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MVCC, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare partner to provide radiologic technology education

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Starting with the fall 2013 semester, Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) will enter into a partnership with Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) to meet the region’s radiology education needs. St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) will join the partnership in the fall of 2014. This will result in an expanded allied health offering at MVCC, producing up to 24 trained radiology technologists annually to work in area healthcare facilities throughout the region.

The partnership between the hospitals and MVCC is in response to changing American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) mandates, which require entry level practitioners to hold an associate degree starting in 2015. The MVCC program totals 64 college-level credit hours in both general arts and sciences and topics specific to radiography, such as Anatomy and Physiology and Radiation Protection and Exposure. MVCC will provide the classroom instruction and will operate the training facilities at both hospitals.
Graduates of the program will hold MVCC associate of science degrees with credits transferable to four-year institutions. Additionally, students will complete 150 hours of practical instruction in New York State-certified training laboratories at SEMC and FSLH along with 1305 clinical hours completed at assigned cites.

“All three partners share a tradition of excellence in allied health education, and we all have a track record of adapting to community needs,” said MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner, Ph.D. “Graduates will be ready to help local health care providers meet their imaging needs.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students, organizations and the community,” noted Scott H. Perra, FACHE, president and CEO of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. “Our program, which began in 1952, has a rich history of providing well-trained radiographers. Now, with MVCC, the students will enjoy the added benefit of an associate of science degree. Our relationship is another strong example of what we can do for our area when we collaborate and work together.” 
“We are pleased to participate with MVCC and Faxton St. Luke’s in this important effort to ensure that radiologic technology students in our area are prepared to meet the new licensure requirements and are well trained to successfully join the workforce in the future,” said Richard Ketcham, FACHE, president and CEO of St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

The St. Elizabeth laboratory and learning center features Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS), Digital and Computerized Radiography, and SMART technology to enhance laboratory and classroom teaching. Historically, students trained in the lab have scored above state and national means on licensing exams, and have found employment in the field at rates of 80 percent or better. Students at FSLH and SEMC spend time observing Interventional Radiography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Ultrasound and Echocardiography to help them prepare for continued education in the various fields of radiology. The FSLH program was recognized with national reaccreditation in 2010, while St. Elizabeth received an 8-year reaccreditation in 2005.

Once the transition is completed and all current students have passed through into MVCC, FSLH and SEMC will discontinue their radiology education programs. Currently enrolled FSLH students will have the opportunity to transfer into the MVCC program. Current SEMC students will finish their educational requirements at St. Elizabeth. The transition will occur with FSLH in the fall of 2013 and SEMC in the fall of 2014. MVCC will be advertising for full-time and part-time program staff in the next few weeks to be ready for the fall semester. FSLH has three instructors for its current program and SEMC has four instructors. All will have the opportunity to apply for teaching positions with MVCC.

“This partnership will ease students’ path from college to career,” said MVCC Dean of Life and Health Sciences Terry Schwaner. “They will be able to leverage MVCC’s instructional resources and our partners’ facilities, doing all the required work in the classroom and clinical settings without having to transfer between institutions.”

Both hospitals are in the process of notifying current and prospective students of the transition. Students will be required to meet prerequisites, placement testing, and other requirements established by the college.

For more information, call MVCC Admissions at (315) 792-5354.