HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Students graduating from Wallace State Community College’s Diagnostic Imaging program once again earned a 100 percent licensure rate on their National Register exam, marking the third consecutive year the program has attained a perfect rating.
“We work very hard to make sure our students are prepared to pass the licensure exam their first time out,” said James Malone, head of the Diagnostic Imaging program at Wallace State. “We want our students to be ready to hit the ground running, to pass the exam and have a job waiting for them when they leave us.
“I am extremely proud of our students,” Malone added. “I know how much time and effort they put in in the classroom, at clinicals and at home in order to be successful. I’m excited and happy for each and every one of them.”
The program’s job placement rates also reached 100 percent, according to the most recent numbers available. Every Diagnostic Imaging student from the 2013-2014 academic year found employment in his or her field.
Wallace State’s Diagnostic Imaging program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree, which takes five semesters to complete. Students can also choose to add advanced imaging options in Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resource Imaging (MRI).
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow 21 percent from 2012-2022, faster than average for all occupations. The median annual wage for radiologic technologists was $54,620 in May 2012, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $37,060 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $77,160. MRI Technologists earned a median annual wage of $65,360, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $46,400 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $89,130.