Cayuga is proud to introduce our new Health Sciences Program A.S. Transfer Degree. According to the NY State Department of Labor, the health services industry is characterized as “the fastest growing jobs through 2018” and is “very favorable” for job prospects. Cayuga makes it easy to reach your career goals with articulation agreements with NYCC and SUNY Upstate which will take all 64 credits from this program toward their degrees.
Cayuga’s Health Sciences Program
The information below lists the courses required to fulfill specific concentrations. To complete a concentration, meet with your academic advisor and select the specified courses as part of the Health Sciences Program requirements.
Each concentration lists the specific courses required by CCC to complete the Health Sciences degree and those that are required by the transfer institution. Other relevant information for each of the transfer institutions is also documented below. Note that courses vary among four-year transfer institutions, those listed below are only guaranteed for the transfer institution indicated.
For those concentrations designed for transfer to SUNY Upstate Medical University it is recommended that you attend an open house and a shadow day at the University. Applications for admission are available on-line starting August 1. The pre-requisite courses listed below must be completed by the time of enrollment; however, you may apply to the University with the courses still in progress. More details can be found at www.upstate.edu/prospective/, including shadow day and open house opportunities.
Medical Imaging/ Radiography
Medical Imaging Technicians/Radiographers help physicians diagnose a disease or injury by producing images that the physician can use as a diagnostic tool. These images include x-rays, computed tomography scans (CT's) and magnetic resonance images (MRI's). Radiographers will have a high level of patient contact and must feel comfortable with the use of computers and high-tech equipment. Students are admitted to SUNY Upstate Medical University on a Fall rotation. Graduates from SUNY Upstate are eligible to be nationally certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and are qualified for licensure in New York State.
Medical Technology and Medical Biotechnology
Medical Technologists perform lab tests used to diagnose and treat disease in a clinical setting while the Medical Biotechnologist works in a research setting, providing valuable data for scientific studies. Med Techs and Biotechs will have a minimum to no patient contact. Students admitted to SUNY Upstate University in either program begin on a Fall rotation. Graduates from SUNY Upstate are eligible to take one of several national licensing exams.
Radiation Therapists work with oncologists to deliver radiation to tumor sights without damaging the surrounding tissues. Therapists work very closely with patients and require excellent interpersonal skills. In addition they must feel confident using computers and highly sophisticated equipment. Students are admitted to SUNY Upstate Medical University on a Fall rotation. Students are required to complete clinical rotations in at least three different radiation departments in two different locations. Clinical rotations are offered in over thirty locations throughout the area. Graduates from SUNY Upstate are eligible to be nationally certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Respiratory Therapists provide aid to people with breathing issues due to disease or injury. Therapists require excellent interpersonal skills and will work closely with patients as well as their families. Students are admitted to SUNY Upstate Medical University on a Fall rotation. Graduates from SUNY Upstate Medical University are eligible for national certification through the National Board for Respiratory Care and to become licensed in New York State.
Physical Therapists work with multiple body systems to evaluate patients and determine overall function. They then plan programs that will improve functionality by improving conditions such as strength, balance, coordination and range of motion. Therapists require excellent interpersonal skills and will work directly with patients. Students are admitted to SUNY Upstate beginning in a summer rotation and the program will take three years to complete. Entry into SUNY Upstate University requires a bachelor's degree (typically two years beyond the Associates Degree). Advisement for admission to SUNY Upstate is dependent upon the bachelor degree transfer institutional requirements, GRE scores, and work or volunteer experience in Physical Therapy. Graduates from the SUNY Upstate program are eligible to take the National Licensing Exam for Physical Therapy.
Cardiovascular Perfusionists work directly with cardiac surgeons to replace lung and heart function during cardiac surgery. They work with sophisticated equipment commonly known as bypass machines. Cardiovascular perfusionists have little to no patient contact. Students are admitted to SUNY Upstate Medical University on a Fall rotation. A maximum of 8 students are admitted each rotation. Students that graduate from the SUNY Upstate program are eligible to take the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion's National Certification Exam.
Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine are involved in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects these disorders have on general health. Chiropractors use manual manipulation of joints and soft tissues to improve patient function and overall health. This concentration is designed for transfer to the New York Chiropractic College. Admission to NYCC requires a total of 90 credits . The 90 credits, must include the Core Course Entrance Requirement credits from the 64 credits listed below, the remaining 26 credits may be obtained at CCC or another academic institution. NYCC typically will accept the 26 remaining credits from a wide range of courses. The Doctor of Chiropractic degree at NYCC requires a minimum of ten 15-week trimesters of full-time resident study, including a clinical internship. Students are admitted to NYCC on a Fall rotation.