New agreement allows students in Radiography program to use credits toward Associate Degree

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Story Updated: Feb 21, 2012

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - St. Elizabeth School of Radiography students will soon be able to use their training towards getting a college degree based on a new partnership with The State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College.

The partnership comes after the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' recent mandate requiring radiologic technologists to have an associates degree before taking the national boards as of January 2015.

With the affiliation agreement, students can earn college credit for the course work they do while enrolled in the two year St. Elizabeth School of Radiography program.

"When they graduate from our program, they won't only be able to practice as a licensed radiologic technician, but also have an Associate's Degree from SUNY Empire State College in the SUNY system," says School of Radiography Director Dr. Douglas Gleasman.

After completing two years at St. Elizabeth School of Radiography, students receive 32 to 40 credits, which will account for about half the total credits needed for an Associate Degree.

Students could also put the credits towards getting a Bachelor Degree, or an advanced radiography program for cat scan, ultrasounds, or nuclear medicine.

The new partnership will allow students to take classes before, during or after completing the St. Elizabeth program, offering the flexibility many students need.

"I think, for the adult learners, SUNY Empire State College has a lot of online courses that they can take at home and at their convenience," says Dr. Gleasman. "So, I think it will be good for people with families who may be displaced from current employment who are looking to branch into other fields."

St. Elizabeth School of Radiography students currently only need a program completion certificate to take the national boards to become radiologic technologists.

Dr. Gleasman says students at St. Elizabeth School of Radiography can start using their credits towards SUNY programs starting this September.

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