SUNY Canton teams up with international school to offer online healthcare degreeThe State University of New York at Canton recently announced a new partnership with the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka, according to the school website.

The partnership will enable students from IIHS to participate in online classes and earn a degree in the physical therapist assistant program. This continues the school's push to offer online bachelor's degree programs that can give students the opportunity to graduate with dual degrees from SUNY Canton and their home institution.

"Our latest expansion into international learning programs fits with our mission and the State University of New York's plan to increase international educational opportunities," said Joseph Kennedy, school president, quoted on the website. "The demands of this field include providing the global healthcare profession with students who have gained international perspective and experience."

Currently, the school offers more than 150 online course each semester. College officials noted that most of the university's four-year programs are available online, on campus or in a hybrid format.

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, online enrollment numbers have increased by 21 percent, which exceeds the 2 percent growth in the overall higher education student population.

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