The goals of the distance-education offering are to increase the supply of nuclear medicine technologists in Southeast Washington and to allow individuals from the region to participate in the Bellevue College (BC) program without having to relocate.
Clinical Training in Southeast Washington
Clinical training in Southeast Washington is provided by Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Washington and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington. Students in the Southeast Washington cohort train at both locations over the course of the program. Two of the specialty rotations are also completed in the region, namely the nuclear cardiology office rotation (at Inland Cardiology in Richland) and the positron emission tomography rotation (at Kadlec's outpatient imaging center). Three additional specialty rotations will require students in the Southeast Washington cohort to spend a total of five weeks in the Puget Sound region.
Classroom participation is accomplished via two-way videoconferencing technology. From a classroom in Columbia Basin College's (CBC's) Health Sciences building in Richland, students are connected to the classroom at BC. A screen reproduces the computer screen in the classroom, including slide presentations, Internet pages, etc. A remote control allows the students to control the camera in the BC classroom, and a microphone allows them to ask questions. A camera in the CBC classroom allows the instructor to see the students in Richland.
Applying for Distance Learning
The Imaging Sciences application form includes two checkboxes (next to the nuclear medicine program checkbox) labeled "Puget Sound" and "Southeast Washington." You may check either or both boxes, depending on your preferences. Checking both boxes means that you will receive consideration for both locations, and therefore for more positions than if only one box is checked. However, checking either box implies that you are willing to relocate to that area.
Tip: Do not check both boxes on the form just to increase the likelihood of being accepted into the program. There will be little if any ability to change from one location to the other.
You should plan to do an observation in each location you have checked. For more information, review the observation form [PDF].