ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana – LSUA and LSUE have engaged in a collaborative health professions agreement to bring a degree in surgical technology to central Louisiana.
A survey of central Louisiana healthcare organizations is conducted annually by the Louisiana State University Alexandria (LSUA) Allied Health Department to determine the need for allied healthcare professionals in the region. The most recent survey indicated a growing need for surgical technologists as well as a host of other technical occupations in the allied health field. Since no local training programs for surgical technologists are available, it is difficult for health care providers in the region to find people with the necessary training to work in many of these professions.
In an effort to meet the need for trained healthcare professionals in central Louisiana, LSUA and LSUE will work together to provide the necessary training for LSUA and LSUE students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare professions not offered on their particular campus.
Dean Haywood Joiner, Ph.D. of LSUA College of Allied Heath said: “We are grateful to our healthcare partners in the region, and they have identified the need for surgical technicians to strengthen their workforce. work. As for LSUE, we have the opportunity to share the resources of the LSU system to bring this program to the Alexandria metropolitan area. We are grateful to Rapides Regional Medical Center for renovating the downtown Buchanan Building to house the Surgical Technology Program.
Paul Coreil, Ph.D., LSUA Chancellor, said, “The walls have fallen between the campuses of the LSU system. When one of us identifies a need in our community, we are happy to reach out across the state to find ways to find a solution. LSUE has been a willing partner in bringing surgical technology to central Louisiana. We are grateful for their long-standing support of our community.
LSU Chancellor Eunice Nancee Sorenson, Ph.D., said, “This is another great example of how collaboration can be used to help not just our local areas, but the entire state. of Louisiana. We are proud to be united as an LDS system in our quest to improve the lives of our citizens. »
Dottie McDonald, LSU Eunice Dean of Health Sciences and Business Technology, concluded, “These types of partnerships are something Dean Joiner and I have dreamed of for nearly two decades, and we are so grateful to see it become a reality. We are grateful to healthcare partners who share this forward-thinking vision for trying to serve our community in innovative ways.
LSUA students interested in pursuing the Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology through LSUE will begin taking prerequisite courses on the LSUA campus. LSUA students will complete the professional/clinical portion of the selected program through LSUE offerings locally in Alexandria made possible by the Health Professions Collaborative Agreement. Graduates will obtain an LSUE diploma.
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