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Instructor Bios

Nicole Rushing, Department Chair

Ms. Rushing has worked in the health care field for over 10 years. She is a Class of 2006 Alumni of the Diagnostic Imaging Program, SUNY-Orange. She began her career as an X-Ray Technologist at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, with a focus in the Emergency Room. More recently Ms. Rushing has worked as a Radiology Technologist at Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, NY, with a focus in orthopedics among areas. At the same time she continued her education in Computed Tomography (CT) and is a registered CT Technologist as well as IV and CPR certified. Additionally, she received her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Nyack College, NY, and her Master's Degree in Public health Administration from Fort Hays University, Kansas. Ms. Rushing has worked as a Clinical Instructor for SUNY-Orange since 2010 and during this time built an online Computed Technology Continuing Education Program currently being offered for registered technologists at the college.

Prior to becoming a Radiology Technologist, Ms. Rushing sold prescription eye glasses, performed prescreening for exams and made prescription eyeglass lenses. Although she learned a lot and enjoyed her work, it was during this time a visit to the doctor and viewing her own x-ray that prompted her to return to her first interest, radiography.

Recalling from high school she states, "I remember telling my advisor I wanted to be an x-ray technologist. He responded that I really had my work cut out for me and did not think it possible because I did not take enough math classes. I always did well in school though and did not let him discourage me. I worked hard and was very successful. My advice to students or future students is always do not let anyone discourage you or scare you from what you really want to do".

In addition to being on faculty, Ms. Rushing continues to work as an X-Ray and CT Technologist. In her free time        Ms. Rushing enjoys being outdoors. Her interests include hiking, enjoying the beach, and outdoor photography. She is an active crafter, artist working in paint, and continues to enrich her skills taking art classes.

Department of Diagnostic Imaging

Nicole Rushing, Department Chair

845-341-4148
Orange County Community College
115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940


Sara Olsen, Instructor

Ms. Olsen has worked in healthcare for 25 years.  Before her career as a Radiologic Technologist, she worked as a registrar in the Emergency Department and as a patient care associate/registrar in the Radiology Departmtent for a local hospital.

Ms. Olsen chose her career path in Radiology at the suggestion from a loved one who had a wonderful imaging experience while dealing with a devastating diagnosis. This sparked her interest that turned into a passion for Radiology and patient care.

Ms. Olsen is a class of 1996 Alumni of the Diagnostic Imaging Program here at SUNY Orange. She earned her Bachelor's in Healthcare Management from SUNY Canton.

Ms. Olsen began her career at Hudson Valley Imaging performing general radiography as well as special procedures and eventually cross trained in MRI. For most of her career she has worked as a Lead Radiologic Technologist at Cornerstone Family Healthcare during which time she collaborated with SUNY Orange for Cornerstone Family Healthcare to become one of the many clinical offsites for the Diagnostic Imaging Program. Ms.Olsen joined the SUNY Orange faculty as an adjunct Clinical Instructor in 2019 and is now a full-time faculty member.

Ms. Olsen finds great joy and satisfaction working with students and watching them grow.  She believes that "a good teacher or mentor is one that is willing to continuously learn. Working with students allows me to be better at what I do." Whether teaching on campus or at a clinical site she works to inspire the students to be compassionate and skillful radiographers.

Ms. Olsen enjoys spending free time with her family.  She appreciates the quiet times when she can sit outside and read a book.

Department of Diagnostic Imaging

Sara Olsen, Instructor

845-341-4489
Orange County Community College
115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940


Michele Ascione, Clinical Coordinator

Prof. Ascione has worked in the medical field for almost 30 years. Before her career as a radiographer, she rotated through varies hospital positions including registrar, emergency room secretary, and emergency room chart coordinator at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh, NY.

She is a Class of 1996 Alumni of the Diagnostic Imaging Program here at SUNY-Orange. She began her career as a Radiographer in 1996 at Cornwall Hospital, in Cornwall, NY. Over the years, she has also worked in other facilities throughout the Hudson Valley area including both hospital and outpatient centers. A year after graduating as a Radiographer she became ARRT Certified in Mammography. She continued her education and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management, and Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, from Nyack College, NY.

Prof. Ascione joined the SUNY-Orange Faculty in 2003 as an adjunct instructor for the Radiologic Technology Program, and is now full-time faculty and Clinical Coordinator. Being exposed to the medical field at a young age, Prof. Ascione always had a passion for both teaching and the medical profession. With her love for these two fields, she knew she was headed down the correct career path when she became a part of the SUNY-Orange team.

Prof. Ascione truly enjoys working with students and helping them to succeed. She states, "As Instructors we have to recognize our students' efforts and achievements no matter how big or small. Sometimes the ones we are trying to inspire are the same ones that inspire us." She helps students reach their goals both at their clinical site, online and in the classroom. She serves on various college committees and is club advisor for the Radiologic Technology Club.

Prof. Ascione has a passion and love for family and friends. She enjoys family activities, reading, and enjoying the simple things in life. Prof. Ascione is active in church activities and enjoys teaching the 1st and 2nd-grade religious education at her church. She states, “I love seeing the world through the eyes of an innocent child. Children help us to see the magic in everything. They see a world that is full of possibilities and where everything is a learning experience. Just think of how many times a child asks the question “why?” over and over again.”

Department of Diagnostic Imaging

Michele Ascione, Professor

845-341-4275
Orange County Community College
115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940