Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Would college credits be of value to you as an NDT Technologist?

We at ASET thought that perhaps the opportunity to have college credits awarded for our on-line courses would be helpful to technologists who are planning to work on advancing their careers by obtaining a college degree: either an Associates, a Bachelor’s or Master’s level, depending upon the current level of education each person may have.
So, we have spent the last two years working with the American Council on Education (ACE) to complete the application process to have them review our on-line course curriculums for approval for recommendation for college credits.  A couple of months ago, we proudly announced that we were successful! The American Council on Education has approved our courses, and they made the following recommendations:
·        EEG  101-112 plus proctored exam:  In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 11 semester hours in basic and clinical application of EEG.
·        NCS 101-112 plus proctored exam:  In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 8 semester hours in nerve conduction study
·        LTM 101-109 plus proctored exam:  in the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 12 semester hours in long term  and neuro-critical care monitoring
·        IONM 100-110 plus proctored exam:  In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 20 semester hours in intraoperative neuromonitoring

Please note: You must have completed one of our full curriculums in order to receive the college credits as listed above.   It is also important to understand that each college sets its own standards and may use the ACE guidelines or not.  They can decline the request for college credits or award a different value.
What does all this mean?
This means that a national organization that is highly respected in the academic community has recognized our courses as a worthy educational resource at the college level.  It does not mean that every college you might apply to will award college credits if you have completed the ASET on-line courses.  That is up to the individual college.  These are only recommendations.  However, many colleges rely on the American Council on Education to make recommendations about all types of adult education and work related training.
Did you notice the stipulation about the “proctored exam”?  Let me explain.  The American Council on Education requires that anyone who wishes to obtain college credit recommendations must prove their successful course of study by taking a proctored exam covering the curriculum content.  The ABRET exam does not qualify as the “proctored exams”.   These exams must be custom arranged  for each individual to take place in your area.  Typical locations may include a local community or college library. The facility may charge a nominal fee for providing this service, in the $20-$30 range.   Please contact Maggie Marsh Nation to request arrangements for a proctored exam if you are interested in taking the proctored exam after completing one of our online curriculums.
By having our courses acknowledged by the American Council on Education, we are hoping that some employers may allow our course enrollees to use their tuition reimbursement benefit to pay for the course registration fees.  This has always been a difficulty for ASET, since we are not an “institution of higher education” and cannot be considered a college.  Please check with your hospital benefits department regarding their rules regarding tuition reimbursement, as we can’t assume this benefit will be approved for all course participants.
Here is a link to a page on our website that you may find helpful:

And here is a link to the American Council on Education listing which includes ASET:

Please contact Maggie or me if we can help you achieve your goals for a college degree by using ASET courses.

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