Although many people think of doctors and nurses when they think of health care, these positions are just a small segment of the health care industry. Many other disciplines—from cardiovascular technicians to massage therapists and surgical technologists—are necessary to make the system work.
Cardiovascular Technologists are health care professionals who, at the direction of a licensed physician, perform diagnostic tests which are used in the diagnosis, treatment and serial follow-up of patients with cardiovascular disease. Piedmont Technical College's Cardiovascular Technology program prepares technicians in both Invasive and Non-invasive cardiology.
By working closely with an advisor, students can select options in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapy Assistant or Dental Hygiene. Successful completion of the core certificate and the selected advising option will qualify students to be considered for a one-plus-one program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree at Greenville Technical College.
Massage Therapy is one of the fastest growing professions in the health care field. There is an ever increasing acceptance of massage as a holistic approach to health care and health maintenance. A balance of academic knowledge, technical expertise, manual dexterity and ethical concepts prepare massage therapists to practice as health care professionals who are capable of addressing specific health issues and working in conjunction with other health care professionals.
The Medical Assisting program prepares a multi-skilled graduate to function in clinical and administrative areas of the physician's office and ambulatory care centers. Medical assistants work under the supervision of a physician and are competent in both administrative and clinical procedures. Medical assisting is an exciting and rapidly-expanding health care profession.
The Patient Care Technician program combines basic knowledge with applied skills mastered in the classroom and laboratory. PCT's have additional training that expands the role of the nursing assistant. It is a multi-skilled field where you will find possibilities for growth and advancement. Being a certified PCT can be an exciting and rewarding chapter in your life.
Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician diploma are health care professionals who assist the pharmacist in a hospital or clinical setting to provide quality health care related to medication administration. In addition to the skills acquired to become a pharmacy technician, students will learn to read medication orders, mix parenteral medications, assemble unit-doses of medications and prepare 24-hour patient medication carts.
Phlebotomy technicians are health care workers who have been trained to collect blood for laboratory analysis. This important job assists physicians in diagnosing and making decisions about care for a patient. A phlebotomist’s main duty is to safely and hygienically draw blood from the patient’s veins and arteries, and collect it into small blood vials or bags either for immediate use or for storage.
Radiographers use state of the art equipment to produce diagnostic medical images in a variety of health care settings. This requires an application of combined knowledge in anatomy, physics, procedures, imaging techniques and patient care. The constant growth in the field has created new and exciting career opportunities in specialty areas. Graduates may also choose to pursue an advanced degree.
Respiratory care is used primarily in the treatment of heart and lung diseases such as cardiac failure, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and shock. With instruction in anatomy and physiology, respiratory physics, pharmacology and clinical training, the graduate of this program is prepared to provide care in various medical facilities.
Surgical technologists are members of the operating team who work closely with surgeons, anaesthesiologists, RN's and other personnel to deliver patient care before, during and after surgery. The primary responsibility of surgical technologists is to maintain a sterile field by adhering to aseptic practice during a procedure. Through clinical and didactic instruction they learn to pass instruments, sutures and supplies during a procedure. They are taught to ensure the safety and well being of all patients undergoing a surgical procedure.
The field of veterinary technology is one of the fastest growing animal health professions. The veterinary technician works under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian in a variety of employment settings. The veterinary technician plays a critical role in animal health and the veterinary medical team. The specialized training received will allow the graduate to seek employment in such areas as clinical medicine, laboratory animal medicine, emergency medicine, pharmaceutical sales, food inspection and government agencies.