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April 24, 2009
SEVIERVILLE East Tennessee State University and Sevier County leaders hope to add more radiologic technologists to the countys regional health care system through a new bachelors degree program in radiography that will be offered in Sevierville beginning this fall.
The demand for more technologists in Sevierville is high, particularly in rural areas surrounding the county, said Dr. Don Samples, associate dean of ETSUs College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.
The radiography program is one of many new initiatives being developed through a formal partnership announced three years ago between ETSUs Division of Health Sciences and leaders of Sevier County. One initial goal of the partnership was to increase the health profession experiences for local students.
A program for radiologic technologists was among the needs communicated to us when our discussions began, Samples said. Radiography is one of the fastest growing professions in the country and is an integral component of the health care system, especially in hospitals and urgent care facilities.
The career opportunities are extremely promising, and graduates can go on to specialize in areas such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine, and ultrasounds.
Samples said the program requires five semesters to complete. Those enrolled will receive their clinical training at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center supervised by ETSU faculty and on-site radiologic technologists, and they will complete their coursework through the Codian Bridge technology that allows students to view live lectures from their computer.
Residents of Sevier County and the surrounding area interested in the program should contact Matt Johnson, academic advisor in the ETSU College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, at (423) 439-7468 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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