Twelve students completed the 2-year program, which requires 2,000 clinical training hours, according to Program Director Marsha J. Talbert. “Our graduates consistently go on to pass the registry examination to become certified as registered radiologic technologists with scores above or at the national average,” affirms Talbert “We expect no less from this year’s class.”
The 2012 graduates include: Darielle Avant, Independence, La.; Brooke Guidroz, Walker, La.; Cole Hausler, Chalmette, La.; Ashley Jolly, Reserve, La.; Cara J. Klerk, Ponchatoula, La.; Rachel LaSalle, Franklinton, La.; Chelsea Main, Mandeville, La.; Sha Parker, Tuscumbia, Ala.; Paige Price, Mandeville, La.; Lauren Rawls, Slidell, La.; Gabby Sabadie, Slidell, La.; and Brandon Wohltmann, Covington, La.
Outstanding achievement awards were given to three of the graduates during the ceremony. GE Healthcare Field Engineer Ben Raney presented the Academic Achievement Award to LaSalle for obtaining the highest overall scholastic average. The school’s Clinical Coordinator Heather Koepp presented the Performance and Attitude Award to Avant for exceptional performance in the clinical setting. Natalbany Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Rodney Taylor presented the Dannye Young Taylor Always Remembering Others Award in honor of his wife to Klerk in recognition of her outstanding patient care skills.
Klerk, LaSalle, Price, Rawls, Sabadie and Wohltmann also were recognized as members of Lambda Nu, an honor society for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. To become a member of the society, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0.
Also as part of the program, faculty member Ken Travis was recognized for 40 years of dedicated service to the school, and Janice Hyde and Wendy Halterman presented the graduates with bibles donated by the Auxiliary of Gideons International.
North Oaks Medical Center Education Director Nicole Barnum presided over the graduation, and Talbert presented diplomas to the graduates. North Oaks Health System Senior Vice President/Chief Legal Services Officer John Derenbecker offered the commencement address. “With your degree, you have earned the privilege to serve others through patient care,” Derenbecker affirmed. “I encourage you to embrace your accomplishment with a sense of purpose and realize the golden opportunities you now have to make a positive difference in others’ lives.”
Established in 1967, the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The School offers a comprehensive 24-month program that provides classroom and clinical instruction to prepare students for careers in the field of diagnostic imaging, which is used to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) National Certification examination and apply for Louisiana state licensure. To request an application, call or write: Program Director, North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology, P.O. Box 2668, Hammond, Louisiana, 70404, (985) 345-9805. Visit http://www.northoaks.org/