SCC radiography students

SCC radiography students who recently started clinicals are front row from left: Eric Fox (Murphy), Anna Hill (Sylva), Devona Reed (Whittier), Charity Jones (Franklin) and Radiography Program Coordinator Meg Petty; middle row: Nicholas Rhodes (Franklin), Courtney Penland (Murphy), Kelsey White (Franklin) and Justina Bentivogli (Bryson City); back row: Jacob Miller (Highlands), Adam Wright (Franklin), Jason Coggins (Sylva) and Devon Heenan (Cashiers).

As colors turn and leaves drop to the ground, fall marks a season of great change. Students in Southwestern Community College’s Radiography program are feeling that change, too, as they prepare to begin their clinical rotations at hospitals across the region.

On their first set of rotations, these students will work under the direction of radiography professionals and will assist in the taking of X-rays as well as other daily tasks.

Once students have earned their two-year associate degrees, they can choose to work in diagnostic X-ray departments, or they have the option to specialize in areas such as nuclear medicine, sonography, mammography, CT (computed tomography), radiation therapy or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). They can also continue their education at a four-year university.

“We’re very excited about this group of first-year students,” said Meg Petty, SCC’s program coordinator. “They’ll get five semesters of academic and clinical training, and they’re on track to graduate in May of 2021 with all the skills they need to begin a rewarding and prosperous career.”

For more information about SCC’s radiography program, contact Petty at mpetty@southwesterncc.edu or 339-4320.