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TJC, East Texas Medical Center partner in Emergency Medical Services

TYLER, August 15, 2014— Tyler Junior College and East Texas Medical Center today announced a partnership agreement designed to strengthen the College’s emergency medical services professions (EMSP) program – which provides certificates and associate degrees to graduates – as well as provide 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, general manager, ETMC EMS. “The collaboration is beneficial to both East Texas Medical Center EMS and TJC but we believe the greatest benefit will be to the students.”

TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said the agreement will 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 will share simulation equipment with TJC’s nursing and other allied health programs when the new Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center opens 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 noted, "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 office 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.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to integrate two excellent programs, in order to provide EMS students and the profession with the best of academic and clinical/field internship environments,” Howard said. "The East Texas Medical Center EMS and Tyler Junior College EMS education model will provide the East Texas area and the EMS profession with students that are more prepared than ever before, to respond to the needs of their communities."

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 www.tjc.edu.

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