Cardiology Technologist Program Launches in Fredericton



    
    The Centre for Arts and Technology is proud to host the Stenberg College
    Cardiology Technologist program.
    

    FREDERICTON, May 12 /CNW/ - The Centre for Arts and Technology
Fredericton Campus, recently announced the launch of a 60 week Cardiology
Technologist program with the first classes starting in September, 2009. With
an aging population and cardiovascular disease being named as the number one
cause of death (greater than cancers combined), the new program will offer the
training needed to meet growing demands for this profession.
    The Maritime's population has more heart risk factors than the national
average, and with constant improvements in treatment, people are living better
with their disease; therefore, having to use cardiac diagnostic services on a
more frequent basis. Kim Benoit, Regional Electrodiagnostic Manager from River
Valley Health in New Brunswick, reinforces that the Registered Cardiology
Technologist is a distinct and growing profession. "With New Brunswick
experiencing a labor shortage in this occupation, it is with much enthusiasm
that we welcome the cardiology program at the Centre for Arts and Technology
in Fredericton to expand the work force and meet future cardiac diagnostic
needs," says Benoit. "Improving our healthcare community by investing in
cardiac diagnostic services such as: new equipment, technology and modern
spaces, has been the focus for the 2009 (Your Health - Your Heart) Chalmers
Regional Hospital Foundation campaign. I see the cardiology program at the
Centre as another way of investing in our community's well being."
    Registered Cardiology Technologists (RCT) are working in diagnostic
departments across New Brunswick, and although there are also many
Non-Registered ECG Technicians (NRET) to assist, there is a growing demand for
RCT's due to their broad knowledge and expertise. An RCT can perform Exercise
Stress Testing, Scan Holter Monitoring and Pacemaker follow-up, whereas a NRET
can only assist. New Brunswick is working to employ only RCTs and; therefore,
will not offer any permanent positions to NRET's unless they can acquire
certification within a required time frame. The program at the Centre will
teach students the skills necessary for employment as a Cardiology
Technologist and will prepare them to write the Canadian Society of Cardiology
Technologist (CSCT) National Exam.
    The 60 week program, which includes a 12 week clinical placement, has
been approved by the CSCT and the Private Occupational Training Association
(POTA). The Centre's Campus Director, Christine Sharpham states: "We are
pleased to offer the program here in New Brunswick. The students in this
program will attain the skills and knowledge required to contribute and meet
the growing demands of this recognized profession."
    Funding is available for the program through various resources. Anyone
interested in becoming a Cardiology Technologist and would like to find out
more information about the program and career can contact one of the Centre's
Program Advisors through their website at www.digitalartschool.com.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Sharpham, Centre for Arts and
Technology, PH: (506) 460-1280, TF: 1-877-369-1888,
csharpham@digitalartschool.com

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