Regina Light, a mother of three with a husband in the Coast Guard,
used the word blur to describe the past four years.
She began at SC4 in 2012 after transferring from a community
college in Washington. By 2015 she had not only graduated Suma Cum Laude with associate
degrees in radiologic technology and science, she also had a job waiting for
her as a radiologic technologist at McLaren Hospital of Port Huron.
Light said it was a seamless transition from student to
employee, and she attributes this to the strong education she received at SC4
and how director Monica Rowling structures her program.
“They told us right away this is more than clinical time,
this is a two-year job interview so do the best you can,” Light said. “You
start out under very close supervision but at the end of two years you are
expected to be able to perform exams independently, know the flow of the
department and know where you fit into the team. Everyone is always nervous
when you get your first patient and no one is watching you, but I didn’t feel
nervous at all because I felt prepared to do what I had been trained to do.”
Light said the program at SC4 is unique because of the
multiple clinical sites which give students exposure to different machines and
equipment, as well as exposure to diverse settings and paces of work which she
feels provides a well-rounded experience.
“Some people get a year into it and decide it’s not what
they want to do and then they move on,” Light said. “People don’t expect it to be
that difficult. They think ‘It’s just X-rays; you are just there pushing a
button and taking a picture,’ but it’s not. You have science and physics behind
it and if you’re not willing to put hard work behind that, regardless if you
have nice patient skills, you aren’t going to make it.”
Light’s advice to current students?
“Work hard, don’t give up and enjoy it even when it seems
tough or difficult, because those moments are what will make and break you.”
learn more about SC4’s radiologic technology program, click here.