Rio receives national rankings

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Rio Grande, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community School of Health and Behavioral Sciences Programs have received national recognition for their dedication to education. In a national ranking, the Community for Accredited Online Schools chose Rio’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program as seventh among top ultrasound technician programs and the Pharmacy Technician program as fifteenth in its category. Dean of the College of Professional and Technical Studies, Dr. Donna Mitchell said she is proud of the faculty for their commitment to high quality education.

“Receiving this recognition is an honor. It reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff in providing students with the best education and training for their career fields,” Mitchell said.

The Community for Accredited Online Schools works to provide data about accredited programs across the country to help prospective students choose the best options for their degree paths. Pharmacy Technology instructor Keith McKinniss said the departments work hard to help students achieve their goals in the program.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized because it shows Rio’s strong dedication to the education of our students and to the future workforce of this region,” McKinniss said. “We strive for student success and this exemplifies that effort.”

Rio’s pharmacy technician program is a one-year certificate program designed to prepare the student to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination given by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. McKinniss said the role of a pharmacy technician is to assist pharmacists by filling prescriptions, recording data, and working with customers at the pharmacy among other duties.

“The need for pharmacy technicians is rising in this area. Employers want employees who are certified and ready to go from the day they are hired,” McKinniss said. “They know the job candidates coming from our program meet that qualification and have the training needed for the work environment.”

Rio’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program includes two majors, General Sonography and Cardiovascular Sonography, both leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree. Upon completion of this degree, DMS graduates can continue their education to a Bachelor Degree Program. Co-chair for the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Vickie Crabtree said the program prepares students to work closely with physicians and equipment in order to diagnose and determine treatment for patients.

“The students in all of our health and behavioral sciences programs work long hours to complete their degrees and prepare for the workforce,” Crabtree said. “Combined with the high rate of students who receive job offers upon or before graduation, I believe this ranking further proves how dedicated our faculty are in seeing that our students are prepared not only for the job, but to provide the best possible care and service to our communities.”

Anyone interested in more information on the Health and Behavioral Sciences programs can visit the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College website at or contact Admissions at 740-245-7208 or

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