Photo: TCL nursing Instructor Lynda Buss (right) assists a student in a simulation exercise using “Sim-Man,” a life-like manikin housed in TCL’s on-campus laboratory that simulates medical conditions ranging from allergic reactions to heart attacks, helping nursing students learn using real-life scenarios.
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. Applications will be accepted January 1 through April 1, 2012 for fall 2012 entry into these programs.
Information will also be available about continuing education programs for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and emergency medical technicians (EMTs), which enroll multiple times per year.
The first open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 13 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 TCL massage therapy program trains skilled practitioners who are ready to step into their professional roles,” said TCL massage therapy director Denise Van Nostran, LMT, NCTMB. “Our graduates are in demand and work in some of the finest spas in the area, in chiropractic offices and in their own private practices.”
The second open house, called “Hospital TCL,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 22 in building 4 at the TCL Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road. Visitors will be able 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 are learning and allows prospective students to explore various health care fields first hand,” said Marge Sapp, dean of TCL’s health sciences division.
The job outlook is exceptional for all of TCL’s health career programs, Sapp said.
“Just read the classifieds, and you’ll see that jobs exist today in all of these health career fields,” Sapp said. “And these are high-paying jobs with good benefits.”
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.
Federal and state financial aid options are available through the TCL financial aid office. Additionally, most South Carolina residents automatically qualify for S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance, which is not based on need or income and can pay more than half of TCL tuition.
In-state tuition is offered to residents of Chatham and Effingham Counties in Georgia as well as to military members and their spouses who are stationed in Beaufort.
In addition to health sciences information, details will also be available on TCL’s business and industrial technologies programs.
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.