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Friday, February 04, 2011.

Radiologic tech program to limit enrollment

State budget cuts will result in Antelope Valley College restricting enrollment in its radiologic technology program.

With two years of budget cuts and the prospect of more severe budget cuts on the way, college officials announced this week that AVC will not fill a full-time radiologic faculty position that would have enabled the college to add a second cohort of students.

“It’s unfortunate we have to do this, especially since this is an area where health care providers have told us they need technicians,” said Dr. Karen Cowell, dean of the Health Sciences Division.

“The campus has placed a freeze on most positions due to budget cuts in prior years. For next year, budget proposals being discussed in Sacramento would mean millions of dollars in cuts for AVC. Thus, we think it’s wise to wait and see what happens to our budget before we fill this and other positions,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Sharon Lowry.

The radiologic technology program was started at AVC in 2008 with the help of a state grant and funding from Antelope Valley Hospital and Lancaster Community Hospital.

As a result of not hiring a second full-time faculty position in radiologic technology, the college has scrapped plans to start a new class this summer. AVC will continue with just a single cohort of students. Thus, the next class for prospective technicians won’t open until summer 2012, according to Cowell.

Cowell said the college would accept applications for the next program beginning Feb. 1, 2012.

The Associate in Science degree program in radiologic technology consists of 99 units of course work in radiology and general education.

Radiologic technologists produce X-rays to assist physicians in the diagnosis of disease and injury. Technologists are eligible for advanced certification in computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cardiac-interventional radiology, vascular-interventional radiography and radiologist assistant.

The program can accommodate 10 students at a time. Students engage in an intensive clinical schedule four days a week. Students receive hands-on experience working at area hospitals.