Kettering College of Medical Arts to Graduate Another Record Class

Dr. Alvin Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health, will be keynote speaker

Columbus, OH - 4/10/2008

Kettering, Ohio (April 10) – On Saturday, April 26, Kettering College of Medical Arts will confer

degrees and certificates on 294 students at the school’s 40th annual commencement ceremonies.  The event will be held at the James S. Trent Arena in Kettering, starting at 8 p.m., and is open to the public.  Alvin Jackson, M.D., director of the Ohio Department of Health, will be the keynote speaker.  The total of 294 graduates eclipses the previous best of 237 from 2007 and marks the third straight record-setting graduation class.

The college president will grant 193 Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees in the following areas:  nursing (121), radiologic technology (23), medical sonography (19), respiratory care (19), and nuclear medicine (11). The following certificates of completion will be granted:  magnetic resonance imaging (9), computed tomography (1), and general angiography (1).

A total of 43 bachelor’s degrees will be awarded, including seven to first-time graduates of the new Bachelor of Science in human biology program.  Twenty-one Bachelor of Science in health professions degrees will be granted in the following specialties:  health care professional studies (8), medical sonography (7), and advanced imaging (6).  Fifteen Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees will be presented as well.

Most notable will be the commencement of 46 students from the school’s first-ever graduate program, the Master of Physician Assistant Studies.

Ten of the graduating students will receive special recognition as members of the Vaughan-Beaven Service Learning Honors Program.  These honors graduates are Adrian Crawford (advanced imaging), Nicole Edminster (nursing), Angela Mason (medical sonography), Kristie Mitch (nursing), William Rosselot (human biology), Laura Sherrets (nursing), Kyle Stevens (nursing), Kristan Swihart (nursing), Shawn Thaxton (nursing), and Nivia Varela (physician assistant).

Guest speaker Dr. Alvin Jackson became director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in 2007.  He is working to implement Gov. Ted Strickland’s “Turnaround Ohio” plan by making affordable, quality health care accessible to all Ohioans, regardless of their personal situation.  Dr. Jackson came to the ODH from Community Health Services in Fremont, Ohio, where he provided primary medical care to rural residents and migrant workers for 14 years and served as medical director for 12 years.  He also was chief of staff at Fremont Memorial Hospital for two years and was a staff physician at the Sandusky County Health Department from 1994-2006.

About Kettering College of Medical Arts
Kettering College of Medical Arts is a fully accredited, coeducational college that specializes in health science education.  A division of Kettering Medical Center, the College is located on the KMC campus in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, and is chartered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Kettering College offers certificate programs, Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees, and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

An institution of Christian higher education, Kettering College graduates health care professionals of high character who, in the tradition of the Master Healer, give whole-person care to their patients and generous service to their communities.  Eighty percent of Kettering College graduates live and work in Ohio, with the majority settling in the Dayton area.

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