The medical technology program at Thomas University got some long-awaited, good news.
The program has received national accreditation.
The program was formed in 2002 as a partnership between Thomas University, Southwest Georgia Technical College, and Archbold Medical Center, where many of the students are employed.
Many of them are happy and relieved to hear the news.
"I'm very excited about graduating from an accredited school. I plan on pushing, taking my boards, my regents, and getting through that,” says Medical Technology student Wanda Williams.
"I'm very excited about the program being accredited here in our area because, for years, we had no program. We always had to travel a distance in order to get that medical technologist degree,” explains Medical Technology student Valerie Wynn.
Students aren't the only ones excited about the announcement. School faculty say the program will fill needs at local hospitals.
"The national bureau of labor statistics predicts that we will need 12,000 new laboratory practitioners per year for the next 10 years, looking at the shortage and that's pretty big,” adds program director Jill Dennis.
Now, these students and faculty from Thomas University look forward to the future, hoping to better serve patients and the community.
The program has clinical partners around South Georgia. They include hospitals in Bainbridge, Valdosta, Donalsonville, and Colquitt.