It’s official: The Grossmont College Cardiovascular
Technology program is fully accredited for the next 10
years! “I have the certificate hanging on the wall in my
office,” said Rick Kirby, CVT coordinator.
Normally, CVT programs receive a five-year accreditation.
But the Grossmont program was so good that the accreditation
team saw no alternative but to recommend Grossmont for a
ten-year accreditation. The governing Commission on the
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs agreed.
“When we met for the exit conference,” said Kirby, tongue
only half in his cheek, “the first recommendation they made
to the division dean was that all members of the CVT faculty
receive a BIG pay raise.”
Grossmont was the first CVT program, 15 years ago, to
receive accreditation from the governing CAAHEP, and word
has gotten out.
“The class beginning in Fall, 2005, filled in December,
2004,” Kirby said. “There are 30 students on the waiting
list to enter the program and we are aware of approximately
60 more who are working on their prerequisites. We accept 54
students in the fall each year.”
Graduates are recruited by local hospitals and medical
facilities throughout California and the nation, including
the prestigious Mayo Clinic.
The accreditation team did dislike one thing about
Grossmont’s program. They can’t come back until the summer