MTC Nursing and Health Sciences Graduates Receive Professional Pins

Columbia, S.C.  – More than 150 Midlands Technical College (MTC) nursing and health science students received their professional pins for completing their academic programs and passing their national board exams. Participation in pinning ceremonies allows graduates the opportunity to present themselves as the professional they have worked so hard to become.

“The professional pins demonstrate how prepared our healthcare graduates are to meet the growing and changing demands of the healthcare industry,” said MTC President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames. “When you walk into a hospital, doctor’s office, or dentist office, you are surrounded by professionals who got their skills at MTC. I’m proud of every one of them.”

MTC nursing graduates typically have more than a 90 percent first-time pass rate on their national board exams, and a 94 percent job placement rate after graduation. Many MTC health science programs had a 100 percent rate for students passing their national certification exams.

Students in the Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Expanded Duty Dental Assisting, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Respiratory Care, Health Information Management, Medical Record Coding, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy Certificates, and Surgical Technology program received pins.

Pinning ceremonies date back to 1860 when Florence Nightingale was honored with a pin for her selfless efforts to care for injured soldiers. By 1916, it became a standard in the United States to give all graduates of healthcare professions a pin during a special ceremony.

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