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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008



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
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 Education
Cooperative Education Program
The School of Continuing Education and Special Programs (SCESP) is the primary public service outreach arm for the University. The Mission of the SCESP is to provide and support lifelong educational learning experiences and to serve as an advocate for students along the Greater Gulf Coast as they interact with the global community. 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.
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.
Director: Phillip Norris (251) 928-8133
Associate Director: Cynthia L. Wilson
Assistant Director of Marketing: Robyn Andrews
Assistant Director of Student Services: Chris Bogar
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.


Chair: Vaughn S. Millner (251) 460-6263
Professors: Hannum, Wells
Associate Professor: Millner
Assistant Professors: Lauderdale, Norris, Wilson
Academic Advisors: Fishman, Socha, Bogar (USABC)
Academic Counselor: Davis
Interdisciplinary Degree Program Director: Hannum
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 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:
  Understand and appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to learning;
  Have the ability to think critically and express themselves effectively orally and in writing;
  Understand and apply knowledge of adult development personally and professionally;
  Appreciate individual and cultural differences and collaborate effectively with colleagues of diverse backgrounds;
  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” for students with less than 64 hours of credit. All students are required to take AIS 301: “Adult Learning—Critical Reflections” and 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.
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 program coordinator or advisor 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.


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.
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.
Director: Martha M. Matherne (251) 431-6411
Continuing Education Specialists: Sue Allison, Kelly Anderson, Virtie Bell, Laurent Cadden, Patricia Miles
Marketing Specialist: Shelley Stephens
Home Page: http://www.usacontinuinged.com
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.
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 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.
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.


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.
The Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services 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.
Chair: (251) 460-7155
Associate Professor: Mollise
Assistant Professors: Stratton, Young
Senior Instructors: Bru, Matthews, Rowe
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Chair: David W. Burns, M.P.H. (251) 431-6418
Program Directors: Curry, Garmon, Varner
Medical Director: Frank S. Pettyjohn, M.D.
Instructors: Burns, Curry, Erwin, Garmon, Varner
Academic Advisors: Burns, Curry
Part-time Instructors: Biggs, Carter, Morgan
Clinical Coordinator: Harlan
CME Coordinator: Faggard
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/ems
Certificate Program in Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B)
Certificate Program in Paramedic (EMT-P)
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services

The Department of EMS Education prepares students for careers in Emergency Medical Services. To meet the expanding role of Prehospital Providers, the Department of EMS Education offers two certificate programs, Basic EMT and Paramedic, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services. 



The EMT-Basic certificate program can be completed in one academic semester and is a prerequisite to the Paramedic certificate program.  Together, both programs can be completed in five or 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.  Students may begin certificate programs in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.



Students graduating from USA's Paramedic certificate program, as well as licensed Paramedics from other training institutions, may continue their education at USA and complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services.  The baccalaureate program is designed to provide graduates of the certificate program with an opportunity to expand their careers in Emergency Medical Services as administrators, educators and Critical Care Paramedics.

General admission to the University is required for all levels of EMS education.  Additionally, admission to all EMS programs is contingent upon a satisfactory background check and drug screen. The following are admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree program:
  • Evidence of successful completion of a nationally accredited or State of Alabama approved paramedic program.
  • Evidence of a current state paramedic license or national certification.
  • Official transcript or documentation which indicates the successful completion of at least 32 semester hours of paramedic credit (or its equivalent).
  • Submission of departmental application by April 1 for Fall admission including a $50 application fee.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all pre-requisite courses and a minimum university GPA of 2.0.
  • Submission of a one to two page written essay explaining professional goals and career aspirations.


    The Department of EMS Education has a track designed especially for licensed Paramedics who obtained their paramedic education elsewhere.  In addition to meeting all other admissions requirements, students in this track are required to take a six hour bridge course.  Upon completion of the bridge course, up to 40 semester hours of credit will be awarded for the student's previous paramedic training during the final semester before graduation.



    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).
    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.


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


    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 clinical students are charged once a year for professional liability insurance. 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.
    The basis for the curriculum is the current Department of Transportation National Standard curriculum for the EMT Basic (1994) and Paramedic (1999).
    First Semester  
    EMT 200: Basic Emergency Care
    EMT 205: Basic Clinical Internship
    EMT 206: Basic Skills Labs
    First Semester  
    EMT 210: Medical Terminology
    EMT 310: Human Systems/Disease Process
    EMT 335: Essentials of Paramedicine
    EMT 340: EMS Cardiology
    Second Semester  
    EMT 315: Pharmacology I
    EMT 345: Pharmacology II
    EMT 375: Women and Children
    Third Semester  
    EMT 355: Emergency Care I
    EMT 465: Clinical Internship I
    EMT 455: Paramedic Skills Lab
    Fourth Semester  
    EMT 350: Patient Assessment/Trauma
    EMT 466: Clinical Internship II
    EMT 425: Emergency Care II
    Fifth Semester  
    EMT 475: Paramedic Field Internship
    EMT 495: Comprehensive Review and Exams


    The Paramedic Certificate Program can be completed in 4 semesters exclusive of EMT Basic with permission from the Paramedic Program Director.  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 the academic advisor prior to registration each semester.

