Sept. 2, 2011
Northwest, Saint Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology partner on new degree program
Individuals interested in pursuing a career in radiologic technology may soon complete coursework at Northwest Missouri State University and Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology in Kansas City that culminates in a bachelor of science degree in radiologic sciences under an articulation agreement forged by the two schools.
Northwest and Saint Luke's will commemorate the partnership with a celebration and signing ceremony involving representatives of both institutions at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom. Refreshments will be provided.
"I am excited about the opportunities this articulation agreement with Saint Luke's Hospital School of Radiologic Technology provides our students," said Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of Northwest's College of Arts and Sciences. "Saint Luke's has a great reputation, and we are pleased to be affiliated with them. This program fits well with our desire to grow enrollments in the health sciences, and we know that preparing more health care workers with bachelor's degrees is a priority for Missouri."
Added Mary Wooldridge, program director for Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology, "The articulation agreement between Northwest Missouri State University and Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology will offer students an option to obtain a bachelor's degree in radiologic sciences. The two programs in conjunction with one another is a great opportunity for students seeking to advance their education into this allied health profession."
Approved by Northwest's Board of Regents in December, the agreement outlines a 2 + 2 degree completion program and defines coursework to be completed at Northwest for a student who intends to enroll at Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology. The program culminates in students receiving a bachelor's of science in radiologic sciences from Northwest and a certificate in radiologic technology from Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology.
Of the 129 hours required for graduation, 62 hours will be completed at Saint Luke's, where faculty and technical facilities are located. Students will have to meet admission requirements for both Northwest and for Saint Luke's.
Under the agreement, Northwest students also will receive specific advisement to facilitate their transition to Saint Luke's. Additionally, Saint Luke's students may enroll at Northwest to complete general education requirements. In addition to coordinating academic and administrative aspects of the program, the schools will exchange evaluative information on outcomes to improve it.
Northwest is a state-assisted, four-year regional university that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees on its Maryville campus as well as outreach centers in Saint Joseph and Liberty. Beginning as the Fifth District Normal School, Northwest has evolved to encompass 130 academic programs and a vibrant campus of about 7,200 students and 750 faculty and staff. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and holds several discipline-specific accreditations. Northwest also is the first education institution in the state to win the Missouri Quality Award four consecutive times, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2008.
Saint Luke's Hospital, School of Radiologic Technology is a 24-month certificate-granting program. The school has a capacity of 20 students and is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology offers extensive clinical and didactic instruction to maximize the student's learning experience. The school prepares students for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology National Certification exam and boasts a 100 percent pass rate since 2004. Employing instructors with more than 30 years of educational experience, the school offers small class sizes and one-on-one instruction.
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