GRCC students selected for Johns Hopkins graduate program

From left, Alen Dzafic, Emma Seeber and Kyle Cottrell. Courtesy Grand Rapids Community College

Three Grand Rapids Community College students were accepted to a five-month program at Johns Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging. 

Kyle Cottrell, a 2016 graduate of Catholic Central, Alen Dzafic, a 2014 graduate of Forest Hills Northern, and Emma Seeber, a 2017 Forest Hills Central graduate, will attend the Johns Hopkins five-month radiography program in Baltimore, starting on July 25. 

The students, all Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) class of 2022 graduates, will complete a paid internship that includes clinical and didactic education. 

The radiography program prepares students for advanced certification in computed tomography and includes classroom courses in everything from cross-sectional anatomy to CT procedures and protocols with associated clinical experiences in oncology, pediatric, critical care, trauma and more.

“All of us in the program were thrilled with the students’ acceptance,” said Heather Klare, assistant professor and clinical coordinator at GRCC’s radiologic technology program. “The honor of being accepted into this program speaks volumes about these students, their knowledge, their abilities as future radiographers, and their willingness to take a chance to apply for an opportunity that does not occur very often.” 

The Johns Hopkins radiography program accepts under 10% of applicants annually. 

This program will provide Cottrell, Dzafic and Seeber with learning opportunities that enable them to obtain certification as registered radiographers. It also will introduce them to other modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography as possible certifications in the future.

“They now are preparing to take the national American Registry of Radiologic Technologists board exam in July and juggling their other personal and professional obligations,” Klare said. “But our program has prepared these students to be adaptable.”

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