New Majors for Fall 2013
“Penn College continues to aggressively manage our curriculum portfolio to assure our programs are of the highest quality and on the leading edge of applied technology. These four new programs will provide opportunities for both traditional and adult students to pursue studies that will lead to productive and rewarding careers. These programs, along with the more than 100 others already in existence, help us achieve our vision – Pennsylvania College of Technology: A national leader in applied technology education.”
Paul L. Starkey
Vice president for academic affairs/provost
Applied Technology Studies (BAT)
This flexible degree offers a customized approach to learning for students who wish to combine course work – for business, professional, or personal reasons – in more than one discipline area.
Applied Technology Studies is ideal for a working professional who wants to complete a degree on a parttime basis or for a transfer student seeking a bachelor’s degree in an area not directly aligned with his or her previous major.
Online courses and internship opportunities are available. A faculty adviser works with each student to design a course sequence that best meets the student’s future plans. Career opportunities will depend primarily on the individual student’s focus areas.
The major provides maximum flexibility for adult nontraditional students, veterans, transfer, and traditional students.
Emergency Management Technology (BEM)
This four-year program prepares students for rewarding careers in emergency management and public safety. The curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of emergency management, governmental responsibility, policies and procedures influencing coordinated efforts, and the appropriate roles of effective emergency managers.
Graduates may find employment in a variety of fields, including positions as:
- Emergency management specialists
- Environmental science and protection technicians
- Hazardous-materials removal workers
- Occupational health and safety specialists
- Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
- Police, fire and ambulance dispatchers
Students in the Penn College emergency medical services technology associate-degree major as well as students transferring from community colleges with an appropriate associate degree in protective services-related majors may continue their education in this program.
Mechatronics Engineering Technology (MH)
This program, which can be completed in two years, was developed at the request of industry to address a shortage of qualified machine maintenance and repair technicians.
Students prepare for technical positions in a wide range of industries. The multidisciplinary curriculum provides a diverse skill set required to install, calibrate, modify, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain automated systems.
Hands-on instruction develops skills in:
- Mechanical systems
- Fluid power
- Automated control systems
The skills, knowledge, and abilities gained in Mechatronics Engineering Technology transfer directly to the gas extraction and processing industries as well as all areas of manufacturing.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR)
This professional certificate is available entirely through distance education to registered radiographers. The certification allows U.S.-registered radiographers to use MRI equipment, conduct image scans of cross-sections of the body, and reconstruct those scans into 3-D images.
The program can be completed in one year of full-time study. Working students can complete courses on a parttime basis and graduate within two years. Graduates also may apply credits earned in the certificate program toward Penn College’s applied health studies bachelor’s degree.
Career opportunities abound in diagnostic imaging centers, hospitals, physician offices, medical and diagnostic labs, and outpatient care centers.