By Molly Cunha
Every member of the 2017 graduating class of the medical imaging program was able to get a job post-graduation, some even had multiple job offers. However, this is nothing new. In the past four to five years, there has been a 100 percent employment rate for the graduating students from this program. They now work at facilities including Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group, and local hospitals such as St. Joseph’s, Winthrop, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and North Shore University Hospital. Some students have since gone back to school, and some into higher administrative positions.
The faculty in this program hold a high standard for their students to follow, which plays a role in their overall success. They are strict with each student, requiring no absences from clinical training and absolutely no cell phones. The focus and professionalism in their job setting ensures that students are not only prepared for exams, but also for clinical connections within their occupation.
“Faculty of the medical imaging program take a lot of pride in the fact that our students do very well in their clinical rotations,” Director of the Radiologic Technology Program, Suzanne Thomas said.
While students have patient care classes in a SIM lab located in Pell Hall, each student is able to rotate clinical sites. There are eight clinical affiliates, and every semester there is a rotation, so students get experience at four different locations.
The application process is extensive. Students begin their specific program in their junior and senior years. The program is limited to current Post students. They must have already taken prerequisite classes such as anatomy and physiology, as well as have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
Students hoping to apply for the program should plan ahead.
A secondary application to the program can be requested beginning in November of their sophomore year. The Health Occupations Aptitude Exam, an interview with the program’s admissions committee, and six hours of observation in a radiological facility are also required.
Beginning this semester, there were 70 applicants, with only 25 chosen each year. This year the program is also affiliated with CityMD. A future affiliation with Mount Sinai is still up for discussion. The strong reputation of this program will remain to outshine others with its 100 percent job rate, and ensure the students are prepared for life after Post.