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New CT/MRI program targets imaging professionals

Students in new CT/MRI program will train on this equipment at MedWest Harris.

Almost everyone in the modern workforce would welcome an opportunity for career advancement and increased income.

If you’re a registered radiologic technologist, radiation therapist or nuclear medicine technologist, Southwestern has added a new program designed to help you accomplish both.

SCC will launch its CT/MRI (Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology) program this fall, allowing students with the necessary credentials to earn a certificate in either modality after they complete seven hours of coursework and 15 hours in a clinical environment.

“A lot of healthcare facilities want people who are cross trained in more than one modality,” said Meg Petty, coordinator of SCC’s Radiography and CT/MRI programs. “By getting a certificate in CT or MRI, professionals can make themselves more marketable. A lot of entry-level positions in our field are for weekends and evenings, which is when there are a lot of emergency room visits. So employers are looking for graduates who are capable of doing both CT and X-Rays.”

Students accepted to the program will do their coursework at SCC’s Jackson Campus, and they’ll learn on equipment at MedWest Harris in Sylva.

For more information, contact Petty at or 828.339.4320.