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Program Outcomes: certification exam, employment, and completion rates

Program Outcomes

As required by our accrediting agency, The Joint Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (J.R.C.E.R.T.), in Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography, Standard 5.3,"Makes available to the general public program effectiveness data (credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate) on an annual basis". The Standards and Program Effectiveness Data may be found at: www.jrcert.org

1. Credentialing examination pass rate is defined by the J.R.C.E.R.T., on p. 59 of the Standards as: "the number of graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.) certification examination...".

Per the J.R.C.E.R.T. Standards, p. 59, "Five year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt".

Five year average (December 2009-May 2014) = 97.5% pass rate on first attempt of A.R.R.T. exam (116/119 first-time test takers passed).

8 year history:

  • Class of December 2006/May 2007 - 100% (22 first-time test takers)
  • Class of December 2007/May 2008 - 100% (20 first-time test-takers)
  • Class of December 2008/May 2009 - 100% (24 first-time test-takers)
  • Class of December 2009/May 2010 - 100% (24 first-time test-takers)
  • Class of December 2010/May 2011 - 100% (27 first-time test takers)
  • Class of December 2011/May 2012 - 94.73% (18/19 first-time test takers)
  • Class of December 2012/May 2013 - 100% (23 first-time test-takers)
  • Class of December 2013/May 2014 - 92.31% (24/26 first-time test-takers)

Job Placement Rate

Job Placement Rate is defined by the J.R.C.E.R.T. on p. 59 as "the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment,in the radiologic sciences."

Per the J.R.C.E.R.T. Standards, p. 59, "Five year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation."

Class of:
Defined by the J.R.C.E.R.T. as: the number of students employed in profession 12 months post grad/number actively seeking for which you have received feedback on employment status.
2013
90.5%  19/21
2012
81.8%  9/11
2011
100%  10/10
2010
82.4%  14/17
2009
100%   15/15
5 year average: 
90.54%  (67/74) as of 5/9/14

Employment Opportunities

According to the current Web site of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) www.bls.gov, their Occupational Outlook Handbook, states:

"Employment of Radiologic Technologists is expected to grow by 28% between 2010-2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Although hospitals will remain the principle employer of radiologic technologists, a number of new jobs will be found in offices of physicians and diagnostic imaging centers. Health facilities such as these are expected to grow, due to the strong shift toward outpatient care, encouraged by third-party payers and made possible by technological advances that permit more procedures to be performed outside the hospital. Some job openings also will arise from the need to replace technologists who leave the occupation. A summary of information may be found at: www.bls.gov.

More specifically, opportunities for individuals possessing a degree in Medical Imaging include education, administration, research, commercial applications, or sales within the imaging industry. Settings for your career include hospitals, clinics, mobile units, industrial laboratories, colleges, universities, and corporations. (The American Society of Radiologic Technologists, "Discover the Possibilities," Albuquerque, NM). For more information on the profession, visit the web page of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists www.asrt.org

According to US News and World Report at: http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/radiologic-technologist, a Radiologic Technologist is #30 on the list of 100 best jobs and #15 on the list of best healthcare jobs.

Salaries

Also listed on the BLS Web site are salaries for various areas within the Radiology profession. According to our national society, in 2013, the average national salary for radiologic technologists was $62,736 with a range of $51, 607 (Kentucky) to $84,162 (California). For more info, visit www.asrt.org.

Annual Program Completion Rate:

Program completion rates are calculated according to a formula on p. 59 of the Standards.

Per the J.R.C.E.RT. , Standards, p. 59: “… dividing the number of students who complete the program within a cohort by the number who enrolled in the cohort initially and subsequently”.

Class of 2013: Program Completion Rate: 23/38 = 60.53%. 27 began in Fall 2009, 10 transferred in Fall 2010 one re-admit, Fall 2011, and 23 graduated.

Class of 2014: Program Completion Rate: 26/36 = 72.2%. 27 began in Fall 2010, 9 transferred in Fall 2011 and 26 graduated.