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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Two new health science programs coming to College of Central Florida

The College of Central Florida (CF) has announced two new health programs that will be offered to students beginning in the fall of 2024.

According to CF, these specialized pathways will offer new routes for students to enter the competitive health care industry.

In the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology program, participants will study medical imaging, developing the skills required to perform ultrasounds as registered sonographers. The college states that graduates can be employed in hospitals, medical centers, clinics, outpatient centers, and OB/GYN offices.

Upon completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology program, students will be eligible to sit for the national credential examinations given by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in the Abdomen and OB/GYN specialties.

In addition, CF’s new degree in Respiratory Care will be offered at the Ocala and Wilton Simpson Citrus campuses. This program will prepare students to evaluate and treat cardiopulmonary symptoms and disorders in a career as Respiratory Therapists.

At the completion of the Respiratory Care program, students will be eligible take the National Board of Respiratory Care exam to apply for licensure in the state of Florida.

Both two-year Associate in Science degrees will offer hands-on learning at the college’s state-of-the-art training facilities, as well as clinical experiences with local health care providers to prepare graduates for high-demand, high-skill careers, according to CF.

Both programs will undergo their own accreditation process, with first classes anticipated for the fall semester in 2024. Interested students can begin taking general education courses starting in the spring semester.

These programs are limited access, with admissions processes and criteria beyond general college admissions. In addition, attendance at an information session is mandatory before applying to either program.

Visit the College of Central Florida’s website to learn more about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology or Respiratory Care programs.

Earlier this month, the College of Central Florida announced that it has partnered with Marion County Public Schools to offer the CF Collegiate Academy. This new opportunity will expand dual enrollment opportunities for students beginning in the fall of 2024.

In September, CF also began construction on a new two story, $20 million nursing center at the college’s Ocala campus. The first classes art the nursing center are expected to be offered in January of 2025.