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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Community College Professor Charles Drago, coordinator of the College’s Radiologic Technology program, received a $108,000 grant from the New York State Department of Health to help recertify 20 radiologic technologists who had lost their X-ray certifications.

As part of the CARE bill, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) has required technologists to be ARRT certified and complete education requirements in order to keep working.

According to Professor Drago, out of the 16,000 technologists in the state of New York, it is estimated that over 2,000 have lost their licenses because they did not fulfill these requirements. The grant money will be used to help technologists in the surrounding boroughs pass the new certification examinations. A radiologic technologist must also earn 12 credits per year to hold their license and certification.

“These are people that have been in the community for years, but unfortunately, lost their certifications,” Professor Drago said. “This grant truly defines what Hostos is all about by giving back qualified radiologic technologists to the community.”

Professor Drago was thrilled his application was granted. He said it took one month to complete, but the end result was worth the work. “They will all be trained here at Hostos,” said Professor Drago. “This is a College that cares about people.”

For the past 15 years, the Hostos Community College Radiologic Technology Program has enjoyed a 100 percent pass rate on licensure examinations. For two consecutive years, two of Drago’s students, Terrance McSween and Allen Niles, have won the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) national essay writing contest. For their accomplishments, both students were awarded a scholarship through the ASRT.

“The professors work hard to create a balance of rigor and camaraderie and that accomplishment has demonstrated incredible results for the program, and we are very proud of that,” Professor Drago said.

Earlier this year, Professor Drago was named President of the Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology in New York State (AERTSNY). He was appointed by the society for a six-year term, where he will serve as president for two years and eventually become Chairman of the Board.

Professor Drago earned his bachelor’s degree from Long Island University, obtained his master’s degree from Lehman College and his doctorate from A.T. Still University in Arizona. He has been teaching at Hostos for 12 years.

About the Hostos Radiologic Technology Program
The Radiologic Technology Program at Hostos is a 24-month program that leads to an AAS degree and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Safety. During the last accreditation visit on March 2008, the program was awarded the maximum eight-year accreditation term.

Radiologic Technology Hostos students practice at the affiliate hospitals Lincoln Medical and Mental Center, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology in New York State (AERTSNY)
The AERTSNY develops and maintains standards and serve as leaders in the advancement of radiological sciences through the implementation of educational methods and policies in academia and in the field. While other states have similar Associations, New York’s is the largest and oldest and represents 33 programs.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu

Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513

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