jr., Barton County Executive Director of Healthcare; Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J.McAtee, and Barton County president Dr. Carl Heilman.“Those four all worked very hard to make this a reality,” Griffiths said.
The MLT program begins in August. Prerequisite courses, including phlebotomy, may be obtained through Cowley College. For more information about the program or to enroll, please call 620-229-5985.

EMS Education
There are thirty MICT students currently enrolled in the two Cowley MICT program cohorts. These students represent the 14th and 15th MICT cohorts taught at Cowley. We take great pride in our nationally accredited MICT, and we are continually working to improve the program to make it more student-friendly and to improve outcomes and success rates.  Our MICT graduates treat over 80,000 patients every year in both the prehospital and in-hospital settings.

The Cowley EMS Advisory Committee meets on April 24th at 1:00 p.m. This regular meeting will serve as an update session for the committee members, and several changes to the MICT curriculum for the EMS program will be discussed.

There are currently two EMT-Basic programs in session, one each at our Winfield and Mulvane campuses. Chet Ranzau and Dee Little are the lead instructors for these courses, and they continue to produce excellent EMT-B graduates. We will also hold an accelerated EMT-Basic course on the Arkansas City campus this summer, starting in May and running through August. Chet will instruct this course. Please contact us if you are interested in enrolling.

Cowley will also offer several non-credit courses this year. These courses will include topics such as 12-Lead ECG interpretation and are designed for EMS professionals who are already practicing. Please check the Cowley EMS webpage frequently for updated course offerings throughout this semester. 

12-month (Day) MICT Program
There are 14 students currently enrolled in the 12-month program here at Cowley. These students are currently working on the didactic portion of the program and will be starting their clinical rotations this summer. These students have noted many benefits from new manikins available to them. The 12-lead manikin is helping them learn correct placement of leads and other new manikins have helped them work on realistic scenarios.

18-Month MICT Program
The students in the evening class are about to be finished with the clinical portion of class, and moving into Field Internship. The students will be doing their Field Internships with Sedgwick County, Arkansas City, Butler County, and Winfield area EMS. During the next three months, students will log more than 500 hours on an ambulance treating patients and practicing their skills with a qualified paramedic preceptor.

Meet the Staff
This new section of our newsletter is to provide our readers with some information about our MICT staff instructors. Cowley currently employs around 20 part-time staff instructors for the MICT program. These instructors have full-time jobs at local EMS services, fire departments, and air ambulance services. Our staff instructors have over 200 years of combined EMS experience, and they share this expertise with our students in the classroom, lab, clinical and field settings.  Our staff instructors are one of the greatest strengths of our MICT program, and we would not be successful without them.

Craig Isom
MICT Lab Assistant/Clinical Coordinator – Advanced

Education: Cowley College (MICT, AGS), Southwestern College (BS)

Certifications: MICT, NREMT-P, TOII, ACLS-I, AMLS-I, BCLS-I, PALS-I, PEPP-I, PHTLS-I

Awards: 1999 Lyle E. Eckhart Award, 2008 Cowley Young Achiever

http://www.cowley.edu/departments/allied/ems/images/faculty/craig.gifBiography: Craig completed the Cowley MICT program in 1999 where he received the Lyle E. Eckhart Award for the class. Craig is currently employed as a full time paramedic Lieutenant by Winfield Area EMS. He holds an AGS degree from Cowley College and a BS degree in business administration from Southwestern College. He has worked as an adjunct faculty member at Cowley since 1998. Craig was awarded the 2008 Cowley College Young Achiever Award, which is awarded each year to a Cowley employee under the age of 40 who has made a positive impact on the community. In addition to teaching for the MICT program, Craig also teaches several online courses each semester, including pharmacology, medical terminology and ECG interpretation. 
Craig lives in Winfield with his daughters Abby and Reese.

