Cowley paramedic students return to the classroom

Those pictured along with  instructor Cameron Schwarz are paramedic students Travis Scott, Derrick Yoder and Loren Farley.

Cowley College paramedic students were able to return to the classroom May 11 at the Allied Health Center in Winfield.

The students in the 12-month paramedic program are on track to finish in December while following social distancing guidelines in the classroom.

The program is usually very hands-on, but due to COVID-19 the paramedic students had spent the past two months learning via Zoom meetings with Cowley lead paramedic instructor Cameron Schwarz.

“This is a fantastic cohort — they have been 100-percent positive the entire time,” Schwarz said.

Instead of having all the students in the classroom, Schwarz built lab shifts where up to six students at a time could return to campus. The students are currently working on cardiac arrest and CPR training.

“Where you would normally have five to seven students around a mannequin, we took the simulators and aids that we have and moved them to as if the person was 18 foot tall,” Schwarz said. “The person that is doing the medications, the person that is at the monitor, and the person that is doing the airway is at a safe distance.”

For more information on Cowley’s paramedic program visit www.cowley.edu/paramedic or call (800) 593-2222.

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