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Professional Development

417.347.5830

Freeman Health System Professional Development Overview

Freeman Professional Development offers a wide variety of continuing education programs for our staff, healthcare professionals and the community. We have been an American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center since 2004. Many of our life support courses are available to the community, whether you’re a lay person or an experienced healthcare professional.

Training areas include basic life support skills such as CPR and first aid, as well as initial and renewal courses for advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Our specialty courses designed for healthcare professionals range from basic certifications to advanced licenses in AWHONN, STABLE, NRP, ASLS and TNCC.

Professional Development

Freeman Clinical Courses

We offer a variety of life support programs from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics and Emergency Nurses Association.

Which course is right for you?

Call our Enrollment and Records Specialist today at 417.347.5845 to learn about upcoming courses and enrollment requirements. Courses offered include:

    HeartCode BLS uses a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities to teach participants BLS knowledge and skills. HeartCode BLS is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an initial or renewal BLS Course.

    Dates: This course is offered on a weekly basis.

    Becoming an American Heart Association instructor is easy after consulting with an American Heart Association Training Center to find out whether the Training Center (TC) is accepting new instructors and the TCC's (Training Center Coordinator) preferred course delivery. The steps are simple – get started today!

    1. Be accepted by your local AHA Training Center before enrolling in an Instructor Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with that Training Center.

    2. Have current AHA provider status in the discipline for that Instructor Course and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline. Disciplines include ACLS, BLS, PALS, PEARS and Heartsaver®.

    3. Successfully complete the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course.

    4. Successfully be monitored teaching your first course within six months of completing the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course. Training Center Coordinators can require additional monitoring.

    Prerequisite: Current BLS Provider Certification Instructional Method: Seated

    Date: This course is offered on a semi-annual basis.

    BLS Instructors must attend updates as required within the previous 2 years of their cards expiration date. Updates may address new course content or methodology and review Training Center, regional and national ECC information.

    Prerequisite: BLS Instructor Card Instructional Method: Blended

    Dates: This course is offered on a semi-annual.

    HeartCode® ACLS is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow participants to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. Participants will be presented with a team dynamics lesson and 10 in-hospital patient cases, including a BLS case and 2 megacode cases. The cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, participants will take a multiple-choice exam and must pass with a minimum score of 84%.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a weekly basis.

    AHA’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a monthly basis.

    AHA’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).  Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation-Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency -Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills                 
     

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a monthly basis.

    The American Heart Association Family and Friends course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult hands-on CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway blocks for adults, children and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides participants with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.

    The AHA’s PALS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. This classroom, instructor-led course uses a series of videos and simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

     Features

    • Classroom-based courses work well for participants who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning
    • Course includes realistic, clinical scenarios that encourage active participation – delivered through actual pediatric patient videos and lifelike simulations
    • Course is comprehensive and includes our systematic approach to assess and treat pediatric patients in emergency situations
    • Course uses a hands-on class format to reinforce skills proficiency
    • Co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

     

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a monthly basis.

    This American Heart Association workshop is designed to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes. This program is designed for physicians, nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapists, who either direct or participate in resuscitation of a infant or child, whether in or out of the hospital. The update course is for those who have had PALS within the last 2 years.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a monthly basis.

    The PALS Instructor Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA instructor-led and blended learning courses. The course educates instructor candidates on how to adequately use AHA instructor teaching materials, ensure that participants meet learning objectives, offer participant coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses. Candidates who successfully complete the PALS Instructor Course, followed by course monitoring, will receive a PALS Instructor card, valid for two years. PALS instructors are then able to teach PALS Provider and HeartCode PALS Hands-on Sessions, as well as the PEARS Instructor-led Course.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a semi-annual basis.

    The PALS Instructor Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA Instructor-led and blended learning courses. The course educates instructor candidates on how to adequately use AHA instructor teaching materials, ensure that participants meet learning objectives, offer participant coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses. Candidates who successfully complete the PALS Instructor Course, followed by course monitoring, will receive a PALS Instructor card, valid for two years. PALS instructors are then able to teach PALS Provider and HeartCode PALS Hands-on Sessions, as well as the PEARS Instructor-led Course.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a semi-annual basis.