    Freshman Year
    1st Semester     2nd Semester    
    EH 101 3   EH 102 3  
    BLY 101 & 101L 4   CH 101& 101L 4  
    CIS 150 3   HY/Soc Elective 3  
    HY 3*   MA 110 or 112 3  
    Fine Arts Elective 3   Public Speaking/Speech 3  
    Total 16   Total 16  
    Sophomore Year
    1st Semester     2nd Semester    
    CLS 114 4   CLS 115 4  
    Literature 3*   2nd HY or Lit 3*  
    PSY 120 3   EMT 200 6  
    ST 210 3   EMT 205 1  
    Area 2 or 4 Elective 3   EMT 206 1  
    Total 16   Total 15  
    Junior Year
    1st Semester     2nd Semester    
    EMT 335 3   EMT 315 3  
    EMT 340 3   EMT 345 3  
    EMT 350 3   EMT 355 3  
    EMS 310 3   EMT 375 3  
    Total 12   Total 12  
    3rd Semester          
    EMT 455 1        
    EMT 465 6        
    EMT 425 3        
    EMS 315 3        
    Total 13        
    Senior Year
    1st Semester     2nd Semester    
    EMT 475 6   EMS 320 3  
    EMT 495 1   EMS 325 3  
    EMS 440 3   EMS 445 3  
    EMS 460 3   EMS 340 3  
    Total 13   Total 12  
    3rd Semester          
    EMS 475 3        
    EMS 495 1        
    Total 4        
    Total Credits 129          
    *Must complete a two semester series of either Literature or History.
    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, technical rescue, and incident command. 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 emergency and rescue 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
    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.
    8 hours
    Designed as an annual refresher for those who have completed Hazardous Materials Technician training.
    8 hours - Prerequisite: Hazardous Materials Technician (40 hours)
    For incident commanders who will assume control of the incident beyond the first responder level.
    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.
    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
    8 hours
    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.
    Director: Dr. Jim Ellis (251) 460-7053
    FAX: (251) 460-6228
    E-mail: intledu@usouthal.edu
    International Program Specialist: Ana C. Burgamy
    Home Page: www.southalabama.edu/intlprograms
    The Office of International Education (OIE) is responsible for the coordination, facilitation and oversight of all USA international activity, e.g., education (study) abroad programs and related projects beyond U.S. territorial limits involving University faculty, students or staff. OIE provides leadership and advocacy on behalf of the students, faculty, university, and college objectives and goals for international education and exchanges. All existing or proposed international programs, exchanges, contracts and grants are reviewed and registered with the Office of International Education. The director chairs the University International Education Advisory Council, whose members are appointed by the President of the University and charged with disseminating information, developing as well as guiding policy and planning for USA in the international arena. In addition, the Director of International Education works in collaboration with University deans, division heads and directors responsible for curriculum and faculty development. The Office of International Education administers all USA Education Abroad Programs, including the Alumni Travel Programs Abroad. The Office of International Education is available for collaboration with local governmental, business and community organizations that foster international cooperation, exchange and understanding. All USA students who plan to participate in a study, research, internship or work abroad opportunity must contact the Office of International Education for information on program advising and approval procedures.
    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, attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or above, and are classified as a full-time student upon commencement of participation in the program; however, engineering students must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above. Prior to the first work experience, engineering students must complete two or three semesters of study for a total of 24 credit hours toward the engineering degree and complete courses MA 125 and MA 126.
    Graduate students may apply to enter the Career Experience Opportunities Program after they are accepted into a graduate program.
    Option 1: Alternating Cooperative Education: Students work full-time one semester and attend classes full-time the following semester on a rotating schedule until graduation.
    Option 2: Internship: Students work for various lengths of time depending upon the unique needs of the organization providing the experience. Some internships may not be paid; experience is the reward. The option for receiving academic credit for this experience is approved through the department chair or academic advisor.
    Option 3: Engineering Cooperative Education - The Five Year Plan: This program allows engineering students to gain one year of valuable engineering experience as they pursue their 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 for one semester and taking full-time course work the next semester. The student returns to campus full-time for the senior year. This program offers many advantages; interested students should consult with either Career Services or the College of Engineering. Application should be made for admission to the program no later than the end of the second semester of the freshman year.

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