CCEMTPSM Program
Cowley College, in association with The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is proud to bring the nationally recognized Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program to Kansas on June 7-18, 2010. The CCEMTPsm ccemtplogoprogram is an intense, 84+ hour course featuring the following:

  • Physician led lectures and clinicals
  • State of the art training equipment
  • Clinical rotations at a Level I trauma center
  • Cadaver lab

Cowley has partnered with Midwest Lifeteam, Wesley Medical Center, and Wichita State University to bring this one of a kind educational experience to you. Course cost is $1,000 plus books, and the Cowley dorms and cafeteria will be available for use at a very reasonable rate during the program. Paul Misasi, Cowley College CCEMTPsm  Coordinator, has been instrumental in setting up this program.

EMS Instructor/Coordinator Class
Cowley College will offer on EMS Instructor/Coordinator class this June in Arkansas City. This course will be a traditional, 2-week long I/C class. Successful course completers will be eligible for certification as a Kansas I/C.

Leadership Program
With demand for the leadership program at an all time high, we’ve expanded our excellent teaching staff this semester. Tracy Wolf has joined the leadership instructional team, and brings with her a vast amount of collegiate and online teaching experience. Welcome aboard Tracy!

A new course titled Teams and Leadership was recently added to the leadership curriculum as an elective. Emily Brown developed the course and will teach it this semester. The course will provide information on leadership strategies in team based organizations.

We offer both online and on-ground leadership courses. Students may complete the entire leadership program online if they wish, or they may take selected courses in on-ground sessions at Cowley campuses. Emphasis areas in EMS and Business leadership are available, and all faculty members are graduate level or higher. 

Medical Office Division News
Medical Coding Wage & Hiring Update
The future looks great for Medical Coding students!  According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics the field of Medical Coding will continue a steady growth trend until at least the year 2016.  We can expect to see in increase in job demand as well as wages.

These are the current figures on wages & hiring for Medical Coding:

Currently Medical Coding is listed under the Medical Records occupations statistically.
Median hourly wage: $12.25
Average starting wage: $11.13
Statewide Occupational Long-Term Demand: From the current date until 2016 the State of Kansas is expecting at least an overall 18% increase in the Medical Records/Medical Coding occupation. They list a possible projected increase of 42.5%.

Statewide Job Recruiting: An average of 120 openings are available daily. 89% of job vacancies are filled within 30 days.

Source: Bureau of Labor & Statistics

A recent survey conducted by AAPC found an 18% difference in wages between non-certified coders and certified coders.  According to AAPC, “It is our belief that employers that employ certified coders improve their accuracy of billings and cash flow and reduce their risk of audit by engaging certified coders; and by more than 18%.  There is a solid return on investment for those that certify their coders.”

Our students will have a lot to offer these prospective employers as they will have received a solid return on their educational investment through our Medical Coding program. 

CNA and Related Education
We are busy teaching a great group of students who want to enter the healthcare field by completing the CNA course. Additionally, we are continually teaching CMA courses and the LPN IV certification class. Please visit our web page or give us a call for more information.

Sports Medicine – Athletic Trainer Program
The sports medicine (athletic training) program continues to do well at the Cowley main campus. All students, along with both instructors/trainers, have been very busy with classes and with taking care of our student athletes this year. 

Allied Health Technology Days
Cowley MICT instructors and current MICT students Dillon McArthur and Stacy Hatcher, in conjunction with the Cowley CTE department, presented informational meetings for local area high school students at both Ark City and Mulvane. Students were able to ask questions about their possible future careers, and were able to do hands-on skills with various pieces of EMS equipment.

Nursing Home Administrator (AIT) Program
The health care industry is currently experiencing a nationwide shortage of qualified health care workers, including administrators of long term care facilities. Cowley College offers the Administrator in Training Program (AIT), designed to accommodate the flexibility students need today. Students can start the program whenever they desire and have two years to complete the required 680 clock hour practicum required by Cowley at a KDHE approved long term health care facility in Kansas. Students are also required to complete two online leadership classes (three credit hours each for a total of six hours) of their choice offered by Cowley College. Following the tenets of adult education, students pick the most appropriate classes for their individual needs.

Pratt Community College RN Program at Winfield Allied Health Center
The current nursing students in the PCC Winfield courses are about half done with their year. PCC will start two more nursing cohorts in Winfield in August, 2009.
The Pratt MICT to RN bridge program will start in August, 2009. This program will have both online and on ground learning components.


