May 23, 2011
SUNY Empire State College and Glens Falls Hospital School of Radiologic Technology Form Partnership
(GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – May 23, 2011) - According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for radiographers are expected to surpass the average rate of job growth through 2018, with a projected increase of 17 percent across the nation and 9 percent in New York state.
To help meet the growing demand, SUNY Empire State College and the Glens Falls Hospital School of Radiologic Technology have formed a partnership to ensure aspiring radiography students can fulfill new educational requirements the state has set for them to be licensed.
Currently in New York state radiologic technologists must complete an accredited radiologic technology education program and pass an examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. However, beginning Jan. 1, 2015, candidates who wish to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam also must also have previously earned an associate degree.
"Empire State College is pleased to partner with Glens Falls Hospital to support the educational and career goals of their students," said Dr. Gerald Lorentz, dean of the college's Northeast Center. "Our mission is to provide educational opportunities to students who might not be able to earn a degree any other way. By using our flexible approaches we can help these students to achieve their goals while at the same time supporting the quality of life for those in the communities that we serve."
Graduates of the new joint program will have completed both academic degree requirements at the college and the hospital's 24-month radiography program, which combines rigorous clinical experiences, rotations and didactic education.
The Glens Falls Hospital program has been in existence for more than 60 years preparing radiographers to serve Warren, Washington, Saratoga and surrounding counties, and for placement across the country in hospitals, imaging clinics and physician offices. Graduates may specialize in diagnostics, CAT scan, MRI, interventional and cardiac catheterization and mammography.
The radiography program sponsored by Glens Falls Hospital is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and prepares graduates for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. For more information, visit www.glensfallshospital.org.
About SUNY Empire State College
Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.
The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.