The Emergency Medical Services program at Western Wyoming Community College, which has operated since 2013 as a Workforce Development initiative, is making the transition to an academic program offering both a certificate and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. It’s a change that will mean much lower costs for students, while the program’s hybrid format incorporates online instruction and a regional lab protocol to limit the number of days that students must travel to the Rock Springs campus.
The EMS program prepares students to earn state licensure as Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians. Students may also elect to take only individual EMT courses for specific-level licensure by the State of Wyoming Office of EMS and Trauma. This fall, the EMS program will offer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT 1690), a nine-credit course that meets from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“There is an ongoing need in Wyoming for qualified EMTs both for public and private EMS providers and for our industry partners,” said Program Coordinator and Instructor Andrew Appleby. “Because these classes are now being offered for academic credit as part of certificate and degree programs, as opposed to workforce classes, the cost to students is significantly reduced.”
Students who enroll in the two-year degree program will need to complete their general-education course requirements as well as their EMS coursework, and the Western After Hours evening course program ensures that many of those classes will be offered in the evening this fall and next spring.
Fall classes that satisfy general-education requirements include English Composition (ENG 1010 10), a three-credit class that meets from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Spanish for Health Care Personnel (SPAN 1070 01), a two-credit class that is perfect for those going into the EMS field. These classes meet on the Rock Springs campus, but Distance Learning at Western offers many online sections of general-education classes. Most of these courses are asynchronous, meaning students can log in to review lectures and review study materials at a time convenient to them.
The online lecture portions of the EMS classes themselves are synchronous, meaning that students must log into the learning module at the time the class is actually meeting. This option ensures that students from all five of Western’s service counties (Lincoln, Sublette, Uinta, Carbon, and Sweetwater) will be able to pursue the degree. Some class activities and presentations will require student travel to the Rock Springs campus, but Appleby said the number of travel days will be minimal.
Appleby said the EMS program’s flexibility makes it ideal for industry training, as well. Requests from industry and regional providers are what prompted Western to bring back its workforce EMS program in 2013, more than 20 years after the College had last offered such classes.
For more information on the EMS program at Western, contact Appleby at (307) 382-1834, or Jordan Plant at (307) 382-1830, or Mathew Gardner in Workforce Development at (307) 872-1326. For information on how to apply and register for classes, contact Mustang Central at (307) 382-1677, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the Fall 2016 class schedule for complete class details.