Twenty-nine newly minted graduates of the San Diego Mesa College Radiologic Technology program will participate in a special pinning ceremony at 7 p.m., Monday, August 10, at the Apolliad Theater at Mesa College.
At least 75 percent of the graduates will move directly into employment in their clinical practice settings following program completion.
“The practicum experience is the jewel of the Mesa College program,” according to George Ochoa, Administrative Director of Ancillary Services, Scripps Mercy Hospital, “For us, it’s like a two-year interview... I know if the students are committed, if they are gentle with my patients. I know their work habits. It makes it easy to make a hiring decision.” Himself a Mesa graduate, Ochoa has hired more than 50 Mesa graduates during his 24 years at Scripps.
A pinning ceremony is held every August following final clinical practice commitments and marks the completion of the intensive, 24-month program. At the ceremony, graduates will be recognized by faculty, administrators and clinical instructors who represent 14 major health care centers in San Diego that supervised the clinical practicums.
Many students enrolled in the program are mid-career individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and are looking for a career change. “The students change dramatically during those two years,” said Jeffery Sammons, who teaches at Mesa. “They come in very ‘wet behind the ears’ and leave as confident professionals.”
“The public can be assured that graduates from the San Diego Mesa College Radiologic Technology Program are the best,” adds Lori Covington, Radiologic Technology Program Director. For the last two years, 100 percent of Mesa graduates passed the ARRT National Registry Exam examination.
The Mesa College Radiologic Technology Certificate Program prepares students for a high-demand career. The two-year program features an integrated plan of classroom work and closely supervised clinical practicum at a partnering healthcare facility. Partners include Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Rees-Stealy, Mira Mesa, Tri-City Medical Center, Veterans Administration San Diego Medical Center, UCSD Medical Center, UCSD Thornton Hospital, UCSD Women's Center and Palomar Medical Center.
Upon completion of the program, students receive an Associate of Science Degree or Certificate in Radiologic Technology and qualify to take the ARRT National Registry Exam. Mesa is the only community college in the region to offer an associate degree and certificate in this field. The Mesa College program is certified by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
Persons interested in the Radiologic Technology diploma program offered at Mesa College, can call 619-388-2684 or go to www.sdmesa.edu/allied-health.