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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2003-2004

 

THE SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
 

Dean: Thomas L. Wells (251-460-6283)

E-mail: twells@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

Associate Dean: Ellwood B. Hannum (251-460-6283)
E-mail: ehannum@jaguar1.usouthal.edu
Fax: 251-460-7824
 
School of Continuing Education and Special Programs web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/scesp
 
Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies
Department of Conference Activities and Special Courses
Developmental Studies Program
Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education
The Center for Emergency Response Training
Department of English as a Second Language
International Programs and Development
Cooperative Education Program
 
The primary mission of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs is one of advocacy for the adult and non-traditional student in the Metro-Mobile area. This includes providing educational services to individual students as well as to institutional clients. Various formats exist by which the school delivers educational programs to meet its stated mission. Both non-credit and credit programs assist individuals and institutions in meeting their educational objectives.
The Department of Conference Activities and Special Courses provides noncredit courses, conferences and workshops, cultural offerings, lecture series, and special education services projects. Programs are designed to serve the needs of business and industry, help individuals lead more useful lives, challenge the active mind, employ leisure time more wisely, and develop better citizenship.
Noncredit course offerings have included courses in a number of areas: conversational languages, supervision and management, computer literacy and application, art, music, literature, secretarial skills, communication, photography and leisure activities.
Continuing Education Units are awarded to individuals attending noncredit courses and other noncredit activities. One CEU is awarded for each ten hours of class contact. Students may receive a certificate indicating that they have completed the course satisfactorily and may request a transcript which includes the noncredit courses, conferences, institutes and workshops they have satisfactorily completed plus the number of CEU’s earned for each noncredit activity.
The Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies offers the Adult Degree Program. This program is designed to give the adult student a variety of options in earning a Bachelor’s degree tailored to meet the student’s needs and interests. The department also administers the Weekend College enabling adult students to take courses from the University’s regular curriculum in a weekend format.
Evening Studies and Weekend College offer persons who are employed during the day an opportunity to pursue their college education on a part-time basis without interfering with their employment. Adults enrolling in evening and weekend classes at the University are either (1) pursuing undergraduate and graduate degree programs; (2) taking credit courses without reference to a degree; or (3) enrolled in credit courses as an auditor.
Evening and weekend courses are the same as those offered during the day in content, quality, and quantity of work required. Degree students enrolling in evening and weekend classes meet the same academic requirements for course prerequisites and, upon completion of a degree program, receive the same degree as day students. Because of limited course offerings in some academic areas, evening students may find it necessary to enroll in day classes to complete part of their degree requirements.
The admission requirements for adult students are similar to those for traditional students. An application for admission to the University is required, as well as high school or other transcripts and credentials. (See admission section)
Adult students may enroll for evening credit classes which apply toward the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, or Master of Education.
Some credit courses meet one evening a week while others meet two evenings. Check the schedule of courses for specific information. Part-time evening students are advised to take no more than three courses each semester if they are employed on a full-time basis. If further information concerning evening credit courses is desired, individuals may contact the Admissions Office, or Dean’s Office of the college involved.
 
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA BROOKLEY CENTER
Director: Pat Downing (251-431-6445)
Operations Manager: Jim Dykes (251-431-6430)
Business Manager: Wince Brandon (251-431-6401)
 
The University of South Alabama Brookley Center is a 327-acre campus that includes conference, meeting, and training facilities, lodging, complete dining services including catered events and special functions, administrative offices, and residential housing units. The recreational activities provided are: a swimming pool, jogging areas, and the 18-hole Gulf Pines Golf Course and Clubhouse. The Center offers special programs, seminars, conferences, workshops, and other educational and training programs. The Academic units housed on the USA Brookley Center include the Department of Conference Activities and Special Courses, the Department of Emergency Medical Services Training, the Center for Emergency Response Training, and educational leasing facilities. In any given year, the USA Brookley Center will serve between 25,000 and 40,000 people.
 
