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CCM and College of Saint Elizabeth Develop Joint Allied Health Bachelor’s Program

Easing the Transfer Process and Affordability of a Four-Year Degree
Students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in allied health, one of the nation’s strongest job areas, now have a more affordable option as a result of a new program established by County College of Morris (CCM) and the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE).

On Monday, February 20, 2012, Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM, and Sister Francis Raftery, president of CSE, signed an articulation agreement that will allow students in CCM’s respiratory therapy and radiography programs to complete up to three years at CCM before transferring to CSE to earn their Bachelor of Arts in Allied Health Studies.

“Articulation agreements provide students with a number of advantages,” said Dr. Yaw. “They ease the transfer process to a four-year school, provide a more affordable pathway for earning a bachelor’s degree, and allow students to establish relationships at two distinct institutions. We are proud to offer students another joint program with the College of Saint Elizabeth.”

Along with this newest program, CCM and CSE offer eight other joint programs leading to a bachelor’s degree. Those programs are in business administration, communications, criminal justice, economics, elementary education, nursing, secondary education and sociology.

As with the other articulation agreements, the allied health agreement waives the application fee and provides guaranteed admission to qualified CCM graduates seeking a bachelor’s degree in allied health studies at CSE. To quality, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and earn their associate’s degree at CCM. They then would be eligible to transfer up to 96 credits from CCM and complete the remaining credits for their bachelor degree at CSE.

The health services field is one of the largest in the county and allied health professions are the fastest growing in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition to the articulation agreements with CSE, CCM holds numerous other transfer agreements with colleges and universities across the country. For a list of CCM articulation agreements, visit the CCM website at www.ccm.edu and search for “articulation.”

Photo: (front, l-r) Dr. Catherine Martin, chair, Health and Wellness Studies, College of Saint Elizabeth (CES); Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of County College of Morris (CCM); Sister Francis Raftery, president CSE; (back, l-r) Dr. Dwight Smith, CCM vice president, Academic Affairs; Joan Cunningham, CCM dean, Health and Natural Sciences; Denise Vill’Neuve, CCM Radiography coordinator; and Dr. James Dlugos, CSE vice president and dean, Academic Affairs, take part in the singing of a new articulation agreement between the two colleges.

Credit: John Hester