With every major, there are certain criteria that must be met in order to be eligible to graduate.

For the 10 seniors in Missouri Southern’s radiologic technology program last spring, that included completing their clinical rotations and competencies through area hospitals – a task thrown into doubt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic’s spread in the U.S. worsened in March, healthcare locations around the country had to re-evaluate student access for precautionary reasons.

Any worries were quickly alleviated with a call from the director of radiology services at Freeman Health System. The hospital allowed all of the Missouri Southern seniors to complete their clinical competencies, regardless of where they had been doing their rotations.

Through Freeman’s assistance, all of the seniors were able to complete their competencies by the end of March and remain on track for graduation.

“It was a big relief to not have that uncertainty,” said Stephanie Coyle, who graduated from the program in May. “It meant a lot. It definitely shows the heart of Freeman, their commitment to the community and our students.”