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Radiologic Technology

About the Program
This two year associate degree program at Johnson College prepares students for careers in Radiologic Technology.  Radiologic Technologists, better known as Radiographers, are the medical professionals who perform diagnostic medical imaging examinations, including X-rays.  It is an exciting and rewarding profession, combining science, art, and technology within the medical field.  Radiographers are skilled professionals able to work in hospitals, medical service centers, and outpatient imaging centers.

GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES

  • Graduates will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists – Radiography Certification Exam
  • Graduates will be prepared for careers as a Radiologic Technologist or other specialty
  • Use your associate degree training as a stepping stone and complete your bachelor’s degree
  • Upon successfully passing the ARRT certification exam, the ability to train in other imaging modalities
WHAT CLASSES WILL I TAKE?
Here are just a few classes you will take during the Radiology program:

  • Radiographic Positioning
  • Principles of Exposures
  • Advanced Exposures
  • Radiation Biology
  • Pathology
  • Image Analysis

Full Course Outline

RADIOGRAPHY ONLINE REFERENCES:

Admissions Requirements

  • SAT score of 900 or above, or ACT scores of 20 or above
  • Accuplacer Scores of 70 on each section
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher*
  • 1 year of Algebra with a “C” or higher*
  • 1 year of Algebra II or Geometry with a “C” or higher*
  • 2 years of English with a “C” or higher*
  • 1 year of Biology with a “C” or higher*
  • Recommended: 1 year of an additional life or physical science with a “C” or higher, such as Physics*
  • Virtual Observation through online video(s) posted on the program’s website
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • *Prior to acceptance, students will read and sign the notice of conviction.

Program Overview for Radiologic Technology at Johnson College

What do Radiologic Technologists do?
The Radiologic Technologist must be well educated in:

  • Anatomy
  • Patient positioning
  • Exam techniques
  • Equipment protocols
  • Radiation safety
  • Radiation protection
  • Basic patient care.

The technologist will be responsible for patient assessment and preparation for radiologic procedures and image production.  You are an important part of the diagnostic team responsible for producing a quality diagnostic image.  The physicians that are specialized in the field of radiology (Radiologists) interpret these images to obtain an accurate diagnosis to rule out disease, injury, and develop a course of treatment.

Employment Opportunities
According to the current website of the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) www.bls.gov, their Occupational Outlook handbook states:

“Employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which can require imaging to diagnose them.”

Graduates can work as technologists in hospitals, medical service centers, and outpatient imaging centers, or with additional training and education, career advancement into other imaging modalities is possible.

The Radiologic Technology program at Johnson College offers several career and employment post-graduation paths.  Upon successfully passing the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) national certification examination, students may continue their education in a nine month certificate program in MRI or CT scanning.

Students may also further their education to complete an online Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Studies (BAH) through an articulation agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Any additional information about the program, including special fees and retention, can be found in the latest college catalog: Click Here.

Statements and Goals for Radiologic Technology at Johnson College

Program Objective
The Radiologic Technology program prepares students for entry-level positions in a hospital or outpatient clinical setting.  Graduates will be prepared to take the national certification for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination to become a registered technologist.

Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Johnson College is to develop competent, professional radiographers whose expertise will meet the community they serve by providing patient-centered care in a professional, compassionate and responsible manner.

Program Vision Statement
The vision of the Radiologic Technology Program is consistent with the vision of Johnson College.  The vision of the Radiologic Technology Program is to achieve excellence by the means of the outcome of assessments and continuous improvement.  Johnson College will provide the students with the industrial skills and learning opportunities to foster critical thinking and problem solving.

Program Goals:

Goal 1: Graduates will possess the skills necessary to obtain an entry-level radiologic position.
Student Learning Outcomes – Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate competence in positioning skills
  • Be able to utilize the knowledge to set appropriate technical factors.
  • Practice safe radiation practices.

Goal 2: Graduates will understand the importance of professional behavior and life-long learning.
Student Learning Outcomes – Students/Graduates will:

  • Be a responsible member of the healthcare team.
  • Display professionalism in the medical environment.
  • Demonstrate a good work ethic in the clinical environment.

Goal 3: Graduates will possess the appropriate skills needed for decision making and critical thinking, and make professional advancement within the Radiologic Technology field.
Student Learning Outcomes – Students/Graduates will:

  • Partake in personal and professional growth opportunities.
  • Assess patient condition and adjust the situation or procedure accordingly.
  • Be able to critique images for diagnostic purpose.

Goal 4: Student/Graduates will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and other medical professionals.
Student Learning Outcomes – Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate the necessary oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication with patients and other medical professionals within the clinical setting.

Program Effectiveness for Radiologic Technology at Johnson College

Johnson College adheres to standards and mandates set forth by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT.)  This mandate requires a JRCERT accredited program to provide program data and effectiveness.  This standard can be found at www.jrcert.org.

The JRCERT requires the Program’s Effectiveness Data be made available to the general public. Johnson’s Radiology Program effectiveness data is below.

Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography exam) pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt within six months of graduation.

Year

Percent passing
on 1st attempt

Number of students

2012

69%

9 of 13 students passed on 1st attempt.

2013

94%

   16 of 17 students passed on 1st attempt.
(*1 graduate not within 6 months of graduation)

2014

72%

 13 of 18 students passed on 1st attempt.

