Riverland Community College Radiography Program student Ryan Lake placed third at the Student Bowl sponsored by the Minnesota Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT) on June 19. Radiography students from Minnesota schools, including Riverland, attended the event held at South Central College in Mankato. The competition included more than 276 radiography students from across the state.
Lake, originally from Fairmont, currently resides in Clarks Grove. He will complete the Riverland Radiography program this summer and would like to pursue advanced modalities, especially MRI. In the future he plans to continue his education, possibly as a physicians assistant, or pursue masters of science degree in health administration.
I have enjoyed my time at Riverland, said Lake. I have been impressed by the investment Riverland has made in the health sciences and by the quality of instructors at the school."
The Minnesota Society of Radiologic Technologists represents the needs of Minnesota professional, registered imaging science technologists. The purpose of the MSRT is to advance the professions of radiation and imaging specialties, to assist in establishing and maintaining high standards of education and training, to elevate the quality of patient care and to improve the welfare and socioeconomics of radiologic technologists.
An MSRT subcommittee of educators from 15 schools planned the annual Student Bowl. They built test banks that encompassed the scope of the radiography professional practice. Students were individually asked questions with one wrong answer leading to elimination.
The questions followed the format and subject content of the national radiography registry exam. The topics included: radiation protection, equipment operation and quality control, image production and evaluation, radiographic procedures and patient care. The educators' group also prepared a written mock registry exam in which Lake, along with the other students at the event, participated. This is a useful review for students before they write their national board exam in August.
The Riverland Radiography program is 24-month program, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). It prepares students to become competent radiologic technologists. Successful students demonstrate an aptitude for science and math, an interest in working with people and technology and the ability to function professionally under stress.
The curriculum includes courses in radiation protection, equipment operation and maintenance, image production and evaluation, radiographic procedures and patient care. Clinical education, at various health care facilities in southern Minnesota gives students opportunities to apply skills learned in the classroom. Graduates are eligible to take the nationally recognized ARRT registry exam to become registered technologists in radiography. Students may also elect to take a mammography training course.
Riverland Community College, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is a regional comprehensive community college inspiring learning for living through a personalized educational environment. Approximately 4,000 students are served, annually, through a wide range of credit-based educational opportunities. An additional 4,800 students are annually served in non-credit courses. Facilities are located in Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna, Minn. Riverland may be found on the Internet at www.riverland.edu.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 240,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 130,000 students in non-credit courses.