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA BALDWIN COUNTY
Director: Phillip Norris (251-928-8133)
Associate Director, Cindy Wilson
Assistant Director, Linda Garrett
Head of Informational and Library Services: Ann Taylor Blauer
Coordinator of Noncredit Programs: Linda Garrett
 
The University of South Alabama Baldwin County (USABC) campus was created in August, 1984, to meet the upper-division, higher-education needs of one of the fastest growing and most diverse counties in Alabama. The campus is located in downtown Fairhope. The administration building is at 10 North Summit Street and the classroom complex is at the corner of Summit Street and St. James Place.
Academic offerings are concentrated in liberal arts, business, education, and nursing on the undergraduate level and education courses are offered on the graduate level. The nursing program allows a student who has completed general requirements to complete the bachelor of science in nursing courses in Baldwin County. Academic courses are taught by University of South Alabama faculty.
Credit courses are offered during the day and the evening in Fairhope and most courses meet once a week. A computer laboratory is available for student and faculty use. USABC offers noncredit courses to people in the area during the fall and spring semesters.
USABC is committed to providing the same high-quality educational experiences in Baldwin County that are provided on the main campus of the University of South Alabama.
 

DEPARTMENT OF ADULT INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

 
Chair: Joyce C. Woodruff (251-460-6263)
Professors: Hannum, Wells
Assistant Professors: Lauderdale, Norris, Wilson, Woodruff
Academic Advisors: Fishman, Garrett (USABC)
Academic Counselor: Williamson
Home Page: www.southalabama.edu/ais
Email: ais@usouthal.edu
 
The Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies provides opportunities for adult students through two alternative educational programs: the Adult Degree Program, a flexible, individually designed interdisciplinary degree program and Weekend College, a coordinated effort to offer University courses during weekend hours.
 
ADULT DEGREE PROGRAM
Adult students frequently have unique goals, along with other primary life responsibilities, that necessitate a more flexible approach to the design of learning experiences, the scheduling of classes, and the formulation of a program of study. To meet these needs, the Adult Degree Program offers a major in Adult Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate, graduates should be able to:
1)
  Understand and appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to learning.
2)
  Clarify their educational and professional goals and plan a program of study to achieve those goals.
3)
  Express themselves effectively orally and in writing.
4)
  Understand and apply knowledge of adult development personally and professionally.
5)
  Appreciate individual and cultural differences and collaborate effectively with colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
6)
  Identify and articulate important questions and problems related to one's interests, education, and career and development and execute research strategies for discovering viable solutions.
7)
  Organize and present research findings effectively.
8)
  Complete an individualized degree program of study that meets their educational and professional needs.
Students applying to the Adult Degree Program must satisfy general requirements for admission to the University of South Alabama (see “Admission to the University”). In addition, applicants must be at least twenty-five years of age or fulfill the following definition of an adult learner: someone who has assumed major responsibilities and/or commitments of adulthood (work, family, community), who is operating independently in society, and whose principal identity is other than that of a full-time student.
Each adult student’s individualized, interdisciplinary program of study is planned in consultation with an academic advisor. Students choose one of the following fields of study: Administrative Sciences, Liberal Studies, Applied Sciences, Applied Arts, Human Services, Community Services, or Professional Development. All programs of study must consist of a minimum of 128 credit hours. Course requirements necessitate that students be enrolled for a minimum of three terms as an AIS major before graduation.
The degree program begins with a required three semester hour foundation course, AIS 101: “Theories and Principles of Adult Learning” or AIS 301: “Adult Learning—Critical Reflections.” All students must satisfy the University’s general education requirements (See “Academic Policies and Procedures”).
In addition to the general requirements, each student must complete 15 hours of general competencies (CIS 150 or its equivalent, an advanced writing course such as EH 372 or Mgt. 305, a statistics course such as ST 210 or AIS 300, a course in adult development such as AIS 401 or SY 220, and a course in cultural diversity such as AIS 320 or EDF 315) and an individualized 54-hour field of study, with at least 30 hours from upper division courses. The field of study, designed in consultation with an academic advisor, must include at least three disciplines, each of which must be represented by a minimum of 12 credit hours of appropriate course work (6 of which must be 300-400 level), relevant supporting courses, and a senior project (see AIS 430 course description). The field of study forms part of the graduation plan, which all majors must submit to the AIS department for approval early in their senior year.
A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in all course work undertaken at the University of South Alabama and a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in the field of study are required for graduation.
Students with a 3.5 overall GPA and 60 hours of credit from USA are encouraged to apply for AIS departmental honors at the beginning of their senior year. Contact the AIS department for honors requirements.
 

