43rd Annual Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program Pinning Ceremony
This summer, 16 graduates were recognized and awarded for their hard work and program completion at the 43rd Annual Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program Pinning Ceremony.
Clauja Rodriques, now an alumna, stood proudly in the lobby of the Bonnell Building with friends and family, excited about the next chapter of her life. She is looking forward to securing a position with Jefferson or Lankenau Hospital as a diagnostic medical imaging technician.
Rodriques said she enrolled in the DMI program because of its affordability and convenient location. Graduates either will seek employment in hospitals, urgent care facilities or at other health care sites or continue their education at 4-year universities.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for Diagnostic Medical Imaging Technicians are expected to grow 13 percent between 2016 and 2026 with a median annual wage of $58,440. Technologists who graduate from accredited programs and those with multiple certifications will have the best job prospects.
The DMI program is one of the College’s top-ranked health care programs. “You have acquired the expertise that will make you successful in your field as a technologist, and your time management, communication and critical thinking skills will make you an efficient member of a health care team,” Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of the College, told graduates.
“Student success begins with an outstanding faculty who have the skills and knowledge needed for today’s rapidly changing workplaces,” he added.
One hundred percent of the program's graduates between 2004 and 2018 passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography examination on the first attempt. Graduates of 2018 are now certified, and on the path to attaining employment.
Dr. Generals expressed his appreciation for Rebecca Peterson, coordinator of the DMI program, and Mary Tartaglione, the DMI curriculum coordinator, who, along with the entire DMI faculty, have prepared students to meet the demands of today's employers. He also congratulated students for their persistence and notable achievements.
“Each graduate has committed everything to this program, to their goals and dreams, and to their future,”class speaker Grace Deissroth remarked.