ABOVE: Back row, from left are Kasey Jo Turner, Thompson’s Station native and Columbia State rad tech student; Kayla Edmondson, Nolensville native and Columbia State rad tech student; Taylor Howell, Pulaski native and Columbia State rad tech student; Marissa Dunkin, Columbia State assistant clinical coordinator and assistant professor of radiologic technology; M. Rose Hobby, Columbia State assistant professor of radiologic technology; and Cheyenne Marks, Fairview native and Columbia State rad tech student. (In front) Nancy Hopper, Columbia State program director and associate professor of radiologic technology.
Columbia State Community College radiologic technology students recently attended the Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists 80th Annual Educational Conference where they placed first in the student bowl competition.
“The TSRT Student Bowl allows students to test their knowledge against peers from other Tennessee programs and confirms Columbia State’s rad tech students are the best of the best,” said Dr. Kae Fleming, dean of the Health Sciences Division.
“Our two Columbia State teams went head-to-head in the semi-final round,” said Laura Wheeler Columbia State rad tech student. “One team went on to win the entire competition.”
In addition to the competition, the students attended multiple hour-long educational sessions.
“Life-long learning is a quality we wish to ingrain in the students,” said M. Rose Hobby, Columbia State assistant professor of radiologic technology. “As radiographers, we obtain continuing education credit for participating in these meetings. We hope that exposing the students to these opportunities helps them become active members of the profession later on.”
TSRT conferences provide opportunities for students to network, socialize and stay informed about what is happening in the profession.
Nancy Hopper, Columbia State program director and associate professor of radiologic technology.
Rad tech is a health profession that involves producing diagnostic images of patient’s internal structures for use by the radiologist or referring physician in diagnosing medical problems and disorders. As a professional, the radiographer is required to observe the ethical and professional standards expected of all persons involved in caring for patients in healthcare settings. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree from Columbia State.
The college’s 24-month program prepares graduates for the national registry examination in radiography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists – the board licensure exam is required in order to secure employment. For 2018, 100 percent of Columbia State’s rad tech graduates passed the credentialing exam on the first attempt; the five-year average first-attempt pass rate for Columbia State is 95 percent, which is above the five-year national average pass rate of 89 percent.
For more information about the program, contact Nancy Hopper, Columbia State program director and associate professor of radiologic technology at 931.540.2608, or visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/