2018-2019 Catalog

Emergency Medical Services

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services Program

Western Wyoming Community College offers a program leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the Wyoming State Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician licensure examination and the student is also eligible to take the National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT) National Certification Examination. Upon licensure, the IEMT practices in settings where policies and procedures are specified and guidance is available. The goal of Western Wyoming Community College is to educate competent beginning EMT’s.

The faculty has developed a learning environment that fosters interaction between the students and faculty. Because EMS practice is ever changing, the faculty utilizes active student learning to promote competence. Students are given opportunities to learn and to practice their skills in a variety of settings where people need care.

Admission

The EMS department provides information to all students via inquiry to the department. In addition to the regular college admission requirements, prospective EMS students must meet admission requirements of the EMS program to be considered for admission. Interested applicants should contact one of the EMS Department faculty for specific requirements.

EMS Department Faculty

Andrew Appleby, RN, RPT

EMS Instructor

Office: W3TC Room 108

Phone: 307-382-1834

Email: aappleby@westernwyoming.edu

Jordan Plant, EMT

EMS Instructor

Office: W3TC Room 108

Phone: 307-382-1830

Email: jplant@westernwyoming.edu



Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services Admissions

Applicants are encouraged to contact an EMS advisor periodically to ensure the appropriate classes are taken and to communicate program changes.

To apply for the emergency medical services program:

    • Complete WWCC admissions process. Receive acceptance to the college.
    • Complete the Emergency Medical Services Program application by contacting the EMS Department and having one sent electronically to the student and returned to the EMS Department by the application deadline. Application information available at any time by contacting the EMS Department Faculty.
    • Achieve a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale from prerequisite courses.
    • Complete prerequisite courses with a “C” or better.

Admission Criteria:

    • Completed required additional prerequisites as described below:
      • Current CPR, American Heart Association- Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (or contact the EMS Department for acceptable equivalent certifications) (Copy of Card Required).
      • Students must be able to lift at least 60 pounds.
      • Proof of current immunizations to include current Tb, MMR and tetanus and varicella or documented Chicken Pox.  Proof of Hepatitis B series having been started or proof of previous immunization must be provided. 
      • Pass the WWCC reading, comprehension and math Assessment test(s) with a score of 75 or higher, or documented equivalent (ACT or SAT scores)
      • If applying for acceptance as an Advanced Placement Student, Current, valid Wyoming Licensure as an EMT or AEMT, (This will be validated within the State System), please contact the EMS department faculty for more information.
      • If the student is applying as an Unlicensed Individual, seeking initial EMS licensure in the State of Wyoming, the following two prerequisites will apply:
        • Pass drug/alcohol screening (at student’s expense).
        • Pass background check (at student’s expense).  

Admission Process:

Students may discuss admission criteria and obtain application materials by contacting one of the EMS Faculty. The total number of students accepted each year is 16 for fall admission and a combined number of 16 students at the Advanced Levels in the spring.  Qualified applicants who have not been admitted will be placed on an alternate list. If positions become available to accommodate additional eligible applicants, those on the alternate list will be notified. Applicants not admitted must re-apply for the next year. Re-applicants will be subject to the same scrutiny and consideration as an initial applicant. Applicants who are admitted but decline entrance into the program must re-apply.

Advanced Placement Admission

Students whom are already licensed at the EMT level and are wishing to advance their level of licensure may apply to enter the EMS program advanced level courses as advanced placement students, based on space availability if all other admission requirements are met.  Admission into the program is granted by instructor permission for these students, see admission criteria below for more details.

To apply for the Emergency Medical Services Program:

    • Complete WWCC admissions process. Receive acceptance to the college.
    • Complete the Emergency Medical Services Program application by contacting the EMS Department and having one sent electronically to the student and returned to the EMS Department by the application deadline. Application information available at any time by contacting the EMS Department Faculty.
    • Current, valid Wyoming Licensure as an EMT or AEMT.

Admission Criteria:

    • Completed required additional prerequisites as described below:
      • If applying for acceptance as an Advanced Placement Student, Current, valid Wyoming Licensure as an EMT or AEMT, (This will be validated within the State System), please contact the EMS department faculty for more information.
      • Current CPR, American Heart Association- Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (or contact the EMS Department for acceptable equivalent certifications) (Copy of Card Required).
      • Students must be able to lift at least 60 pounds.
      • Proof of current immunizations to include current Tb, MMR and tetanus and varicella or documented Chicken Pox.  Proof of Hepatitis B series having been started or proof of previous immunization must be provided. 
      • Pass the WWCC reading, comprehension and math Assessment test(s) with a score of 75 or higher, or documented equivalent (ACT scores)

Career Mobility

Students who meet the requirements for progression may complete the program for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services. Those students are then eligible to take both the state of Wyoming licensure examination for the Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician and the National Registry examination to become an IEMT. Exit points for lesser licensure are provided at the EMT and AEMT levels as well.  Students who already possess a valid Wyoming EMS licensure for the EMT or AEMT level may apply for advanced placement within the program if the student meets the specific course prerequisite requirements for the level of licensure they are pursuing.

Expenses

Students in the emergency medical services program will incur certain expenses, including the cost of clinical apparel, and travel costs for out of town clinical opportunities, in addition to the student expenses listed by the college. Clinical learning experiences are held in a variety of agencies, including out of town experiences, so travel expenses will be incurred. 

Financial Assistance

In addition to the financial aid available to all students, special awards and funds may be available to qualified Emergency Medical Services students. For information about financial assistance, contact Mustang Central.

Wyoming State Office of EMS Policies to Protect the Public

The following history information must be reported in writing to the Wyoming State Office of EMS when submitting an application for any level of EMS provider licensure: not have been convicted of a criminal offense against a person, a felony, or an offense against morals, decency and family, even if pardoned, expunged, dismissed or deferred. The WSOEMS requires an official background check of all applicants. Applicants will not be denied the opportunity to take the competency examination for EMS Licensure; however, the WSOEMS may deny certification or licensure based on history revealed through the background check and history information. Please refer to the WOEMS website for additional information regarding the application process and contact information.

WWCC Policies to Protect the Public

The Western Wyoming Community College Emergency Medical Services Program has several policies in place to protect the public. These policies include:

Proof of immunity for mumps, measles, rubella (MMR)

Proof of TB status annually

Proof of Influenza vaccine status or declination annually

Proof of Tdap immunization

Proof of negative drug screen

Proof of no criminal record on background check

Proof of Health Care Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer

Proof of Hepatitis B status or declination

Proof of immunity for Varicella (chicken pox) or have had chicken pox

Orientation to HIPPA requirements

Students may also be required to participate in agency orientation prior to beginning a clinical experience.

A student who fails to meet the above clinical requirements may be dismissed from the program.

The program is approved by the Wyoming State Office of Emergency Medical Services.

Wyoming Department of Health
Public Health Division
Office of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma
6101 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Main Office: (307) 777-7955
Toll Free in Wyoming: (888) 228-8996
Fax: (307) 777-5639