    The Neonatal Resuscitation Program® (NRP®) course conveys an evidence-based approach to care of the newborn at birth and facilitates effective team-based care for healthcare professionals who care for newborns at the time of delivery. NRP utilizes a blended learning approach, which includes online testing, online case-based simulations, and hands-on case-based simulation/debriefing that focus on critical leadership, communication, and team-work skills.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a monthly basis.

    The ASLS course addresses the pre-hospital, emergency department and stroke unit management of patients with acute stroke. Using interactive discussions, hands-on workshops, multimedia (video case-based scenarios) and standardized patient simulations (for stroke syndrome identification and management decision making), the course includes a discussion of the differential diagnosis of stroke, rapid recognition of five major stroke syndromes, training in the use of the Miami Emergency Neurologic Deficit (M.E.N.D.) exam (based on the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale and incorporating the Cincinnati Pre-hospital Stroke Scale), education regarding the use of thrombolytic therapy in acute ischemic stroke patients, and a detailed discussion of the acute care of stroke patients in the hospital, including prevention of medical complications, rehabilitation in the acute setting, the diagnostic evaluation, secondary stroke prevention strategies and discharge planning for the patient and family. This course is appropriate for both new and experienced providers, particularly nurses and physicians who work in the emergency departments, stroke unit and stroke unit equivalents.

    This comprehensive 2-day instructor-led course is critical for enhancing and validating nurses and physicians' ability to interpret and respond to fetal heart monitoring tracings. Skills taught and knowledge assessed include maternal and fetal physiology, interpretation of fetal and uterine monitor tracings, evaluation of auscultated fetal heart sounds, Leopold's Maneuvers, placement of fetal spiral electrodes and intrauterine pressure catheters, and evaluation of and strategies for enhancing communication. The course is presented to approximately 15,000 clinicians a year and may be used as a competency assessment to validate the knowledge and skills of perinatal clinicians who utilize fetal monitoring and includes a post-test to assess participant knowledge.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a quarterly basis.

    This 2-day course sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association is the premier course for hospitals and trauma centers worldwide, empowers nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients. At successful completion of the course, participants will be able to perform rapid identification of life-threatening injuries, comprehensive patient assessment and enhanced intervention for better patient outcomes.

    The S.T.A.B.L.E. course is based on a mnemonic to optimize learning, retention and recall of information. S.T.A.B.L.E. stands for the six assessment and care modules in the program: sugar, temperature, airway, blood pressure, lab work and emotional support. A seventh module – quality improvement – stresses the professional responsibility of improving and evaluating care provided to sick infants.

    Through our STOP THE BLEED® course, you’ll gain the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and intervene effectively. The person next to a bleeding victim may be the one who’s most likely to save them. The course allows participants to become empowered to make a life-or-death difference when a bleeding emergency occurs. STOP THE BLEED. Save a Life!

    Professional Development

    Earn While You Learn

      Freeman Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) Program

      The Freeman Health System UAP program is a 90-day paid program that enables nurse technicians to receive additional training all while being a Freeman employee.


      • No Missouri CNA required
      • Participants can have a CNA from another state or no patient care experience at all. Applicants with another state’s CNA have the opportunity to test out of the UAP program. 
      • Once completed, participants are eligible to sit for the Missouri CNA exam.
      • Training is completed in Freeman’s simulation lab and on-the-job training in the department.
      • Program provides opportunities for advancement and valuable experience.
      • A total of 175 hours of both classroom instruction and clinical practicum must be completed within 90 days from the start or transfer date of the employee.
      • Freeman employees must be in their current position for 1 year prior to transfer.
      • Applicants must be 18 years old prior to beginning employment.
       

