COTC Radiologic Science Technology program has been making an impact since 1971.
NEWARK, Ohio, November 4, 2019 – Radiologic technologists interact with patients to produce images that demonstrate the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the body. Medical diagnosis is highly dependent on this type of visualization of the inside of the body. So when Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) opened its doors in 1971, the radiologic science technology program, known by some as "x-ray technology," was one of the first degree programs students could complete and is still offering significant impact today.
The program's success can be seen in the numbers.
- Six-hundred and twenty graduates have been awarded a degree in the 48 years the program has been available at COTC.
- Since 2015, 100% of the radiologic science technology students have passed the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT) certification exam on their first attempt.
- COTC's radiologic science technology program boasts a five-year average job placement rate of 100%.
However, what the numbers don't translate is the personal impact of student, alumni and faculty success. Many of the program's graduates use their degree to care for their community. Diane Snow of Newark, a 1976 graduate, retired from Mount Caramel East where she was a radiation and oncology supervisor. Mara Weber of Lancaster, a 2005 graduate, is now a pharmacist at Grant Medical Center. Faith Todd of Logan, a 2008 graduate, is the director of radiology at Hocking Valley Community Hospital.
"While at times the hard work was overwhelming, I have found that the experiences I had through the COTC program abundantly prepared me for my career," said Todd. "It also motivated me to look beyond 'simply' taking x-rays to making the patient's needs a priority and balancing the two in order to provide quality care and imaging."
Weber added, "I obtained such a great foundation and real-world experience at COTC with the resources the campus had available. I was able to easily transfer to The Ohio State University and complete a bachelor's degree with help from my COTC professors."
Program faculty's impact has been recognized by the college. In May 2017, Whitney Reese, assistant professor and clinical coordinator, received the Full-Time Teaching Excellence Award. Students who nominated her for it praised her for never giving up on those in her classroom, and being giving of her time to ensure students get the support they need to succeed.
"As a program, we have always placed an emphasis on one-on-one evaluation, tutoring and mentorship from faculty to student. We feel that this provides them with learning opportunities that are individualized based on their needs," said Reese.
In September 2017, Ken Ollish, associate professor, director of the program and 32-year COTC employee, received the Legend of Loyalty Award for his dedication to helping students connect with the field at state conferences, collaboration with others in the field and coordination of a successful reaccreditation of the program.
Ollish is hoping to continue to make an impact on students and the field of radiologic technology in perpetuity with the creation of a new scholarship. The creation of the Radiologic Technology Alumni and Friends Scholarship has been Ollish's goal for about a year. The scholarship will be awarded to at least one second-year radiologic science technology student with demonstrated financial need.
"A personal, lifelong philosophy of mine is that you are either a giver or a taker in your community and relationships," he said. "This is an opportunity for our radiologic science technology alumni and friends to "pay it forward" for the profession. We hope to raise at least $50,000 to endow the fund." Help make an impact with a contribution to the Radiologic Technology Alumni and Friends Scholarship at go.cotc.edu/radtechscholarship.
The announcement of this scholarship is in conjunction with COTC's celebration of National Radiologic Technology Week, November 3 – 9. This celebration week was created by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and happens each year during the week of November 8, the day that German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the x-ray in 1895.
COTC's radiologic science technology program combines extensive classroom, laboratory and clinical learning simulation to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely practice radiology. This two-year, five-semester program is highly competitive and selection-based. Students who complete it receive an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Science Technology. 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.