ERIC Number: ED345797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Cardiovascular Technology Program Needs Assessment.
Oakland Community Coll., Farmington, MI. Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis.
In 1990/91, a study was conducted by Oakland Community College (OCC) to evaluate the need for a proposed Cardiovascular Technology program. Fifty-two local hospitals were surveyed to gather information on the employment demand, employment benefits and career preparation requirements for cardiovascular technologists (CVTs), yielding a 62% response rate. In addition, interviews were conducted with the directors of four existing CVT training programs in order to ascertain program costs. Study findings included the following: (1) employers were more likely to hire noninvasive CVTs than invasive CVTs; (2) 96% of the respondents indicated that they planned to hire new CVTs next year; (3) over 60% of all current CVTs would need retraining or upgrading of their skills within a year; (4) entry-level annual salaries for CVTs ranged from $18,675 to $25,846; (5) 56% of the respondents provided on-site training for CVTs, but 75% believed that current training for CVTs was inadequate; (6) more than 86% affirmed the need for a CVT program; (7) a majority of respondents were willing to allow OCC students to do on-site training for invasive (60%) and noninvasive (83%) procedures; and (8) while the estimates of costs for program start-up/first year ranged from $123,000 to $282,000, equipment costs could be reduced considerably by soliciting donations of capital equipment from hospitals or vendors. Appendixes include "Essentials and Guidelines of an Accredited Educational Program for the Cardiovascular Technologist" (initially adopted in 1985), minutes of an advisory committee meeting, the survey instruments, and lists of respondents. Includes 9 references. (JSP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakland Community Coll., Farmington, MI. Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis.