Agreement Guarantees Admission for Eligible SUNY Broome Students to SUNY Empire’s BS in Allied Health Program 

Degrees Can Be Completed 100% Online 

SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras and SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm (left) sign a transfer agreement between the two schools
SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras and SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm (left) sign a transfer agreement between the two schools

SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras and SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm today announced a new partnership making it easier for SUNY Broome students to advance their healthcare careers with an online bachelor’s degree in Allied Health from SUNY Empire. 

This is the first partnership in New York state that helps students with an associate degree in an allied health field pursue a bachelor’s degree. 

The demand for healthcare workers between now and 2020 is projected to grow nearly twice as fast as the national economy in the United States. Allied health professionals – which includes a broad range of healthcare practitioners who are not doctors, nurses, or dentists – make up approximately 60 percent of the healthcare workforce, with more and more jobs requiring bachelor’s and master’s degrees. 

The agreement provides guaranteed admission for eligible students in SUNY Broome’s Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Radiologic Technology associate degree programs to SUNY Empire’s Bachelor of Science in Allied Health program. SUNY Empire will waive the orientation fee for transfer students, provide a $100 Presidential Scholarship, and support the students in their transition to online learning. 

The flexible online bachelor’s degree at SUNY Empire is designed to help working healthcare practitioners advance their careers with a degree that focuses on core competencies for healthcare professionals, which prepares them to improve outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. 

“This partnership with SUNY Broome is a great opportunity for SUNY Broome students in the healthcare field advance their knowledge by earning a bachelor’s degree that works around their schedule,” said SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras. “We are always working to make higher education more accessible to everyone. I want to commend the faculty and staff at both institutions for making this first of its kind partnership possible.” 

“This partnership is a win not only for our students, but for our region’s healthcare providers, who are in great need of trained allied health professionals,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. “SUNY Broome has been a workforce development leader since our inception more than 70 years ago and partnerships such as these demonstrate our continued commitment to our region and to our students’ futures.”

“This new partnership between SUNY Broome and SUNY Empire will help meet the growing demand for healthcare professionals in our community and across the state,” said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. “Guaranteed admission to SUNY Empire will give many students a clearer path to a bachelor’s degree. The flexibility of the online curriculum will also appeal to many of SUNY Broome’s non-traditional students who are already working to gain needed professional experience.” 

“The program provides an opportunity for seamless academic progression to the Bachelor of Science degree and beyond,” said Dr. Kim Stote, associate dean for the SUNY Empire School of Nursing and Allied Health. “The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health degree option will allow students to gain the additional knowledge, skills and competencies to move into new roles within health care and achieve personal and professional goals.” 

Click here for more information about this partnership. 

Click here to see photos from the event.

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