Student Spotlight: Joel Hillman
Joel Hillman was working as a radiographic technician when he decided to move into a different imaging modality.
"I talked to some of the radiologists and asked, 'Who helps diagnose the patients?' The unanimous response was the ultrasound technologist," he said. "I knew that's where I needed to be."
Hillman decided to enter COD's Diagnostic Medical Imaging -- Sonography program because it was an accredited program.
"After starting, I learned about the school's great history among the community, the great student-to-teacher ratio, and the fact that Terrie Ciez and other teachers continue to produce students who pass their ultrasound boards," he said.
Finishing the program in 2007, Hillman now works as an ultrasound technician and clinical instructor. He ultimately would like to move into hospital management.
As for COD, Hillman credits the school for leading him to his goal.
"When looking for a school to attend, COD is not only a safe bet but a great bet," he said. "It offers all the amenities of a large school with a great small school feel."