Real Professionals: MTC Nursing and Health Science Graduates Get “Pinned”

Staff Report From Columbia CEO

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

More than 150 nursing and health science students received their professional pins for completing their academic programs. Participation in the pinning ceremonies allows graduates the opportunity to present themselves as the professional they have worked hard to become.

Cardiac Care

Myana Wright gets a personal congratulations from MTC President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames after earning her certificate in Cardiac Care. The Cardiac Care Technician Certificate gives students the basic skills necessary to monitor patients for any type of cardiac involvement in a healthcare setting.

Dental Hygiene

At the Dental Hygiene Ceremony MTC’s Becky Marchi, Second Year Dental Hygiene Coordinator, presents graduate Madison Lightbody with the Simply Hygiene Professional Growth Award for her exemplary clinical and soft skills. 100% of the dental hygiene program graduates passed their Dental Hygiene National Board Exam as well as their clinical boards. With a 51-year history, the MTC program is the oldest program in the state.

Medical Lab Technology

During their recognition ceremony, instructor Janice Livingston presents graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technology program with the keepsake paper plates they made as name tags during their first day of class.


Myles, the MTC Jeep, made an appearance at the different Nursing and Health Science pinning ceremonies. Pinning ceremonies date back to 1860 when Florence Nightingale was honored with a pin for her selfless efforts to injured soldiers.

Nursing Assisting

Tre’Quieria Downing, Emerlynn Dunn, Caitlyn Miller, Jordan Prince, and Aquilina Tria were among the students who received pins for Nursing Assisting.


Eleven students received their professional pins for completing the Phlebotomy certificate. Students rotated through hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and clinics in the MTC service area for practical experience.


Fourteen students received associate degrees in Radiologic Technology at the program’s clinical graduation and awards ceremony. Every student passed the clinical board for the program, and 80 percent have already been offered jobs in their profession.