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Latest graduates from hospital’s Radiologic Technology school

The latest graduates are: (Closest to handrail, bottom to top) Maegan Perry, John Pomerleau, Amy Timis, Hayley Burke, Josh Heffelman, Ana Pacurar. (Back row, bottom to top) Peggy Spicer, Chris Cordes, Chasity Morgan-Simms, Laila Bernhartsen, Laura Medeiros. Not pictured - William Tapp. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Spicer.)

The School of Radiologic Technology at Mary Washington Hospital graduated its latest class Friday night.  The 12 graduates received their certificates in radiologic technology and will now sit for the national exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

The students are finishing the 23-month program at a difficult time. Because of the down economy, none of them has a full-time job lined up.

“Our job opportunities are a little thin right now,” said Peggy Spicer, one of the graduates.

The graduates started in the program in August 2008. Since then, the students have worked full time, either attending classes in the 2300 Building on Fall Hill Avenue or doing their clinical work at Mary Washington Hospital, Stafford Hospital or at one of the Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg sites.

Spicer, 46, is a resident of Caroline County and worked for 10 years at the Department of Agriculture. She stopped work to raise her four children. When the youngest was ready to go to high school, she too returned to school, first at Germanna Community College for her prerequisites and then to the radiology school.

The school prepares entry-level radiographers who are skilled in doing a variety of diagnostic imaging procedures. Spicer’s class was its 17th.

The school’s web site is here.