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Spring 2010Spring 2010
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Deryk Ruddle, MICT Instructor, Malachi Winters, 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 Overview
With two paramedic cohorts, a myriad of online and on-ground classes, and more nursing students than ever before,  2010 has been an excellent year for the allied health department.  Having experienced enrollment growth of 40% over the last two years and with state-of-the-art training equipment and educational practices, the department continues to be a flagship for the college.

2classpic.gifProgram improvements continue to be made in all areas of the Allied Health department. The medical coding program recently completed the curriculum alignment process with the Kansas Board of Regents, and the MICT and medical transcription programs will begin the alignment process in the near future. 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. Please contact us if you would like to see a new course or a change made to an existing course.

One of the strengths of the department is ou partnernships with Barton, Butler, and Pratt Community Colleges that continue to allow us to offer much needed educational programs at convenient locations. Through our Butler partnership we offer an MICT class at Andover that helps meet the needs of students in the Wichita metro area. Utilizing our Barton and Pratt partnerships, we’re able to offer nursing and MLT programs in our service area, both of which are in high demand by students and employers. We also have several articulation partnerships with 4-year universities that allow our students to seamlessly continue their education to the baccalearate level (and beyond). We are working on several more partnerships for the 2010-2011 academic year that will offer even more opportunities for our students and communities.

EMS Education

imgThere are 24 MICT students currently enrolled in the two Cowley MICT program cohorts. These students represent the 16th and 17th MICT cohorts taught at Cowley. We take great pride in our nationally accredited MICT program, 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 85,000 patients every year in both the prehospital and in-hospital settings.

The Cowley EMS Advisory Committee met on April 16th at the Winfield campus. At this regular meeting, the members of the committee heard updates on the program, and discussed the future plans for the EMS division. Thank you to all of the committee members who donate their time and expertise to help make our program successful.

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 are currently recruiting and training more EMS instructors to expand our EMT-B course offerings. To that end, we will offer a hybrid EMT-Basic course in June and July this summer. This course will feature both on-ground and online assignments, in addition to the normal EMS internship time.

Sixteen graduate from MICT program
2009-Day-Grad-Pic.gifGraduation for 11 students in Cowley College’s Mobile Intensive Care Technician (paramedic) program was held January 22nd in the Wright Room at the main campus in Arkansas City.  The program that finished on December 11th completed the AAS degree requirements for these graduates. 

The following are the graduating members of the class:  Bryan Bartholomew, Derby; Richard Brown, Mulvane; Amber Holland, Derby; Shawn Lamm, Augusta; Crystal Macedo, Wichita; Joanna Neeley, Wichita; Justin Parks, Arkansas City; Michelle Rau, Colwich; Nathaniel Robinson, Wichita; Kristen Steiner, Winfield; and Suzette Westerman, Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Tony Crouch, Executive Vice President of Business Services at Cowley College, delivered the keynote address.  Crouch recognized the lengthy and difficult coursework that the graduates completed and thanked them for entering a career field that will truly make a difference in many peoples’ lives. 

Kristen Steiner was the program honor graduate, Nathaniel Robinson was the Lyle Eckhart award winner and Justin Parks was the Patrick J. McAtee award recipient. Other awards included a certificate of appreciation for Cindy Branscum, who was the lead instructor for the class. Slade Griffiths, VP of Academic Affairs, then presented the class of 2009 to the gathering of about 150 people who came to honor the graduates. 
During the course of their schooling, these graduates assessed over 5,000 patients, administered over 2,100 medications and successfully started over 800 IV’s during the year.  With this fifteenth graduating class, Cowley MICT graduates now treat approximately 85,000 patients each year.

Cowley MICT Student Honored
Chris Nations, a student in the 2010 Winfield MICT class, was recently honored for his dedication to the Sedgwick County EMS Reserves. Chris received the Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award and was named the Sedgwick County EMS Reserves 2009 Technician of the Year. Congratulations, Chris!

Meet the Staff
2010 saw a new addition to the Cowley MICT full-time instructional staff. Malachi Winters was hired in February as the MICT instructor for the Winfield MICT 12-month program. Malachi has been involved in EMS since the mid-1990’s, and worked the last 10 years as a technician at Sedgwick County EMS where he was a Lieutenant. Malachi has hit the ground running, and is immersed in didactics with the current MICT class. Welcome aboard!

Malachi Winters
Malachi is the MICT Instructor for the Cowley 12-month MICT program.  Malachi has been an MICT since 2000. Prior to becoming a full time MICT Instructor, Malachi worked full time for Sedgwick County EMS since 2001.  He served as a Lieutenant at Sedgwick County since 2008.  Prior to his service at Sedgwick County, Malachi worked as a full time EMT at Butler County EMS for several years. 
Malachi works with the Director of EMS Education to coordinate and instruct the MICT classes. This includes lectures, coordination of laboratory experiences and assistants, writing/grading homework, quizzes, and tests, coordination of PALS, PHTLS, ACLS, NRP, AMLS and BLS classes for certification, scheduling guest lecturers and outside instruction of WMD, HAZMAT, and vehicle extrication, serving as a clinical coordinator at hospitals, contacting and assigning field internship preceptors, and reporting student progress.
Malachi lives in Wichita with his wife Andrea and two sons, Hayden and Lucian.  He is an avid reader with an affinity towards science and technology subjects.  Malachi also enjoys boating, snow-skiing, and camping. 
           

