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OFFICE: Cluster E, Room 2225, 516.572.9640.

CHAIRPERSON:
Gary Klinger, Gary.Klinger@ncc.edu.

FACULTY:
F. Bialstock, L. Carlin, D. Cempa-Danziger, K. Coles, C. Confusione, K. Costa, K. D'Albora, G. DeFeo, B. Edward, L. Findlay, J. Gilmartin, G. Gilner, S. Haffner, L. Jacob, A. Jones, C. Kaufmann, L. Lucca, S. Masi, J. McCarthy, W. O'Keefe, K. Santini, K. Satchwill, R. Sparaco, L. Tine, D. Witt, R. Zarco.

CLINICAL INSTRUCTORS:
S. Azmi, G. Hoerning, C. Lamb, D. Miller, D. Palmer, M. Ruane, J. Taylor.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS:
A. Donor, M. Dunlop, P. Galvin, A. Ginsburg, P. Goodwin, C. Ripley, J. Slattery.

COURSES OFFERED:
Allied Health Sciences (AHS).

The course, Introduction to Allied Health Sciences, is a requirement for all students except those in medical laboratory technician. All clinical experience in the affiliating hospitals is carefully supervised by professional personnel. Clinical experience is correlated with classroom and laboratory duties.

Departmental Requirements and Guidelines:

  1. A minimum grade of "C" is required in all Allied Health Sciences courses.
  2. The Department of Allied Health Sciences recognizes the professional codes of ethics, sensitivity to patient and community needs, adherence to the provisions of HIPAA, ability to work with and relate to peers and other members of the health care team, attitude, attendance, punctuality and appearance. Program directors may, upon the recommendation of clinical and academic faculty, recommend that the Department terminate any student who fails to correct deficiencies in any of these areas. These standards have been established in order to protect the rights of the patients and communities that we are committed to serve and to foster the team concept of health care delivery.
  3. Allied Health Sciences students are required to carry malpractice insurance.
  4. Allied Health Sciences students are annually required to submit completed health forms prior to enrollment.
  5. Allied Health Sciences students are required to supply their own transportation to clinical settings.
  6. Allied Health Sciences students must supply their own required uniforms.
  7. Allied Health Sciences students shall submit to the College a copy of their current certification of competency in Basic Life Support, according to American Heart Association standards, prior to graduation.
  8. Allied Health Sciences students are required to successfully complete Principles of Bloodborne Universal Precautions training.
  9. No courses in the Department of Allied Health Sciences may be audited, with the exception of AHS 131- AHS 132 if approved by the Chairperson.

The following curricula are offered by this Department:

Medical Laboratory Technician (A.A.S.)– The Medical Laboratory Technician program is a two-year (plus two summer sessions) course of study leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The program provides educational course requirements and clinical training for a career as a medical laboratory technician. Students learn the theory and principles of routine laboratory procedures and their role in detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. They perform tests using contemporary, automated and computerized instrumentation in all sections of the laboratory. The curriculum includes courses in liberal arts and the basic sciences as well as specialized course offerings in the major areas of clinical laboratory science. Students complete a clinical internship in the fourth semester and final summer session at one of several affiliated hospital laboratories. Students who wish to pursue Bachelor Degree programs may do so but should seek advisement. To be eligible for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program, candidates must meet academic requirements, be legally eligible for employment and licensure in the United States at the time of application, and be of "good moral character" as defined by the New York State Department of Health applicable to the profession of Medical Laboratory Technology.  Students are admitted in the fall only and must be available for full-time study in the last spring and summer semesters.
The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL, 60018 - 773.714.8880. Graduating students are eligible to take all examinations offered for certification and licensure.

Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.) - The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a physical therapist in sports medicine facilities, outpatient clinics, schools, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, hospitals, home care, athletic teams and other health service agencies. Employing the knowledge of the patient’s condition, the physical therapist assistant performs hands-on treatments for people who have temporary or more permanent physical disabilities such as inability to walk, inability to move a body part or painful conditions. The PTA optimizes movement to improve the human experience across the lifespan by using therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, and pain relieving modalities. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org. Upon successful completion, the student will receive the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) degree, and will be eligible to take the licensing exam for certification by the State of New York as a Physical Therapist Assistant. When applying for certification as a PTA, the graduate will required to show evidence of his or her current name and any previous names used, any criminal records and citizenship or legal status in the United States. The program is affiliated with more than eighty clinical education sites in Nassau and Suffolk, the five boroughs, and upstate New York. The campus has two laboratories fully equipped with machinery and accessories found in a variety of physical therapy settings. The PTA courses are offered during the day only. Students are admitted in the fall only and must be available for full-time study in the last semester. The P.T.A. Program has been designed as a career program leading to employment at the end of two years of study. However, after completing additional credits and a bachelor’s degree, students will be eligible to apply for competitive transfer into a doctoral level physical therapy program.

Radiation Therapy Technology (A.A.S.) - The Radiation Therapy program is a two-year (four semesters and three summer sessions) program leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree. Radiation Therapy courses are only offered during the day and students are admitted to the program during the Fall semester only. Graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination to become Registered Radiation Therapists and obtain New York State Licensure. Radiation Therapists primarily treat cancer patients by applying ionizing radiation according to a radiation oncologist's prescription, using a variety of complex treatment techniques and equipment. The Radiation Therapy program combines technical and liberal arts courses given at Nassau Community College with off campus clinical education at various affiliated hospitals and free standing cancer centers. Students will rotate to four different clinical settings ranging throughout Manhattan, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. An additional $50 per student OSHA training fee for each clinical rotation may apply. Beginning with the Fall 2018 class, the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) will be required for all applicants to the Radiation Therapy Program.
To be eligible for admission to the Radiation Therapy Program, candidates must meet academic requirements and be 18 years of age by the start of the first day of the first semester. Students must be legally eligible for employment and licensure in the United States at the time of application, be of "good moral character" as defined by the New York State Department of Health applicable to the profession of Radiation Therapy. Interview required. All accepted applicants must pass a criminal background check at the cost of the applicant.
This program is accredited by the New York Department of Health and the Joint Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (www.jrcert.org), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606. All students are expected to follow the policies as set forth in the college catalog and in the Radiation Therapy Student handbook.

Radiologic Technology (A.A.S.) - The Radiologic Technology program is a two-year (i.e., four semesters and three summer sessions) program leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree. This is a day only program starting each Fall semester. The curriculum combines liberal arts studies and technical courses with clinical education at affiliated hospitals in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The Radiologic Technology student is trained to work under the supervision of a physician in the diagnostic applications of x-rays. Responsibilities of the Radiologic Technologist include; positioning of patients, handling of complex equipment, and utilizing radiation protection devices. In addition to these technical skills, the technologist's duties require him/her to attend to the physical and emotional needs of patients who are often acutely ill or seriously injured. The program is accredited under the Nassau Community College accreditation granted by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and by the New York State Department of Health. Graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination to become a Registered Radiologic Technologist and to obtain New York State Licensure. Opportunities for professional advancement and continuing education at the B.S. degree level are available.
The program maintains two fully functional radiologic suites. These radiology rooms are designs to give the radiology student a comprehensive training in all aspects of radiology imaging. Both radiology suites are equipped with the latest imaging modalities; DR imaging, CR imaging, and film imaging.
To be eligible for admission to the Radiologic Technology Program, candidates must meet academic requirements, must be legally eligible for employment and licensure in the United States at the time of application, and must be of "good moral character" as defined by the New York State Department of Health applicable to the profession of Radiologic Technology.

