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June 12, 2012

Cowley hosting nationally recognized CCEMTP course


CCEMTP courseCowley College, in association with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Wichita’s Wesley Medical Center, is hosting the nationally recognized Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program June 4-15 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

The Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program is designed to prepare paramedics and nurses to function as members of a critical care transport team. Critical patients requiring transport between facilities need a different level of care from hospital or emergency field patients.

Participants are gaining an understanding of the special needs of critical patients during transport, becoming familiar with the purpose and mechanisms of hospital procedures and equipment, and developing the skills to maintain the stability of hospital equipment and procedures during transport.

According to Malachi Winters, CCEMTP Site Coordinator and MICT instructor at Cowley College, there were 27 first-time students in the class and 11 students that were on hand for re-certification. The participants hailed from all over the United States, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, California, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

The CCEMTP is an intense, 84 plus hour course featuring Physician led lectures and clinicals, state of the art training equipment, and a dissection lab.

CCEMTP courseThe CCEMTP brings paramedics and nurses together in an effort to bridge the gap between pre-hospital and hospital care. The result is a specialized care provider that has an understanding of both aspects of patient care, and uses the understanding to provide the highest level of care to critical patients during transport.

“This is a very challenging, nationally recognized course and it has been a fantastic opportunity for us to offer the program in this area of the state,” Winters said.

Along with Winters, Cowley College Lead MICT instructor Deryk Ruddle and Department Chair and Director of EMS Education Chris Cannon, also assisted with the program.

Physicians helping with the lecture portion of the program were Dr. Aaron Lentz, Dr. Robert Dillard, Dr. Mark Mosley, and Dr. Ramona Warren.

Nurse practitioners involved with the program were Andrea Winters, Valerie Anderson and Dawn Gosnell.

Students that pass the final exam will receive certification from the program.

In conjunction with the CCEMTP course, Cowley College will host the Difficult Airway course Aug. 2-3. For more information or to register for the course, go to