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Chelsea Koenig '15 Finds Success as CT Scan Technologist


Posted 02/26/2016
Posted by Meagan Fazio


Chelsea Koenig ’15 at work Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.

Chelsea Koenig ’15 at work Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.

Chelsea studied radiologic technology in the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.

Chelsea studied radiologic technology in the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.

With less than three months to go before Commencement, many UHart seniors are well into their job searches or grad school applications. They have reason to be optimistic. A recent survey of the Class of 2015 found 89% are either employed, continuing their education, serving in the military, or serving in a volunteer or service program.

Chelsea Koenig ’15 is one of those graduates. She studied radiologic technology in the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) and is now a CT scan technologist at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. The hospital is the only Level I Trauma Center, which treats the most serious cases, within a 200 mile radius. That makes Chelsea part of a team trying to save the most critical patients.

“We see everything from car accidents to gunshots,” she explains. “You never know what to expect. It’s a high-stress environment.”

Chelsea says she loves the challenge, but admits it can be hard to work with seriously injured patients.

“I just feel awful because I know it’s possibly going to be a bad outcome,” she says. “I see patients on the table and they are in the worse conditions of their lives. I think, ‘that could happen to me or my family.’ But my co-workers and I all try to stay positive and help each other through it.”

Chelsea learned about patient care both in class and during her clinical rotations which are a required part of ENHP’s program. Over several semesters, students work alongside technologists in hospitals and private practices before choosing an advanced imaging specialty during senior year.

Chelsea grew up in East Hartford, Conn., but decided to join relatives in Georgia after graduating. She found her job in weeks, which is not unusual for radiologic technology graduates. Nearly 100 percent of them are employed within 12 months of Commencement.

When asked what she hopes to do in the future, Chelsea said, “I love what I do.” She is right where she wants to be.
Chelsea Koenig ’15 at work Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.

Chelsea Koenig ’15 at work Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.

Chelsea studied radiologic technology in the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.

Chelsea studied radiologic technology in the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.