WEEKEND COLLEGE

The University of South Alabama offers courses from its regular curriculum on the weekend. These courses are taught by University faculty and are adapted to the weekend format to provide flexible scheduling options for nontraditional students. The Weekend College program is coordinated through the Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies. The scheduling of classes is done by the appropriate departments and colleges.
 
PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT CENTER
The Prior Learning Assessment Center, housed in the AIS Department, serves as a central location where potential and enrolled USA students can obtain information and advising on programs available at the University for the assessment of experiential and non-collegiate-sponsored learning. The center is also the primary academic unit responsible for the coordination and administration of the prior learning assessment by portfolio program.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ADULT INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (AIS) COURSES
DEPARTMENT OF CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES AND SPECIAL COURSES
 
Chair: Martha M. Matherne (251-431-6411)
Program Directors: Sue Allison, Carolyn Dunnam, Patricia Miles, Virtie Bell
Marketing Specialist: Lovelace Cook
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/casc/index.htm
 
Serving as a community outreach arm of the University of South Alabama’s School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, the Department of Conference Activities and Special Courses provides a wide range of noncredit educational opportunities designed to meet the needs of both specialized organizations and individuals. Located at the USA Brookley campus, this department reaches numerous groups, including business and industry, health care providers, governmental agencies, and individuals seeking personal enrichment or career enhancement.
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, AND CONFERENCES
Programs emphasize education and training for the working professional in the form of seminars, workshops, conferences, and in-house programs. University faculty as well as local and national experts from many fields actively participate in the development and instruction of these programs. Additionally, conferences focusing on specific topics of interest, such as alcohol and drug abuse, are offered annually.
Seminars and workshops are offered on an open-enrollment and an in-house (contract) basis. Open-enrollment programs are designed to meet the training and development needs of a variety of organizations. Program participants are drawn from throughout the region and the nation. In-house (contract) training programs are designed to meet the education and training needs of a specific organization. Services include needs assessment, course development and delivery of training. USA instructional resources travel throughout the country to deliver these programs at sites selected by the contacting organization. Topics include supervision, communication, management, information technology certification training, computer software applications, business and technical writing.
 
SPECIAL COURSES
Special Courses are noncredit, short courses designed with the concept of lifelong learning in mind. Personal enrichment, career development, and general educational enhancement for individuals throughout the community are provided through diverse offerings. Most courses are held during evening or weekend hours once or twice a week for a period of four to eight weeks.
Topics offered include art, music, dance, health and fitness, languages, cooking, and other fields concerned with improving the quality of life. Several certificate programs are also offered for individuals seeking vocational development in areas such as data processing, paralegal, secretarial, accounting, medical office management, photography, and administrative careers. Academic examination review classes are also offered, including ACT and SAT reviews for high school students and GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and LPC reviews for college graduates.
 
PROGRAMS FOR MATURE LEARNERS
Elderhostel is a national residential program designed for individuals over the age of 55. Participants’ length of stay is one week during which they take a variety of classes similar to those offered through Special Courses. Educational content is diverse and utilizes both USA faculty and local experts. USA is an Elderhostel super-site offering over 90 programs annually.
Odyssey USA is a self-managed study program for mature learners in the local community. It is affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network, an organization formed in 1988 to encourage the lifelong learning movement at a national level. An Executive Board of elected members provides leadership for issues relating to curriculum development and the operation of the organization.
 
PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
The USA Camps Program has a dual purpose. It manages camps sponsored by the University of South Alabama and facilitates all non-University camps utilizing USA’s facilities and services.
The goal is to provide educational opportunities for the mental and physical development of young people. Throughout the year, computer, science and music camps are conducted.
 
