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SC4 radiologic technology program celebrates impressive seven-year, 100 percent first-time passage rate on national exam

Radtec Student views an x-ray

The St. Clair County Community College radiologic technology program has continued for a seventh year, its impressive 100 percent first-time passage rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Exam, a national registry exam that grants certification in radiologic technology.

Twelve SC4 graduates passed the 2020 exam, bringing the total number of SC4 graduates passing on their first try to 73 since the program began at the college in 2012.

According to SC4 Vice President for Academic Services/Chief Academic Officer for Occupational Studies and Health Sciences Tamara Kenny, the excellent training and preparation provided to students is thanks to the expertise and dedication of Professor of Radiologic Technology Sandra Geliske and Program Director Monica Rowling.

“A perfect record like this is uncommon,” Kenny said. “It illustrates the high level of commitment we have to our students in ensuring they are ready to thrive in this career path upon graduation.”

SC4 radiologic technology graduates work at Beaumont hospitals, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hills and Dales Medical Center, McKenzie Health System, McLaren Lapeer Regional Hospital, McLaren Port Huron, Lake Huron Medical Center, Concentra clinics, Henry Ford Macomb Health Center, Orthopedic Associates, Advanced Orthopedics and Ascension hospitals, chiropractor offices, and other clinics and facilities.

“I continue to be impressed by the commitment and perseverance of our Blue Water Area students,” Rowling said. “They make me so proud every year and make a positive difference in the lives of patients here in Port Huron and far beyond.”

SC4’s radiologic technology associate degree program prepares students to become radiologic technologists by combining imaging technology with patient care skills to create quality radiography images. The program has a 24-month, competency-based curriculum that includes practical experiences in hospitals and imaging centers. It received an impressive maximum eight-year accreditation award from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) in 2020.

There are 21 other radiologic technology programs in Michigan, including 16 associate degree programs, two bachelor’s degree programs and three hospital-based programs.