Radiology Tech Grad Lands Dream Job at Local Hospital
Brandon Brantley graduated from East Laurens High School in 2008 knowing he wanted a career in the medical field. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2015 that he realized a Radiologic Technology Degree would lead him to the career he’s always wanted.
“I have always been interested in the medical field and I felt like becoming a radiologic technologist would allow me to interact with patients and be a friendly face they could always count on to brighten their day,” Brantley shared.
Brantley signed up for classes at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) and when he entered the program he wasn’t expecting the caring environment he stepped into. “The instructors really care about you like family,” he said. “They do everything in their power to help you succeed. If you’re willing to put everything into the program, you will be successful.”
And Brantley is one of many of those successes. Months before he graduated from OFTC’s Radiology Technology program he landed a job at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin. “I started out on the Telemetry floor as a monitor tech, watching heart monitors for the entire hospital.” After performing clinical work in the cardiac cath-lab as a part of his required clinical rotations, Brantley knew he wanted to work on this floor.
“I really enjoyed my time in the cardiac cath-lab so I worked hard during clinical to prove I wanted to join their team and I made it happen,” Brantley said.
Brantley was offered a full-time position at the hospital in May of 2017 as a Cardiac Cath Technologist where he assists the doctor in running the x-ray equipment during the surgical procedure.
And while Brantley knows it was his hard work and determination that led him to his current career, he still credits OFTC with providing him the skills to do his job effectively. “My experience in the program was phenomenal,” he said. “It was a lot of hard work but it was all worth it in the end. And I cannot stress enough how wonderful and helpful the instructors have been. They have prepared me to be successful in my career.”
With a bright future ahead of him, Brantley is excited about what lies ahead. “The radiology program opens many doors besides just taking x-rays,” he said. “You gain knowledge and skills that you could use with many other jobs. With additional modalities and certifications such as CT, MRI, Cardiac Cath, it will make you that much more marketable to employers.”
Brantley is a 2017 graduate of OFTC.
For more info about OFTC visit OFTC.edu.