UPMC Chautauqua WCA holds School of Radiology graduation

Submitted Photo From left, Tammara LC Hodges, director, UPMC Chautauqua WCA Imaging Services; Amanda Bender, lead clinical instructor, School of Radiology UPMC Chautauqua WCA; Class of 2018 GRADUATES Emily Peterson, Melanie McCutcheon, Kelsey Johnson, Brain Davis, Alexis Weissinger; Christina Slojkowski, program director School of Radiology; Cecil M. Miller III, vice president of operations, UPMC Chautauqua WCA.

JAMESTOWN — Five students of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA School of Radiology celebrated with family and friends during the 49th commencement exercises held on June 8.

Anna Dibble, board of directors, UPMC Chautauqua WCA; and Amanda Bender, MS RT(R), lead clinical instructor presented certificates of class completion and class pins to the Class of 2018 graduates: Brian Davis, Kelsey Johnson, Melanie McCutcheon, Emily Peterson, and Alexis Weissinger.

Christina Slojkowski, MS RT(R), program director, School of Radiology, and Bender delivered the commencement address. “As part of the graduation tonight, we will perform a pinning ceremony which represents the welcoming of the new graduates in the radiologic technology profession,” said Slojkowski. “Symbolically, it is a metal of completion signifying the success of completing the rigorous discipline of study and becoming proficient in this profession. As Amanda pins you tonight, realize its meaning and always move forward in your career with confidence as I have great confidence in all of you.”

Bender added, “Occasionally, there is a class that comes through that by the time they leave, they feel like part of my family. This is one of those classes.”

Three awards were presented to exceptional students in the program:

¯The Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award was presented to Emily.

¯The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Accreditation Certificate of Excellence was presented to Melanie.

¯The Vincent A. Messina Memorial Scholarship Award was presented to Meghan O’Connell, first year student.

According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, a career in radiologic technology offers a promising future, job stability, and a good salary. As technology advances and the American population ages, the demand for radiologic exams and procedures has grown. The boundaries of a career in radiologic technology are determined only an individual’s own abilities and interests.

The UPMC Chautauqua WCA School of Radiology is a full-time, 22-month, hospital-based program. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate of completion and is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam as well as eligibility for New York State licensure.

Apply to the UPMC Chautauqua School of Radiology today. Complete the online application. For admission requirements or questions, contact program director, Slojkowski, by email Slojkowskicm@upmc.edu or by phone 716-664-8366.

To learn more about UPMC Chautauqua WCA, please visit the hospital’s website at upmc.com/media.