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College’s Radiologic Technology Program Reveals New Partnership with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Students in Lone Star College-Montgomery’s medical radiologic technology program can now complete their required clinical rotations at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), one of only two Level 1 trauma centers in the greater Houston area.

“Memorial Hermann-TMC is a huge teaching facility,” said Melanie Hail, one of LSC-Montgomery’s four full-time radiologic technology professors. “It’s been a goal in my heart to get this type of experience for our students since I came to work here six and a half years ago.”

Beginning this summer, second-year students in the program will be exposed to intense trauma situations and unique clinical education learning experiences that only a Level 1 trauma center can offer.

“We are very thankful for the great partnerships we have with local hospitals and clinics, but this new agreement will prepare our students for even greater care,” said Hail, who was recently awarded the 2013 Sharon Coffey Educator of the Year award by the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists. “This is huge for the campus and our students.”

LSC-Montgomery offers a two-year associate of applied science degree in medical radiologic technology, training students to use x-ray technology to create images of body parts and organ systems to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Graduates often find employment in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, or extended care facilities.

“Our graduates are highly sought after by employers as a result of their outstanding clinical skills and professional values,” said Dr. Francis Ozor, LSC-Montgomery’s medical radiologic technology program director. “Our program combines highly effective didactic and clinical education experiences, which enable students to acquire knowledge, develop medical imaging skills, and professional values.”

For the last eight years, students in LSC-Montgomery’s medical radiologic technology graduating class have achieved a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. In December, all 22 students passed the national board exam with an average score of 90.1, well above the national average score of 85.3.

“The quality of students that come from the radiologic technology and other healthcare programs on campus is phenomenal,” said Dr. Austin Lane, president of LSC-Montgomery. “This new partnership will allow our students to head into the workforce, better equipped, better trained, and ready to go.”

Other healthcare programs at LSC-Montgomery and throughout the entire Lone Star College System have already been in partnership with Memorial Hermann-TMC, but until now, that partnership did not include LSC-Montgomery’s medical radiologic program.

LSC-Montgomery’s highly competitive medical radiologic technology program will be accepting applications for the fall 2013 program beginning July 15. Interested candidates are highly encouraged to attend an upcoming information session to learn about admission requirements, the application process and timetable, and the program course sequence.

For more information on upcoming information sessions, visit www.LoneStar.edu/medical-radiology-dept-montgomery.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.