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
The Department of Conference Activities and Special Courses facility at the USA Brookley Center houses two computer laboratories. The labs are used for workshops and short courses sponsored by the University. It is also available on a rental basis, to organizations conducting their own training.
Suitcase Studies combines the ease and enjoyment of group travel with a dynamic educational focus. Faculty escorts and local specialists share insights about the cultural, historical and geographic aspects of the destination.
 
DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM
 
Chair: Dorothy C. Mollise (251-460-7155)
Associate Professor: Mollise
Instructors: Bru, Matthews, Rowe
Academic Advisor: LaDora Howard
Web Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/developmentalstudiesprogram/
 
The Mission of the Developmental Studies Program is to produce courses and instructional support services of excellence that address the special needs of the people it serves, students with deficiencies in their preparation for collegiate study and other students in transition to the University. The courses and services offered to underprepared and transitional students, whether Developmental Studies or regular admission students, provide them with opportunities to strengthen the basic skills necessary for academic success; to explore career options and preparation; to access campus activities, programs, and services; and to become active participants in the University community.
Students admitted to the University through the Developmental Studies Program (DSP) typically do not have the high school grades or ACT (or SAT) scores generally required for college admission but have shown a potential for academic success in an institution of higher education. Students admitted to Developmental Studies are required to complete DS 011 Study Skills, DS 014 Writing, and a mathematics sequence: DS 081 Prealgebra, DS 083 Elementary Algebra, and DS 084 Intermediate Algebra. Each student’s first required mathematics course is determined by placement testing conducted during Orientation and at various times throughout the semester. Mathematics Placement Test dates and times are published in the Schedule of Classes. The mathematics courses have required labs in the program’s computer learning lab, a valuable resource for students.
All DSP courses include information on study techniques and general coping strategies necessary for college success. Classes are small and tutoring is provided. Acceptances to the program are limited. DSP courses are also open to students who are not admitted to the University through the Developmental Studies Program.
Credits earned in DS do not meet degree requirements within the University; however, credits earned do carry institutional nondegree credit and allow students to qualify for financial aid. Grades earned are computed into the overall GPA in most colleges and hours are counted toward classification (sophomore, etc.).
 
ADMISSIONS
Applicants must follow the general University admission policies and procedures. The Office of Admissions uses the following criteria for ACT composite scores and high school grade point averages.
 
ACT Composite Score
High School GPA
Admission Status
18 2.50 or greater Regular Admission
18 less than 2.50 Developmental Studies Program
15-17 2.00 or greater Developmental Studies Program
15-17 less than 2.00 Not Admitted
less than 15 Not Admitted
 
PROMOTION AND COMPLETION POLICIES
Students admitted to the Developmental Studies Program are advised by the DSP Academic Advisor, and their records remain in Developmental Studies for a minimum of two semesters. During this time, progress is closely monitored; evaluation by instructors and the Academic Advisor is ongoing. Student records are released to the major department after all program requirements have been successfully completed and the student has attained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00. Students may take approved academic courses applicable toward a degree while enrolled in the Developmental Studies Program. Developmental Studies courses must be taken each semester until program requirements have been met.
All DS courses carry grades of A, B, C, and U with the exception of DS 011 and DS 094 which carry grades of A, B, C, and F. Developmental Studies students must repeat any required DS courses in which a passing grade is not received. Students who receive a U in a DS course, and/or withdraw, twice must repeat the course as DS 094. Students are not allowed to withdraw from DS 094. Students withdrawing from DS 094 will be administratively withdrawn from the University. Students in DS 094 will be expected to meet additional requirements to help them succeed.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES (DS) COURSES
 
NEW STUDENT SEMINAR
The University’s ESSENCE Program provides freshmen the opportunity to participate in activities designed to ease the transition to the University. One component of the program is CP 100, New Student Seminar. This course for first-time students assists with maximizing the student’s potential to achieve academic success and to adjust responsibly to the individual and interpersonal challenges presented by college life.
 