Respiratory Care (A.A.S.) - Respiratory Care is an allied health specialty concerned with the performance of diagnostic cardiopulmonary evaluation and respiratory therapy treatment applied to patients with deficiency and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. It includes related education of the patient, family, and public. Cardiopulmonary evaluation includes the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data obtained from physiologic specimens, performance of diagnostic tests, studies and research of the cardiopulmonary system, as well as neurophysiologic studies related to respiratory care. Specific testing techniques are employed in respiratory care to assist in diagnosis, monitoring treatment and research. This is understood to include measurement of ventilatory volumes, pressures, flows, blood gas analysis and other related physiologic monitoring. Respiratory therapy techniques include the application and monitoring of medical gases and related administration apparatus, environmental control systems, humidification systems, aerosols, inhaled medications, ventilatory support, bronchopulmonary drainage, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and airway management. The Respiratory Care program is designed to train the student for a career as a respiratory therapist. It is a two-year course of study leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. In addition, graduates are eligible for nationally recognize certification and registration through the National Board for Respiratory Care, and for licensure by the New York State Education Department. To be eligible for admission to the Respiratory Care Program candidates must meet academic requirements, must be legally eligible for employment and licensure in the United States at the time of application, and must be of "good moral character" as defined in the New York State Education Law as applicable to the profession of the Respiratory Care, and must pass a criminal background check. The Respiratory Care curriculum is a balance of courses in the liberal arts and basic sciences as well as more specialized technical and clinical courses. Clinical, laboratory, and classroom training is structured to provide a comprehensive understanding of modern respiratory care techniques. Graduates are trained in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for adult, pediatric and neonatal patients, and upon graduation are prepared to work in all areas of the field including intensive-critical-emergency care, general respiratory care, and rehabilitation and home care for cardiopulmonary patients. This program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Surgical Technology (A.A.S.) - The Surgical Technology student is prepared to assume the role of surgical technologist in any surgical setting. In this program, the student is prepared to function in the areas of scrub, circulating assistant, and second assistant during surgical and obstetrical procedures. The graduate surgical technologist may elect to specialize in a particular area of surgery such as open heart, neuro, eye, orthopedics, and many others. Graduates are also employed in interventional suites, delivery rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, organ retrieval/transplant teams, and surgical equipment sales. This two-year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation from the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

CAAHEP contact information:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
www.caahep.org

ARC/STSA contact information:
Accrediting Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: 303-694-9262
Fax: 303-741-3655
info@arcstsa.org

The Surgical Technology courses are offered during the day only and students are admitted only in the Fall semester. A minimum grade of "C" is required in all AHS courses to qualify for programmatic advancement.  Graduates are required to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) National Certifying Examination for Certified Surgical Technologists (CST).  All candidates must be eligible for employment and certification in the United States at the time of application to the program, including eligible DACA recipients.  You must be of good moral character as defined in the New York State Education Law as applicable to the profession of Surgical Technology. Background checks and random drug testing are required upon acceptance.  Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program is conditional, based upon the outcome of your background check and random drug testing.  Meeting all these requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance. Accepted students must be able to complete the minimum 120 clinical case requirement in the “first scrub” and “second scrub” roles.  Accepted students are expected to follow the policies as set forth in the college catalogue and in the Surgical Technology Student Handbook. The Surgical Technology Program Student Handbook is available for review for current and potential students. Call 516.572.9640 ext. 26568 for details.

The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation and required for employment in NYS. Beginning in 2013, the program has ANNUALY received the National Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 96% graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination.

Surgical Technology Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will pass the CAAHEP accreditation review.
  2. Students will perform at an acceptable level meeting stated academic, clinical and professional criteria.
  3. Students will have the ability to provide a safe patient environment by being proficient in:
    -OR Environment
    -Aseptic Technique
    -Chemical Agents
    -Sterilization
    -Operation of Equipment
    -Instrumentation
    -Transport of Patient
    -Positioning
    -Skin Preparation
    -Drainage Tubes and Devices
    -Surgical Procedures
    -Drugs and Calculations
  4. All students will register for, take and pass the NBSTSA National Certification Exam.
  5. Graduates will be qualified competent entry level CST personnel.

Program Effectiveness Trends Data:

  1. Five-Year Average Program Completion Rate: 85%
  2. Five-Year Average Job Placement rate: 91%
  3. Five-Year Average Employer Satisfaction Rate: 100%
  4. Five-Year Average Credentialing Examination pass rate, CST (1st attempt): 96%         
  5. Five-Year Average Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 99%