PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Director of Naval Education and Training, Vice Adm. Alfred G. Harms Jr., announced a new degree program in June for Sailors in diving, salvage and related medical career fields.
The College of Oceaneering (COO) in Los Angeles, a professional diving school with campuses in Los Angeles and San Diego, has entered into a partnership with the Navy to offer an Associate of Science degree in Marine Technology (MedTech).
According to Lt. Cmdr. Steven Stopler, director, Navy Voluntary Education, this partnership has been a year in the making, and has taken the efforts of the Naval Education and Training Command, Service members Opportunity Colleges and the COO staffs to bring this initiative to a successful end.
"This undertaking has been part of the Navy's initiative to work with colleges and universities to provide degrees specifically targeted to enlisted ratings and Navy Enlisted Classifications," said Stopler. "This particular program was recommended by the Navy Diving and Salvage community as uniquely suited to meet the needs of their community and would provide a more professionally relevant degree than currently available."
The Associate of Science Degree in Marine Technology combines diving skill, topside welding and emergency medical technician training with courses in advanced dive medicine. It meets the criteria for a Service members Opportunity Colleges, Navy Student Agreement, a contract-for-degree between the Sailor and COO, that documents the degree requirements, where Navy rating and training credit may be applied, and where guaranteed transferability with other institutions exists.
Stopler said the agreement provides for the College of Oceaneering to award up to 36 hours of credit for Navy dive and other military training and experiences, upon evaluation by the school. Sailors with the approved prerequisites would be required to take general education courses and complete academic residency with the College of Oceaneering to earn their associate's degree.
General education credits can be earned from other institutions or through nationally recognized testing programs, like the College Level Examination Program.
MedTech graduates are certified as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-1) by the State of California and as Advanced Diving Medical Technicians through the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology.
For more information on the Marine Technology degree program, call or visit your local Navy College Office, or log on to the Navy College Program Web site at https://www.navycollege.navy.mil.
To contact the College of Oceaneering, call 1-800-432-DIVE (in the U.S. and Canada), or 1-310-834-2501 (worldwide), or visit their Web site at www.coo.edu/.
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