December is last chance to apply

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

There will be more choices now for students interested in Allied Health professions, through the new Radiologic Technology program at Coastal Bend College Alice starting this spring. Applications are now being accepted for the 10 competitive spots still available.

Dr. Rito Silva Jr., director of CBC Alice, said the need for radiology staff in South Texas is great right now.

"There are lots of good job opportunities available right now for students interested in the Allied Health area," Silva said. "Hospitals, doctors offices, clinics, they're all in need of help right now when it comes to radiologic technology."

The new program will prepare students to perform as entry level radiologic technologists. Upon completion of the two-year program, students will receive an Associates of Applied Science degree and will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam.

There are some basic prerequisites to be met for the program, such as a 2.0 grade point average or higher on all college level work and the completion of Human Anatomy & Physiology I, II and College Algebra. Also required is successful completion, with a grade C or higher, of all required general academic courses prior to enrollment in the program.

Silva stressed that these are the minimum requirements, but the 10 spots available are open on a competitive basis, so the college will accept a diverse and studious academic pool of talent to chose from for those 10 openings. With the need always there for more trained personnel in radiological technologies, Silva said area salary levels could be upwards of $40,000 or more.

Only 10 will be accepted into the program each year, working together as a group through radiology classes, labs and clinicals. Students in the first year will devote their time to classroom instruction and labs, where they will perfect skills through simulations. Their second year will include increased clinical experiences, with the cooperation of area Spohn hospitals. Silva said the clinical experience will benefit the students by developing professional skills and independence.

The time left to apply is limited.

Applications can be found at CBC-Alice and online at the college Web site. The campus will remain open until the beginning of winter break, Dec. 14. Applicants can also mail in their applications to the Radiologic Technology program for entry this spring, with a postmark date of no later than Dec. 31.

CBC is also including students from CBC-Kingsville in consideration for the Alice program.

They will travel to the Alice campus, where the program will be housed.

"The more they have (academically), the better chance they'll have to get into the program," Silva said.

The college will make its decision on the 10 positions by mid-January. The program begins Feb. 4.