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10/09/2003
Hudson Valley Signs Direct Transfer Agreement With SUNY School For Health Services Management Degree

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 9, 2003

Students interested in completing a bachelor's degree in Health Services Management can take advantage of a recently signed transfer agreement between Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Institute of Technology.

The agreement will allow qualified students to complete the first two years of the program through Hudson Valley's Business Administration program. Students may then transfer as juniors to the Health Services Management program, which is offered online through SUNY Institute of Technology.

"Because SUNY IT offers this program online, students will be able to complete their bachelor's degree without leaving the Capital Region," said Hudson Valley's Vice President for Academic Affairs Carolyn Curtis. "With its combination of business and health science education expertise, Hudson Valley began offering health care management courses in 2001. This agreement is an expansion of the opportunities begun with those courses. We're very excited about this opportunity for our students."

Students who successfully complete their associate's degree following the articulation agreement guidelines will receive 59 credit hours toward the 124 hours required for the B.S. degree in Health Services Management.

Health Services Management is a growing field. Demands on today's health care delivery system are expanding daily to meet the needs of a growing and aging population. New technologies are constantly improving both diagnosis and treatment, but with these increased demands have come higher costs. The need for professionals to manage health services has grown also.

Excellent opportunities not only exist, but are expected to grow well into the future in such areas as nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, insurance, government, and private industry.

For more information about the transfer agreement, contact Business Administration Department Chairperson Karen Holmes at 629-7225. Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.