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Health Science Education Programs at Hudson Valley Continue to Excel in National Exams

CONTACT: Eric Bryant, (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006

The latest state and national licensing exam results prove graduates of Hudson Valley Community College’s health science programs continue to consistently outperform graduates from other health science programs around the state and the nation.

With established associate’s degree and certificate programs in Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Care, Medical Imaging and EMT-Paramedic, the college graduates approximately 200 new health care professionals each academic year. While each health career licensure or certification has different qualifications, Hudson Valley programs had pass rates well above state and national averages.

The college’s 2006 Dental Hygiene graduates had a clean sweep in the most recent National Dental Hygiene Board Exam. All 36 graduates passed the board exam and are now registered dental hygienists.

The college’s Respiratory Care program also had a 100 percent pass rate for 2006 graduates taking the National Board for Respiratory Care Entry-Level Exam. Among schools nationally, the pass rate for first time students was 79 percent.

The college’s Nursing program had a 91 percent pass rate for graduates taking the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses exam in 2006. The national average pass rate was 88 percent. For the past 10 years, Hudson Valley’s nursing program has an average pass rate of nearly 94 percent.

Ninety-six percent of the 2006 graduates of the college’s Radiologic Technology program passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Exam, which is required for practice as a radiologic (X-ray) technician. The national average pass rate was 89 percent.

Students in the college’s EMT-Paramedic program also did well on the New York State certification exam to become EMT-Paramedics. Ninety-eight percent of Hudson Valley program graduates taking the exam during the past year passed the examination.

“I can state with confidence and great pride that Hudson Valley Community College’s Health Science education programs will always demonstrate academic excellence, programmatic integrity and a robust accountability that guarantees the very best result in student learning outcomes,” said Dr. Carolyn Curtis, vice president for academic affairs at the college.

“Hudson Valley takes immense pride not only in the quality of our programs but also in the excellence of our graduates. As the previous scores indicate, we exceed national averages in all of the mentioned licensing exams, but equally important are the professionalism and dedication that these HVCC graduates demonstrate as they assume their careers. They are capable, compassionate and generous caregivers whose professionalism complements their knowledge and academic success,” said Vivian Tortorici, dean of the School of Health Science.

Hudson Valley Community College has offered allied health career education programs for more than 40 years.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.