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NIC hires new director of radiography technology program
After nearly a year of searching, North Idaho College recently hired a director for its new radiography technology program.
Debra Ortiz was most recently the program director of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology in Torrance, Calif. For the past two years, she has been responsible for overseeing the program in addition to teaching various classes in anatomy and positioning, radiologic principles and medical terminology.
Ortiz holds a master’s degree in health sciences from California State University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from California State, an associate’s degree from Los Angeles Valley College and completed a certificate in radiologic technology from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Ortiz has served Harbor-UCLA Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology in various roles, including clinical coordinator and instructor as well as a radiologic technologist.
“Debbie’s experience as a technologist and educator will provide the foundation necessary for establishing a premier program at NIC,” said NIC Health Professions and Nursing Director Lita Burns. “We look forward to being able to announce the process to accept our first class of students into this program.”
Last summer, the Idaho State Board of Education approved the curriculum for NIC’s new radiography technology program, a five-semester, limited enrollment program. Radiography technicians work in a variety of health care settings, using x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasounds and computerized tomography to capture and reproducing images of the human body for diagnostic and treatment purposes.
A remodeling project to create a darkroom in the Meyer Health and Sciences Building is nearing completion, which according to Burns, is the last critical element to be completed before the program is fully equipped and ready to operate.
Ortiz will help guide the new program, which is expected to open for enrollment by spring semester of 2007. Ortiz will begin July 10.
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NIC Health Professions and Nursing Director Lita Burns, (208) 769-3481
Posted: Thursday, June 8, 2006
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