CCEMTPSM Program
June 7-18, 2010 will mark the first offering of the CCEMTP program at Cowley. vThere are currently over 40 students registered for this course, including students from the local area and from as far away as New Jersey, Washington, and Alaska. Cowley has partnered with UMBC, 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.

Leadership Program
We offer online leadership courses starting every 8 weeks. Students may complete the entire leadership program online. Emphasis areas in EMS and Business leadership are available, and several articulation agreements with universities allow you to continue your education to the baccalaureate level or beyond.

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
Janet Bogle and Lindsey King were the instructors for the first ever Cowley hybrid CNA class that finished in April. This course was offered in conjunction with a KAN-GO grant that allowed students pursuing their CNA and GED to receive extra funding assistance. The students performed very well, and most are already certified and working in the field.

Athletic Trainer Program
The 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. 

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 recently started both first and second year nursing classes at the Winfield Allied Health Center. Interested future students are encouraged to contact Janet Bogle, PCC Winfield Coordinator/Instructor at 620-229-5993.

The first cohort of students began the Pratt MICT to RN bridge program in August, 2009. This program has both online and clinical learning components.


Fall 2009
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, Deryk Ruddle, 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 Overview
The Allied Health Department continues to have a banner year in 2009. With a marked increase in enrollment, several new classes, and an improved schedule scheme, the 2008-2009 academic year proved to be extremely successful for the department and our students. The 2009-2010 academic year, which began in August, is already shaping up to be another fantastic year with record numbers of students enrolled in our online courses.

August marked the official start of a new program partnership, with students beginning courses in the Barton/Cowley MLT Cooperative Program. Cheryl Lippert, Barton MLT Program Director, was excited to see the new program start. “We’re off to an excellent start” Lippert said. “This partnership will be very beneficial for students in the Wichita area, and will help both Barton and Cowley graduate more allied health professionals.”

Program improvements continue to be made in all areas of the Allied Health department. The medical coding program is currently going through the curriculum alignment process with the Kansas Board of Regents, and our coding faculty will be involved in the faculty-feedback portion of that process in the near future. 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. Please contact us if you would like to see a new course or a change made to an existing course.

EMS Education

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There are thirty MICT students currently enrolled in the two Cowley MICT program cohorts. These students represent the 15th and 16th MICT cohorts taught at Cowley. We take great pride in our nationally accredited MICT program, 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 85,000 patients every year in both the prehospital and in-hospital settings.

The Cowley EMS Advisory Committee meets on November 6th 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 will be discussed.

With two MICT cohorts in session at all times, the demand for MICT staff instructors continues to grow. Recently, seven new instructors were added to help meet student needs. The new instructors are: Steve Albright, Sedgwick County EMS; T.C. Bodwell, Sedgwick County EMS; Jon Clawson, Arkansas City Fire/EMS; Bruce Cooper, Sedgwick County and Winfield Area EMS; Danielle McNaught, SCKRMC and Elk County EMS; Kelli Peters, Sedgwick County EMS; and Scott Steuven, Butler County EMS. Welcome aboard! These instructors will be the first new group of instructors to complete the new online instructor orientation program.

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 are currently recruiting and training more EMS instructors to expand our EMT-B course offerings.

New equipment purchases through the Perkin’s vocational program grant and capital outlay were recently approved, and include the following (non-inclusive): LifePak 15 ECG/Defibrillator, 8 hand-held ECG rhythm generators, Ranger Glide-Scope, Stethoscope Sounders, and 10 new KED and Hare Traction splints. Approval was also obtained to send EMS instructors to several conferences and training classes, including EMS Today in Baltimore, EMS Expo in Atlanta, and the CCEMTP program.

12-month (Day) MICT Program
There are currently 11 students in the Cowley 12-month MICT class.  These students are in the Field Internship phase of the program and as such are out on ambulances with selected preceptors.  Four students are riding with crews at Butler County EMS while the other 7 are scattered through various shifts at Sedgwick County EMS.  We are hoping to host the National Registry test at the Winfield campus for these students in mid-December. 

18-Month (Evening) MICT Program
The second Butler/Cowley cooperative MICT program located in Andover started in August with 19 students. The students are currently completing the classroom portion of their education, and will start in the practicing in the skills laboratory soon. This partnership with Butler College allows us to offer our nationally accredited paramedic program in a location that is extremely convenient for students living in the Wichita metro area.  
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Sixteen graduate from MICT program
Graduation for 16 students in Cowley College’s Mobile Intensive Care Technician (paramedic) program was held August 28 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room at the main campus in Arkansas City.  The program that finished on July 31 completed the AAS degree requirements for the graduates.

