ECPI University Press Releases

Richmond/Emerywood Campus Adds New Sonography Degree – Demand for Sonographers to Grow 44% by 2020

Richmond, VA – The Richmond/Emerywood campus of ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, is now offering a Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree in response to increased demand from healthcare providers.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, imaging technology is expected to evolve rapidly, spawning many new Sonography procedures that will allow sonographers to scan and image areas of the body where ultrasound has not traditionally been used. As a result, the government projects that employment of diagnostic medical sonographers will grow by 44 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Students enrolling in this program can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Science – Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 1.5 years through the University’s year-round schedule.  The program’s classroom curriculum is supported by a hands-on, interactive learning environment, covering such areas as:

  • Ultrasound equipment operations and quality control
  • Sonographic principles of the abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, breast and other superficial structures, invasive Sonographic procedures, neonatal, trauma, and an introduction to vascular Sonography
  • Cross-sectional anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology

Upon program completion, graduates are qualified to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) registry examinations in Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation (SPI), Abdomen (AB), Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN).

 

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Richmond/Moorefield Campus Expands Computer Science Programs to Include Healthcare IT and Cloud Computing – Growth in Both Fields Projected to Grow by 30%

Richmond, VAECPI University’s Richmond/Moorefield campus is expanding its Computer and Information Science programs to include concentrations in Healthcare IT and Cloud Computing.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Healthcare Information Technology is designed to prepare graduates to:

  • Develop Networks in the Windows and CISCO Environments
  • Design and Implement Patient Information Security Plans
  • Provide IT Support to Physicians and Nurses

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to grow 28% from 2010 to 2020, and database administrators by 31%, faster than the average for all occupations.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Cloud Computing is designed to prepare graduates to:

  • Design and Secure Fault Tolerant Enterprise Networks
  • Create Virtual Solutions for Servers
  • Implement and Manage Virtual Servers and Data Centers

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to grow 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations, with demand remaining high as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.

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ECPI University Receives 10-Year Reaffirmation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Virginia Beach, VAECPI University is pleased to announce that it has received reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for a period of 10 years – the maximum time that can be granted.  This reaffirmation – announced on December 10 at the SACSCOC Annual Business Meeting, held in Atlanta, GA – indicates that the University has met or exceeded SACSCOC’ high standards for quality as a provider of higher education.

“The University’s achievement of reaffirmation demonstrates that we are fulfilling our mission and validates the quality and integrity of academics,” says ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus.  “While this is certainly important to prospective students, it is also highly-valued by our graduates and the companies that hire them. The rigorous standards required by SACSCOC allow employers to feel confident about the quality of education received by job candidates who earn an undergraduate or graduate degree from ECPI University.”

Accreditation is a peer-review process that includes both off-site and on-site reviews, during which SACSCOC committees evaluate the University's compliance with the organization’s Principles of Accreditation.  Among the many aspects of this comprehensive review, the SACSCOC Committees examine the University’s mission and core values and their appropriateness to higher education and the development and rigor of our academic programs consistent with good academic practices. The review, however, is not limited to academics; SACSCOC reviews the entire organization, including academic and support services, facilities, library resources, policies and practices, etc.

As part of the reaffirmation process, ECPI developed a Quality Enhancement Plan, designed to impact student learning.  This ongoing initiative, Students Find Information and Resources to Succeed Today or Students FIRST, intends to strengthen students’ information literacy skills as it relates to their understanding of their chosen profession.

 

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