CAREER PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Career Planning and Development is a university-wide program offered under the aegis of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs. The career courses are open to all students for elective credits. There are no prerequisites for CP 250 and 450.
The Career Program is designed to achieve three objectives: (1) to provide occupational exposure to students who plan to enter medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine; (2) to assist students who are uncertain as to a career or a major; and (3) to help students, especially those in the liberal arts, launch their careers by obtaining suitable employment upon graduation, or to help students plan and develop their graduate or professional education.
CP 200, Clinical Observation, is designed to help students achieve the first objective by providing them with actual experience in these health care fields so that they may determine whether or not they are suited for the careers they have chosen.
CP 250, Career Planning and Development, is designed to help students achieve the second objective. Through the use of psychological testing and systematic self evaluation, as well as the study of occupations and occupational trends, students are aided in selecting a suitable career.
CP 450, The Job Campaign, is designed to help students achieve the third objective. In this course, emphasis is placed on developing strategies for obtaining suitable positions and making career choices based on decision theory.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF CAREER PLANNING (CP) COURSES
 
UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER
The University Writing Center, located in Alpha Hall East, provides assistance in writing to any student enrolled in classes on any of the University’s campuses. Students work with writing consultants one-on-one in a relaxed, informal setting to improve their writing skills. The consulting schedule varies slightly from semester to semester, but information may be obtained by calling (251)460-6480.
 
DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) EDUCATION
 
Chair: David W. Burns, M.P.H. (251-431-6418)
Program Directors: Garmon, Parker
Medical Director: Frank S. Pettyjohn, M.D.
Instructors: Burns, Curry, Garmon, Parker
Academic Advisors: Burns, Curry, Garmon, Parker, Varner
Part-Time Instructors: Vinson, Sims
Clinical Coordinator: Erwin
CME Coordinator: Faggard
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/ems/
 
The University of South Alabama Department of EMS Education offers two academic certificate programs for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of emergency medical services (EMS). The Department provides this education and training at two nationally established levels of competency: EMT Basic and Paramedic. Successful completion of the EMT Basic program (which can be completed in one academic semester) is a prerequisite to the Paramedic program. Together, both programs can be completed in six semesters. Students may, however, elect to complete only the EMT Basic level of training. After successful completion of each level of training, the student is eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT) certification examination. Successful completion of this examination is mandatory for licensure to practice in the State of Alabama. Those who complete both levels of training and certification are qualified to work in many areas of out-of-hospital emergency medical care, including ambulance services, fire rescue departments, and industrial health and safety settings. Some graduates are welcome additions to hospital staffs.
Students desiring to pursue a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in emergency medical services may do so through a cooperative arrangement between the Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) and the Department of Emergency Medical Services Education. Students interested in a Bachelor’s degree should consult a representative from the Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies.
 

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The department’s Paramedic Program is fully accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).
 

ADMISSIONS

Criteria for general admission of EMT Basic students to the University are the same as those for all students.
 
PROGRESSION AND COMPLETION POLICIES
To progress throughout the Program, a minimum final grade of 80% (or satisfactory, if applicable) must be achieved in each course. The State of Alabama mandates the National Registry of EMT’s examination at both the EMT Basic and Paramedic levels of practice. Only those students who have met all academic requirements of the Program will be eligible to sit for the National Registry examination.
Students unable to satisfactorily complete the final comprehensive examinations in EMT 495 will be required to repeat this course the following semester.
Students will be allowed to repeat a course only one time.
In accordance with State EMS Rules, each student must be a state licensed EMT Basic prior to beginning his or her second semester of paramedic (third semester overall) instruction.
All other criteria for progression will be listed in each course syllabus and will be mandatory.
 

CLASS AND CLINICAL INTERNSHIPS

Attendance is mandatory. Those students who have conflicts regarding attendance will be asked to transfer to programs more suited to their schedules.
 

EXPENSES

Students enrolled in the EMT Basic or Paramedic program must maintain current Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification and must keep all immunizations current. Students are responsible for all personal health care expenses including expenses resulting from injury or accidents, while engaged in learning experiences required by the Department of EMS Education. All students are charged once a year for professional liability insurance. All students are responsible for all travel expenses to and from clinical and field internship sites. Students are responsible for purchase of uniforms and required clinical equipment and supplies for internships. Tuition and fees are set by the University of South Alabama, upon approval of the Board of Trustees.
 
