ERIC Number: ED307915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Bridging from Technical to Academic Degrees: A Healthcare Example.
Troutt-Ervin, Eileen; Morgan, Frederic L.
Healthcare technicians may receive their training in hospitals/clinics, community colleges/vocational-technical institutes, universities/medical schools, proprietary schools, secondary schools, or government institutions. Most allied health and nursing organizations also require continuing education for relicensure and certification; however, these courses usually do not lead to advanced degrees. Technicians desiring career growth beyond their job-entry level are often faced with three problems. First, because less than 35% of all technical program graduates are from universities/medical centers, their coursework may not transfer for university credit. Thus they are forced to start all over to complete bachelor's degree requirements. Second, many universities cater to the full-time, traditional student, while most technicians need to continue to work while learning or updating skills. A third problem exists in the lack of pertinent programs. In response to the need in all fields for an academic bridge from technical education to baccalaureate degrees, the Advanced Technical Studies Division of the College of Technical Careers at Southern Illinois University developed a 2 + 2 program in which only 60 semester hours, as opposed to the more traditional 120 hours, are required to earn a bachelor's degree after the associate degree is earned. Students are required to take general education courses, core courses, and electives focusing on specific career goals such as aviation management, electronics management, or healthcare management. Many of these classes are offered in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate the working student. (JMC)
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