2015

86%

18 of 21 students passed on 1st attempt.

2016

81%

14 of 16 students passed on 1st attempt.
1 not attempted.

5 year average

80.4%

 

Job Placement Rate
Job Placement Rate is considered as the percentage of reporting students who are employed in the Radiography profession within 12 months of graduation. This number reflects only those students who are actively seeking employment as defined by the JRCERT. (*Years 2010 – 2014 reflect the prior JRCERT job placement mandate of requiring 75% employment within 6 months of graduation.)

Students who are considered as “not actively seeking employment” meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate fails to communicate with the program in regards to employment after multiple attempts
  • Graduate is not willing to seek employment that requires relocating
  • Graduate is not willing to accept employment based on salary or hours
  • Graduate is on active military duty
  • Graduate is continuing their education

(definition of “not seeking employment” cited from JRCERT literature)

Year

Percent
Job Placement

Number of students

2012

90%

9 of 10 actively seeking and employed , 2 continued education, 1 no data

2013

100%

8 of 8 actively seeking and employed, 3 not actively seeking,3 continued education, 1 no data

2014

92%

12 of 13 actively seeking and employed, 2 not actively seeking, 1 continued education, 4 no data

2015

94%

17 of 18 actively seeking and employed, 1 continued education, 1 no data, 1 out of field

2016

88%

15 of 17 actively seeking and employed, 2 unknown

5 year average

93%

 

Program Completion Rate
Program Completion Rate is considered as the number of students completing the program within 24 months compared to the number of students who originally enrolled in the program.

Year

Program Completion Rate

Number of students

2012

57%

23 started 7 academic dismissal, 2 voluntary , 1 major change = 13 graduates

2013

64%

25 started 1 new admission, 2 academic probation, 5 academic dismissals, 1 financial, 1 major transfer, 1 voluntary = 16 graduates

2014

71%

26 started, 2 re-admits, 6 academic dismissals, 2 voluntary = 20 graduates

2015

81%

26 started, 2 academic dismissals, 1 financial, 2 voluntary = 21 graduates

2016

63%

27 started 7 academic dismissals, 1 medical, 1 financial, 1 deceased= 17 graduates

5 year average

67%

 

Medical Inoculation

All of the clearances required to begin the clinical rotations in the spring semester will be conducted on campus.

  1. Yearly Two-Step PPD (Tuberculosis) screening is required. If test results are positive, a chest x-ray is required. If needed, a form is located in the FORMS section VI of this handbook.
  2. Rubella Titer or documentation of a second dose of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine. (MMR)
  3. Chicken Pox (Varicella) -history of the disease, proof of the vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity.
  4. Hepatitis B immunization is a series of three shots. It is required for the student to have at least the first two doses of the vaccine before their clinical rotation begins and proof of receiving the full Hepatitis B series will be needed.
  5. Influenza 1 dose of influenza vaccine annually is required by the clinical facilities or a mask will have to be worn in clinic if the vaccine cannot be given.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff
Barbara Byrne, M.Ed., RT (R) (MR)
Department Chair of Radiologic Technology/Assistant Director of Faculty
570-702-8939
bbyrne@johnson.edu

Roxanne Caswell, BS RT (R) (M)
Clinical Coordinator
570-702-8941
rcaswell@johnson.edu

Diana Harris, BS, RT (R) (CT) (QM)
Radiology Instructor
570-702-8904
dharris@johnson.edu

Radiologic Technology Program “Virtual Career Shadowing via the Internet”

Upon completion of your “virtual shadowing,” you should be able to do the following:

  • Make an informed career choice.
  • Converse about the ever-changing and dynamic field of radiology.
  • Feel more confident about going into the interview with a knowledge base.

“Virtual Shadowing” Internet resources to review prior to completing your application:

ASRT
http://www.asrt.org

From the Home Page:

Click on the Careers tab-Careers in Radiologic Technology

View the resources included in the 5 links which include:

  • Explore Careers
  • What Do Radiologic Technologists Do?
  • Career Videos

Click on the Resources for Students, Resources for Patients tabs

Explore the Resources for Students links

Explore the Resources for Your Patients links where you will find information on exams and procedures as well as patient safety information. Look at the Radiography exam descriptions since these are the exams you will be performing.

Go to http://www.asrtfoundation.org/ for Scholarship & Award information

ARRT
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is the world’s largest credentialing organization that seeks to ensure high quality patient care in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy. When you have successfully completed the program you will be eligible to sit for the ARRT registry exam.
http://www.arrt.org

Click on Educators & Students tab to access the Certification Eligibility link

Evaluate the educational as well as ethics requirements

Links of Interest

Radiologic Technology as a Career
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZqcuLoSoww
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUUUKrNxV4U

Your Radiologist Explains: Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Examination
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiYEy2Rz77s

Margaretville Hospital Radiology Department-Overview of a Radiology Department
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGxq0Dk0Fq0

A typical day in the life of an X-Ray Technologist at an urban children’s hospital
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip5IBdSdr4U

Radiology Technologist- Career Conversation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffekM2PdQFM

Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDDWvj_q-o8

Programmatic Accreditation
The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org
Website: www.jrcert.org

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