Medical imaging classes achieve perfect pass rate in national certification exam

The 23-member class passed the ARRT exam.

The entire 2012-13 Misericordia University medical imaging graduating class passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination in radiography.

The 23 first-time test takers are members of the December 2012 and May 2013 graduating classes. The class’ 100-percent pass rate continues a 25-year tradition for the program which has routinely experienced higher pass rates than the national average. Since October 1988, 424 graduates have taken the ARRT Radiography examination and 410 have passed on the first attempt resulting in an overall pass rate of 96.7, according to ARRT data for 46 different test dates. Of these administered examinations, Misericordia graduates have achieved a 100-percent pass rate 36 times.

The class of 2012-13 also observed several significant accomplishments, as Jeffrey Williams of Thompson, Pa., and Kaitlyn Lane of Nanticoke, Pa., scored in 99th and 98th percentile on the certification examination, which means only 1 and 2 percent of ARRT test-takers nationwide scored higher than the Misericordia graduates.

Members of Misericordia University’s December 2012 medical imaging class are: Christopher Arakas, Walden, N.Y.; Maria Conte, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Jamie Dougherty, Scranton, Pa.; Frank Genovesi, Larksville, Pa.; Shelby Klaben, Jordan, N.Y.; Gabrielle Joseph, Drums, Pa.; Kaitlyn Lane, Nanticoke, Pa.; Roxanne Mahle of Tunkhannock, Pa.; Jessica Pugliese, Scranton, Pa.; Justin Thomas, Moosic, Pa.; Gabriela Vitorino, Whitehall, Pa.; Angela Waardenburg, Forkston Twp., Pa., and Jeffrey Williams, Thompson, Pa., Members of Misericordia University’s May 2013 medical imaging class are: Patrick Aulisio, Nanticoke, Pa.; Kayla Copertino, Springbrook Twp., Pa.; Rhian Davailus, Plains Twp., Pa.; Justine Grillo, Exeter, Pa.; Ashley Hale, Pine Grove, Pa.; Rebecca Knick, West Pittston, Pa.; Chad Seltzer, Kingston, Pa.; Nicholas Svab, Laflin, Pa.; Joshua Victor, Nanticoke, Pa., and Lindsey Young, Milton, Pa.

ARRT is the world’s largest credentialing organization that seeks to ensure high quality patient care in radiologic technology, according to the agency. It tests and certifies technologists and administers continuing education and ethics requirements for its annual registration.

Misericordia has the only Bachelor of Science-level medical imaging program in Northeastern Pennsylvania and is one of only two in the state. Nationally, there are 33 programs accredited by JRCERT. The program features four full-time faculty members with more than 90 combined years of professional and academic experience who are also cross-trained in multiple disciplines.

The medical imaging program also has strong relationships with 29 clinical sites in the region, some of which have been with the program since its inception in 1973. This relationship affords MU students valuable clinical internships at prestigious facilities that provide real-world experience.

Medical imaging students at Misericordia concentrate on the general X-ray department until their senior year, when they are then cross trained to become multi-skilled in a radiological specialty area of their choice. They learn specializations like CTs, MRIs or cardiac catheterization while also serving internships in regional health care facilities. A career in medical imaging offers numerous opportunities due to the myriad of specialty fields. A medical imaging major, for example, can specialize in radiography, mobile radiography, nuclear medicine, mammography and sonography. They can also become educators or work in the sales or management sector.

For more information about the Medical Imaging Program at Misericordia University or about careers in the field, please contact Barb Dorak, department secretary, at (570) 674-6256 at, or log on to Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.


The Misericordia University Department of Medical Imaging’s December 2012 and May 2013 graduating classes achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification exam in radiography. Members of the classes are, first row from left, Joshua Victor, Patrick Aulisio, Justine Grillo, Rhian Davailus, Shelby Klaben, Kaitlyn Lane, Maria Conte and Jessica Pugliese; second row, Gabrielle Joseph, Angela Waardenburg, Rebecca Knick, Gabriela Vitorino, Ashley Hale, Kayla Copertino and Frank Genovesi; third row, Justin Thomas, Lynn Blazaskie, clinical instructor; Lindsey Young, Christopher Arakas, Jamie Dougherty and Nicholas Svab; fourth row, Jeffrey Williams, Lorie Zelna, associate professor; Barb Dorak, administrative professional; Dr. Elaine Halesey, professor and chairperson; Gina Capitano, assistant professor and clinical coordinator; Paula Pate-Schloder, associate professor, and Chad Seltzer. Absent from photo is Roxanne Mahle, Tunkhannock, Pa.