Locals graduate from radiology program

Published 4:19 am Saturday, July 7, 2018

Members of the 49th graduating class of the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology celebrated their accomplishments with a ceremony and reception June 28.

Commencement was held in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, located within North Oaks Diagnostic Center. Graduates included Nicolai Cannizzaro of Folsom, Cardell Dudley of Springfield, Kaylee Gough of Slidell, Elizabeth Hennington of Amite, Korey Hymel of Springfield, Megan Jacob of Kenner, Ansley Jarreau of Bogalusa, Kelsey Lee of Loranger, Brittany Moore of Greensburg, Hunter Moran of Hammond, and Chelsea Rogers of Pine.

North Oaks Health System’s Chief Human Resources Officer Jeff Jarreau presided over the ceremony that concluded two years of study for the students involving 2,000 clinical hours, more than 1,200 classroom hours and more than 400 exams and quizzes.

The commencement address was delivered by Michele Sutton, president and chief executive officer of North Oaks Health System, who recounted the role that radiologic technologists played in her mother’s 13-year battle with cancer.

“Health care is a calling and a priceless gift,” Sutton said. “Every day and with every encounter, you get to make a difference through your kindness and compassion — providing comfort, inspiring confidence and bringing peace to your patients and their loved ones. Allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes, but grow from them and take time to achieve your dreams. Your future is what you make it!”

Cannizzaro, Gough, Jacob, Jarreau and Moran were recognized as members of Lambda Nu, a national honor society for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. To become a member, one must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0.

Established in 1967, the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The school offers a comprehensive 24-month program that provides classroom and clinical instruction to prepare students for careers in the field of diagnostic imaging, which is used to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) National Certification examination and apply for Louisiana state licensure.

Applications for the 2019-21 class will be accepted through June 1, 2019. To request an application, call or write: Program Director, North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology, P.O. Box 2668, Hammond, Louisiana, 70404, 985-230-7805. Applications also are available online for printing at www.northoaks.org in the “Join Our Team” section.