Grand Rapids Community College’s 2020 class of radiologic technology students all successfully passed their first attempt at the radiologic technology licensure exam.
With all 18 students passing their exam, this is the fifth time for a 100% passing rate by a GRCC class in their first attempt since the college began recording radiology exam data in 2007.
As COVID-19 continues to plague the nation, the need for health care workers has been at an all time high in recent years.
“It is very rewarding knowing I am helping contribute to this essential profession of frontline health care workers,” said GRCC Radiologic Technology Director Julie Lackscheide. “The field of radiology is an essential part of healthcare. Radiographers are responsible for a large part of diagnostic imaging and treatment plans of all patients, even more so in this pandemic.”
RT students must take five clinical courses at local hospitals. GRCC’s program not only provides students the necessary credits to be eligible to register for a radiography certification, but also provides opportunities to be registered radiographers in magnetic resonance imaging, computer tomography and/or general radiography.
“Anyone in health education knows it has been a very hard one and a half years for our students,” Lackscheide said. “Not only is the program a large commitment, this pandemic has produced a lot of added stress. Many of our students received essential work mandates or were laid off during this time. We were also changing the structure of the program weekly based on clinical site or college restrictions.”
The mission of the RT program at GRCC is to not only demonstrate radiation safety and patient care, but to create “professional attitudes and lifelong learning characteristics that will prepare students for entry into the workforce of diagnostic medical imaging.”
More information about the RT program can be found here.