“There’s a radiology quote: ‘We are the eyes of medicine.’ ... I like to explain my job to patients by telling them that I’m their photographer,” said Diamond Proctor.
Proctor earned an associate degree in PCC’s radiologic technology program in 2019. She then started PCC’s bachelor degree program and graduated with her bachelor’s in computed tomography in 2021. She works as an X-ray technologist and CT technologist at a local hospital.
“I am proud to be PCC alumnus,” Proctor said. “I feel as though I not only left with an education and degrees but also lifelong friendships and family.”
Proctor noted that the structure of PCC’s program and clinical assignments prepared her well for her career.
“The program itself truly reflected a full-time job,” she said. “I felt confident entering the workforce as a new graduate because I was exposed to so many clinic sites and resources throughout the program.”
Proctor discovered a deeper meaning in her work as she learned more about its essential role in helping patients.
“My job consists of having the means, education and knowledge to give their provider and a radiologist eyes on a potential problem that will better help their diagnosis and correct what is causing them pain,” she said.
Proctor praised the student support resources that are available to help students complete their degree. She encouraged those who are interested in a medical imaging career to take advantage of PCC’s ability to offer both associate and bachelor degrees in its program. The bachelor’s program is fully online to accommodate working professionals like Proctor.
“What I love most about my career is how diverse the days are and being in the position to help make a patient’s experience during a scary time a little better,” she said. “I love that learning will be continuous in my field as technology and medicine advance. I love that our interactions with patients, while short, are extremely meaningful and purposeful.”