Moody Endowment awarded $85,000 to the radiography program at Galveston College. The endowment provided almost two-thirds of what was needed to update and replace critical program equipment. The college provided one-third of the cost from other sources. The Moody Endowment grant allowed the college to purchase and install two non-energized radiographic systems. It is important to have practice equipment that is comparable to the hospital’s equipment to assist the student’s transition from simulated practice in lab rooms to real clinical situations. Students learn and practice radiography procedures/competencies in these labs, before going to the clinical affiliates to perform procedures on “live” patients.
Radiography program director, Daniel Fink explained that the college is a competency based program, dispensed over five semesters ending with the award of Associates in Applied Science degree.
The radiography program at Galveston College is successful in terms of enrollment, completion and employment in radiography following graduation. For example, the most recent cohort started with 28 students. Twenty of the 28 students completed the Associate of Applied Science in Radiography for a 71.4 percent program retention rate. Nineteen of the 20 were subsequently employed in radiography for a 95 percent employment rate. The program has increased its capacity to 25 students per cohort and up to 50 students per term.
According to Daniel Fink “the need for updated labs was vital for the growing number of students. These labs are crucial to the program’s successful operation. The new labs will offer the students a closer approximation to the affiliate’s equipment and the additional lab room will offer more opportunities for students to practice and perfect their clinical skills.”
This funding will directly impact the quality of students that graduate from the program. The new labs will assist in clinical practices for students as the new equipment will be much closer to equipment used in the hospitals and clinics. The additional lab will allow more students to work at the same time instead of just observing others. As program capacity has grown to 50 students, this equipment will serve this larger group of students that will end up employed by area hospitals and clinics.
The radiography program at Galveston College is fully accredited and offers clinical training at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas Children’s Hospital and training through multiple imaging centers and community hospitals. In spring 2017, the College’s radiography program began use of two digital radiography room simulators, a portable X-ray machine and C-arm. The funds from the Moody Endowment helped make these state-of the art learning tools available to students.
According to Fink, “Students attain confidence and experience when practicing on the very equipment that will be found in the clinical and workforce setting.”