GOOD NEWS: OC Rad Tech grads all pass national exam

Pictured are, back row: Amber Hulcy, Kimberly Proulx, Mikyla Alvidrez, Luis Mendoza, Brandon Hernandez and Sianna Carrasco. Middle row: Taylor House, Sydney Murray, Olivia Rosales, Heather Wells, Jennifer Molina and Maria Hernandez. Front row: Sianna Vieira and Hannah Bolter. (Courtesy Photo)

All 14 graduates of the Odessa College radiologic technology program passed their American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national exam just two weeks after their graduation.

“This is the quickest I can remember everyone finishing successfully. All of the students, with the exception of one who is moving back to Colorado, are also licensed in the state of Texas with the Texas Medical Board – Medical Radiologic Technologists (MRT),” Carrie Nanson, director of the Radiologic Technology department, exclaimed.

“What a privilege as an educator to work with such an outstanding group of young people. Our students not only persevered through a pandemic to complete the program on schedule, but also worked extra time with instructors to enhance their understanding of very difficult material. Without their dedication, time, and ability to adapt and progress, this would not have been possible. I am also privileged to work with outstanding faculty, including Vicki Hughes, Program Clinical Instructor, Liliana Ramirez, Program Clinical Coordinator and Jerry Hild, Adjunct Instructor,” Nanson added.

All of the newly graduated MRT’s have been hired by local facilities, except two who plan to move out of the area. The program has maintained a 100% job placement rate since 2012.

The spring 2021 rad tech graduates are: Mikyla Alvidrez, Andrews; Hannah Bolter, Kermit; Sianna Carrasco, Taylor House, Luis Mendoza, Jennifer Molina, Kimberly Proulx, Olivia Rosales, Heather Wells, Odessa; Brandon Hernandez, Maria Hernandez, Fort Stockton; Amber Hulcy, Midland; Sianna Vieira, California; and Sydney Murray, Montrose, Co.