Fall 2008
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Loretta Heft, Lead Medical Office Instructor, Stefani Jones, Coordinator  of Support Services, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Bruce Irwin, AIT Coordinator, Janet Bogle, Nursing Coordinator, Jeff Fluty, Athletic Trainer, Chris Cannon, Department Chair

Allied Health Department OverviewFall 2008
There have been many exciting changes recently in the allied health department. Inaugural department chair and EMS program director Slade Griffiths was recently promoted to Vice President of Academic Affairs for Cowley College. Slade now oversees the faculty, all academic programs, business and industry training, and instructional support services. As the founder and developer of both the allied health department and the MICT program, Slade’s direct involvement with the allied health program will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best in his new position.
Following Slade’s advancement, Chris Cannon was promoted to fill the positions of department chair and EMS education program director. Chris will continue to co-teach the 18-month MICT program and the 12-month program with Cindy Branscum, and he will continue to teach online courses for the department.
Tiffany Sowa, former lead medical office instructor for Cowley, was also recently promoted and is now Cowley College’s eLearning Director. Tiffany now has an office at the new Cowley eLearning Center in Wichita and oversees all of Cowley’s distance education courses. Loretta Heft, medical coding instructor, has replaced Tiffany as the lead medical office instructor.

New Classes Offered Fall 2008

Advanced Medical Life Support Class
On November 6th and 7th Cowley will offer our first ever Advanced Medical Life Support provider course. This course is designed to help the student increase his/her knowledge concerning medical emergencies using advanced level knowledge and practices that would be very useful for anyone in a prehospital or emergency medicine position. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to differentiate stable vs. unstable patients using advanced knowledge of pathophysiology and critical thinking skills. Students will have in depth knowledge when it comes to the differential diagnosis of the medical patient.

Pediatric Disaster Management Course
We will offer a Pediatric Disaster Management course on November 14th and 15th. This two day course will have a preparatory classroom component followed by a mock disaster on day two. This section of the course is targeted at EMS professionals, with other sections for journalism and theatre major students.
This course is designed to help the students increase their knowledge concerning disaster management when encountering pediatric patients. This is a multidisciplinary course where many future professionals will have an opportunity to interact in a learning situation. Upon completion of the course, the student will have a theoretical and practical understanding of the national incident management systems (NIMS) as they relate to pediatric disaster situations. The student will gain an increased appreciation of the roles other discipline-specific responders have during disasters.

EMS Education

12-month (Day) MICT Program
day08There are currently 11 students in the Cowley 12-month (Day) class. They are finishing up their clinical experience and preparing for Field Internship. The students have enjoyed many learning opportunities at Via Christi, William Newton Hospital, KMC, and with Dr. McDermott in the Cedar Vale and Sedan area.  We greatly appreciate these organizations and the learning opportunities they assist our students with. During clinicals the students have also completed PALS, PEPP, NRP, PHTLS and ACLS. This year they will be offered an opportunity to take AMLS in November. Next year AMLS will be offered as a summer course.

18-Month MICT Program

2008eveningThe students of the 18-Month MICT Program recently completed Electrocardiography and successfully passed the comprehensive final exam. They are currently working through Prehospital Pharmacology, and will begin their pre-FI and OR rotations soon. This MICT cohort is being conducted at the Butler of Andover campus through a partnership between Cowley and Butler Colleges. The didactic session of the program will run through December, and the students will complete their clinical and field training during the 2009 spring semester.

MICT Student Back from Iraq
Jared Smith thought that he would finish the MICT class he started in 18 months. During clinicals, he found that his commitment to the US Army would alter his plans.
For nearly the last year, Sergeant Smith has been providing emergency care to the ill and injured soldiers and others in Iraq. He is now home in Wichita and has recently returned from his honeymoon. Jared will start his field internship soon and will finish the MICT program this fall.

tactb05bt12Basic and Advanced Tactical Classes offered in September
Enroll now for the Basic Tactical class on September 6 & 7 and the September 20 & 21 Advanced Tactical class. Eligible students must have current EMS certification and/or employment as a public safety officer AND instructor approval.  Learn the basic EMS tactics involved in delivering a search warrant, hostage situations, hostile environments and riots. The student will develop competencies in working in high-risk situations and will be able to respond to these emergencies, with an increased knowledge of EMS tactical operations.

