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Radiologic Technology Program

Radiologic Technology Mission Statement

The mission of the Okefenokee Technical College Radiologic Technology Program is to provide radiologic training to meet the needs of the radiologic technology providers and the citizens of the Okefenokee Technical College service area. This mission will be accomplished by:

  • Providing classroom and clinical learning opportunities that develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement for successful employment as an entry-level technologist and prepare students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ national certification examination.
  • Working with radiologic technology providers to ensure that the program content is current and to graduate adequate numbers of students to meet the needs of the radiology providers in the Okefenokee Technical College area.
  • Providing the foundation for continued education in the areas of advanced imaging such as sonography, computed tomography, etc. through clinical experiences and career-related instruction.

Program Handbook

Eligibility Requirements

Effective January 1, 2015, the ARRT mandated that all candidates must earn an associate (or more advanced) degree from an accredited agency recognized by the ARRT.  The RT Program begin selecting degree candidates fall 2013. 
Click here to view the Competitive Entry Criteria

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1:  Students will demonstrate competency in performing imaging procedures. 

SLO 1.1:  Students will utilize appropriate techniques.
SLO 1.2:  Students will demonstrate adequate positioning skills.
SLO 1.3:  Students will provide proper radiation protection methods.

Goal 2:  Students will communicate effectively.

SLO 2.1:  Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
SLO 2.2:  Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills by presenting research on radiographic pathology.

Goal 3:  Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.

SLO 3.1:  Students will be able to achieve diagnostic radiographs on non-routine patients.
SLO 3.2:  Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to adjust to positioning trauma patients.

Goal 4:  Students will promote professionalism.

SLO 4.1:  Students will perform article critique evaluation on an imaging modality of interest.
SLO 4.2:  Students will recognize the role of continuing education in maintaining professional standards.

Goal 5:  Students will graduate with entry-level skills.

SLO 5.1:  Students will pass the ARRT national certification on the 1st attempt.
SLO 5.2:  Of those pursuing employment, students will be gainfully employed within 6 months post-graduation.
SLO 5.3:  Students will complete the program in 21 months.
SLO 5.4: Students will be satisfied with their education.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Radiologic Technology program are prepared for responsible positions in hospitals, private clinics, doctors’ offices, and other institutions requiring qualified professional personnel.

Occupational Outlook

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Accreditation

The Program is accredited on by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The minimum standards, by which a Radiography Program is evaluated by JRCERT, are published in the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Science. Copies of The Standards are located on file in the Programs Director’s office and accessible via the JRCERT Web site.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 | Chicago, IL 60606-3182, Phone 312.704.5300.
Email: mail@jrcert.org
Webpage: www.jrcert.org

Program Effectiveness Data

Graduate
Year

Program Completion Rate

Job Placement Rate

ARRT Examination Pass Rate

2013

91.6%

88%

82%

2012

75%

100%

89%

2011

69%

87%

82%

2010

95%

82%

71%

2009

80%

78%

100%

2008

79%

74%

58%

2007

85%

88%

47%

2006

71%

100%

85%

The radiography program's 2013 annual report to the JRCERT reflected the following:

Completion Rate - January 1 through December 31, 2013

Completion rate is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program.  The program's completion rate for 2013 was 92%.  Eleven of the 12 students expected to complete the program in 2013 went on to complete it in that year.

Program Completion Rate (PCR) is calculated by dividing the number of students who complete the program with the cohort by the number who enrolled in the cohort initially and subsequently.

Students who leave or do not graduate on time for any reason, such as medical leave, personal choice, or course failure, are considered as not completing the program with the original cohort.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2009 through 2013

Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span.  The program's credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2009 through 2013 is 84%.  Fifty-seven of the 68 graduates of this program taking the ARRT certification examination within six months of graduation passed on the first attempt.


Job Placement Rate* - 2009 through 2013

Job placement rate is the number of students that gained employment in the radiologic sciences within one-year of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment.  The figure reflects an average over a five-year span.  The program's job placement rate as an average from the years 2009 through 2013 is 86%.  Forty-eight of the 56 “actively seeking” graduates obtained employment in the radiologic sciences within one-year of graduation.

*The JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:  1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.  If any graduate is not actively seeking employment in the profession, the individual should not be included in the calculation of job placement rate.  Programs are reminded that graduates hired in part-time or per diem positions should be counted as employed.

Clinical Eligibility

Upon acceptance, students cannot attend clinicals fall term until all orientation requirements are completed and approved by the clinical site.  Students must complete the criminal background check and drug screen registration through Pre-check and have the results accepted by the clinical affiliates. See program faculty for specific details regarding the process of completing the background check and drug screening.  Program faculty will schedule all drug screens with the collection agency and provide the necessary Chain of Custody (COC) form when a copy of payment confirmation is rendered to program faculty.

Certification

Graduates are eligible to sit for the certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and must pass to become Registered Technologists. However, the ARRT has a policy of prohibiting candidates who are convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor to take the national certification examination. Due to the ARRT policy, there may be an inability of those with such a conviction to work in the profession.

Should a candidate elect to have an Ethics Review administered prior to enrolling in an educational program, the candidate may submit a pre-application packet and fee of $100 to the ARRT.  Click to download the Ethics Review Pre-Application.

ARRT national comparison report for the RT program.

 

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