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Atlantic Health System offers scholarship opportunity

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – An annual scholarship is now available for a student interested in a rewarding career helping heal the hearts of patients across New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center is offering a full scholarship, plus uniforms and learning materials for training in the fields of echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound), peripheral vascular imaging and invasive cardiology through the Morristown Medical Center School of Cardiovascular Technology.

The scholarship is available to a member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic minority group who resides in the state of New Jersey. The recipient should demonstrate a willingness to learn and engage while exemplifying empathy and a sense of community.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, possess a high school diploma or a General Educational Development Test certificate (GED) and have completed pre-requisite college courses in Anatomy and Physiology I and II (minimum GPA of 3.0), College Algebra or Physics (minimum GPA of 2.5) and English Composition I (minimum GPA of 2.5).

Valued at more than $25,000, the scholarship will be granted annually. Students who are awarded the scholarship must complete a 24-month post-graduation commitment to a related position at Atlantic Health System.

Upon completion of the course, students will be presented with a diploma in one of three fields, echocardiography, peripheral vascular imaging, or invasive cardiology. The Cardiovascular School is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and was launched at Morristown Medical Center in 1976 to meet a growing need for cardiovascular technologists. The school received initial accreditation on April 27, 1996.

The school is one of 96 accredited cardiovascular programs in the United States and the only school in New Jersey to offer three specialty tracks (echocardiography, peripheral vascular imaging, and invasive cardiology). The annual scholarships are funded in part through efforts from the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center and the Overlook Foundation.

The Cardiovascular School is part of Morristown Medical Center, the hub of heart care at Atlantic Health System and one of the top 50 programs in the country for Cardiology & Heart Surgery (U.S. News & World Report). Its expert team presents research across the world and is comprised of interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, heart failure experts, advanced imagers and cardiac surgeons.

The program also offers specialty care in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sports cardiology, cardio-oncology, pediatric cardiology and heart disease in women. The team works closely with community cardiologists who provide a medical home for patients with heart disease.

Atlantic Health System Heart Care is focused on offering minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures that help patients return to their lives faster. The state’s largest valve replacement/repair program offers valve therapy options for the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves, and is helping advance the radial (wrist) approach for coronary procedures with a dedicated lounge for post-procedure recovery. Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute has performed more than 4,000 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures, making it the largest TAVR program in New Jersey and among the top five programs in the nation.

Morristown Medical Center is home to the largest cardiac surgery and invasive cardiology programs in New Jersey and offers the most up-to-date cardiac imaging technologies available.

To learn more about the Cardiovascular School, the annual scholarship or heart care at Atlantic Health System, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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