Southeast Missouri State University and Saint Francis Healthcare System signed an agreement today to partner in offering an online Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health.
The degree is designed for any student with an Associate of Applied Science in radiologic technology or diagnostic medical sonography. The degree will provide the theoretical knowledge required for post-primary exams and prepare students for medical careers such as MRI or CT technology, cardiac or vascular interventional radiography, or other related medical imaging fields. In addition to the degree’s curriculum, employees of Saint Francis are eligible for an additional 16 hours of continuing education through Saint Francis that will allow them to sit for imaging certification exams.
“I want to thank Saint Francis for encouraging the development of this program,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “It is a continuation of the strong relationship and continued partnership we have, and this opportunity will not only directly benefit their employees but also the healthcare workforce in our region.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be nearly two million projected job openings each year in allied health fields, which make up 60 percent of all healthcare occupations. The degree would benefit employees interested in advancing to supervisor or management roles or in specializing in a specific career path.
“This program is a testament to our unwavering dedication to not only advancing the healthcare
field but also to fostering the growth and development of our valued colleagues,” Justin Davison, president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Healthcare System. “We are investing in the future of healthcare, providing a pathway for the advancement of educational excellence and ensuring our community continues to benefit from the highest standards of medical care. This program stands as a beacon of our commitment to lifelong learning and meaningful local relationships.”
The degree is available fully online for maximum flexibility and students can start as early as the spring 2024 semester. In addition, students may be eligible to receive credits through SEMO’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program for professional experience already obtained. Southeast Missouri State offers one tuition rate nationwide, meaning there is no out-of-state tuition for U.S. domestic students.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program and advancing their career should contact Southeast Online at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 651-5184. More information is available at semo.edu/appliedhealthbas.