Alyssa Turner, Radiography

Radiography Program Director Deb Poelhuis presents Alyssa Turner with the 2014 Radiography Award. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

Radiography Program Director Deb Poelhuis presents Alyssa Turner with the 2014 Radiography Award. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

Alyssa Turner and Montgomery County Community College’s Radiography program had to wait for each other. Turner and the highly competitive program, it turned out, were a combination worth waiting for.

“The College Radiology Program takes only 12 or 13 people a year, so the pressure was really on,” said Turner, a Royersford resident. “I was not finished my second Anatomy [and Physiology] course when I petitioned for the program and was initially told that I was on a waiting list.”

Once she was accepted into the program, Turner was warned that students who were used to achieving A’s in their classes should consider lowering their expectations.

“In this program, achieving A’s is not always realistic when juggling school and clinical,” she said she was told. “But I was used to being an A student and didn’t accept that as a way of justifying potentially not being one. I took it as a challenge and have been an A student each semester and remained on the Dean’s list. I have also been pleasantly surprised at how well I am doing in my clinical portion of this program. I have received such gratifying compliments… it is such a wonderful experience that I am so happy to be a part of for another year.”

Turner, 21, successfully juggled classroom and the clinical work in the Radiography program as well as a part-time job at an insurance company. To her satisfaction, she was able to maintain her grades and was presented with the Radiography Award, given to a second-year or graduating student who maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average and who is recommended by the director of the program.

“After graduation, I plan to continue my education and become certified in many different modalities,” Turner said. “Right now, I am hoping to be able to do so at Thomas Jefferson University.”

~ Neree Aron-Sando

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