Third-year HFM PTECH student Abigail Douglas is among 20 students accepted into the Radiologic Technology Program at Fulton Montgomery Community College beginning in the fall of 2018.
Douglas, a 17-year-old Fonda resident, was selected for the two-year program after a lengthy application process that required strong academics and an interview with FMCC staff. According to FMCC Admissions staff, more than 100 students applied for the limited number of spots in the program. Only students with As and Bs in all their college courses were considered.
According to FMCC, the program is rigorous and leads to an associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology. Graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination for certification and New York State licensure.
As part of her studies, Douglas will attend lecture and laboratory classes on the FMCC campus and complete practical clinical experience in area hospitals.
Douglas currently participates in the Medical Explorers program at St. Mary’s Healthcare, which meets monthly and provides aspiring medical students with an overview of various aspects of the healthcare industry.
She is also a member of FMCC’s Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the college’s academic fraternity, and is regularly on the college’s Dean’s List. She is the daughter of Randy and Jolynn Douglas of Fonda.
Douglas said she is keeping her options open for her future beyond PTECH and FMCC. “I am looking at NYU and becoming a radiologic oncologist,” she said. “But I could go right into the job field. The program at FMCC is connected to hospitals and jobs across the country.”
Douglas credits her PTECH experience for many of the skills needed to be a successful candidate for the program. “I don’t think I would have gotten accepted if it weren’t for what I learned at PTECH. I used to be so shy, but through the project based learning and presentations, I became so much more vocal. I think it made me stand out; I wasn’t afraid to ask questions,” she said.