The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs awarded initial accreditation to the Brookhaven College Emergency Medical Services Program on March 14, 2008.
Brookhaven College's EMS Program faculty and staff are looking forward to a new home as part of the Dallas County Community College District's ongoing bond project. A new Science & Allied Health Building with a construction budget of approximately $37,000,000, is planned to be 144,000 square feet in size. The facility will be home to college health, chemistry and biology programs and includes, but is not limited to, new general use and multimedia classrooms, wet and dry labs, lecture halls, computer labs, X-ray rooms, ICU and nursing units, division and faculty offices, adjunct mail and copy rooms, file and storage space and commons areas to support those programs. Adjacent to the Science & Allied Health Building, a new parking lot section will be added providing approximately 350 parking spaces. Upgrades and improvements to Brookhaven's mechanical infrastructure will also be included in this project. For more information about the project and its progress, visit the Bond Program site.
Members of the Emergency Medical Services Program at Brookhaven College welcomed representatives from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), which is the nation’s largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. CAAHEP is the umbrella organization that manages accreditation for the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). The two-day site visit was part of the program’s application for national accreditation by CoAEMSP, and included an evaluation of all aspects of the college’s EMS program. John Karduck, M.D.; Douglas K. York, director of EMS learning resources center at the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics; and, Karen Franks, accreditation services coordinator for the CAAHEP, were members of the site team and reviewed the strengths and weaknesses in the program and uniformity in teaching and training methods. The visit, Sept. 20-21, also included interviews with current and past students, clinical site coordinators, employers of graduates from the program, faculty members, and the medical and program director. Results of the site visit will be announced in May, 2008, at the annual CAAHEP Conference. For additional information on CAAHEP, go to the following Web site: http://www.caahep.org.
Brookhaven College congratulates C-Shift Paramedic Class 15. The results from the National Registry-Paramedic Exam are official and the Brookhaven College students’ pass rate, on the first attempt at the exam, is 89 percent. The students were completers of Professor Richard Campbell’s course in emergency medical services. The national statistics for the exam for 2006 show an overall 62 percent pass-rate on the first attempt. The pass rate is higher for the state of Texas at 68 percent.
Thirty students in the Paramedicine and Emergency Medical Services Programs at Brookhaven College participated in a vehicle extraction demonstration on May 15 and a trip to the Cadaver Lab at Parker College last week. Richard Campbell, EMS professor, and Dr. Roy Yamada led the students through several advanced paramedic skills in surgical-airway management, needle thoracostomy of the chest, and peripheral intraosseous needle placement of a cadaver. The lab opportunity allows for essential skills practice in preparation for treatment of real-life, critical pre-hospital patients. The vehicle extraction took place at the college with a CareFlite helicopter landing in the parking lot, long enough for a landing-zone class. The Farmers Branch Fire Department also supplied a fire engine, truck, ambulance, heavy rescue vehicle and battalion chief to demonstrate victim extrication techniques.
DeMoss Collins, adjunct professor in emergency medical services, from the Health and Human Services Division was selected to edit and review a new emergency medicine textbook. Emergency Care in the Streets, by Nancy L. Caroline, is listed as the best-selling Paramedicine textbook and will soon be published in its sixth edition. Collins and the division’s names will appear in the textbook.
Richard Campbell, professor of emergency medical services and paramedicine, recently received the examination scores of the paramedic students from Paramedic Class 13, who completed their courses at the end of October, 2006. Each student in the class had a 100 percent pass rate on first attempt to complete the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician, NREMT, written examination. These students also had a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate on their skills testing for the NREMT. The NREMT is contracted by the Texas Department of State Health Services to administer the two-part exam in order to become a TDSHS-approved paramedic. In Texas for 2005, the pass rate averaged 41 percent on the paramedic exam.