M State responds to health care needs with cardio, dialysis tech programs

CardioTIleA growing need for trained health technicians is driving demand for two new health care programs that will be offered in the fall on the Moorhead campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

The two are Cardiovascular Technology – Invasive, a two-year degree program, and Dialysis Technician, a one-semester certificate program. Planning for both began after M State was approached by its industry partners about the need for expanded education opportunities in the area health care community, said Jennifer Jacobson, M State’s dean of health careers.

“Both programs were requested by industry in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and we’re responding to that need,” Jacobson said. “The need for dialysis technicians is continuing to grow in every M State community as more people are diagnosed with kidney disease. The demand for cardiovascular technologists also is growing in communities with cardiac catheterization labs.

“Aging populations and increasing identification of risk factors for kidney disease, vascular disease, heart disease and hypertension are increasing the demand for new health care programs to meet the needs of industry.”

Paul Burud, director of cardiovascular services at Sanford Health, said cardiac care technology is rapidly advancing, and a need for more trained technologists has accompanied those advancements. He expects that need to increase even more when Sanford opens its new medical facility now under construction in West Fargo.

“The specialty is constantly changing and growing,” said Burud, who serves on the advisory committee that guided M State in the creation of the cardiovascular program. “They’ve done amazing things in cardio care within the past 24 months. As technology evolves, so does our job.”

The Cardiac Technology program, which will have selective admission criteria, will begin training 12-15 students during its first year.

The Dialysis Technician certificate program was requested in response to the growing number of people who require dialysis in outpatient dialysis centers, which use specialized equipment to remove waste from the blood of patients with renal failure and chronic kidney disease. Technicians at the centers work under the supervision of registered nurses.

The dialysis program expects a first-year enrollment of 15 students.

A need in the Fargo-Moorhead health care industry also was the impetus for creation of the two-year Surgical Technology degree program on the Moorhead campus in 2015. That program trains surgical technologists to assist physicians, anesthesiologists and nurses in operating rooms in hospitals, trauma centers, surgical centers and family birthing centers.

For more information about the programs, visit minnesota.edu/programs or contact Enrollment Manager Marc Madigan at marc.madigan@minnesota.edu or 218.299.6539.

Posted in News on February 26, 2016 at 8:11 am