Mission and Philosophy

The Radiologic Technology Program strives to graduate individuals who are qualified in the use of ionizing radiation. In preparation for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Examination, students learn academic theory on campus and then apply their knowledge of radiographic procedures in the affiliate clinical education centers. To help meet the increasing demands of rural health care, the department strives to recruit and educate students to perform a vital role as allied health care professionals within these communities. Program graduates will have technical and communication skills, understanding and empathy for all patient populations and a realization of the importance and responsibility to life-long learning within an advancing profession. By fulfilling its mission, the Radiologic Technology Program improves the quality of medical care provided throughout the region.

Program Goals
The mission of the program is assessed by the degree to which the program achieves the following goals:

  1. To provide communities with entry level radiographers skilled in diagnostic imaging procedures.
  2. To facilitate development of critical thinking, problem solving, technical competency, radiation safety, and effective communication skills.
  3. To provide an environment which encourages professional and personal growth.
  4. To enhance the quality of patient care provided to diverse populations.

Program Objectives
Upon completion of the Radiologic Technology Program, the student should be able to:

  1. Apply the knowledge of imaging principles and concepts to evaluate and produce diagnostic radiographs.
  2. Apply the knowledge acquired in the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences, math and liberal arts in the practice of radiological science.
  3. Provide quality patient care and education based on knowledge and empathy gained through clinical and classroom experiences.
  4. Utilize problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills to function within a highly technical work environment.
  5. Practice within the profession's legal and ethical boundaries.
  6. Perform a full range of radiologic procedures as an entry-level radiographer.

Program Benchmarks

  1. Ninety percent of student course evaluations will indicate they are satisfied with the overall instruction.
  2. Ninety percent of employers surveys returned will rank FHSU graduates better than graduates from similar programs.
  3. Ninety percent of graduates surveys returned will indicate high quality instruction.
  4. Graduates will have a 78 percent or better on all clinical affective evaluations.
  5. Maintain a 95 percent pass rate on the first ARRT examination per class.
  6. Maintain a 95 percent job placement within six months of graduation for those seeking employment.
  7. Maintain a 80 percent graduation rate.
  8. Returned Graduate Surveys will indicate 90 percent have critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  9. Returned Graduate Surveys will indicate 90 percent practice radiation safety.
  10. Returned Employer Surveys will indicate 90 percent of graduates will have the ability to communicate and interact with patients.
  11. Returned Employer Surveys will indicate 90 percent of graduates continue their professional and personal development.
  12. Ten percent of graduates will continue into more advanced level programs.
  13. Returned Employer Surveys will indicate 90 percent of graduates have the ability to provide care for diverse patient populations.

2013 Program Outcome Assessment Data

  1. Of the 34 students started the program in 2011, 32 graduated in the 2013 making a program annual completion rate of 94%.
  2. Within the past five years, 149 first time examinees took the national certification examination. Of those, 145 graduates passed the national certification examination on their first attempt providing a 97% pass rate.
  3. In the past five years, 99 graduates actively sought employment, and 96 of the graduates found jobs creating a 97% placement rate.

Student Learning Outcomes

Accreditation

The radiologic technology program at FHSU is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). As an accredited program, the Radiologic Technology Program is required to meet standards which can be found at:

http://www.jrcert.org

Complaints or concerns involving accreditation issues should be directed to the Faculty Advisory Committee (any faculty member). If not satisfied with the response, the student should contact the JRCERT.

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312)-704-5300
 mail@jrcert.org  

Upon receipt of any allegations of non-compliance, the Program Director and the faculty involved will investigate the report within three weeks. If an incident of non-compliance is identified, the Program Director and faculty will take action within the following three weeks to remedy the situation. The results of such actions will be reviewed and discussed during the next Faculty Advisory Committee meeting.

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