TCL offers massage therapy, nursing, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology and surgical technology programs,
preparing students for health careers that are in demand and lucrative.
Photo: TCL Radiologic Technology Instructor Glenn Levicki (left) supervises a TCL student who demonstrates how to use radiographic equipment during a simulation learning exercise in the radiologic technology classroom. TCL also offers a certificate program in Computerized Tomography following completion of a Radiologic Technology Program.
The Technical College of the Lowcountry is now accepting applications for fall entry into its health sciences programs that include massage therapy, nursing, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology and surgical technology. Applications are due April 15, 2014.
“Entry into TCL’s health sciences programs is highly competitive, so it’s best to start the application process early,” Health Sciences Dean Marge Sapp said.
Health Sciences students experience on-campus learning using high-tech simulation equipment and receive additional hands-on practice at clinical sites located throughout Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Colleton counties.
“We combine both classroom and clinical education to offer the best experience for our students,” Sapp said.
Licensing exam pass rates for all of TCL’s health sciences programs continue to be higher than the national average. Most recently, the radiologic technology and massage therapy programs achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their licensing exams.
“TCL’s health sciences programs, all of which are nationally accredited, are vigorous and demanding but produce extremely qualified and successful graduates,” Sapp said. “This is exactly why they are so highly sought after by health care employers here and across the country.”
The job outlook is exceptional for all of TCL’s health career programs, Sapp said.
Health care will generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population. Employment in the health care industry is projected to increase 22 percent through 2018, compared with 11 percent for all industries combined, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
These 2012 S.C. annual mean wages, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, show just how competitive salaries are for many health sciences fields:
- Registered Nurse: $58,940
- Radiologic Technologist: $51,400
- Physical Therapist Assistant: $51,020
TCL has campuses in Beaufort, Bluffton and Hampton. And with S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance, South Carolina residents pay less than $850 a semester for full-time tuition, regardless of need or income. In addition, TCL offers in-state tuition to military members and their spouses who are stationed in Beaufort and to residents of Chatham and Effingham counties in Georgia.
Call 843.525.8267 for more information, or visit www.tcl.edu/health to learn more.
The Technical College of the Lowcountry is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all qualified applicants for admissions or employment without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, disability, or political affiliation or belief.