ERIC Number: ED338289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Needs Assessment in the Field of Cardiovascular Technology.
In 1991, a study was conducted of the Cardiovascular Technology program (CTP) at the University of Toledo, Community and Technical College (ComTech). The purpose of the study was to identify deficiencies in the cardiovascular course content that may have contributed to the failure rate among ComTech graduates who took the 1986 Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) registry examination, and to provide a rationale to the college administration supporting the need for curriculum revisions. Three groups of subjects were included in the study: 7 students currently enrolled in the CTP; 10 cardiovascular department managers who may have hired a program graduate; and 68 alumni from 1986 to 1990. Major study findings included the following: (1) one of the major strengths of the CTP indicated by the 1990 alumni and student respondents was program advising; (2) over 80% of all responding alumni reported that they were employed primarily in direct patient care in a hospital setting and were at least moderately satisfied with their current jobs; (3) the majority of the 1986-89 respondents indicated that they were dissatisfied with the teaching effectiveness and expertise of the faculty in the CTP as well as in the general studies area; (4) alumni indicated that antiquated on-site laboratory equipment affected their ability to master the diagnostic testing skills as it differed from the state-of-the-art equipment utilized in the clinical setting; and (5) responding employers ranked the competency of the alumni more highly in social skills than in clinical testing skills. Appendixes provide the survey instruments and associated letters and comments. (JMC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cardiovascular Technology
Note: M.Ed. Project, University of Toledo.