NEWARK, Ohio, June 11, 2018 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) alumnus Tim Blunn's journey to his career as a computed tomography (CT) technologist began with an accident. Blunn was still living in England when he suffered a soccer injury that significantly dislocated his knee. The x-rays proved to be "shockingly interesting," and he was hooked on radiology.
Soon after he immigrated to the United States, specifically Columbus, Ohio, Blunn was working in a hospital when a coworker suggested he look into COTC's radiologic technology program. As Blunn would say, the rest was history.
"The radiology program at COTC has changed my life in many ways. It helped me realize and achieve goals, better myself as a person and has improved my life as a whole," he said. "I wear my COTC pin with pride."
Blunn is now a CT technologist at Grant Medical Center in downtown Columbus with plans to become a traveling CT technologist.
"I love my job at Grant. The hospital, the pace, the variety and the types of injuries we deal with fit me and my personality to a T," he said. Blunn did a clinical rotation at Grant Medical Center while in COTC's radiologic technology program and was hired there immediately after graduating in 2017 with his Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Science Technology and passing his registry exams.
"The COTC radiologic science technology program isn't easy, but if you're willing to make the necessary sacrifices you will come out the other side with a high-quality education, a great job and a career path that can take you in many different directions," he said. He also noted the important role his COTC instructors and radiology staff at his clinical sites had on his motivation to complete his education.
Blunn is set to graduate from The Ohio State University's Associate of Science to Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science and Therapy program in May 2019.
Caption: Blunn during his first day of clinicals at Grant Medical Center.
The radiologic science technology program at COTC combines extensive classroom, laboratory and clinical learning situations to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely practice radiology. It is a two-year, five-semester program that is highly competitive and selection-based.
The five-year average job placement rate in radiologic science within one year of graduation from COTC is 100 percent. Recently, all 16 of the 2018 graduates from the radiologic science technology program passed the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT) certification exam on their first attempt. Faculty credit the 100 percent pass rate to COTC's hands-on training and one-on-one faculty interaction with students. Read more about COTC Radiologic Science Technology program's 100 percent pass rate at cotc.edu/news. Learn more at cotc.edu/radtech.
COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.