OFTC’s Rad Tech Program Equips McLendon with the Skills & Confidence to Succeed 

During her first semester of nursing school, Alexandra McLendon was at a local hospital for clinical rotation. But instead of excitement, she felt regret; she was wishing she had chosen a different path.  

But that’s when she noticed the radiologic technologists working at the hospital. “I wanted to follow them around instead of my nursing preceptor,” McLendon said.  

That’s when her dream changed.  

“I finished out the semester and then quickly enrolled in Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Radiology program,” McLendon shared.  

Now she’s in the right program at the right college. 

“Making the decision to attend OFTC was the best decision I have ever made in my life,” McLendon said. “They offered me much more financial aid to help pay for my classes and the flexible class schedules allowed me to continue working,” she added. “They work with students in every way possible and really have the students’ best interest in mind.” 

A Hands-On Approach 

The hands-on aspect of her program really left an impression on McLendon. 

“Everyone learns differently, but the hands-on aspect really allows you to experience the career before you commit,” she said. “It made me more confident in my choice to pursue a career as a radiologic technologist.”  

And as someone who loves art, McLendon says there’s a creative side to this field she enjoys. “I love art and have always been a creative person,” she shared. “I feel as if the field of radiology has all those qualities. I can be creative with getting the best images of my patients.”  

A Bright Future 

Confident in her future, McLendon looks forward to finishing the program, learning even more about this field, and starting her career as a Registered Radiologic Technologist.  

“After graduation I hope to continue my education and get registered in Computer Tomography (CT) and work in a level 1 trauma center,” she said.  

And she says she wouldn’t have made it this far without the encouragement from her instructor, Eliot Lee. 

“He has the most compassion for his students and goes above and beyond to lead them to success,” McLendon shared. “He helped me believe in myself and helped me realize I do have the motivation and willpower to succeed in radiology.”  

“OFTC helped me find myself. I feel confident in myself for the first time in my life.”  

To learn more about OFTC’s Radiologic Technology program, visit OFTC.edu.