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  1. The n/a program is not easy by any means, but I think the way the classes are split up as opposed to how they are in the full time program helps. I still worked my full time job, while being the evening/weekend program and I made it all the way through the first time around, by God's grace. It can be done. Stay on top of what you know you need to do, STUDY, ask questions, take practice tests, and stay on top of your dosage calculations bc u have that test on the first day of every semester and if you fail three times you are out of the program.
  2. I don't know the difference between the two campuses...i don't know anyone that went to Jefferson. I myself went to Shelby the evening/weekend program. I wouldn't get caught up in which campus is harder. The curriculums should pretty much be the same. Of course the instructors can make a lot of difference, but really it comes to down to the individual applying themselves and doing whatever it is they need to do to learn the material. Nursing school is hard in general, but it is not impossible to make it at the Shelby campus. I wish you well.
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    Is there a demand for Rad Techs?

    Your welcome. Well, I'm leaving bc I prayed about it and believe there are more opportunities for me in nursing. I'm x-ray and MRI registered and it has been pretty much impossible to find a job in MRI so I have been doing X-ray or almost six years. I'm interested in advancing myself, feeling like I'm making a difference, more opportunities and respect. I just don't see myself pushing a portable X-ray machine around at 40 yrs. old. It's time to move on.
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    Is there a demand for Rad Techs?

    I can't tell u specifically. Every program and curriculum is different. Is it painful, pull out ur hair hard? no. Does it require effort and study time? yes. I think I got a "B" in that class. I came to class prepared to learn, went home and studied, didn't procrastinate and wait to the last minute, studied with friends, learned all the formulas and practiced problems and knew the notes like the back of my hand. It's not calculus! Now THAT to me was nearly impossible, lol. Did some people fail the program bc of that class? Yes, but I don't know what study habits practices they had or what went wrong, but I didnt think it was that bad to where I would completely fail. I had an excellent teacher who loved to teach and was a great teacher, and that made all the difference in the world. He also offered study sessions before tests which were helpful and I attended every single one. Just put in the effort, learn all the formulas, do practice problems, learn and understand the principles and u will be fine. Seriously, it's not that bad.
  5. I believe in prayer, studying and positive thinking. Positive thinking and visualization based on the bible.
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    Is there a demand for Rad Techs?

    yeah there is definitley radiation physics involved in any modality of Radiology. i don't think you are at a disadvantage. i didn't have any prior physics classes besides the basic stuff you learn in high school. it's doable you will be fine.
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    Is there a demand for Rad Techs?

    From what I could find, Michigan is not licensed for x-ray. They are licensed for mammography and you might do well with that. I forgot to mention radiation therapy. Even in Alabama where we are not licensed, they make good money...starting is prob around 68,000 maybe even higher. It is very difficult to find a job here in AL, bc radiation therapists do not leave their jobs most of them absolutely love it and stay for years. The turnover rate is pretty much nonexsistent. I have had several friends that either gave up searching and moved on to a different career or decided to move to where there were job opportunities. If working with cancer patients is an issue for u than u might not be up for the job. See if you can find out if there are openings in your area for radiation therapy or mammo if money is your main concern. You might have a higher cost of living up there so x-ray techs may get paid a decent salary there. It's up to you...but do i think you will make 80k right out of school without taking call or working holidays and weekends or anything like that? no i don't.
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    Is there a demand for Rad Techs?

    Ok, i am a rad tech and have been for the past 6 years and i am in nursing school. first i would say it depends on what state you work in and how much you are willing to work that determines ur salary....someone on here said you have to be a rad tech to be a nuclear med tech and thats not true, at least not in Alabama where i live. The university i graduated from had their own seperate nuclear medicine program. Some of our classes overlapped, meaning we were all in there together, like cross sectional anatomy and radiation physics...other than that, their classes were completley seperate from ours. They are higher paid than a radiologic technologist. I don't know where you live, but if you live in a licensed (ARRT) state than you will get paid more. Alabama is not a licensed state therefore i get paid less than i would if i lived in Georgia or Texas...starting here in a hospital you may get like $18-20/hr. If you specialize in CT, or MRI you would start higher. i know CT techs that make $80-000-90,000 a year bc they take call, they work overtime, they LIVE at the hospital pretty much. Their base pay is not 80k tho, so if hustling is not in you and you don't like working holidays or weekends, than 80k may not happen for you if you live in an unlicensed state. A Cardiovascular tech is just a rad tech that works in the cath lab using a C-arm. They assist the doctors with putting stents and caths in. At my hospital they make $60,000-70,000 i believe. They also take call and would have to work overtime. There isn't a demand for it here in Alabama bc there are too many schools and they let too many students in their programs knowing good and well more than half of those kids won't be able to find jobs...its robbery. I would look in ur local paper and job market and research if there are a lot of openings in ur area and find out if ur state is licensed. That alone can really change the amount of money you will bring home. X-ray is definitley a less involved job as far as patient care is concerend when compared to nursing, however i wouldn't say that bc of that is easy and all we do is "press buttons" i can't stand that mentality. At my facility we are very busy and not every patient is a "walkie-talkie", we get quadrapalegics, amputees, morbidly obese, people with PTSD that have to have their dogs with them to function...all kinds of people. you have to know how to work with these people and figure out how to get an optimal diagnostic image regardless of the patients condition. it's not always just pushing a button...u have to think and do whats best for ur patient. we do just as much lifting and tugging and pulling and manuerving as nurses, and if its portable work, u can almost bank on the fact that most nurses (in my experience) are not gonna run over there and help u even if they see u struggling. The job is monotonous also...let me know if u have other questions.
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    Jeff State 2011 Fall Hopefuls!

    FYI: all the n/w students...a friend of mine in the day program told me u are suppose to check ur blackboard account before class and print the syllabus and one of the course documents for class tonight. im glad she let me know bc i woulnd't have even checked my blackboard account at all...i have never even used it at JS. Spread the word if you can.
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    Jeff State 2011 Fall Hopefuls!

    Yes ur right! I'm excited.
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    Jeff State 2011 Fall Hopefuls!

    Ok, I'm pretty sure that's the day.... Time is winding down...:spin:
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    Jeff State 2011 Fall Hopefuls!

    to all the n/w students, the first day is the 22nd right?
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    Jeff State 2011 Fall Hopefuls!

    Ok I got an email from the chair of the n/w track, she said all we need is the Pharm book, Calculate with Confidence and the Health Assessment book. I have no idea why online it lists the Mosby book and all that other stuff, but she said that was for spring semester. Hope that helps everybody.
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    Jeff State 2011 Fall Hopefuls!

    @ Teejazzy, yeah i just checked out the website and i see what you mean. i got the Saunders book from a former student already, its the 4th edition tho, but that shouldn't be that big of a deal...i may cave and get the 5th if i think it's going to be a problem. i guess we do need everything else then according to sunshine1986, thanks for your input by the way. i started my calculate with confidence book on monday...i have several things that i need to review so that i can calculate with confidence lol.
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    Jeff State 2011 Fall Hopefuls!

    Ur welcome!
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