TJC, ETMC collaborate on emergency medical services professions program

Mar 30, 2015 by

In August, TJC and East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System announced a partnership agreement designed to strengthen the TJC’s emergency medical services professions (EMSP) program, which provides certificates and associate’s degrees to graduates.

The program also provides improved professional development opportunities
for ETMC.

“We are very excited to partner with a respected East Texas institution like Tyler Junior College,” said Neal Franklin, ETMC EMS general manager. “The collaboration is beneficial to both East Texas Medical Center EMS and TJC but we believe the greatest benefit will be to the students.”

A partnership agreement between TJC and East Texas Medical Center will strengthen TJC’s emergency medical services professions program and ultimately create a better-trained EMS workforce. From left: T.C. Howard, ETMC EMS director of clinical educational services; TJC President Dr. Mike Metke; ETMC Regional Health System President Elmer G. Ellis; and Neal Franklin, ETMC EMS general manager.

A partnership agreement between TJC and East Texas Medical Center will strengthen TJC’s emergency medical services professions program and ultimately create a better-trained EMS workforce. From left: T.C. Howard, ETMC EMS director of clinical educational services; TJC President Dr. Mike Metke; ETMC Regional Health System President Elmer G. Ellis; and Neal Franklin, ETMC EMS general manager.

TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said the agreement would immediately improve the college program by incorporating the use of an ambulance simulator to depict real-life scenarios and instruments. In addition, the EMSP program shares simulation equipment with TJC’s nursing and allied health programs in the new Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center, which opened in January.

TJC and ETMC will work together to schedule required professional development training for ETMC EMS personnel throughout the TJC service area – training that was previously conducted internally by ETMC.

“This is a win-win scenario for TJC and for East Texas Medical Center,” Metke said. “We will be preparing graduates using the region’s greatest resources and exposing them to real-life work scenarios as well as opportunities for immediate employment in the field.”

Metke thanked Dr. Clayton Allen, associate vice president for instruction, for his “leadership and quick work in making the partnership a reality” in time for the Fall 2014 semester.

ETMC Regional Healthcare System President Elmer G. Ellis said, “The paramedics and other emergency services personnel in our communities are vital to the EMS safety net for East Texas. This educational alliance with TJC represents another key measure of ETMC’s dedication to provide the best of trauma and emergency care for our region.”

Ron Schwartz, vice president and chief operating officer for ETMC EMS, said “ETMC EMS and TJC both have a history of forming partnerships within the community to benefit the community through efficiencies and relationships. This new partnership is an extension of both our visions. We will see EMS students better prepared for the workforce and better trained. ETMC EMS and TJC both win when this occurs.”

The academic and training programs will be supervised by T.C. Howard, ETMC EMS director of clinical educational services. TJC will provide a coordinator to assist with the program.

TJC offers EMT-Basic, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic options for students.

According to local labor data, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics was expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. There will also continue to be demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas.

ETMC EMS has provided emergency services to Tyler/Smith County since 1968. Covering more than 15,000 square miles within Texas, it is one of the largest not-for-profit EMS providers in the nation.

Students interested in the EMSP program are urged to contact the TJC admissions office to apply to TJC.

Further information about the EMSP program is available at tjc.edu/ems.


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