ACC’s Offers New Pediatric Echocardiography Program
The Alvin Community College Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography (DCVS) program began its new Pediatric Echocardiography Associate Degree Program this summer. ACC is the first community college in the state to offer this two-year associate’s degree program and the inaugural class is expected to graduate in 2013.
“Our goal is to train pediatric echocardiographers who will be hired right after graduation,” said Lynne Bruner, ACC DCVS clinical director. “Up until now, there has been no formal training for pediatric echocardiography in our area and it has taken a lab a year or more to train someone; this program will take the burden off the labs and help to create a trained workforce.”
The focus on cardiac and vascular ailments has largely been on the aging population. By initiating the Pediatric Echocardiography program, ACC is preparing individuals to fill the critical need for cardiac care for babies and children.
“This new program will help improve patient outcomes, lab productivity and give our graduates an opportunity to greatly increase their salaries and become more marketable,” adds Bruner.
The employment outlook for cardiovascular technology is on the rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth is expected to grow by 24 percent with the addition of 11,900 new positions through 2018.
“Just as important as the technical skills, individuals in this field must be able to work very well with children, especially those who are hospitalized,” said Jessica Murphy, DCVS program director. “It takes a special kind of person to work with critically ill children and these students have to have the right mentality.”
Murphy, who is an ACC alumna, developed the first echocardiography and vascular sonography training program in Texas in 1997. “It has been a goal of mine to add pediatrics to the program for a long time,” she said. “As luck would have it, one of my former students (Bruner) made it possible.”
Bruner, also an ACC graduate, earned an associate degree in General Studies in 1993 and an associate degree in DCVS Echocardiography in 2004. Bruner helped the college offer the first advance technical certificate in pediatric echocardiography in 2007.
For more information about the new pediatric echocardiography degree, advanced technical certificate, contact Lynne Bruner at (281) 756-5651 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Murphy at (281) 756-5650 or email@example.com.