OVMC Radiologic Technology Program Holds Graduation

Friday, July 24, 2009

WHEELING, WV— Ohio Valley Medical Center's Radiologic Technology Program recently held its 54th graduation ceremony, recognizing six students who have successfully completed the hospital's rigorous program of radiological technology.

Jason Carroll, Lisa Laird and Sherrie Orlofske, OVMC Radiologic Technology Clinical Instructors, presented the graduates with diplomas and pins. Graduates included: Kendra Brown of Jacksonburg, WV, Kayla Detling of Barnesville, Jessica Dunn of Beallsville, Katie Jernigan of Weirton, Kasey West of St. Clairsville and Courtney Wilson of Woodsfield.

Vicki Novick, Administrative Director of Radiology at OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital, presented four graduates with awards. Katie Jernigan was honored with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology for outstanding attendance and Kendra Brown was awarded the Imaging Systems Specialist Award for clinical excellence. Kayla Detling received the Mallinckrodt Award for academic excellence and the OVMC Program Award for the highest score on the final exam went to Jessica Dunn.

Guest speakers for the graduation ceremony were: Jim Stultz, Senior Vice President of OVMC; Patty Patrick, Staff Technologist; Stephanie VanDerheyden, Representative of the Freshman Class and Kendra Brown, Representative of the Graduating Class.

OVMC's Radiology Technology Program was established in 1954, with the first class graduating in 1955. Students participate in a 24-month program, spending 40 hours per week in clinical and classroom activities.

Along with the scheduled classroom time, the program incorporates clinical experience to develop the theory, skills and aptitude of modern radiographers. Clinical experience includes diagnostic radiology; including mobile and surgical procedures; plus familiarization with ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scanning, nuclear medicine, and radiation oncology. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology accredits OVMC's program.

To be eligible for the Radiologic Technology Program, students must have graduated from an accredited high school with an academic curriculum focusing on English, Sciences, Mathematics and Social Studies.

Students are accepted into the program following interviews and approval from the admissions committee. Students graduate with approximately 1,000 didactic hours and 3,000 clinical hours. After completing the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. For more information, call (304) 234-8781.