For Immediate Release
DALLAS—New to the Brookhaven College line-up of courses this fall is a bridge course for registered nurses, respiratory therapists and physician assistants.
“In answer to the increasing demand for health care professionals in the region, employers are looking for multi-skilled and multi-certified individuals,” said Juanita Zapata Flint, Ph.D., RNFNP-C, executive director for the college’s Health and Human Services Division. “This 16-week program provides the education and clinical lab skills of a paramedic, so the individual is more astute in emergency practices and certified to fly in fixed-wing or helicopter air transportation situations.”
With the class beginning Oct. 13, it is one of only three such bridge programs offered in Texas, said David Dunafan, NREMT-P, professor of emergency medical services and paramedicine. “Some prerequisites do apply in this special program; it is only for students who already hold a credential as an RN, RT or PA with a minimum of 36 months of critical-patient care in an emergency department or critical-care unit. A current, advanced cardiac life support certificate and an associate’s degree, or higher, in a related health care discipline also are required, along with proof of current immunizations and medical insurance.”
The course is taught by working, nationally certified paramedics said Dunafan. “Our teachers are in the field and practicing pre-hospital treatment on regular rotations bringing real-life scenarios to the classroom. Brookhaven students will learn in one of the top facilities in the nation,” Dunafan said. The new $37 million Science and Allied Health Building at Brookhaven College is the largest building of the 2004 Bond Program of the Dallas County Community College District. “The facilities are top-notch with brand new equipment, a state-of-the-art ambulance simulator and mannequins to practice intravenous administration, electro-cardiogram monitoring and other situations in a safe, controlled environment. And, the price is right; we are offering nine college credits at $369 for Dallas County residents; $684 for out-of-county residents, because our costs are offset by Dallas County and state support,” he said.
A veteran paramedic of 15 years, Dunafan was a first-responder in 1995 to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. He also responded to the historic May 2003 Tornado Outbreak Sequence as a series of tornados occurred from May 3-11, 2003, which devastated a two- by 70 mile-long stretch of the United States. Dunafan began his career in fire and emergency medical service in 1993 in Newalla, Okla., as a basic medic with Oklahoma City Emergency Medical Services. In 1998, David became a critical-care paramedic with the EMS system in Norman, Okla., as well as the field-training officer. Dunafan left Oklahoma and became a firefighter/paramedic in Irving, Texas, in November 2000, where he is employed today. He holds Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II certifications through Oklahoma State University and is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, and an instructor of pediatric life support, advanced cardio life support, basic life support, advanced medical life support and pediatric education for pre-hospital professionals.
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