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Sept. 19, 2011
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Students interested in pursuing a career in radiologic technology may now complete coursework at Northwest Missouri State University and Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology in Kansas City after leaders of the two schools signed an articulation agreement Friday, Sept. 16, during a ceremony at Northwest.
The agreement allows participating students to complete coursework culminating in a bachelor of science degree in radiologic sciences at Northwest and a certificate in radiologic technology from Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology.
"We already have some strong programs in the health sciences, and this program really augments that," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. "Some of the programs we have are the bachelor of science in nursing completion program, the clinical lab science program and several other outstanding pre-professional programs. This will be added to the list, and we are deeply appreciative."
Added Kevin Thorpe, senior vice president of operations at Saint Luke's Hospital, "We think this is just an amazing opportunity to create a new education offering that benefits both of our institutions and the programs. Saint Luke's has three key elements to our mission. Foremost, it's patient care, but secondary is education and research. ... This is very much a comfortable affiliation for us, and we're very excited about the opportunity."
Along with Thorpe, representing Saint Luke's Hospital at the ceremony were Mary Wooldridge, program director for Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology; Jennifer Selley and Marilyn Lewis-Thompson, clinical coordinators; Trent West, adjunct faculty member; Tiffany Johnson, program director for the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography; and Bobbie Deeney, administrative assistant.
In addition to students, faculty and staff members representing Northwest, local hospital representatives were in attendance. Myra Evans, CEO for Community Hospital-Fairfax; Gray Cox, president of St. Francis Hospital & Health Services; and Mark Laney, president and CEO of Heartland Health attended the ceremony.
"I think it's a very positive thing at any point in time where we're increasing the opportunity for people to get into health fields, and this gives people an opportunity to get a bachelor's degree," Cox said. "It opens up greater opportunities for them in the future in management and teaching, so it's an exciting thing."
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.
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 more than 7,100 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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