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Medical imaging graduates achieve perfect pass rate on national certification examination
06-19-14


Each member of the May 2014 Misericordia University medical imaging graduating class recently passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination in radiography.

The 16 first-time test takers’ 100-percent pass rate continues a 26-year tradition for the program which has routinely experienced higher pass rates than the national average. Since October 1988, 442 graduates have taken the ARRT Radiography examination and 426 have passed on the first attempt resulting in an overall pass rate of 96.4 percent, according to ARRT data for 48 different test dates. Of these administered examinations, Misericordia graduates have achieved a 100-percent pass rate 37 times.

May’s graduating class also observed a significant accomplishment, as xxxxx, scored in the 98th percentile nationally on the certification examination, which means only 2 percent of ARRT test-takers nationwide scored higher than the Misericordia graduate.

Members of Misericordia University’s May 2014 medical imaging class are: Sara Casterline, Hunlock Creek, Pa.; Rebecca DeLong, Mertztown, Pa.; Erica Dyonda, Bethlehem, Pa.; Allison Ebright, Middleburg, Pa.; Alyssa Gotzman, Chalfont, Pa.; Alyssa Goulstone, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Nicole Grim, Barto, Pa.; Kelli Harvey, Dallas, Pa.; Lauren Jankowski, Lehighton, Pa.; Kathleen Lord, Campbell Hall, N.Y.; Lauren Majewski, Swoyersville, Pa.; Molly McFadden, Pittston, Pa.; Shauna Quirk, Frackville, Pa.; Jennifer Sedor, Harleigh, Pa.; Allison Thomas, Warminster, Pa., and Stephen Wolff, Naples, Fla.

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 bdorak@misericordia.edu, or log on to www.misericordia.edu/mi.

Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

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May 2014 medical imaging graduates from Misericordia University recently passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification examination in radiography. Members of the graduating class, first row from left, are Nicole Grim, Barto, Pa.; Molly McFadden, Pittston, Pa.; Lauren Jankowski, Lehighton, Pa.; Alyssa Goulstone, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Kathleen Lord, Campbell Hall, N.Y.; Alyssa Gotzman, Chalfont, Pa.; Erica Dyonda, Bethlehem, Pa., and Sara Casterline, Hunlock Creek, Pa.; second row, Stephen Wolff, Naples, Fla.; Allison Thomas, Warminster, Pa.; Jennifer Sedor, Harleigh, Pa.; Lauren Majewski, Swoyersville, Pa.; Allison Ebright, Middleburg, Pa.; Shauna Quirk, Frackville, Pa.; Kelli Harvey, Dallas, Pa., and Rebecca DeLong, Mertztown, Pa.