Chattahoochee Tech Graduate Ready for Next Step in Her Career

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(Acworth, Ga. – May 13, 2013) A graduate of Chattahoochee Technical College’s popular Radiologic Technology program has to know the human body. He or she must know positions and functions, as well as in depth anatomy and physiology. So with 39 years of experience performing, choreographing and teaching dance, Judy Brockman-Zwick already knows something about how the human body moves.

Now she will have the credentials to prove it. Brockman-Zwick, who hopes to continue her studies in radiologic science, graduated May 13 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology. She was one of more than 450 graduates from Chattahoochee Technical College and one of 18 in her program.

Offered at the North Metro Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College, the program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in Radiology departments and related businesses and industries. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science degree, and possess the qualifications of an entry-level radiographer.

“Students have over 1,500 clinical hours and take nine radiography courses throughout the 21 month program,” explained Program Director Deanne Collins. “Students must complete 57 competencies in order to sit for the national registry exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.”

The program is a large time commitment and learning experience said Brockman-Zwick. Having never worked in healthcare before, she chose to volunteer at Kennestone in oncology for a year before applying to the program. The experience allowed her to see if she could handle working in the healthcare environment.

“Making it through this program is definitely a team effort,” said Brockman-Zwick. “Friends and family have to be so understanding. My study dates with classmates Stephen, Sonya, and JoAnn were so much fun and helpful in blowing off steam and understanding we were all struggling to hang on to the information. The whole class shared techniques/mnemonics for remembering everything from anatomy to the positions.”

She also credits Collins with her accomplishment. Brockman-Zwick describes her instructor as organized, focused and considerate, as well as fun. Classes weren’t always strict and academic, as Collins uses humor to make her students learn and remember what they need to know. From cartoons and funny e-mails to memorable mnemonic devices, Collins provided students with a great atmosphere.

“Some people seem to look down their noses at students who go to Chattahoochee Technical College and other technical colleges,” said Brockman-Zwick. “I know Chattahoochee has taught me very well, and that it has a great radiography program. I will tell anyone who intends to become a radiographer that it is “the” place to go. Chattahoochee Tech must be great to have attracted Deanne Collins.”

While the competitive ballroom dance champion has trained other professionals and adjudicated competitions, she has no plans to put her dancing days behind her. With her new degree in hand, Brockman-Zwick said she will to continue teaching dance even after she finds a fulltime position. Dance, she says, is in her blood.