       

      Freeman Surgical Technician Apprenticeship

      The Freeman Surgical Technician Apprenticeship is a six-month paid program offered twice a year.

      • The Freeman apprenticeship starts with an eight-week education that includes instruction in anatomy, medical terminology, aseptic techniques, operating room layout, specialty equipment, surgical instruments and procedures. 
      • A mock surgical procedure is performed by each apprentice as a final exam before they begin 18 weeks of clinicals. 
      • Apprentices work four ten-hour shifts each week with surgical technicians in the operating room precepting them as the apprentices apply what they learned in the classroom and fine-tune their skills.
      • Freeman employees must be in their current position for 1 year prior to transfer.
      • Applicants must be 18 years old prior to beginning employment.
      • The first application cycle opens in November with the program beginning in January. The second application cycle opens at the end of June with the program beginning in August. 
      *Application cycles may vary based on orientation dates.

       

      Freeman Certified Medical Assistant Apprentice Program

      The Certified Medical Assistant Apprenticeship is a 16-week paid program in partnership with Crowder College. 

      • The program combines Crowder College classroom education and on-the-job training with tuition paid.
      • Students spend 20 hours a week benefitting from a variety of learning opportunities, including traveling to various clinics within the area. 
      • At the completion of the program, students will sit for the Certified Medical Assistant National Exam.
      • Freeman employees must be in their current position for 1 year prior to transfer.
      • Applicants must be 18 years old prior to beginning employment.
      • The first application cycle opens in November with the program beginning in January. The second application cycle opens at the end of June with the program beginning in August. *Application cycles may vary based on orientation dates and Crowder semester schedules.
       

      Professional Development

      Freeman Student Rotations

        Advanced Practitioner Clinical Rotations

        As a teaching hospital, Freeman is proud to provide opportunities for advanced practitioner students to complete their clinical rotations with Freeman advanced practitioners and physicians. We will do our best to match you in your requested area/specialty, but there may be times when we will be unable to accommodate requests. All clinical rotations are unpaid. Freeman does not charge a fee for advanced practitioner students to complete clinical rotations. There may be fees incurred to meet the pre-qualification requirements for being a student at Freeman, such as background check fees. 

        • An affiliation agreement between Freeman and the school must be established. Freeman will review if there is an active agreement on file once the completed application is received. 
        • All requirements within the affiliation agreement must be met prior to the student being scheduled for their HR appointment. 
        • Clinical rotation applications and supporting documentation must be submitted a minimum of 45 days in advance of the rotation start date.
        • Students are not guaranteed a clinical rotation. Freeman reserves the right to deny a request for rotation.
        • Students found to be completing a clinical rotation without going through the appropriate process risk having their student privileges immediately revoked.

        Apply today

        Non-Clinical Internship

        As a teaching hospital, Freeman is proud to provide opportunities for students seeking non-clinical internships. We will do our best to match you in your requested area/specialty, but there may be times that we will be unable to accommodate requests. All non-clinical internships are unpaid. Freeman does not charge a fee for students completing their internships. There may be fees incurred to meet the pre-qualification requirements for being a student at Freeman, such as background check fees.

        • An affiliation agreement between Freeman and the school must be established. Freeman will review if there is an active agreement on file once the completed application is received. 
        • All requirements within the affiliation agreement must be met prior to the student being scheduled for their HR appointment.
        • Non-clinical internship applications and supporting documentation must be submitted a minimum of 45 days in advance of the rotation start date.
        • Non-clinical internships must be required as part of the student’s declared degree or program as a condition for graduation.
        • Students are not guaranteed an internship. Freeman reserves the right to deny a request for rotation.
        • Students found to be completing an internship without going through the appropriate process risk having their student privileges immediately revoked.

        Apply today!

        Are students required to have a background check?

