street. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont College will offer four new programs for the fall 2023 semester, which will strengthen the growing healthcare workforce and strengthen the prospects for students in two other programs.
The college will launch certificates in the fields of laboratory technician, water quality technician, as well as a certificate in computed tomography and a teacher education program.
Belmont College President Paul F. “Through these new program offerings, we hope to give students the opportunity to advance their careers and provide a better life for their families.”
The CT certification program is designed to provide working radiologists with the theoretical background and documented clinical experience needed to apply for admission to the CT registration examination offered by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT). Certification is based on the curriculum proposed by the American Society of Radiological Technologists (ASRT) and the clinical standards required by the ARRT. Much of the curriculum will be delivered online and clinics will be completed in an affiliated clinical environment. In order to enroll in the CT program, applicants must be a graduate of a radiography program recognized by JRCERT.
A laboratory technician degree will prepare students with a variety of laboratory testing skills in order to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Graduates of this program can work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, industry, research and private testing centres. In the laboratory technician program at Belmont, students will learn and perform current molecular diagnostic techniques in the field, including DNA testing for paternity, identification of pathogens, and genetic diseases.
“Healthcare is one of the growing professions in the region,” said Gasparo. “Our laboratory technician and CT certification programs will assist individuals with the opportunity to advance in these jobs by providing them with the essential skills and knowledge they will need to secure employment.”
The teacher education program is designed to provide students with the first two years of an education degree, which provides them with the ability to transfer credits to a four-year institution for an elementary or secondary education degree. By taking the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at Belmont, students can reduce tuition and the amount they may need to borrow when transferring to a four-year college. In addition, students can still apply for financial aid and scholarships, which further reduces attendance costs.
The Water Quality Technician degree program offers students a broad scientific curriculum for those interested in pursuing a career in water testing and municipal water plant operation. In this program, emphasis is placed on water testing, environmental science, operation of fresh water and wastewater plants, as well as automation systems. Graduates may help operate municipal water utilities and will be able to test to become a certified Class IV water provider or wastewater treatment operator in the State of Ohio.
“We are excited to offer these new programs in some of our most in-demand areas and look forward to announcing more new program offerings this fall,” said Heather Davis, dean of academic affairs at Belmont College. We want to make sure that we provide all possible resources and opportunities to meet demands and train a qualified workforce.”
For more information about new programs at Belmont College, visit www.belmontcollege.edu/newprograms or call 740-695-9500.