RCC’s Radiologic Technology program sets new standard

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RCC’s Radiologic Technology program, which combines rigorous academic study with practical hands-on experience, reached an enviable goal when the Class of 2014 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) national registry exam. Such an accomplishment reflects not only the determination and hard work that the Radiologic Technology students put into their studies and clinical placements, but also the dedication of the faculty who guided the students throughout their time at RCC.

Faculty members Patricia Martino and Michael Padilla, who are part of the College’s Health Sciences Department, were cited by students as a chief reason for their success.

Current students offer high praise for the program 

Three second-year students currently enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program recently sat down to offer their opinions of the program in general and their future goals. Sarah Hutt, 30, of Norwood; Farah Francois of Dorchester; and Linzi Chase of Clinton were unanimous in their praise of RCC’s Radiologic Technology program. In response to the question of why they chose the Radiologic Technology program at RCC, Sarah said that she had been doing therapy for about ten years in Boston and wanted a career that was more financially stable. People told her about careers in the Radiologic Technology field. Sarah went to an information session at the College. She was happily accepted into the program and has been loving every minute of it.

For Farah, the decision to enter Radiologic Technology came after she observed that most people in health careers chose nursing. “I wanted a different set of skills,” she said. Farah added that “The reason that I chose RCC is because it has clinical sites where students get hands-on experience working with different kinds of patients.”

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Linzi chose RCC, in spite of the long commute, because “I like the fact that we are doing our clinical rotations in Boston at places like the Boston Medical Center’s Trauma Center. We would not have had that opportunity if we had gone to a different school.”

Small class sizes and individual attention cited 

In addition to the clinical rotations, the students cited several other critically important elements that added to their positive educational experience at RCC. “I like the small class sizes,” Linzi said. “It means that the teachers are more available to you. And the teachers are really great about answering e-mail questions right away,” she added.

Farah noted that the College also has a partnership with nearby Shattuck Hospital which provides additional hands-on training.

“I love that Professor Pat Martino can take what she has learned after some twenty years or so working in the field and bring it into the classroom. She can teach us through her experiences which is very helpful.”

Prepared for the future 

All three students agreed that the training they are receiving at RCC is preparing them well for the future. This is highlighted by their clinical rotation at Boston Medical Center’s Trauma Center where, as Farah puts it, “every possible situation is presented. You can use those experiences for your career path.”

“We do ER, trauma, and orthopedics,” at BMC, Sarah added. “We get a wide-range of experience which is great.”

Highly recommended 

The students would not hesitate to recommend RCC’s Radiology Technology program to others. “I definitely would,” said Linzi, “given RCC’s variety of clinical sites, we are exposed to more than any other school. And as second-year students, we are being taught to be more independent.”

“I would recommend RCC’s Radiologic Technology program to friends,” observed Farah, “because you learn how to work safely with radiation and how to protect yourself and patients.”

Sarah added, “I recommend RCC too because you have the classroom experience, you read the books, in the first year and then get to apply everything you’ve learned in hospitals during your second year.”

The students see themselves five years into the future working in the Radiologic Technology field. “I see myself working in a hospital as a radiology technician,” Sarah said as her two classmates nodded in agreement, “making good money.”

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