Northeast College Adds Undergraduate Programs: Imaging Sciences, Health Care Administration Degrees Begin Fall 2024
After 100+ years of leadership in graduate healthcare education, Northeast College of Health Sciences will now also offer undergraduate degree programs: two Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees, one in radiologic technology and another in diagnostic medical sonography, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in health care administration, all beginning Fall 2024.
The charter change, approved by the New York State Education department in November 2023, allows Northeast College to add even more in-demand academic programs so students can focus on rewarding career opportunities. In addition to the three new undergraduate degrees beginning in Fall 2024, Northeast also anticipates offering a future M.S. in physician assistant studies.
“We are excited to expand our offerings at the College and continue to educate future healthcare leaders for the increasingly collaborative healthcare environment,” said Dr. Anne Killen. “With our rich experience evolving to meet the growing needs of healthcare education, Northeast College will continue to deliver opportunities that foster academic excellence, leadership and professional best practices.”
About Northeast’s New Imaging Sciences Degrees.
Director of Imaging Sciences Program Development Roger Weeden says Northeast is well-equipped to educate students in the complex field of imaging science -- particularly in the areas of radiology and diagnostic medical sonography.
"Northeast has both the infrastructure and knowledgeable faculty to move Northeast’s digital imaging offerings forward in an exemplary fashion,” Weeden said. “I’m pleased to be a part of Northeast’s long history in healthcare and its intimate understanding of what it means to offer essential programs for the healthcare profession.”
The College’s new Radiologic Technology (R.T.) program, to begin Fall 2024, will train students in the art and science of radiographic imaging and allow them to earn an AAS in less than two years. Radiologic technologists are in high demand with employment data projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showing rapid growth potential, with nearly 16,000 job openings expected for radiologic technologists each year from 2022-2032.
Also beginning Fall 2024, the new Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program will also allow students to earn an AAS in less than two years, be prepared for licensure under the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and be ready to start a rewarding career working directly with patients and imaging technology to aid in healthcare treatment.
The College is now accepting applications for both the R.T. and DMS programs and will give priority to students who apply by Feb. 1, 2024.
About Northeast’s New Health Care Administration Program.
The College’s new Bachelor of Science in health care administration (HCA) is a natural complement to the mission, vision and values of Northeast and can be earned in just under three years. The program will prepare graduates for administrative and managerial roles in contemporary healthcare organizations.
B.S. in Health Care Administration Program Director Melissa Murphy says the creativity and innovation within the new HCA program at Northeast provides students with a blend of real-world experience and the needed tools for success. “The exciting part is there are so many areas of opportunity with this degree, for students to truly contribute to the delivery of healthcare services from an administrative perspective.” Murphy said.
Students will be prepared to work in strategic planning, in a hospital or private practice setting as a practice manager or even behind the scenes in performance improvement or data analytics. The program’s coursework and faculty members will introduce students to these different areas of specialization to help inspire their potential career path.
Continued Progress and Commitment to Excellence.
The College recently added a certificate program in Massage Therapy to its existing academic programs in the health sciences, which include M.S. degrees in nutrition and human anatomy & physiology instruction, as well as its flagship Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program.
Northeast is also working to increase access to its distinguished D.C. program by making it available in the New York metro area. The College plans to do this by establishing a proposed Long Island branch campus at its Levittown, N.Y. facility, which would also add a second cohort of the D.C. program.
“This is an exciting time for our College. We have long adhered to an ever-better, ever-forward philosophy and we are seeing the progress and rewards of our community’s efforts,” said College President Dr. Michael Mestan. “We are proud of our history of innovation and growth and are excited to be delivering new high-demand programs, in high-demand areas.”