Alec Metcalf had spent six years in the National Guard, and it was time for a change.
Earning a degree that would lead to a practical career seemed the right choice. His first step: an associate degree in radiography at IUPUI. That earned him an entree at OrthoIndy where he worked as a general x-ray technologist. Within two years, he was on the managerial track, taking on various leadership roles. He decided to prep for advancement by earning a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging technology.
Metcalf was committed to working full time while earning his degree. IU Online’s Bachelor of Medical Imaging Technology (BS MIT) was just the solution he needed. The online program, with its flexible scheduling, meant he could fit coursework around his work hours and never miss a beat. IU Online’s program was pragmatic and concise. He says, “I realized I could complete the work for the bachelor’s in two semesters. It was a no-brainer.”
To fulfill his degree requirements, Metcalf needed a specialized elective not offered at his campus of enrollment. IU Online’s collaborative structure came to his aid. He found the online class he needed through IU Kokomo. “I didn’t know I could complete my degree through multiple campuses,” he says. “That was really helpful.”
His degree smoothed Metcalf’s path forward. “The IU Online BS MIT program covers all the bases of radiology,” he says. “I got a real sense of the field, from CT to MRI to interventional radiology and ultrasound. They showed you everything that’s out there. I wanted a credential that could take me anywhere. With everything I now know about the field, I feel prepared for whatever the future holds.”
With his advanced skills and valued IU credentials, Metcalf was able to take a position at Eskenazi Health, doing what he loves most—working with people.