GateWay Community College's radiography program earns recognition for student involvement too
PHOENIX, Arizona – Like many healthcare occupations, the field of radiography, also known as x-ray technology, is constantly evolving, requiring radiologic technologists to keep up with fast-paced changes in technology and patient care. To make sure that students entering the radiography field are fully prepared for the technology they will encounter, the GateWay Community College Medical Radiography Program recently upgraded their facilities with more than $300,000 worth of state-of-the-art equipment, tools and software. In addition, students will also benefit from a recently revised curriculum, making GateWay one of the area's leading educational institutions in medical radiography.
"The majority of our clinical education settings have gone completely digital, so we needed to make sure that our students were keeping up with the industry," said Bradley Johnson, medical radiography program faculty member at GateWay. "The technology students are exposed to here is similar to the technology they'll encounter at hospitals and clinics, which better prepares them with the knowledge they'll need once they graduate."
The new equipment GateWay recently purchased, with the help of taxpayer support, includes: two new high-resolution clinical review displays; an IMIX (Immediate Method of Imaging X-rays) insight "URS-DDR" Universal Radiographic System; a Del Medical – IN50 Digital Radiographic System; PIXY, whole-body phantom complete with simulated internal organs; and the latest version of Carestream PACS (Picture Archive & Communication System) to better simulate the digital imaging clinical experience.
Besides benefiting their future careers, Johnson added that the new technology makes students' current studies more efficient and practical as they now do not have to carry around film and can review their images at home thanks to the new PACS software.
"Thanks to community and administrative support, GateWay is on the cutting edge of medical imaging education," Johnson said. "Through the purchase of our two new digital rooms, and by revising our curriculum to include a greater emphasis on digital imaging, our students are getting the preparation they need to be successful."
GateWay medical radiography students interested in furthering their education also benefit from a partnership with Northern Arizona University where students can pursue their bachelor's degree. NAU has also made this degree available in an "upside down" format, which allows students to start earning credits toward their bachelor's degree while waiting to begin the Medical Radiography Program at GateWay.
Beyond the technical side, the radiography program will be recognized in the October/November edition of the ASRT Scanner, a leading radiologic technology publication, for its students' outstanding community service efforts. Students in the GateWay Medical Radiography Program are part of the StART Club, an organization that volunteers their time at local food banks, clothing drives, adopt-a-family holiday programs, and other community-service efforts.
Johnson added that one of the club's outstanding community service projects was the "X-Rays Don't Hurt" program where they took children from GateWay's on-campus Children's Learning Center and gave them a tour of the x-ray labs and explained how the process worked. The overall goal of the program was to help take away the "fear factor" for children needing to get x-rays.
For more information on the Medical Radiography Program at GateWay Community College, visit www.gatewaycc.edu/Programs/MedicalRadiography/ or contact Bradley Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-286-8502.