Northampton Community College’s diagnostic medical sonography program not only prepared Stephanie Horvath for a rewarding career; it may also have saved her life.
Sonography students practice performing ultrasounds on each other, in addition to faculty and staff volunteers. During a scan by her classmates, a nodule was discovered on Horvath’s throat, which turned out to be thyroid cancer. She needed to have her thyroid removed, followed by radioactive iodine treatment. “My teachers and classmates were so encouraging throughout the entire process and really helped me through everything,” she says.
A single mother from Pen Argyl, Horvath juggled parenthood with a demanding program of study. She chose NCC because of its fine reputation and its excellent record for employment of its grads at local hospitals. The program’s flexibility with prerequisite courses was an added plus.
“NCC had the best program for what I wanted to accomplish,” Horvath says. “The professors always went above and beyond in helping us prepare for the field. Sonography requires a very hands-on approach, and NCC’s lab is absolutely top-of-the-line. We have six ultrasound machines, lots of scanning phantoms, and we have the opportunity to scan volunteers, making the lab portion exceptional.”
She notes that NCC has great working relationships with St. Luke’s and Lehigh Valley hospitals, which provide clinical experience.
She tells future students to put their all into their program because they will get out of it what they put into it. She says that the program has strengthened her; it pushed, challenged her and encouraged her into success.
Horvath is now an ultrasound technician at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital and at St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center.