ACC regents approve new associate degree program
Alvin Community College regents unanimously approved a new Associate in Applied Science Degree in Pediatric Echocardiography during a regular meeting on Nov. 18.
The ACC Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Department introduced training for an advanced technical certificate in the field in 2007.
“The advanced technical certificate (ATC) was designed for adult echocardiography technicians who would like to cross train in pediatric echocardiography,” ACC DCVS Department Chair Jessica Murphy said in her report. “We began the program as an ATC so that students would have a path to take their registry examination.”
“At the beginning of the program, there were no accreditation standards for pediatric echocardiography and the only way for the technicians to become registered was by first training as an adult echocardiography technician and then adding pediatric training,” she continued.
According to Murphy, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education will release new pediatric echocardiography accreditation standards in the next year or two and her department would like to have an associate degree option available when the standards are implemented.
“Our next accreditation renewal cycle is in 2013,” she stated. “Timing is critical so that all three programs are on the same accreditation cycle to save money on site visits.”
With equipment, supplies, clinical sites and faculty already in place, there would be no additional cost to the college for implementing the new degree plan.
In other matters, regents approved upgrading and purchasing equipment for the new electroneurodiagnostics program at ACC.
The upgrades and purchase will be funded through a Jobs and Education for Texans grant and matching funds from the college that were approved previously.
During the meeting, board members also approved a resolution supporting the ongoing dredging of Chocolate Bayou by the Army Corps of Engineers. Similar resolutions have been passed recently by other local governmental entities to help ensure the Corps continues to meet goals outlined in its Dredged Material Maintenance Plan.
The entities have expressed concerns that delays in dredging would negatively impact the process technology industries on Chocolate Bayou, which would create a domino that would negatively affect the economic development and conditions of the region.
Due to the upcoming winter break, the ACC Board of Regents will not hold a regular meeting in December. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2011.