SSU Radiologic Technology Students

Radiologic Technology

Graduates of the Radiologic Technology Program at Shawnee State University earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program covers six academic semesters that combine classroom instruction and clinical experience. All classroom instruction is held at the University while clinical experience is gained at one or more of the eleven medical centers located throughout the Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky area.

Graduates from the program are eligible to take the national certifying examination provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists upon graduation and completion of all academic requirements. For more information please visit the ARRT webpage.

What is a Radiologic Technologist?

Radiologic Technologists are a part of the medical team and provide diagnostic images for medical diagnosis. The technologists work closely with radiologists and other physicians to provide medically necessary procedures to aid in the diagnosis of many pathologies and diseases. Radiographers, as they are sometimes referred to, provide adequate positioning and appropriate exposure techniques to offer quality diagnostic images with the lowest exposure dose to the patient. Students are provided knowledge on anatomy, positioning, exposure factors, radiation safety practices while learning high quality patient care.

Radiologic Technologists have a variety of career opportunities from working in a physician’s office to a fast-paced radiology department where demanding emergency services are required. Technologists can also work at urgent care facilities and surgery centers. Students in the program will gain experience in many different aspects of radiography opportunities.

There are also a variety of advanced imaging modalities that technologists may choose to specialize in that include: Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography, Cardiovascular Radiography, Interventional Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, and Sonography. Currently, the program offers structured education in Computed Tomography, but does not offer formal education in any other advanced imaging modality.

For more information about each modality, please visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologists webpage

Mission Statement

The Radiologic Technology Program prepares students to be professional radiologic technologists who are life-long learners and responsible to the future of the radiology profession and technological advances.

Program Goals

  1. Students will be clinically competent in the Radiologic Technology field.
  2. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
  3. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in Radiologic Technology situations.
  4. Students will demonstrate professionalism in the Radiologic Technology field.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

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Program Completion Rate

Class of 2017

20 students started the program, 18 graduates which resulted in a 90% completion rate.

Class of 2016

19 students started the program, 13 graduates which resulted in a 68% completion rate.

Class of 2015

19 students started the program, 18 graduates which resulted in a 95% completion rate.

The following information is data gathered for assessment from previous years:

Class of 2014

21 students started the program, 17 graduated which resulted in an 81% completion rate.

Class of 2013

19 students started the program, 13 graduated which resulted in a 68.4% completion rate.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Certification Examination Pass Rates

Class of 2017

18 graduates took the ARRT Examination and 15 passed on the first attempt. This is a pass rate of 83%.

Class of 2016

13 graduates took the ARRT Examination and 12 passed on the first attempt. This is a pass rate of 92%.

Class of 2015

18 graduates took the ARRT Examination and 14 passed on first attempt. This is a 78% pass rate.

Class of 2014

17 graduates took the ARRT Examination and 16 passed on first attempt. This is a 94% pass rate.

Class of 2013

13 graduates took the ARRT Examination and 10 passed on first attempt. This is a 77% pass rate.

Job Placement Rate

The average job placement rate includes students who were employed as a Radiographer within 12 months of graduation from the program. This only includes students actively pursuing employment compared to students who obtained a radiographer position.  

Class of 2017

18 graduates were actively pursuing employment and 18 graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation with a 100% job placement rate.

Class of 2016

13 graduates were actively pursuing employment and 13 graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation with a 100% job placement rate.

Class of 2015

19 graduates were actively pursuing employment and 18 graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation with a 94% job placement rate.

Class of 2014

15 graduates were actively pursuing employment and 12 graduates were employed within 12 montsh of graduation with a 81% job placement rate.

Class of 2013

12 graduates were actively pursuing employment and 7 graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation with a 58% job placement rate.

 

*Data obtained from online sources.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate proper positioning skills in the laboratory setting.
  2. Students will demonstrate proper positioning skills in clinical situations.
  3. Students will demonstrate proper selection of technical factors.
  4. Students will utilize radiation protection.
  5. Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  6. Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.
  7. Students will perform non-routine procedures effectively.
  8. Students will identify errors and seek corrections in radiographic images.
  9. Students will demonstrate the value of life-long learning by actively seeking additional certification or education and continuing to be active members in the field.
  10. Students will understand the importance of professional and ethical conduct in the clinical setting.
  11. Students will demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in the clinical setting.

Career Opportunities

The opportunities for the graduate radiographer are many and varied. Imaging technologists are needed to fill the demands of many medical centers, clinics, doctor's offices and imaging centers. Various shift assignments are available. The Bureau of labor Statistics projects the median hourly wage is $28.10. For more information, please visit bls.gov.

With experience and some additional preparation, the career of a radiographer can advance in several different directions.

  • Mammography
  • Computed Tomography
  • Magnetic Resonance
  • Sonography
  • Supervision/Management
  • Education/Research

Or a graduate may enter one of these one or two year programs in Radiologic Technology,

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Radiation Therapy Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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