        • Yes, as outlined in the affiliation agreement, all students must have a comprehensive, criminal background check completed within the last 90 days or at the beginning of their clinical program. Background check requirements may be waived if the student is a current Freeman employee. If your school does not provide a comprehensive, background check as part of your program, Freeman has an alternative option. Please contact Freeman Professional Development.
        • Students coming to Freeman individually (not part of a clinically rotating class such as a nursing school group) will be required to provide an attestation from the school as part of their application. 
        • Background check attestation requirement may be waived if the student is a current Freeman employee.

        Are students required to have a drug screen?

        • Yes, as outlined in the affiliation agreement, all students must have a drug screen within the last 30 days or at the beginning of their clinical program. If your school does not provide a drug screen as part of your program, Freeman has an alternative option. Please contact Freeman Professional Development.
        •  Students coming to Freeman individually (not part of a clinically rotating class such as a nursing school group) will be required to provide an attestation from the school as part of their application. 
        • Drug screen attestation requirement may be waived if the student is a current Freeman employee.


        Are students required to have any immunizations?

        • Yes, as outlined in the affiliation agreement, all students and clinical instructors, if applicable, must have the following immunizations or tests prior to arriving on site. The school is required to maintain documentation of the following immunizations, declinations, and/or tests. 
          • Verification that immunity requirements are met and supported by documentation for Mumps, Rubella, Rubeola, MMR) and Varicella, in accordance with CDC recommendations
          • Hepatitis B vaccination series (series of three or waiver)
          • TB test within the past 12 months, and when results are positive, verification of supporting documentation for a chest x-ray and then annual medical evaluations to screen for TB symptoms, reflecting no evidence of TB disease
          • Annual flu shot or signed declination
        •  Students coming to Freeman individually (not part of a clinically rotating class such as a nursing school group) will be required to provide an attestation from the school as part of their application. 
        •  Freeman will not review a student’s request for flu, COVID or other vaccine declination. The school will need to follow their process for collecting documentation, reviewing and approving declinations.
        • Immunization attestation requirement may be waived if the student is a current Freeman employee.

        What if Freeman does not have an active affiliation agreement with my school or program?
        If an affiliation agreement is needed, Freeman will create the agreement and send to the responsible, signing authority at the school. The agreement will not be sent to the student. Once the agreement is signed by the school and Freeman, it is considered valid and the student may begin their student rotation, pending all other requirements have been met. 

        Why is my full Social Security Number (SSN) required?
        As a requirement to be affiliated with a healthcare facility, students must undergo certain sanction checks such as SAM, OIG, DHSS and EDL. These sanction checks require your legal name and/or SSN for verification that you are authorized to be associated with a healthcare facility. 

        What happens after I turn in my application and required documentation?
        Freeman Professional Development will work to find you a preceptor. Once a preceptor is secured, you will be notified of your preceptor’s contact information, assigned department and rotation start date. You will be assigned an HR appointment time. 

        What happens if I have already secured a Freeman preceptor?
        Freeman Professional Development will verify with the preceptor and department director or designee that the number of hours and dates can be accommodated for the student.

        I am a current Freeman employee. What is the process to complete my rotation or internship at Freeman?
        Freeman employees are required to follow the same process as all other students, but some of the pre-qualifications may be waived since they are required at the time of hire and ongoing during employment. All employees must purchase a student badge and display their badge during their student hours. Student hours are unpaid. Duties required as part of your employment may not be worked on during your student hours and vice versa. 

        Why will I have a Human Resources (HR) appointment?
        After Freeman Professional Development has approved your student rotation, you will be setup with an HR appointment time to sign policies and receive HIPAA training. You will take your badge photo and purchase your student badge. The initial student badge is $10. Replacement for lost or intentionally damaged badges are $15. Human Resources accepts cash, card or check for payment.

        Am I required to wear a badge?
        Yes, you are required to display your student name badge at chest height any time you are completing a student rotation or internship. If you are a Freeman employee, you may not wear your employee name badge during your student hours.

        Are instructors required to wear a badge?
        Yes, all instructors who will be on site with students at a Freeman facility are required to purchase a Freeman instructor badge prior to coming on site. 

