08 May 2014

Health Sciences Pinning and Graduation Ceremony

Pictured: Dr. Rodney Frothingham addresses MDCC’s health science graduates

Mississippi Delta Community College held its Health Sciences Pinning and Graduation Ceremony Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the J. T. Hall Coliseum on the Moorhead Campus.  The ceremony included graduates from the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the Dental Hygiene Program, and the Radiologic Technology Program.

DeAron Washington provided the invocation with opening remarks by Dr. Larry Nabors. Dr. Nabors joined MDCC in February 2013 as the college’s eighth president. Dr. Rodney Frothingham presented the commencement address. A Rolling Fork, Miss., native, Frothingham is currently a neurological disease consultant for North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville, Miss. A graduate of Mississippi College, the University of Mississippi School of Health Sciences, and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Frothingham completed his surgical residency at Duke University and served in the U.S. Army as a senior flight surgeon and commanding officer of a hospital detachment.

"If you're not changing, you're not doing anything," said Frothingham. Addressing the graduates, he continued "Always question and review what you're doing and why you're doing it. Never be content with mediocrity and always give it your best shot. Remember the importance of communication with your family, coworkers and those you serve. Talk to each other. Problems get better and relationships get stronger when you communicate. Always be willing to learn something new; but remember, knowledge must be accompanied by a positive attitude, your best effort and good old common sense."

In total, 71 students graduated in the three health science programs. Each program, including Associate Degree Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Radiologic Technology, prepares students for an exciting healthcare career. Graduates of these programs are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree from Mississippi Delta Community College.

Forty-nine individuals completed the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is designed to provide educational opportunities to qualified students for a rewarding career that will help meet the expanding healthcare needs of the community. The program prepares the individual to practice as a Registered Nurse, according to Mississippi law. Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as registered nurses.

Nine individuals completed the Dental Hygiene Technology Program. Students in MDCC’s dental hygiene program prepare for careers as preventive dental professionals who have a choice of working in a variety of settings. Graduates obtain jobs in school systems, nursing homes and dental supply firms, as well as private dental offices. Fully accredited by the American Dental Association‘s Commission on Dental Accreditation, this 83-credit-hour program has 12 prerequisite courses, and requires four semesters of full-time study.

Thirteen individuals completed the Radiologic Technology Program. The Radiologic Technology Program provides a general education and clinical training program that prepares students for a career in radiography. The technical program combines theory through traditional classroom instruction and laboratory experience on campus, and clinical experiences in affiliating hospitals to provide opportunities for students to develop skills needed to enter the radiology profession. The Radiologic Technology Program commences in August of each year and runs for 22 consecutive months with a projected graduation date in May.
For more information about MDCC’s Health Science programs, visit the website at www.msdelta.edu. Students interested in enrolling in a healthcare program should register for orientation by visiting kickstart.msdelta.edu. Orientation will be held in the J. T. Hall Coliseum on the Moorhead Campus of Mississippi Delta Community College.