Lee’s Summit native Kathryn Pressly has been interested in radiology since she broke her arm in sixth grade.
“That is initially when I stumbled upon x-ray,” Pressly said. “I thought it was the coolest thing ever at that age. As I continued my education, I humored that idea and did job shadowing and volunteer hours to see what it was all about. The idea that radiology being the eyes of medicine is what I fell in love with.”
Now she is following her passion, having completed her Bachelor of Science degree in radiologic sciences at Northwest Missouri State University and a certificate in radiologic technology from Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology.
When Pressly graduated May 3, she was the first to do so from Northwest’s joint radiologic program with Saint. Luke’s. To complete the program, she studied general education, biology and chemistry courses for two years at Northwest before heading to Saint Luke’s where she received extensive didactic and clinical instruction in radiologic sciences.
“I would recommend attending Northwest and then St. Luke’s to anyone interested in radiology,” Pressly said. “All of the professors I worked with at Northwest helped me succeed. Even if it was just me being able to meet with them after class to go over example problems or to proofread my papers, they made more of an impact on me than they will probably ever know.”
Pressly said receiving her bachelor’s degree from Northwest will set her above other individuals in her field because most earn only an associate’s degree with a certification in radiology.
“It will allow me to advance to a manager’s position or even a teaching position in the future,” Pressly said. “I think it will also allow me to be more marketable to employers because of the commitment I have showed to this career.”
Northwest launched the joint program with St. Luke’s in the fall of 2011. Of the 129 hours required for graduation, 62 hours are completed at Saint Luke’s.