2013-14 Unit Plan
Emergency Medical Services

Mission Statement

The missions of our department are to provide excellent quality training programs for students interested in emergency medicine, to prepare the EMT and Paramedic students for National Registry examination, to instill professional standards, promote public safety and  volunteer activities, address diversity issues and to provide our local service providers with well trained EMS personnel.
The goal of other courses offered in the Allied Health field are to provide ongoing continuing education for local EMS/healthcare workers as well as entry level courses (such as Medical Terminology) for those exploring the field of medical study.

Program Description

The EMS aspect of our department has been successful in achieving the mission described above.  Our EMT and Paramedic students consistently pass the National Registry Exam well above the national average. Employers describe our graduates as better than average.  We have instituted ongoing service learning components to address the lack of diversity in our program which have not yet revealed concrete results. Our paramedic students perform an average of 24 hours each of community service in a broad variety of ways, from vaccination clinics to fund raisers to serving the underprivileged and educating children on health and safety issues .Our students have consistently high ratings from preceptors on affective domain objectives that measure professionalism. Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support classes are part of the didactic aspect of the Paramedic Program. All of the classes offered through the Allied Health Department are full and have wait lists. We have added sections of Medical Terminology as well as another Summer EMT class.  The attrition rate for the EMT class and Paramedic Program has stabilized this year, with the Paramedic Program at well below the usual 25% attrition (currently 15%) and the EMT programs well below the attrition rate of 2010.


Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Fulltime Clerk for the Health Occupations Office

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Strategy 2

    One Full Time Faculty Position

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

    Professional Expert Budget Increase

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 4

    Increase the Supply Budget

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 5

    Field Internship Fees

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 6

    Mileage for the Spring Semester

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 7



    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 8

    Travel

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Required Resources

    • One Full Time Faculty Position       $85,963.51  (estimated salary and benefits) 
    •  Increase Professional Expert Budget $7500
    •  Increase of Supply Budget   $2500
    •  Field Internship Fees     $10,000                                                                 
    •  Mileage Spring Semester $3500
    • Supplemental Instruction  $2275/Fall Semester
    • Travel  $2000

     

    Current Revenue Stream

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Personnel One Full Time Faculty Position $0.00 $85,963.00 Expansion of our EMS programs has been, and remains limited by student saturation at local hospitals and even more so by the lack of qualified field preceptors. We are investigating ways to add hours to the didactic part of the paramedic program. This will become a necessity over the next few years as new National Education Curriculum Standards are being developed for both EMT and Paramedic education. Our advisory committee recommends that prospective paramedic students enter the program with some EMS experience. To this end, I am promoting EMS 99 ( a work experience class) to prospective paramedic students for structured and supervised local work experience. The EMT instructors continue to be rotated in as co-instructors of the paramedic program annually. This will ensure shared institutional knowledge and allow for better collaboration and collegiality among staff. Increase in class size and/or increase in didactic hours would be best supported by additional faculty. We have one full time position in our department which serves as Department Chair, Paramedic Program Director and full time faculty. The responsibility of program accreditation, program review, unit plan development, faculty evaluations and extensive off campus relations with local hospitals and field providers is under the purview of the single full time faculty This is a position that is routinely at overload.
    2 Yes Operating Expenses Increase Professional Expert Budget $0.00 $7,500.00 With added EMT classes and higher retention in those classes that require Professional Experts, we are required to increase our Professional Expert budget. We are mandated (by Title 22) to have PE’s at a ratio of 1:10 students for the EMT skills labs and 1:6 for the paramedic skills labs I am estimating, based on 2009 figures that this increase could be near $7500 to support all sections of all classes. Again, this is a mandated situation per Title 22, our governing body.
    3 Yes Operating Expenses Supply Budget Increase $0.00 $2,500.00 Also related to the added sections of EMT and the higher student retention rates we’ve experienced, I expect that our supply budget will require an increase to accommodate the added students. This cost is estimated to be $2500.
    4 Yes Operating Expenses Mileage Spring Semester $0.00 $3,500.00 During the Winter Session and Spring Semester both paramedic instructors travel daily (6 days/week) to do site visits while paramedic students attend clinical and field internships. Conservative mileage between the two instructors is 500 miles per week for 14 weeks. At 0.55/mile this totals $3850 for the Spring semester.
    5 Yes Personnel Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader Funding Request $0.00 $2,275.00 The SI program, coordinated by April Hennessy in CAS, has great potential to promote student success in the Allied Health/EMS oriented classes. Each semester the program grows in terms of student participation, but is limited by funding to hire and train student SI Leaders. This program supports several strategic initiatives, most prominently “Focusing on Student Success.” Unlike tutoring or other learning assistance, SI fosters interdependence among students and independent study skill development that support student success beyond the individual course, instructor, or SI Leader. In order to continue this support for our students, we are requesting funding for the Center for Academic Success that will be earmarked for SI Leaders in the EMT classes and Paramedic Program in particular. The expense per SI Leader is $2275 per Fall semester. Funds to cover SI Leaders have been coming from our campus Basic Skills Initiative grant, which is anticipated to be reduced in this and coming years. In order to institutionalize this successful student support program, permanent funds for SI Leaders are needed.
    6 Yes Operating Expenses Travel $0.00 $2,000.00 It is necessary for the paramedic program director to attend quarterly meetings of the California Prehospital Program Director, Community College Consortium for Paramedic Programs and California EMS Commission meetings in order to stay abreast of local/regional and State policy as well as National Education Guidelines. It is especially crucial to attend these meetings over the next several years as National Education Curriculum is changing which will impact Title 22 which governs EMS practice in the State of California. I estimate the travel expense to be $2000 annually.
    Total(s) $0.00 $103,738.00