Mercy College to offer 3 new programs in fall 2011Written by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercy College of Northwest Ohio will offer two new bachelor’s and one new professional certificate program beginning in the fall semester of 2011.
A Bachelor of Science in medical imaging will be offered as a degree completion program with a concentration in computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Applicants must be certified in radiological science fields or have an associate degree in radiography to qualify for this program.
“We will provide students with broad experience in technical, managerial and advanced imaging career areas that should appeal to associate degree graduates of Mercy and other institutions looking for a baccalaureate degree,” said Kimberly Watson, associate dean and professor of Allied Health and Distance Education.
Since this program includes online coursework, it would be available to candidates outside the geographic area and be appropriate as continuing education for people working in the field of radiography or as pre-professional study in master’s coursework in related fields.
“It’s the only degree completion program of its kind in Northwest Ohio,” Watson said.
A Bachelor of Science in human biology is scheduled to be available in the fall of 2011 for pre-professional, pre-med, dental, veterinarian and physical therapy students. This degree program should be available to high school graduates in the class of 2011.
Mercy is awaiting approval of this program from the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, according to Anne Loochtan, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty at Mercy College.
Graduates with a bachelor’s in human biology can go directly to work as a research scientist or assistant or for biotech firms, Loochtan said.
All science faculty members at Mercy College are Ph.D.s and have done research in their fields. This degree program was the idea of one such faculty member, Barbara Stoos, associate dean of the science division and professor of physiology at Mercy College.
“This degree will prepare students for graduate or medical school to continue their education and help meet the anticipated shortage of doctors and medical professionals,” Stoos said. “Seniors will have the opportunity to get work experience in community health situations or research labs to prepare them for advanced or medical degrees.”
Mercy also plans to offer a credit certificate program for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) for entry-level students and professionals in the fall of 2011, pending official accreditation.
The program will follow a new nationally adopted curriculum for paramedic training, according to Cheryl Nutter, director of short-term education at Mercy College.
Ohio recently adopted a new law requiring all paramedic programs to be affiliated with a college, so the program at Mercy would qualify under that law, Nutter said.
Mercy also offers credit certificate programs in ophthalmic and polysomnographic technologies with
non-credit certificate programs in healthcare aide, medical coding, pharmacy tech and phlebotomy.
Mercy has a total of 1,206 students with 1,100 in Toledo and 106 at its campus in Youngstown for fall 2010. Of those students, 444 are enrolled in the associate of science degree in nursing and 399 in the bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
Mercy also offers associate of science degrees in general studies, cardiovascular technology, radiologic technology and health information technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration.
The nursing program at Mercy dates back to 1973 and Mercy College of Northwest Ohio was established as a college in 1992. The Toledo campus is located in the former Mercy Hospital building on Madison Avenue.
For more information, visit www.mercycollege.edu.