OVMC's Radiologic Technology Program Welcomes New Students

Friday, July 24, 2009

WHEELING, WV— Ohio Valley Medical Center's Radiologic Technology Program welcomed eight new students for the Class of 2010.  These new students will join eight senior students already participating in the program.

Established in 1954, OVMC's Radiologic Technology Program is a 24-month clinical and classroom activity based instructional curriculum.  Along with the scheduled classroom time, the program incorporates clinical experience at OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital to develop the theory, skills and aptitude of modern radiographers.

OVMC's Radiologic Technology Program also holds an academic partnership with Belmont Technical College and West Virginia Northern Community College.  The partnerships allow students, once they complete the radiologic technology program and pass the national registry examination, to enter either college programs with course credits that can be applied to an associate's degree.  Several students in both classes are taking advantage of the new partnerships.

The field of Radiologic Technology includes some of the most rapidly advancing careers in health care. Recent changes in technology, the ever-increasing use of highly sophisticated equipment and the expansion of radiology departments have created a sharp demand for individuals educated in this field.

Clinical experience includes diagnostic radiology; surgical procedures; mobile x-ray equipment and radiation protection; plus familiarization with ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scanning, nuclear medicine, and radiation oncology.

The Instructors in the Radiologic Technology Program have over 85 years combined experience in radiology.  The instructors are also certified in a range of fields including mammography, quality assurance, and ultrasound.

\"The Ohio Valley Medical Center Program of Radiologic Technology is committed to providing its students with a quality education so they may provide quality healthcare services to their patients,\" said Catherine Ball, Program Director.

The students will graduate with approximately 1,200 didactic hours and 2,550 clinical hours. After completing the program, the graduates will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and the State of West Virginia Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners accredits OVMC's Radiologic Technology Program.  For more information on OVMC's Radiology Technology Program, call Catherine Ball, RT, MS, Program Director at  (304)234-8781.