Jamestown Community College and three health care programs in the region are collaborating to provide credentialing opportunities for students working to become radiologic technologists.
Through several new agreements, individuals can complete training as a radiologic technologist at Bradford Regional Medical Center School of Radiography, the St. James Mercy Hospital School of Radiological Science, or the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology over a period of two years and concurrently earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in individual studies at JCC.
Beginning in 2013, certification as a radiologic technologist will require graduation from an accredited radiologic technology program and a college degree at the associate's level or higher. After meeting those requirements, individuals will be eligible to take the nationally recognized American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam.
Front row, from left, are Christina Slojkowski, educational director, WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology; Marilyn Zagora, vice president and dean of academic affairs, JCC; and Jeanne Burritt, program director, Bradford Regional Medical Center School of Radiography. In back are: Roslin Newton, assistant dean, arts, humanities, and health sciences, JCC; and Bob Phillips, biology professor and articulation agreements coordinator, JCC. Absent from photo: Bridgett Mayorga, program director, St. James Mercy Hospital School of Radiological Science.
The agreements outline radiologic technology program coursework that can be applied toward the JCC individual studies degree. Additional JCC courses that must be completed to earn the 60-credit hour degree are also detailed.
Radiologic technologists use X-ray equipment to produce images for patient diagnosis and treatment and some earn further credentials that allow them to specialize in mammography, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging, and other types of imaging.
"Radiologic technologists are in demand for their specialized skills," said Roslin Newton, JCC's assistant dean of arts, humanities, and health sciences. "JCC's role in providing a pathway for individuals in this field benefits healthcare providers, our communities, and society in general."
Details about the agreements, as well as financial aid for qualified students, can be obtained by calling 800-388-8557 or by visiting www.sunyjcc.edu/transfer/agreements/radiologictechnology. Information about the radiologic technology programs offered at the healthcare facilities is available at brmc.com/programs-services/school-of-radiography.php, www.stjamesmercy.org/school.shtml, and wcahospital.org/rtschool.php.