Students who are seeking entry into a hands-on healthcare field now have another option at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC). Starting this Fall, the College, in conjunction with Tift Regional Medical Center, will offer Cardiovascular Technology at the Tifton Campus.
"We are very excited to partner with Tift Regional Medical Center in starting a Cardiovascular Technology associate degree program. The training of skilled cardiac technicians and technologists is of utmost importance to Tift Regional Medical Center and other hospitals in the SRTC service delivery area. There is a growing need for this kind of skilled employee and we are happy to be an integral part of educating, training, and providing a skilled workforce to meet that need," commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, President of Southern Regional Technical College.
The Cardiovascular Technology program is a sequence of courses that provide educational opportunities to individuals in didactic and clinical environments that will enable them to obtain skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to graduate and become successful entry-level Cardiovascular Technologist. Cardiovascular Technology is a health technology profession centered on the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac diseases. A cardiovascular technologist performs examinations at the request or under direct supervision of a physician, is proficient in the use of analytical equipment, and provides a foundation of data from which a correct anatomic and physiologic diagnosis may be made.
“Students will be able to take classes in person, online, or hybrid on any campus, with the clinical portion of the program being delivered face-to-face at Tift Regional Medical Center by highly qualified and experienced faculty. In addition to those seeking the CVT credential to gain employment in an imaging role, registered nurses who desire to work in the cardiac catheterization labs may want to consider this associate degree as a supplement to their current qualifications,” stated Dr. Annie McElroy, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Regional Technical College.
According the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median national wage for all cardiovascular technicians in May of 2015 was $54,880. From 2014 – 2024 the BLS projects a 24% increase in employment for those seeking entry into the field, which equates to roughly 27,600 jobs nation-wide. The average growth rate for all jobs is 7%.
SRTC offers over 155 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get you quickly into your desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester for the convenience of our students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu or call (888) 205-3449.