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Released: 05/15/2000

<p> The Louisiana State University at Alexandria Division of Nursing and Health Sciences has received national accreditation for their Electrocardiography (EKG) Program from the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians for the year 2000. The process for approval involved an extensive self-study and complete documentation of the program. Additionally, state-of-the-art equipment was purchased for use during the lab portion of the curriculum. </p><p> "Your program should be used as a model for others trying to initiate such a program," said Helen Maxwell, executive director of the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, Inc. "I would think that your students would have no problem gaining employment in their chosen field. Any health care facility will benefit from having an employee that is as trained and knowledgeable in the field as yours will be," she added. </p><p>

The first course toward electrocardiographic technician (EKG tech) was offered by the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences in the fall. This semester, 18 students will be awarded certificates of completion as electrocardiographic technicians. The program involves 40 hours of lecture and lab practicums. Upon completion of the EKG tech program, students are eligible to take the National Electrocardiography Certification Examination. For more information about the EKG program or other health science offerings, contact Wanda Guidry, head, Division of Nursing and Health Sciences at 473-6459. </p>