The Technical College of the Lowcountry will hold two open houses in October to highlight its programs in health sciences that include massage therapy, nursing, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology and surgical technology. Program applications will be accepted January 7 through April 1, 2014, for the fall 2014 semester start. Download flyer here.
The first open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, October 24 at the TCL New River Campus, 100 Community College Drive in Bluffton. In addition to providing information about each health sciences program, the massage therapy program — which is fully housed at the New River Campus — will also showcase its lab to prospective students.
The second open house, “Hospital TCL,” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 30 in building 4 at the TCL Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road. Prospective students and the public are invited to tour TCL’s health education labs and observe current students in action as they demonstrate the latest health care techniques using TCL’s onsite, state-of-the-art simulation equipment.
“The ‘Hospital TCL’ demonstration provides a unique opportunity for an inside look at how our students learn while using the latest technology and allows prospective students to explore various health care fields first hand,” said Marge Sapp, dean of TCL’s health sciences division.
TCL health sciences programs truly prepare students for their careers, and students perform exceptionally well on licensing exams, Sapp said.
“We combine both classroom and clinical education to offer the best experience for our students,” she 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, nursing, 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 of the 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.