August 15, 2012

Peconic Bay Medical Center School of Radiology Students Get College Credit at SUNY Empire State College

Frank Zaleski, Director, Program of Radiologic Technology, Andrew J. Mitchell, President & CEO, PBMC and Michael Spitzer, Dean SUNY Empire State College

(RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Aug. 9, 2012) SUNY Empire State College and Peconic Bay Medical Center School of Radiology have entered into a partnership that allows Peconic Bay radiology students to earn college credit for their training and apply it toward a bachelor's degree from the college.

Beginning in 2015, the state will require all radiologic technicians to hold an associate degree to to be eligable to take the licensing exam. In anticipation of more rigorous requirements and in order to provide the best possible care for its patients, Peconic Bay encourages its students to earn a bachelor’s degree.

This partnership with SUNY Empire State College paves the way for those students to earn a bachelor's degree and expand future employment opportunities.

“The agreement between Peconic Bay Medical Center and Empire State College helps students, the hospital and ultimately all of the patients who utilize the hospital for their health care needs. I congratulate the medical center and Empire State College for forging this public-private partnership," said New York State Sen. Kenneth LaValle, Chairman of the State Senate's Higher Education Committee.

A national leader in prior-learning assessment, the college evaluated Peconic Bay’s program and determined the learning fit requirements for awarding college credit. Under the terms of the partnership, Peconic Bay students who complete the 24-month hospital-based program are eligible to receive 32 college credits applicable to a B.S. in the registered area of study of science, mathematics and technology at SUNY Empire State College.

 "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." said Michael Spitzer, dean of the college's Long Island Learning Center.

About Peconic Bay Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology

The radiography program 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 information on PBMC's School of Radiology please contact Frank Zaleski at 631-548-6173.

About SUNY Empire State College

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.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout her or his college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more. Additional information about the college is available here.