A vital part of cardiac and vascular health care teams, diagnostic medical sonographers use imaging technology to help diagnose heart and vascular ailments. The need for such sonographers is expected to grow by 44 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Clemson and GHS understood the importance of meeting this workforce need – and responded by developing the cardiovascular technology (CVT) leadership concentration, housed in Clemson’s public health sciences department.
The department offers the degree in cooperation with GHS, and the program is the only one in the nation that combines CVT training with a comprehensive education in public health sciences and health care leadership. After two years of courses in public health sciences on the Clemson campus, students spend two years at GHS, working alongside sonographers, cardiologists and vascular surgeons.
The program’s broad public health and leadership focus gives students a keen understanding of disease process and health care management, and positions them to contribute in substantial ways to cardiac and vascular care. Upon graduation, students are prepared to enter the field as entry-level cardiovascular sonographers, or obtain jobs in industry, management or research. Wherever they land, they are equipped to become tomorrow’s leaders in health care.