CURRICULUM
The basis for the curriculum is the current Department of Transportation National Standard curriculum for the EMT Basic (1994) and Paramedic (1999).
 
EMT BASIC PROGRAM
First Semester  
EMT 200: Basic Emergency Care
6
EMT 205: Basic Clinical Internship
1
EMT 206: Basic Skills Labs
1
 
8
Paramedic Program Prerequisites
EMT 210 : Medical Terminology
3
EH 101: English Comp.
3
MA 110: Finite Math
3
9
 
PARAMEDIC PROGRAM
Second Semester  
EMT 310: Human Systems/Disease Process
3
EMT 335: Essentials of Paramedicine
3
EMT 315: EMS Pharmacology I
3
 
9
 
Third Semester  
EMT 345: EMS Pharmacology II
3
EMT 340: Intro to EMS Cardiology
3
EMT 350: Patient Assessment and Management
3
 
9
 
Fourth Semester  
EMT 355: Paramedic Emergency Care I
3
EMT 375: Women and Children
3
EMT 425: Paramedic Emergency Care II
3
 
9
 
Fifth Semester  
EMT 455: Paramedic Skills Lab
3
EMT 465: Paramedic Clinical
6
 
9
 

Sixth Semester

 
EMT 440: EMS Operations/Special Consid.
3
EMT 475: Paramedic Field Internship
6
EMT 495: Comprehensive Review  and Exams
1
 
10
 
SPECIAL NOTES
Academic advising is required of all new and existing students prior to each semester. It is the responsibility of each student to schedule an advising session with his or her academic advisor prior to registration each semester.
All students must successfully complete all 200 and 300 level EMT course work prior to enrolling in EMT 455 and EMT 465. Also, students must successfully complete EMT 425, 455 and 465 prior to enrolling in EMT 475 or 495.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRAINING (EMT) COURSES
 
THE CENTER FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING
 
Director: David W. Burns, MPH (251-431-6418)
Program Coordinator: Maxwell
Instructors: Maxwell, Thornton, Christian, Norton
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/EMS/cert/index.htm
 
The University of South Alabama’s Center for Emergency Response Training (CERT) serves industry, government and other agencies with state-of-the-art instruction in the handling of hazardous materials and emergency spills. Much of the training is mandated by federal and state laws and CERT’s programs follow the guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, among others.
As part of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, the Center’s staff works directly with industry and other emergency response groups to customize the training to their specific work place hazards, through academic classroom instruction and practical “hands-on” scenarios.
Overlooking historic Mobile Bay at USA Brookley, the CERT lab has an impressive array of “real-world” training devices, including actual industry props and transportation and confined space mock-ups. One of the best training fields in the area, it provides an ideal environment for intensive scenario training, allowing CERT instructors to expose students to seemingly real hazardous materials situations. While challenging, students often note the “hands-on” portion of the programs as a highlight of their course work.
CERT students receive certificates of completion and continuing education units for their participation. Upon request, CERT will attempt to register C.E.U.s with specific groups and organizations. The State of Alabama Emergency Medical Services Division, along with other state agencies, has approved CERT’s program for elective continuing education units.
Below are CERT’s main course offerings. However, the Center’s staff is always glad to develop new curricula and deliver training tailored to a client’s individual needs.
 
HAZWOPER TRAINING - Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response 29 CFR 1910.120
 
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TECHNICIAN
40 hours
For individuals who respond to releases of hazardous substances for the purpose of stopping the release and/or workers who regularly participate in activities conducted on hazardous waste sites who may be required to wear personal protective equipment.
 
HAZWOPER ANNUAL REFRESHERS
8 hours
Designed as an annual refresher for those who have completed Hazardous Materials Technician training.
 
INCIDENT COMMAND
8 hours - Prerequisite: Hazardous Materials Technician (40 hours)
For incident commanders who will assume control of the incident beyond the first responder level.
 
