Alfred State College (ASC) is looking to expand its number of medical imaging programs thanks to a grant from the State University of New York (SUNY) Performance Improvement Fund.
The grant, worth $367,000, has been awarded for a two-year-maximum period and is primarily intended to advance the creation of several proposed programs within the medical imaging field. Those proposed include echocardiography (Associate in Applied Science), magnetic resonant imaging (certificate), computed tomography (certificate), and medical imaging sciences (Bachelor of Technology). While the four proposed medical programs are under development, no launch date has been determined.
Currently, because of high demand, Alfred State’s existing medical imaging programs – radiologic technology and diagnostic medical sonography – are full to capacity and have waiting lists for interested students. As a result, the college is looking to add these new majors to meet the growing demand for medical imaging technologists.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Alfred State is grateful to SUNY for providing these much-needed funds that will help us to better address the high level of interest within the medical imaging field. These majors attract students with a deep desire to assist others in this expanding medical profession.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, Alfred State provost, said, “Alfred State is pleased to expand offerings in allied health professions. Our radiologic technology and diagnostic medical sonography majors are in huge demand. The new associate and bachelor’s degrees will provide great opportunities for our students to meet the high demand for medical imaging technicians.”
Assistant Professor Bridgett Mayorga, who is the program director of the radiologic technology and diagnostic medical sonography majors, said, “This grant will allow ASC an incredible opportunity to expand the programs offered within medical imaging. Not only will the grant allow us to provide educational opportunities to our students, but it will also help support surrounding healthcare facilities with valuable workforce resources. I personally am excited to be involved with the expansion and growth of medical imaging here at Alfred State College.”