Mercy College to offer new cardiology degreesWritten by Kristen Criswell | | email@example.com
Mercy College of Northwest Ohio will offer two cardiovascular technology degrees starting in August.
Under a new cardiovascular technology umbrella, the college will offer echocardiography and peripheral vascular programs.
“[These programs] extend our reach and give us a bigger inventory of needed programs,” said Anne Loochtan, vice president of academic affairs at Mercy College.
Students who complete one of the two-year programs will earn their Associate of Science in Cardiovascular Technology. With their degree, individuals can work in hospitals or cardiovascular physicians’ offices as cardiovascular technologists and technicians.
“The cardiovascular techs perform noninvasive tests on the heart. The tests that these techs perform are used to assist physicians in determining a diagnosis for patients,” said Kim Watson, associate dean of allied health and distance education at Mercy College.
Technicians work with patients who have symptoms and not individuals brought in on emergencies, Loochtan said.
“[The program is for] someone who is interested in patient care, but doesn’t necessarily want to be a nurse. This is diagnostic patient care as opposed to bedside patient care,” she said.
Mercy will be the only college in the area to provide these cardiovascular technology programs, Loochtan said. Another college formerly offered the degrees but closed, she said.
The first year of the programs focuses on common curriculum between the two specializations, Loochtan said. Students will study the cardiovascular system, including the heart, the arteries and veins.
In the second year, students in the peripheral vascular program will focus on techniques to look at the blood vessels, while students in the echocardiography program will learn to look at the heart, Loochtan said. Both programs are equipment intensive, working with different soundwave devices to measure the blood vessels, or to create a picture of the heart, she said.
Mercy College’s relationship with the Mercy Health System is a benefit to the students, providing access to state of the art equipment and patients.
“Because of our affiliation with Mercy, we have premier access to clinicals and laboratory experience. Our students will have access to the leading hands on clinical spaces in the area,” Watson said. “Other colleges may not have that direct relationship with a health care institution as we do. That puts our students at advantage perhaps over other institutions that may have similar programs.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cardiovascular technologists and technicians made an median salary of $48,590 in 2008 and the field is supposed to grow 24 percent by 2018.
Courses for the new programs will be offered during weekdays, with no online classes available.
The new cardiovascular technology programs are pending approval from the Ohio Board of Regents.
“People should really explore health care if they’re looking for a change and a viable career,” said Denise Hudgin, director of communications for Mercy College.
Mercy College will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon April 17 at the Toledo campus, 2221 Madison Ave. The open house will provide interested individuals with information on all degrees and certificates offered through the college.
Enrollment for the cardiovascular technology degrees is open. Visit www.mercycollege.edu to apply or call (419) 251-1313 to have an application mailed.
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