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2009 - 2010 General Catalog

 

 

Division of Science and Allied Health

Dean:

Carolyn Burroughs,
Associate Professor
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318-678-6082
cburroughs@bpcc.edu

Faculty:

Professors: Bob Boykin
Dr. Elaine Cox (Program Director, Biotechnology)
Associate Professors: Ty Bryan
Laura Bryant (Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program)
Kelley Corkern
Kim Cox (Clinical Coordinator, Physical Therapist Assistant Program)
Rick Jones
Dr. Vernon Leggett
Charles Reed (Academic Coordinator, Respiratory Therapy)
Al Smith (Program Director, Surgical Technology Program)
Pam Tully (Program Director, Phlebotomy Program)
Constance Winter (Program Director, Medical Assistant Program)
Assistant Professors: Judith Coston
Cammie Emory
Kenneth Franks
Danny Hoston
Roishene Johnson
Sandra Vickers
Instructors:

Angel Alexander
Jeffery Anderson
Kelly Brandon
Tara Breeland
Tom Carson
Barbara Custer (Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program)
Michelle Dillon
Carole Jorstad
Amy Knighton
Wendy McGee (Coordinator, EKG Program)
Kerry McNamara
Terri Mundy (Program Director, Pharmacy Technician Program)
Dr. Stephenie Nix-Alexander
Melanie Petchak
Dr. Paula Rhoades (Program Director, Dietary Management Program)
Charlotte Ware (Program Director, Medical Office Specialist Program)
Amy Williams

Division of Science and Allied Health Degrees, Certificates of Technical Studies, Technical Diplomas, Technical Competency Areas:

The Division of Science and Allied Health offers 17 programs: 6 associate degrees, 2 certificates of technical studies, 2 technical diplomas, and 5 technical competency areas.

Associate degrees: General Science - Allied Health
General Science - Natural Sciences
EMT Paramedic
Medical Assistant
Pharmacy Technician
Physical Therapist Assistant
Respiratory Therapy
Certificate of Technical Studies: Pharmacy Technician
Phlebotomy
Technical Diploma: Medical Office Specialist (Coding/Transcription)
Surgical Technology
Technical Competency Areas: Biotechnology
EKG/Telemetry Technician
EMT Basic
Laboratory Assistant
Medical Unit Coordinator

Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Science and Allied Health is to provide quality educational opportunities in science and allied health through excellent classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction, and to provide service to the citizens of Northwest Louisiana.

Accredited Programs:

Associate of Applied Science in EMT Paramedic
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoA-EMSP)/Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant
The Bossier Parish Community College Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org)Will open new browser window or tabupon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, Phone: 727-210-2350.

Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician and Certificate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician
The BPCC Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacist (ASHP) and approved by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy (LABP).

Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy
Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC)/Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS): 8410 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631-3415; (773) 714-8880; www.naacls.org.Will open new browser window or tab

Technical Diploma in Surgical Technology
The BPCC Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater FL 22756, phone; 727-210-2350, fax: 727-210-2354, mail@caahep.org, after recommendation by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST), 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120, Phone: 303-694-9262, fax: 303-741-3655, www.arcst.org.Will open new browser window or tab

General Program with a Clinical Component Training Information

Clinical classes are those taught in off-campus locations including hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics, and EMS services. The Division of Science and Allied Health programs listed below include a clinical component or clinical classes.

Admission/Selection to Programs with Clinical Components

Admission to the clinical program component is restricted to students who have completed all qualification courses with a C or higher, minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 (2.500 for PTA and RSTH), submit a completed program application packet by the published deadline, and meet all other specific program requirements. (See program specific requirements in each degree section for additional information).

Admission to a program with a clinical program component is competitive and dependent upon availability of clinical sites, local employment statistics, and established faculty to student ratios. The Division of Science and Allied Health strives to administer the selection process fairly and consistently.

Bossier Parish Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, qualified disability, marital status, veteran's status, or sexual orientation in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. Bossier Parish Community College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

All programs with a clinical component have established "Essential Requirements," which identify occupational specific technical standards required of students in the program. Students are strongly encouraged to review the Essential Requirements for the program prior to application. The request for any necessary accommodations must be submitted with the program application. This document will be released to the clinical sites at the time of placement and students should be aware that some clinical affiliates may deny placement to students who are not able to meet these requirements. A copy of these essential requirements is included in the application packet, is available from the program director, and on the BPCC website.