The following are the graduating members of the class:  Sarah Callier, Haysville; Carla Ficken, Rose Hill; Stacy Hatcher, Wichita; Ron Kane, Sedgwick; Tish Kane, Maize; Larry Masters, Derby; Dillon McArthur, Wichita; Nessa Nikhomvanh, Valley Center; Sarah Post, Wichita; Dan Pugh, Wichita; Adrienne Simon, Clearwater; J.D. Smith, Winfield; Amy Stockham, Wichita; Steven Storm, El Dorado; Samantha Troyer, Harper; and Kurt Vin Zant, Wichita.

The evening began when Chris Cannon, Allied Health Department Chair, issued the welcome and discussed the education the graduates received while in Cowley’s program.  Cannon thanked the graduates for their extensive work during the program, and thanked the graduates’ families for supporting them during a difficult year.

Slade Griffiths, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cowley College, delivered the keynote address.  Griffiths was previously the Allied Health Department Chair at Cowley, where he created both the MICT program and the allied health department.

“Your education is a key,” Griffiths said as he addressed the graduates. “That key can open many doors for you, but you have to walk through them with your own abilities and merits.”

Deryk Ruddle, MICT Instructor, and Griffiths conferred the certificates and presented the honor awards for the class. J.D. Smith was the program honor graduate, Dillon McArthur was the Lyle Eckhart award winner and Larry Masters was the Patrick J. McAtee award recipient. Other awards included a certificate of appreciation for Paul Hunter, who is a staff instructor with the MICT program. Griffiths then presented the class of 2009 to the gathering of about 150 people who came to honor the graduates.

During the course of their schooling, these graduates assessed over 5,000 patients and administered over 2,000 medications during the year.  With this 14th graduating class, Cowley MICT graduates now treat approximately 85,000 patients each year.

 Cowley Instructor Honored
Scott Stueven, MICT staff instructor, was recently honored for his dedication to excellence by receiving the KEMSA Paramedic of the Year award. Scott was honored at the August KEMSA banquet. Also receiving recognition from KEMSA was Kevin Leis (2006 Cowley graduate) as Instructor of the Year, Grant Helferich (Butler EMS) as EMS Director of the Year, and Butler County EMS as EMS Service of the year. Many Cowley MICT graduates work at Butler EMS, and Butler provides field training for many Cowley students each year. Congratulations to all of you for your well deserved awards! 

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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 program 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.  

Meet the Staff
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.

Aaron Sutton

  • aaronheli.gifBS, Friends University
  • AAS, AS, AA, AGS Cowley College
  • MICT
  • NREMT-Paramedic
  • Training Officer I
  • AMLS-Instructor
  • PHTLS-Instructor
  • BCLS-Instructor
  • PALS-Instructor
  • PEPP-Instructor
  • ACLS-Provider

Awards:

  • Cowley College Lyle E. Eckhart Award, 2005

Aaron is a graduate of the 2005 Cowley College MICT program where he received the Lyle E. Eckhart Award for the class.  Aaron is currently employed full time with Midwest LifeTeam as the Hutchinson Base Operations Coordinator, works part-time at Sedgwick County EMS, and was previously employed at Arkansas City Fire/EMS.   Aaron holds AAS, AS, AA and AGS degrees from Cowley College and a BS degree from Friends University in Organizational Management and Leadership.

Leadership Program
We offer online leadership courses starting every 8 weeks. Students may complete the entire leadership program online. Emphasis areas in EMS and Business leadership are available, and several articulation agreements with universities allow you to continue your education to the baccalaureate level or beyond.

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.

The Medical Office advisory committee will meet at the Winfield Allied Health campus at 11:00 a.m. on November 6th. Loretta Heft, lead medical office instructor, has been busy compiling statistics, revamping course procedures, and interpreting evaluations in preparation for this meeting.

CNA and Related Education
Cowley College welcomes three new instructors for Certified Nurse Aide and Certified Medication Aide classes.  Donna Frazier, Lindsey King, and Lynette Struthers-Koch

CMA update classes in Mulvane continue to go well.  Recently a local CMA needed to update her certification and found a course online that she thought would be easier and cost effective.  She reported it was one of the most stressful things she’s ever done, it took her over 20 hours instead of 10, and cost over $160.00.  The class is offered either in Mulvane or Winfield on the second Saturday of each month, takes 10 hours per KDHE guidelines, and is fun and interactive while discussing new medications and other helpful things to keep CMAs updated.

Athletic Trainer Program
The 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. 

Medical Careers Day
Individuals wanting to learn more about medical programs and degrees offered by Cowley College can attend the school’s Medical Careers Day Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Allied Health Center in Winfield from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend the event. Representatives from South Central Regional Medical Center, William Newton Memorial Hospital, Ark City Fire Department, Winfield Fire Department, Ark City Emergency Medical Services, Butler County Emergency Medical Services, Winfield Emergency Medical Services, and Pratt Community College School of Nursing will give presentations about their facility or service, demonstrate equipment, and answer questions from the students.

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 recently started both first and second year nursing classes at the Winfield Allied Health Center.