ABOVE: First row, from left are: Hunter Rackley, Brooklyn Allen, Erica Holmes, Kasey Turner, Rosemarie Morris, Laura Wheeler, Whitney Meguiar and Carlee Ward. Second row from left: Akashkumar Patel, Harrison Howell, Christian Weaver, Breanna Ray, Kaylee McClain, Jessa Tucker, Amanda Patterson, Kayla Edmondson, Hope Zinzilieta, Kristen Potts, Krissa Collins and Cheyenne Marks. Third row, from left: Garrett Ring, Joshua Wynne and Holly Amoroso. Not pictured: Tracy Bottoms. // SUBMITTED


Columbia State Community College honored 24 radiologic technology graduates, including five grads from Williamson County, in a pinning ceremony April 30 in the Cherry Theater on the Columbia Campus.

The Williamson graduates are:

Kayla Edmondson of Nolensville (37135)

Cheyenne Marks of Fairview (37062)

Kasey Turner of Thompsons Station (37179)

Laura Wheeler of Franklin (37067)

Joshua Wynne of Fairview (37062)

Hope Zinzilieta of Franklin (37067)

“There is always an air of excitement when a group of rad tech students reach the end of their journey at Columbia State,” said Nancy Hopper, program director and associate professor of radiologic technology. “They are prepared for the transition from college to the workplace. Some will continue their education by pursuing advanced degrees or certifications. Whatever the case, the rad tech faculty members are proud of the Class of 2019 and are excited about the adventures and possibilities that await each member of this class. They will make great contributions to the field of medical imaging and will care for their patients with excellence.”

Program graduates must take and pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists board licensure exam in order to secure employment. Currently, the five-year average first-attempt pass rate for Columbia State is 96 percent, which is above the five-year national average pass rate of 89 percent.

“Over forty-plus years Columbia State’s rad tech program has developed a reputation for providing the medical imaging community with outstanding radiographers who make a difference in the quality of outcomes for patients, families and communities,” said Dr. Kae Fleming, dean of the Health Sciences Division and professor of radiologic technology. “For graduates, the radiographer credential is the start of a rewarding career filled with lifelong learning. When you need imaging procedures, Columbia State rad tech graduates are there to provide exceptional care.”

Columbia State’s radiologic technology program is a rigorous 22-month program in which students learn imaging science in order to become a radiographer and work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, doctors’ offices and other health care facilities.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified to produce images of patients’ internal structures for use in diagnosing medical problems.

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