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Health Studies Faculty Member Earns Doctorate


Michael P. CovoneA faculty member in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Health Sciences recently received a doctorate in education.

Michael P. Covone, assistant professor of applied health studies, received his doctorate in March from Walden University. The title of his dissertation is “The Experiences of Health Sciences Educators With Online Course Design.”

The purpose of Covone’s study was to understand the experiences of postsecondary health science faculty who transitioned from the classroom to Internet-based instruction. The study examined perceptions of course design, use of theory, challenges of the online environment and online versus traditional discussions.

Covone has been a full-time faculty member in the School of Health Sciences since 2000 and teaches within the applied health studies curriculum, for which he also serves as co-head of the department.

He serves as vice chairman for the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. The bureau is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for the accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States that offer predominantly allied health education programs.

In addition, Covone is the radiation safety officer for the radiography and dental hygiene programs at Penn College. He began his employment at the college in 1996 as a clinical supervisor for the radiography program.

He holds a master’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from La Roche College. He also graduated from Allegheny Valley School of Radiography.

To learn more about applied health studies and other academic programs offered by the School of Health Sciences at Penn College, call 570-327-4519 or visit online .

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