        What if I am not an advanced practitioner or a non-clinical intern student?
        Freeman offers several student rotation options throughout the health system. Please refer to your instructor for the appropriate Freeman contact or email professionaldevelopment@freemanhealth.com with your name, school, declared degree/program, rotation/internship start date and end date, number of hours required and requested department. We will pass your information on to the appropriate Freeman contact.
         

        Professional Development

        Freeman Job Shadowing

        The Freeman job shadowing program enables students and community members to explore healthcare careers by shadowing caregivers. Through the program, members of our medical team share experience, advice and knowledge with participants. Students are encouraged to use their firsthand experiences at Freeman help make decisions about class choices, continuing education and their career. 

        Participating departments include:
        • Anesthesiology
        • Cancer (Oncology)
        • Cardiology
        • Cardiovascular Operating Room
        • Cath Lab
        • Emergency Department
        • General Medical
        • Infusion Center
        • Laboratory
        • Occupational Therapy
        • Operating Room/Scrub Technicians
        • Orthopedics
        • Pharmacy
        • Physical Therapy
        • Physical Therapy
        • Physician Assistants
        • QuickMeds Pharmacy™
        • Radiology
        • Respiratory Therapy
        • Social Services
        Contact Our Job Shadowing Team

        Professional Development Department
        932 E. 34th St.
        Joplin, MO 64804
        Phone: 417.347.5830
        Fax: 417.347.0016
        Email: professionaldevelopment@freemanhealth.com

        Additional Job Shadowing Resources

          Job Shadow Guidelines
          • Participants must be 16 or older. Some departments may require the participant to be 18 or older.
          • We make every effort to arrange shadow opportunities in the student’s area(s) of interest.
          • Job shadowing hours will be limited to two days or up to 16 hours in a calendar year (January 1 – December 31). Exceptions may be made based on the requirement of a degree or program. Supporting documentation will be required to shadow more than 16 hours.
          • Job shadowing takes place during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.
          • Completion of registration form, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement form, observational experience agreement form, observational expectations and regulations form, and HIPAA 101 patient privacy training are required for each shadow experience.
          • Applications for those under the age of 18 require a parent/legal guardian’s signature on each of the forms.
          • A copy of your valid photo ID and proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination must be provided with the job shadow application
          Registration
          • Applications must be completed entirely, prior to submission.
          • Applications must be submitted to the Professional Development Department to be considered for the job shadowing program.
          • Please be aware that your job shadow experience will not be scheduled until all forms are completed and submitted.
          • Please allow a minimum of two weeks between the date the completed application is returned to the Professional Development Department and your desired shadowing date.
          • Participants will be scheduled to complete additional paperwork and review HIPAA patient privacy training prior to the job shadow experience. 

          Apply today!

          Professional Development

          Freeman Health Academy

          Interested in a career in healthcare?

          Freeman Health Academy is a program that provides local students the opportunity to have an introduction into the healthcare profession. To better serve our local students seeking out careers in healthcare, Freeman Health Academy will be scheduled during the summer.


          Freeman Health Academy is for anyone, age 16 and up, who meets the application requirements and who is interested in a healthcare career.


          In conjunction with classes, students will have the opportunity to job shadow in various units throughout the facility. Job shadowing is a chance for applicants to work alongside unit staff and see the everyday operation of various departments within the facility.


          Hands-on labs will be offered for participants, as well. These labs will take place at Freeman Health System. Topics for labs may include but are not limited to: dissections, CPR, blood draws, starting IVs, vital signs and assessment techniques.
           

          Seats are limited. Apply today!

          Questions? Contact Us!

          Professional Development Department
          932 E. 34th St.
          Joplin, MO 64804
          Phone: 417.347.2554
          Fax: 417.347.9316
          Email: professionaldevelopment@freemanhealth.com

          Contact Information

          Professional Development Department
          932 E 34th Street
          Joplin, MO 64804

          Office: 417.347.5830
          Fax: 417.347.2520

          Email: professionaldevelopment@freemanhealth.com