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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008

 

SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
 

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

E-mail: twells@usouthal.edu

Associate Dean: Ellwood B. Hannum (251) 460-6283
E-mail: ehannum@usouthal.edu
FAX: (251) 460-7824
 
School of Continuing Education and Special Programs web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/scesp
 
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services
Department of Developmental Studies
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 traditional 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 Interdisciplinary Studies offers the Adult Degree Program and the Interdisciplinary Degree Program. These programs are designed to give students a variety of options in earning a Bachelor’s degree tailored to meet their needs and interests. The department also administers the Weekend College, enabling students to take courses from the University’s regular curriculum in a weekend format.
Evening, weekend, and online courses 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. These courses are the same as those offered during the day in content, quality, and quantity of work required.
 
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 Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services, 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: Cynthia L. Wilson
Assistant Director and Coordinator of Noncredit Programs: Linda Garrett Cone
Head of Informational and Library Services: Ann Taylor Blauer
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/usabc
E-mail: usabc@usouthal.edu
 

The University of South Alabama Baldwin County (USABC) was established as a branch campus of the University in August, 1984, to offer higher education in one of the fastest growing and most diverse counties in Alabama. USABC offers upper-level (junior and senior) undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and non-credit programs. The campus is in downtown Fairhope. The administration building is located at 10 North Summit Street and the classroom complex is at the corner of Summit Street and St. James Place.

Academic offerings include courses leading to Bachelor's degrees in the Adult Degree Program, Business Administration, the Public Relations Track in Communication, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education and both the traditional and accelerated tracks in Nursing. A minor in Psychology is offered. Master's degrees include Elementary Education, Educational Administration, Counseling, and Special Education, collaborative. Courses in business, education, and liberal arts are offered each semester which can be used as credit in a variety of degree programs. Faculty who teach branch campus courses are hired by the University's academic divisions.
Computer services are provided for students and faculty. Classrooms have internet access and audio-visual equipment. The administration building contains a computer laboratory and computers are available in the building's lobby for use during business and class hours.
Credit courses are offered during the day and the evening in Fairhope. Most evening courses meet once per week and day time courses meet in a variety of formats. USABC students are eligible for on-line courses scheduled by the academic departments. Check the USABC web site, http://www.southalabama.edu/usabc for the complete schedule of courses for each semester..
Printed materials for admission, academic programs, financial aid and student services are available in the administration building. Counseling services and some academic advising are available, by appointment, on the branch campus.
The branch campus supports the University's mission of public service by working cooperatively with community organizations. The Fairhope Film Series, held in the USABC Performance Center, is available to the public. USABC cosponsors Leadership Baldwin County which is open to adults in the county. Special events are held on the USABC campus throughout the year.
USABC is growing both in the number of students and the academic courses offered. 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 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

 
Chair: Vaughn S. Millner (251) 460-6263
Professors: Hannum, Wells
Assistant Professors: Bryan, Lauderdale, Millner, Norris, Wilson
Academic Advisors: Fishman, Cone (USABC)
Academic Counselor: Organic
Interdisciplinary Degree Program Director: Bryan
Home Page: www.southalabama.edu/ais
E-mail: ais@usouthal.edu
 
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies provides opportunities for students through two flexible, individually designed interdisciplinary degree programs: the Adult Degree Program (ADP) and the Interdisciplinary Degree Program (IDP), 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 Interdisciplinary Studies leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate, ADP graduates should be able to:
1)
  Understand and appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to learning;
2)
  Have the ability to think critically and express themselves effectively orally and in writing;
3)
  Understand and apply knowledge of adult development personally and professionally;
4)
  Appreciate individual and cultural differences and collaborate effectively with colleagues of diverse backgrounds;
5)
  Identify and articulate important questions and problems related to their interests, education, and career development, and to execute research strategies for discovering viable solutions;
Students applying to the Adult Degree Program must satisfy general requirements for admission to the University of South Alabama (see “Admission to the University”) and complete an interview with the ADP counselor. 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 concentrations of study: Administrative Sciences, Applied Arts, Applied Sciences, Community Services, Human Services, Liberal Studies, or Professional Development. All programs of study must consist of a minimum of 128 credit hours. Course requirements necessitate that students be enrolled in the program for a minimum of three terms 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 concentration, with at least 30 hours from upper division courses. The concentration, 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 concentration forms part of the graduation plan, which all majors must submit to the Interdisciplinary Studies department for approval by 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 concentration are required for graduation.
Students with a 3.5 USA GPA and a 3.5 GPA in their concentration are encouraged to apply for departmental honors after enrolling in AIS 380. Contact the department for specific honors requirements.
 
INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE PROGRAM
The Interdisciplinary Degree Program (IDP) is designed for traditional students who have educational and career goals that cannot be met through traditional academic majors. In the Interdisciplinary Degree Program students can choose from seven concentrations: Administrative Sciences, Applied Arts, Applied Sciences, Community Services, Human Services, Liberal Arts, or Professional Development, leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. All programs of study must consist of a minimum of 128 credit hours. Upon completion of the degree, IDP graduates should be able to:
1. Understand and appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to learning.
2. Have the ability to think critically and express themselves effectively orally and in writing.
3. Understand and apply knowledge of human development personally and professionally.
4. Appreciate individual and cultural differences and collaborate effectively with others.
5. Demonstrate competence in various concentrations that are tailored to their educational and career goals.
Students applying to the Interdisciplinary Degree Program must satisfy general requirements for admission to the University of South Alabama (see "Admission to the University") and must complete an interview with the program director. The student's individualized program of study is planned in consultation with the director and must be approved by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Each student enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Degree Program must satisfy the University's general education requirements (see "Academic Policies and Procedures"), a 3 hour foundation course, and 15 hours of competencies in computer applications, applied statistics, advanced writing, human development, and cultural diversity. The student's concentration consists of a minimum of 54 hours from three related disciplines, with at least 30 hours from upper division courses. One discipline must be represented by a minimum of 15 hours, 9 of which must be upper division. The other two disciplines must each be represented by a minimum of 12 hours, 6 of which must be upper division. Additional requirements include 6 hours of internship or a senior project. Remaining coursework in the concentration may be from the disciplines or relevant supporting courses.
A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in all coursework undertaken at the University of South Alabama and a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in the concentration are required for graduation.
Qualified students may participate in the University Honors Program (see "Honors Program"). Students with a 3.5 USA GPA and a 3.5 GPA in their concentration are encouraged to apply for IST departmental honors at the beginning of their senior year. To receive department honors, an honors senior project must be completed. Contact the IST department for specific 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 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 IST 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 COURSES
CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION AND CONFERENCE SERVICES
 
Director: Martha M. Matherne (251) 431-6411
Continuing Education Specialists: Sue Allison, Kelly Anderson, Virtie Bell, Laurent Cadden, Patricia Miles
Marketing Specialist: Shelley Stephans
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/cce
 
Serving as a community outreach arm of the University of South Alabama’s School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, the Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services 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 Center 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 offered during spring, summer, fall, and winter terms each year. 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 hosts approximately 70 Elderhostel 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 most 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.
 
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
The Department of Conference Activities and Special Courses facility at the USA Brookley Center houses its computer laboratory. The lab is 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.
 
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES
 
Chair: Dr. Cheryl B. Stratton (251) 460-7155
Associate Professor: Mollise
Assistant Professors: Stratton, Young
Senior Instructors: Matthews, Rowe
Instructors: Bru
Academic Advisor: LaDora Howard
Web Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/developmentalstudiesprogram
 
The Mission of the Department of Developmental Studies is to produce courses and instructional support services of excellence that address the needs of students in their preparation for collegiate study and students in transition to the University. The courses and services offered provide students 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 Developmental Studies are required to complete CP 101 Freshman Seminar, CP 150 Study Skills and College Reading, DS 014 Writing or LAS 100 (determined by placement), and the appropriate level of mathematics (determined by placement: DS 82 Introductory Algebra and/or DS 90 Algebra for College. All students at the University are placed into their first required mathematics course by placement testing conducted during orientation.
Credits earned in DS courses do not meet degree requirements within the University; however, credits earned do carry institutional non degree 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.).
The Department of Developmental Studies, also provides a course to help regularly admitted students that have indications that they need additional preparation to succeed in the required English composition course EH 101. This optional course, called LAS 100 Language Arts and Skills, is aimed at the further development of writing skills essential for college.
 
PROMOTION AND COMPLETION POLICIES
Students admitted to the Developmental Studies Program are advised by the DSP Academic Advisor, and their records remain in the Department of 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. Required Developmental Studies Program courses must be taken each semester until program requirements have been met. DSP courses carry grades of "A", "B", "C", or "F". Developmental Studies students must repeat any required DSP courses in which a passing grade is not received.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES (DS) COURSES
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF LANGUAGE ARTS AND SKILLS (LAS) COURSE
 
FRESHMAN SEMINAR
The University’s First Year Experience Program provides freshmen the opportunity to participate in activities designed to ease the transition to the University. One component of the program is CP 101, Freshman Seminar. This course for first-time students assists with maximizing students' 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 credit. There are no prerequisites for CP 150, 250 and 450.
The Career Program is designed to achieve four objectives: (1) to help students begin their academic careers with the skills necessary for college success; (2) to provide occupational exposure to students who plan to enter medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine; (3) to assist students who are uncertain as to a career or a major; and (4) 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 150, Study Skills and College Reading, is designed to help students achieve the first objective by providing them with the study techniques, college reading strategies, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in their academic careers.
CP 200, Clinical Observation, is designed to help students achieve the second 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 third 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 fourth 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 member of the University community. The University Writing Center is an instructional facility, not an editing service. The writing consultants there focus on teaching the writer, rather than simply fixing the writing. Students and others may receive help with any type of writing task at any stage of the writing process: from idea generation, development, and revision, to grammatical concerns and editing strategies. Most writing consultations take place in the University Writing Center. The consulting schedule varies from semester to semester. More information can be found at the University Writing Center home page: http://www.southalabama.edu/writing, or 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, Varner
Academic Advisors: Burns, Curry, Garmon, Parker, Varner
Part-time Instructors: Vinson
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 Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) and the Department of Emergency Medical Services Education. Students interested in a Bachelor’s degree should consult a representative from the Department of 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 Corequisites
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) 431-6527
Program Coordinator: Maxwell
Instructors: Maxwell, Norton, Peavey, Phillips, Sprinkle
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/ems/cert
 
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, Habib
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/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 are 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/intlprograms
 
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.
All USA students going to study abroad must contact the Office of International Programs for information on the required paperwork, etc.
 
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
 
Director: (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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