(AP) – Piedmont College will offer a four-year degree in cardiovascular technology this fall, the first program of its kind in Georgia.

Athens media sources say the program will be offered at Piedmont’s campuses in Athens and Demorest.

Piedmont’s R.H. Daniel School of Nursing & Health Sciences dean Linda Scott says the Piedmont program is the first in the state to offer a four-year bachelor of science degree in cardiovascular technology.

The curriculum covers studies in the sciences, including chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus, as well as anatomy and physiology.

Officials say in their fourth year, students will study at the Cardiovascular Technology Institute in Gainesville. They add after earning a B.S. degree, graduates are eligible to take the National Registry Examination in Cardiovascular Technology, a requirement to become a registered cardiovascular technologist.