Girls Talk Tech Camp
Taking advantage of a grant funded by the Kansas Board of Regents to provide exposure for women in fields of technology, 19 young ladies took part in Cowley College’s Girls Talk Tech summer program on June 16th.
Participants in the program saw demonstrations from Cowley College’s MICT and other career and technical education programs. The one-day event was held at Cowley’s Winfield Allied Health Center and other Cowley College locations.
Cowley instructors Cindy Branscum and Melissa McCaslin, as well as current MICT students Katie Casner, Carla Ficken. Kelli Mitchell, Cassie Reilly, Brian Powell and Luke Ratzlaff, discussed the EMS profession and demonstrated current EMS technologies and practices with the students. Demonstrations included advanced airway management, fracture splinting and ECG recognition stations.

Active Shooter Drill
On June 19thcurrent Cowley MICT students T.C. Bodwell, Katie Casner, Kelli Mitchell, Brian Powell, Cassie Reilly and Kelland Wolf participated in an active shooter drill on the Cowley College main campus in Arkansas City. The students assisted local law enforcement agencies by playing the parts of both victims and suspects during the drill. The drill helped prepare both law enforcement and Cowley administrators and faculty to deal with a potential active/barricaded shooter scenario.

Nursing Home Administrator (AIT) Program
The health care industry is currently experiencing a nationwide shortage of qualified health care workers, including administrators of long term care facilities. Cowley College offers the Administrator in Training Program (AIT), designed to accommodate the flexibility students need today. Students can start the program whenever they desire and have two years to complete the required 680 clock hour practicum required by Cowley at a KDHE approved long term health care facility in Kansas. Students are also required to complete two online leadership classes (three credit hours each for a total of six hours) of their choice offered by Cowley College. Following the tenets of adult education, students pick the most appropriate classes for their individual needs.


Pratt Community College RN Program at Winfield Allied Health Center
Pratt Community College will start a first and second year nursing class in August at the Winfield Allied Health Center.
2008-2009 first level nursing instructors are Janet Bogle and Sharon Logan. Two new instructors for the second level students were recently hired by PCC.  Joy Sayachak-Phanvongham and Pam Kaufman are currently preparing for classes which begin August 19. Karen Harden will begin her new position as secretary for the nursing program on August 4.
There are also plans to offer an MICT to RN bridge program starting in 2009. This program will be a partnership between Pratt and Cowley, and will have both online and on-ground learning components. More information, including prerequisites and curriculum information will be announced when they are available.

Medical Office Division News
The Medical Office Division of Allied Health encompasses the Medical Coding, Medical Transcription, and Medical Front Office Professional programs. Our goal is to produce highly qualified, experienced students from this program that will benefit the facilities where they will eventually provide patient care. To this end, we are currently reviewing and updating the curriculum for several of our courses and look forward to offering even better classes in the future.

CNA and Related Education
We are busy teaching a great group of students who want to enter the healthcare field by completing the Certified Nursing Assistant course. Additionally, we are continually teaching Certified Medication Aide and Home Health Aide courses. We have an LPN IV certification class starting August 19.

Leadership Program
We are offering both online and on-ground leadership courses this fall. Students may complete the entire leadership program online if they wish, or they may take selected courses in on-ground sessions at Cowley campuses. Emphasis areas in EMS and Business leadership are available, and all faculty members are graduate level or higher. 

Sports Medicine – Athletic Trainer Program
Jeff Simundic from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, was recently hired as an assistant athletic trainer for Cowley. Jeff began his new duties with Cowley on August 1st, bringing the total number of Cowley ATC’s to two. Jeff Fluty, Cowley athletic trainer, said “Jeff will be a great addition to our staff, especially with the addition of soccer to the athletic department.” There are also currently eleven athletic training students enrolled for the fall semester.