Students are strongly encouraged to routinely meet with the program faculty or program director specific to the program in which the student is enrolled. The program faculty provides valuable information regarding the appropriate sequencing of qualification courses, program application process, and program deadlines.

Required information for Programs with a Clinical Component

Depending on the program and the assigned clinical sites, the student may be required to submit the following upon selection into the clinical component:

  • Program Specific Health Status Statement (physical exam) from a physician
  • Documentation for laboratory testing or immunization against mumps, measles, rubella, tuberculosis, tetanus, Hepatitis B, varicella zoster, and any other testing or immunization required by the clinical facility or physician prior to beginning and during clinical training. (May include, but not limited to varicella zoster titer, rubella titer, and Hepatitis B titer.) )
  • Documented current health insurance coverage (maintained throughout clinical training).
  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification for Health Care Providers (maintained throughout clinical training)
  • Current HIPPA and OSHA training certificate
  • Signed consent/release for background check (general and criminal)
  • Signed consent/release for drug/alcohol testing
  • Disclosure of prescription medications and signed release from prescribing physician for participation in clinical training.

Clinical Experience

  • Clinical experiences are provided in affiliated hospitals, health care facilities, fire departments, and physicians’ offices.
  • Each student will be responsible for transportation to and from the assigned clinical site.
  • The student will be responsible for securing the uniforms and other personal equipment (such as stethoscope, medical scissors, clipboard, etc.) as designated by each program.
  • The student will be responsible for funding and obtaining the required clinical requirements (such as immunizations, laboratory work, Basic Life Support Certification, physical, and health insurance) by the program specified deadlines.
  • The student will be responsible for providing own meals.
  • The student will be responsible for quality of care they give commensurate with type and level in educational program.
  • Once admitted to a program, a student must earn a "C" or higher on each course pursued in order to continue in the program. A student who earns below a "C" will be terminated from the program. If a student is terminated, the student may re-apply for the next class. If re-accepted, it will be at the discretion of the program director as to which course(s) must be remediated, audited, or repeated.

Clinical Fee

A clinical fee is charged in addition to regular tuition for each program with a clinical component. This fee is required each semester that a student is scheduled in program classes. The fees are listed in the BPCC Academic Bulletin.

Code of Conduct for Programs with a Clinical Component

It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the rules and regulations outlined in the Code of Conduct of Bossier Parish Community College. In addition, each student selected for a program with a clinical component will be responsible for reading and abiding by the academic and conduct policies established by the program and those of the clinical affiliation site(s) to which he/she is assigned. All program students must adhere to the substance abuse policies of the College, program, and clinical affiliates. Programs require drug/alcohol screens and criminal background checks for participation. Further details may be found in the BPCC Student Handbook, BPCC Catalog, and the Program Handbook, which is issued to the program students at the beginning of the first clinical semester. Violations of academic or conduct policies of the College, program, or clinical affiliate can result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Drug/Alcohol Screening

Upon acceptance into a program with a clinical component, each student will be required to sign an Authority to Release Drug and/or Alcohol Testing Records release form and is assessed a non-refundable drug screen fee. Drug testing can be performed randomly, selectively or as a group. Refusal of the program student to submit to a drug test or a positive drug screen indicating alcohol or drug use will result in the student's immediate dismissal from the program.

A student who has been dismissed from a program for a positive drug screen indicating alcohol or drug use may reapply to the program from which he/she was dismissed or to another clinical program after a period of one year with the understanding that the positive drug screen will remain on his/her record. Should a student have another positive drug screen, the student will be dismissed from the program immediately and shall not be permitted to apply to any Bossier Parish Community College allied health program.

General and Criminal Background Check

Upon acceptance into a program with a clinical component, each student will be required to sign a Consent/Release for a background check. This screening process is to ensure the student is not included on the OIG List of Excluded Individuals/Entities, GSA List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Non-Procurement Programs, clear of a criminal history, and that the student meets all clinical training site or regulatory agency requirements. Additional types of background checks may be performed per the request of the clinical affiliate, such as National Registry of Sex Offenders and US Department of Treasury - Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List). Due to the inability of a program to place a student with findings from these searches, the student may be immediately dismissed from the program.

Individual clinical facilities or program specific regulatory agencies may require additional background checks that will require the student to submit fingerprints and consent to the additional background checks. Due to the inability of a program to place a student with findings from these searches, the student may be immediately dismissed from the program.