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  • PCC seeks go-ahead to offer bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology

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    PUEBLO – Pueblo Community College has received permission from the Colorado Department of Higher Education to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in radiologic technology.

    PCC now is seeking final approval from the Higher Learning Commission, its accrediting body. If granted, PCC will begin offering the program in the fall 2018 semester.

    “Basic skills are not enough anymore – and won’t be in the future,” said Roger Cox, chair of PCC’s radiologic technology program. “We’re being proactive. A bachelor’s degree may become the baseline.”
    Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic tests such as CT scans, MRIs and X-rays. Just one Colorado school, Colorado Mesa University, currently offers a bachelor’s degree in the discipline. The only other options are out of state.

    “If we’re able to offer this program, our students won’t have to leave their community or their job,” said Cox. “They’ll be in an environment they’re familiar with.”

    According to Burning Glass Technologies, the projected growth through 2026 for Colorado jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology is 36.9 percent. Nationwide, growth is projected to be 23.3 percent.

    “The health care industry keeps changing, with the industry looking for ways to maximize effectiveness while continuing to offer quality care,” said Mary Chavez, PCC’s dean of health and public safety. “To help with that, it’s important to the majority of employers to hire technologists that can perform multiple treatment procedures.”

    A radiologic technology bachelor’s degree is a stackable degree, which means those who enroll in the program must first have an associate degree and be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. 

    Cox said PCC’s plan is to begin with 10 to 15 students and add several more each year for the first several years. 

    Radiologic technology would be PCC’s second bachelor’s degree offering. A bachelor’s degree completion program in dental hygiene began in 2016.

    "We continue to pursue opportunities that increase the value of the higher education delivered at PCC,” said President Patty Erjavec. “A Bachelor of Applied Science degree is becoming increasingly important in the career and technical arena and PCC will continue to grow in this area as we respond to student and community needs."

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