Radiologic Technology

Radiologic technologists, or radiographers, perform specialized functions as members of the health care team.

Upon completion of the program, graduates have met the educational requirements necessary to be eligible to take the national radiography certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) (R).

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL.

Radiologic Technologist duties include:

  • Manipulation of specific anatomy to optimal radiographic position
  • Proper selection of appropriate technical factors for image production
  • Utilization of very high-tech imaging equipment to obtain diagnostic information as directed
  • Effective communication with individuals of all age groups
  • Protection of patients and colleagues from unnecessary radiation exposure
  • Functioning effectively with other members of the health care team to promote patient safety and comfort
  • Prioritization of effective patient flow

Program Effectiveness Data

Current Program Effectiveness Data as reported to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

  2015
2016
Pass Rate
 80% 57%
Completion Rate
 90% 87.5%
Employment Rate
 100% 100%

First time examinee pass rate:

This program has been in existence for 16 years, graduating 13 classes of students. Over the past 5 years, (2012-2016) of the 48 students that graduated and sat for the national certification examination with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, 39, or 81% passed on the first attempt. The program goal for this data point is 85%. 7 students made up our most recent cohort of graduates. 4 of these students were successful their first time on the ARRT examination for a pass rate of 57% for that particular group.

Graduate employment rate within 12 months of graduation for active job seekers:

We have had a total of 115 students graduate the program since it's inception. 109 of those students have found jobs in the medical imaging field for a percentage of 95% of our graduates working in medical imaging. The program goal for this data point is 80% in the first 12 months following graduation. From 2012-2016 the program has had 48 students graduate. Of this number, 45 sought and found employment, for a 5 year average employment of 94% within 12 months following graduation.

Program retention rate:

Of the 8 students who enrolled in the program in 2014, 7 graduated in 2016. The one who did not complete finished in 2017 instead. 87.5% of our 2014 entering students completed the program in 2016. There have been 175 students accepted into the program and we have graduated 144 of these (20 students are still in the program). The program retention rate is 82.2% for the entire life of the program. The program goal for this data point is 75%.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. GPA requirement (one of the following):
    • If 18 or more semester hours of college-level courses are completed, overall college GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale plus completion of a high school diploma or approved high school equivalency exam
    • If less than 18 semester hours of college-level courses are completed, overall college GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale plus high school GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale or completion of an approved high school equivalency exam
    • If a current high school student, completion of at least the junior year with a high school GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale
  2. Exam requirement (one of the following):
    • ACT composite score of 21 or higher taken less than 5 years ago
    • ATI TEAS score of 58.7% or higher (if age 23 or older)
  3. Completion of all immunization requirements
  4. Clearance on various background checks

Mission and Goals

The mission of Southeast Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Radiography Program is to graduate students with entry-level employment skills to perform diagnostic medical radiography (Reviewed 2013). This data has been made available to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT may be contacted at:

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304
email: mail@jrcert.org
website: www.jrcert.org

Student Learning Outcomes

This program has been in existence for 14 years, graduating 11 classes of students. Over the past 5 years, (2010 - 2014) of the 46 students that graduated and sat for the national certification examination with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, 40, or 87% passed on the first attempt. The program goal for this data point is 85%.

11 students made up our most recent cohort of graduates in 2014. 9 of those students were successful their first time on the ARRT examination for a pass rate of 82% for that particular group.

Curriculum

SEMESTER CURRICULUM CREDITS

Summer (8 weeks)
FYS 101 College Seminar (1)
BI 151 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
MAT 150 College Algebra (3)

Fall 1 (16 weeks)
ENG 100 English Composition (3)
RT 101 Introduction to Radiography (3)
RT 110 Anatomy and Positioning I (3)
RT Lab I (1)
RT 201 Radiographic Physics (3)

Spring 1 (16 weeks)
RT 111 Anatomy and Positioning II (3)
RT Lab II (1)
RT 120 Radiographic Exposure (3)
RT 150 Clinic I (3)
RT 220 Pharmacology (3)

Summer (8 weeks) COM 100 Oral Communications (3)
SOC 102 Sociology (3)
PSY 100 Psychology (3)

Fall 2 (16 weeks)
AH 201 Human Diversity in Healthcare Delivery (1)
AH 230 Medical Ethics (3)
RT 175 Clinic II (5)
RT 210 Radiation Biology (3)

Spring 2 (16 weeks)
HST 105 American History (3)
RT 200 Clinic III (5)
RT 260 Transitions to Professional Practice (2)
RT 180 Radiographic Pathology (3)

Program Total: 68
Program Total if remedial math is necessary: 71

Educational Goals

Students will be clinically competent

  1. Students can correctly position radiographic examinations
  2. Students demonstrate good patient care skills
  3. Students will demonstrate good radiation protection skills
  4. Students can effectively technically evaluate a radiograph

Graduates will effectively use problem solving and critical thinking skills

  1. Students can debate logically
  2. Students will reach logical conclusions and demonstrate an appropriate sequence on term paper
  3. Will meet program benchmarks on exit testing (CAAP) critical thinking, writing and science reasoning
  4. students can modify appropriate factors on trauma patients

Graduates will be effective communicators

  1. Graduates can write a college level term paper
  2. Graduates can present information in an oral fashion at an audience appropriate level
  3. students will effectively communicate with patients
  4. students will score 65 or above on CAAP testing (writing skills)

Students will develop professionally

  1. Graduates will be professional in their appearance and actions
  2. Students will complete service obligations
  3. Graduates will pass the registry exam

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