students became part of an elite group last week when they graduated from the
DeKalb Medical Radiologic Technology School. They join over 600 other former students
who’ve graduated in the program’s 51 years.
is a testament to the sacrifice, dedication and commitment on behalf of so many
individuals over the past five decades who have simply believed in the gift of
sharing knowledge with others,” DeKalb Medical School of Radiologic Technology
Director Shaun Taylor said.
are certified in Radiologic Technology and eligible
to take the national American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam.
Since 2005, DeKalb Medical is proud to acknowledge its program graduates have a
100 percent pass rate on the ARRT exam. Upon passing the exam, the graduate
becomes a registered radiologic technologist (radiographer): R.T. (R).
Radiographers help diagnose and treat illness or injury under the guidance of a
physician through operating machines such as X-rays, ultrasounds, magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) and computer tomography (CT).
Approximately half of the current employees in DeKalb
Medical’s Imaging Services are graduates of the program.
Medical fully supports the radiology program; it is not sponsored by an outside
facility or college which uses the hospital as a clinical site. It does,
however, partner with Georgia Perimeter College to allow radiology students the
opportunity to earn an associate of science degree in Radiologic Technology.
radiology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in
Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Between 150 and 200 applications are received
each year from prospective students, but the program only accepts 20 per year.
New classes begin each September, with students embarking on a 24-month,
40-hour-a-week class and clinical program.
About DeKalb Medical
Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), and DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012. Our Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our Cancer Center has been granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program, and our Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, our LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org.