Baptist Health Sciences University and Wake Tech Announce Articulation Agreement
MEMPHIS, Tenn. –Baptist Health Sciences University President Betty Sue McGarvey and Wake Technical Community College President Scott Ralls virtually signed an articulation agreement on Wednesday, which will allow Wake Tech students to transfer up to 53 hours of electroneurodiagnostic technology program credits toward BHSU’s corresponding bachelor’s program.
“Baptist Health Sciences University is excited to collaborate with Wake Technical Community College to offer students advanced neurodiagnostic technology education and opportunities,” said Dr. Maggie Marsh-Nation, program chair of neurodiagnostic technology at Baptist University. “The neurodiagnostic technology field is experiencing substantial job growth and these positions are in demand across the country. We are honored to help educate future leaders in this field and help expand their career opportunities.”
The Bachelor of Health Science degree in neurodiagnostic technology, also known as NDT, is a unique offering. Most programs offer an associate degree in neurodiagnostic technology, but not a bachelor’s degree.
“Wake Tech is pleased to offer this opportunity to students in our electroneurodiagnostic program who want to continue their education after graduating with an associate degree,” said Dr. Ralls. “Baptist Health Sciences University has an excellent reputation in the health care community, and this advanced degree will present our graduates with additional opportunities to ‘ladder up’ in their careers. “
Neurodiagnostic technologists record electronic activity from the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves prior to procedures. NDT professionals also record medical histories and electrical potentials, calculate results and maintain equipment. Neurodiagnostic technologists with an associate’s degree can perform routine electroencephalogram recordings, polysomnography, nerve conduction studies and clinical evoked potentials. NDT graduates with bachelor’s degree have courses in new technologies, such as magnetoencephalography, long term monitoring for epilepsy in preparation for epilepsy surgery, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, autonomic testing and the advanced sciences that prepares them for intraoperative neuromonitoring training.
Baptist University launched its baccalaureate degree in neurodiagnostic technology in the fall of 2020. In the spring of 2022, the program had its first graduate with a bachelor’s in neurodiagnostic technology.
Baptist Health Sciences University (formerly known as Baptist College of Health Sciences) was started in 1912 and offers 14 majors in nursing and allied health, including undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 2017, the Memphis Business Journal ranked the college first among Memphis-area colleges and universities for best return on investment. Based on a comparison of postgraduate earnings with cost of attendance, Baptist University alumni earn more than graduates of any other college or university in the area. Visit www.baptistu.edu for more information.
Wake Tech is North Carolina’s largest community college, serving more than 70,000 adults annually, with six campuses (a seventh campus under construction), two training centers, multiple community sites, and a comprehensive array of online learning options. Wake Tech is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers more than 250 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates that prepare students for university transfer or immediate employment. More than half of those programs can be completed totally online. Wake Tech also offers short-term, non-degree programs as well as public safety training, small business support, customized corporate training, and basic skills courses such as English as a Second Language and high school equivalency preparation. Wake Tech also serves high school students at four Cooperative Innovative High Schools in partnership with Wake County Public Schools. For more information, visit waketech.edu or @waketechcc on social media.