Radiography Program

 

* The Radiography Program is no longer accepting applications for 2014. The website will be updated in September with 2015 information * 

Radiographers work in a variety of areas of Medical Imaging including general radiography, fluoroscopy, surgical radiography, trauma radiography, and pediatric radiography. With additional training and education, radiographers also perform computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET), mammography, radiation oncology, and angiography / interventional exams. Radiographers with advanced degrees may also work in hospital management, education, or sales / marketing. Radiographers also work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and mobile units. To learn more about radiography, visit ASRT.org.

Program Overview

St.Vincent Health / St. Joseph Hospital Radiography Program is a twenty-two month, full-time program. Individuals interested in the program must submit an application to be considered for acceptance into the program. Applications are accepted only from November through January of each year. If selected, classes begin in August, with graduation occurring 22 months later in June. Since the program has limited student capacity, selection into the program is competitive. Not every applicant who applies to the program will be selected. To learn more about the selection process, see Admissions / Selection. Application documents can also be printed from that section.

The program's curriculum consists of both intensive classroom education and hands-on clinical training. Enrolled students are engaged in clinical or classroom activities on-site five days per week. All classroom education and clinical training is conducted within the St.Vincent Health system.

Accreditation

The Radiography Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Sciences. The program's accreditation can be verified by clicking here. The JRCERT contact information is:

Upon graduation from the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists board examination. Once an applicant successfully passes the ARRT examination, he/she can apply to the Indiana State Department of Health for a Radiologic Technologistgeneral license, which is required to work as a radiographer in Indiana.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to make a positive difference in the lives and health delivery status of our students, the people we serve, and the community. This is accomplished through a commitment of excellence by our faculty and staff, Advisory Board, and the sponsoring institutions in the delivery of quality training and education opportunities in radiological sciences. We will display compassion and dignity to all. Our paradigms will be open to all aspects of education that do not violate the Mission or Core Values of our sponsoring and affiliated institutions.

Vision Statement

Our Vision is to become a national model for enterprise-wide, hospital-based radiography education. We envision a system-wide radiography program dedicated to meeting the human resource needs of the affiliating St.Vincent Health organizations and their respective communities. We envision a program that offers an expansive approach to radiography education using state of the art technology while providing students with a wide range of clinical experiences in contrasting settings. This Vision is accomplished with vigor, enthusiasm, and encouragement while ever mindful of the need to be good stewards of our resources.

Program Goals/Outcomes and Assessment

The program is committed to offering students the highest quality of education and training possible. To that end, the program has established a comprehensive Assessment Plan to assure program quality and promote performance improvement. The Assessment Plan contains student learning outcomes and is based on the annual performance goals and outcomes listed below. Individuals interested in learning more about how the program assesses its annual goals and specific student learning outcomes can click here to access the Assessment Plan.

1. Goal: Students will be clinically competent.      

    • Outcome: Students will produce radiographs of diagnostic patient positioning quality.
    • Outcome: Students will produce radiographs demonstrating appropriate radiation safety.
    • Outcome: Students will produce radiographs demonstrating appropriate anatomical identification.
    • Outcome: Students will be able to analyze radiographs for technical quality.

 2.Goal: Students will demonstrate the ability to critically think.  

    • Outcome: Students will be able to analyze radiographs for technical quality.     

3. Goal: Students will communicate effectively.

    • Outcome: Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
    • Outcome: Students will demonstrate verbal communication skills.

4. Goal: Students will model professionalism.  

    • Outcome: Students will display a professional attitude in daily practice.
    • Outcome: Students will exhibit professional behaviors in daily practice.
    • Outcome: Graduates will demonstrate professional behaviors in daily practice.

5. Goal: The program will prepare students to challenge the ARRT certifying exam.      

    • Outcome: Program graduates will successfully pass the ARRT examination on the first attempt.
    • Outcome: Program graduates will demonstrate overall mastery on the ARRT exam.   

6. Goal: Students will demonstrate and provide quality patient care.      

    • Outcome: Students will provide quality patient care in daily practice.
    • Outcome: Students will recognize and demonstrate understanding of behavioral and communication characteristics of patients across the age continuum. 

7. Goal: The program will maintain a positive learning environment.  

    • Outcome: Students will express satisfaction with clinical education sites.
    • Outcome: Students will express satisfaction with academic courses.
    • Outcome: Graduating students will express satisfaction with the overall program quality.
    • Outcome: Alumni will express satisfaction with the overall program quality.  

8. Goal: The program will demonstrate a positive effect on the community.

    •  Outcome: Students will graduate from the program.
    •  Outcome: Program graduates actively seeking employment will be gainfully employed.
    •  Outcome: Employers of program graduates will express overall satisfaction with the preparation of program graduates.

 Below is a summary of the program's quality data.

ARRT Results

  • 2013: 100% first-attempt pass rate (11 of 11 graduates passed), average score 88.3
  • 2012: 100% first-attempt pass rate (10 of 10 graduates passed), average score 90.7
  • 2011: 100% first-attempt pass rate (10 of 10 graduates passed), average score 89.3
  • 2010: 100% first-attempt pass rate (12 of 12 graduates passed), average score 92.5
  •  2009: 100% first-attempt pass rate (14 of 14 graduates passed), average score 91.6
  • 5 year average:  100% first-attemps pass rate (57 of 57 graduates passed), average score 90.5

Program Completion

  • 2013: 73% (11 of 15 students graduated)
  • 2012: 67% (10 of 15 students graduated)
  • 2011: 59% (10 of 17 students graduated)
  • 2010: 71% (12 of 17 students graduated)
  •  2009: 82% (14 of 17 students graduated)
  • 5 year average: 70% (57 of 81 graduated)

Employment Placement (within 6 months following graduation)

  • 2013: 91% (10 of 11 graduates employed)
  • 2012: 100% (10 of 10 graduates employed)
  • 2011: 100% (10 of 10 graduates employed)
  • 2010: 83% (10 of 12 graduates employed)
  •  2009: 100% (13 of 13 graduates employed - 1 graduate did not seek employment) 
  • 5 year average: 95% (53 of 56 graduates employed)

 

Rights Reserved

While we make a reasonable effort to assure that all information contained herein is updated and accurate, the Radiography Program reserves the right to modify, revoke, or add regulations, policies, fees, or requirements at any time. The most updated information will be provided at the mandatory pre-admission conference which is discussed in the Admissions / Selection portion of this site.