SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Morningside College and St. Luke’s College have entered into an agreement that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology or respiratory care by completing courses offered through both institutions.

Under the new two-plus-two agreement, students enroll in Morningside College and during their four years of study complete general education and basic science courses, as well as gain hands-on clinical experience and instruction through St. Luke’s College. Upon successful completion of the degree program, students receive an Associate of Science degree from St. Luke’s College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Morningside College.

The joint degree programs are accepting students for the start of classes this fall.

For Morningside, partnerships like this are not only good for students, but also answer needs within the region.

“Radiologic technologists and respiratory therapists are in high demand in the Sioux City area, as well as across the nation,” said Chris Spicer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, at Morningside College. “The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that overall demand for individuals to fill jobs in those medical specialties will grow from 10 to 20 percent over the next several years. These programs will help create more talent that can provide high-quality health care here in Siouxland.”

Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. Respiratory therapists work with patients who suffer from chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.

For more information about the joint degree programs, contact Morningside College at 712-274-5103 or St. Luke’s College at 712-279-3149.