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Catheterization Lab SpecialistBaylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital
“The best part of the program to me was the clinical rotations and all of the hands-on expertise that the preceptors shared with us at the hospitals. There’s just a wealth of information to learn in this career. It’s one thing to learn things in a classroom and another to know how to present your skills in the real world.
“This job satisfies my need for an adrenaline rush. We get really sick people in here who can die at any time, and in a matter of minutes or hours, we may have saved their lives. That is absolutely the best part of the job.
“To succeed in this line of work, you really need to be able to be flexible and adaptable to change. The world of medicine is always changing with new technologies and procedures; something new and better is always coming out. You’ll be required to learn more all of the time and to change with the business.”
LaToya Stewart is a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist (RCIS) and limited medical radiologic technologist (LMRT). She earned an associate degree in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology from El Centro College and has served as an adjunct faculty member in the program since 2003. She was hired for her current position before graduation after completing a clinical rotation.