Northwest Mississippi Community College Cardiovascular Technology Instructor Ricky Stevens was recently named one of the “20 Top Cardiovascular Technology Instructors” on the Medical Technology Schools blog.
Stevens has been an instructor at DeSoto Center since November 2006. He has a BSN from Delta State University and a master’s degree in history from The University of Mississippi. He has held several certifications throughout his career including emergency room, intensive care, operating room and trauma. He was an advanced cardiac life support instructor for many years.
“My job is really easy because I have such motivated students. They come in the door wanting to learn something new every day. The students I get want to be here, and they push me to give them the tools they need to be successful. Since 2007 we’ve been able to place about 85 percent of our graduates in the field. I think that’s really because we start with good people and just help them get better,” Stevens said.
According to the blog, the top 20 were selected on the following criteria: professionalism, commitment to education and desire to help students succeed by looking at time on the job, certification and professional experience. Stevens was included with instructors from Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Ohio, North Dakota and Oklahoma.
“We are very excited to learn that Rick has been named one of the Top 20 Cardiovascular Technology Instructors. He is very knowledgeable in his field and does an excellent job of passing his expertise on to his students,” Jeremy Isome, dean of DeSoto Center said.
Outside of his professional job, Stevens is a BMI-affiliated songwriter and a voting member of the Engineers and Producers wing of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), which means he gets to vote in the Grammy Awards each year. He just completed two terms of office on the board of the Blues Foundation, and is a member of the Internet Committee of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi Free and Accepted Masons.
Stevens said he was very surprised to learn he had been chosen. “All I do is show up and try to stamp out a little bit of ignorance every day. My motivation is purely selfish. When the day comes that I need a heart catheterization, I want to look up and say, ‘Thank God it’s one of my students’ instead of ‘Oh God, it’s one of my students,’” Stevens said.
The Cardiovascular Technology program at Northwest is designed to train students through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences for a career in invasive and non-invasive cardiology. After completion, an invasive cardiovascular technologist can work in a number of different areas in a hospital or physician’s office.
For more information, visit the college’s website at www.northwestms.edu.
The Medical Technology Schools blog post can be found at www.medicaltechnologyschools.com/cardiovascular-technologist/top-cardio-tech-instructors