TECHNICAL RESCUE LEVEL I (24 hours)
For industrial, public safety and military emergency responders. Course topics will include Site Operations, Victim Management, Maintenance and Ropes/Rigging, among others. The student will demonstrate competency in all job performance requirements in NFPA’s “Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications": (NFPA 1006), to include the job performance requirements for at least one specialty area, such as confined space rescue.
TECHNICAL RESCUE LEVEL II (24 hours)
Designed to provide additional rescue skills for students who have completed the Rescue Technician Course (Basic Rescue Techniques), with an emphasis in confined space or high angle rescue. Prerequisite: Technical Rescue - Level I
 
CONFINED SPACE REFRESHERS
8 hours
 
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (English Language Center)
 

Director: Frank Daugherty, Coordinator

(251-460-7185); Fax: (251-460-7201)
Instructors: Basque, Daugherty, Faircloth
Home Page: http://www.usouthal.edu/usa/secondlang
 
The English Language Center provides intensive English-language instruction to individuals whose native language is not English. Matriculation in these courses is limited to international students of the University, to students of the English Language Center and to any resident internationals who wish to take one or more courses as students through the Continuing Education office of the University.
A variety of courses is offered each semester. ESL courses MAY NOT be substituted for EH 101 or 102 requirements. All required ESL composition courses must be completed BEFORE the student may register for EH 101 or 102. Credits earned in the English Language Center will not be acceptable toward meeting degree requirements within the University. However, ESL courses may be counted as part of the 12-hour course load required of F-1 students and may be taken as electives by students wishing to improve their proficiency in English.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) COURSES
 
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND DEVELOPMENT
 
Director: Dr. Robert J. Fornaro (251-460-7053)
Fax: (251-460-6228)
E-mail: Intprog@jaguar1.usouthal.edu
Program Coordinator: Ana C. Burgamy
Home Page: www.southalabama.edu/intprograms
 
The International Programs and Development Office, an administrative unit of Academic Affairs and the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, is responsible for the coordination and oversight of University international activity, e.g., academic programs and projects beyond U.S. territorial limits involving University faculty, students or staff. All existing or proposed international programs, exchanges, contracts and grants are reviewed and registered with the Office of International Programs. The director chairs the University International Affairs Committee, whose members are appointed by the President of the University and charged with disseminating information, guiding policy and planning. In addition, the Director of International Programs works directly with University deans, division heads and directors responsible for curriculum and faculty development.
The Office of International Programs and Development administers all University Programs Abroad, including the Alumni Travel Programs.
The resources of the Office of International Programs and Development are available to local governmental and community organizations that foster international cooperation and understanding.
 
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
 
Director: Allan McPeak, Ph.D. (251-460-6188)
 
The Cooperative Education Program enables students to combine classroom studies and paid work experience related to their major field of study. Practical experience is available in industrial, business, governmental, or service organizations. Undergraduate students may apply at the Career Services Center to enter the Cooperative Education Program when they have completed 12 credit hours, and attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above. They must have at least three semesters remaining before graduation and be full-time students upon commencement of participation in the program. Graduate students may apply to enter the Career Experience Opportunities Program after they are accepted into a graduate program.
Option 1: Parallel Cooperative Education: Students work part-time, usually 15 to 20 hours per week, while attending classes for a minimum of 12 academic credit hours per semester throughout the calendar year.
Option 2: Alternating Cooperative Education: Students work full-time one semester and attend classes full-time the following semester on a rotating schedule until graduation. The work assignment is usually shared by a pair of students on an alternating basis.
Prerequisites for participation in the Cooperative Education Program include attending the Employability Skills Seminar offered continuously by Career Services and payment of the materials fee in effect at the time of application for the program. To remain in the program, students must maintain good academic standing, a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above, and comply with the policies and procedures of the employer and the Cooperative Education Program.
Option 3: Engineering Cooperative Education - The Five Year Plan: This program allows the student to gain valuable engineering experience as he or she pursues his or her degree. The freshman year is spent as a full-time student at the university. During the sophomore and junior years the student alternates working full-time with an excellent salary for one semester and taking full-time course work the next semester. The student returns to school full-time for the senior year. This program offers many advantages for the student. Interested students should consult with either Career Services or the College of Engineering.
 



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