Radiologic Technology at Holyoke Community College

Come right in here. So can you tell me your
last name? Smith. And your date of birth? 8/25/90. Okay, so what’s been going on? I’ve
been coughing for a week and I have some shortness of breath. Okay. Are you a smoker? No. Do
you have asthma? No. And there’s no chance you could be pregnant? No. Okay, so we’re
going to be doing two pictures of your chest today. This is just a shield. I’m going to
put it around you. Okay. So you’re going to come over here. Put your chest right up against
it. You’re going to put your hands on your hips, and roll your shoulders forward. Good.
Right now, you’re going to take a deep breath in, and hold it. Okay, breathe. Okay, now
you’re going to turn and put your left side up against here. You’re going to bring your
arms up over your head, your elbows forward. Take a tiny step forward. Okay right now,
take another deep breath in, and hold it. Okay, breathe. I’ll be right back, I’m just
going to go check this. Okay. Okay, the pictures came out fine. So the radiologist
is going to read those and your doctor should get the results by tomorrow. Okay, thank you!
You’re welcome. Hi, I’m Sarah. And I’m Samantha, and we’re
second-year radiology students at Holyoke Community College. To become a radiologic
technologist, you first have to take a number of pre-requisites, which involve a lot of
math and science. After an interviewing process and final acceptance, you must attend a full
time, 21-month program. Once that is completed, you can take the boards and get licensed in
most states. The radiology program at Holyoke Community College has been a really great
experience for us. Right from the start you’re getting hands-on experience and working in
hospitals and working with the patients, so it’s right when we graduate we feel ready
and prepared for the work area. It is common for people to think that taking an x-ray is
simply just pushing a button, but there’s a lot more than that. It is very hands-on,
and very active. You are on your feet all day and you have to do some heavy lifting.
If you’re thinking of doing radiology, it’s important to have a desire to help sick and
injured people, as you see that throughout the day. And that’s why we chose this path,
because we love to help people. No two days are ever the same either, so it’s important
to be able to think critically, whether it be positioning the patient in certain ways
or setting up the appropriate technique or manipulating the x-ray too so that you can
get the anatomy that you need. Film is not as commonly used in x-ray departments anymore
as technology is advancing and doing away with it. So it’s important to be able to gain
knowledge and keep up with these advancing technologies. Once you’ve graduated as a radiologic
technologist, you can further your education by going into fields like CAT scan, MRI, mammography,
and interventional radiography. Can you introduce yourself? Yes, my name is
Kevin. I am a graduate from HCC radiology program. I currently have a full-time job
at Mercy Medical Center. Why did you choose this profession? Because it was interesting.
Growing up, having x-rays, I wanted to know how it worked and all the behind-the-scenes
stuff. What’s rewarding about this job? You get to help people. You get to see many different
people throughout the day, and putting a smile on most of their faces is good. Are there
any challenges? Yeah, every day. No one patient is the same, everyone’s different. All right,
thank you. You’re welcome. Can you introduce yourself? Hi, I’m Holly
Martin-Peele. I am the program director at Holyoke Community College in the radiography
program. I am also a graduate of the HCC radiography program, so I’ve really kind of seen it from
both sides. If someone’s interested in this program, what are the steps they can take
to kind of get in the program? The first step I always recommend is to attend an information
session for the program. And information sessions are held monthly during the summer and fall,
and the start of the winter, and then every other month during the spring after the admissions
deadline. The, pardon me, information session dates are available on the HCC website, so
you can just go to and look up the radiologic technology program, and you
will find a link to the information session dates. Can you tell us a little bit about
the application process? Well, the application and admissions process involves a three-step
process, and we’ve tried to make that process very objective instead of being subjective
and what we do for that is we first require that people turn in an application and any
transcripts they have from other colleges and/or their high school. From that, we will
assign point values on a rubric. The top 50 or so scores from step one will move on to
phase two. Phase two is an observation at one of our clinical sites, you’ll get an opportunity
to look at the equipment, probably see some of our students in action, really see what
you’re looking at as far as the field and the program. At the end of that information,
at the end of that observation, we will give you an assignment to access the material and
study it, and that is to prepare for the third step of the process. The third step is what
we call the evaluation meeting. That’s held at the college, and basically what we’re going
to do is ask you a series of five questions based on that material we had you study. From
that information, we will decide 20 to 25 students who will receive acceptance to the
program. Thank you. Well I thank you very much for watching this video, and please if
you need any more information, you can email me at [email protected] Thank you. Thank you.

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