Radiologic Technology Program

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Program Information

The Radiologic Technology Program at Kishwaukee College is a two-year A.A.S. degree program that prepares individuals to practice as entry-level radiographers in the field of medical imaging. Concurrent clinical experience is provided in major trauma centers, community hospitals, clinics and dedicated imaging centers with which the program is affiliated.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certification by the ARRT qualifies the graduate to practice throughout the United States. Some states also require technologists to secure a license to practice. This is customarily required whether the technologist practices in a hospital, clinic, or physician's office.

Students who may wish to continue their education in pursuit of a bachelor's degree or certification in a field of advanced imaging should discuss recommended supportive transfer courses with their advisor.

 

Program Accreditation

The Radiography Program at Kishwaukee College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program has the full 8-year accreditation and will be reviewed again in 2015.

            20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182

            (312) 704-5300

            www.jrcert.org

 

Program Mission

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program sponsored by Kishwaukee College is to provide the medical community with radiographers who possess imaging skills and critical thinking abilities to render competent patient care. A qualified faculty will provide clinical and classroom learning environments which will enhance learning opportunities in current and expanding medical imaging technologies and prepare the student for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

 

Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competence in clinical procedures. Outcomes:
    • Students will demonstrate skill in patient positioning
    • Student will demonstrate skill in technique selection
    • Students will provide appropriate care to all patients
    • Students will practice radiation protection
  • Students will communicate effectively. Outcomes:
    • Students will communicate effectively with patients
    • Students will communicate effectively with staff, supervisors, physicians and others in the clinical setting
    • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills
    • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills
  • Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Outcomes:
    • Students will determine modifications of standard procedures to meet patients’ needs
    • Students will determine appropriate exposure techniques and modify them for different situations
    • Student will evaluate images for quality and make necessary adjustments
  • Students will evaluate the importance of professionalism and professional development. Outcomes:
    • Students will demonstrate the value of professionalism and professional development
    • Students will exhibit professional behavior
    • Students will demonstrate the values and ethics of a professional radiographer.

Program Assessment

The performance of the overall program is reflected in the program effectiveness data as defined by the JRCERT. This data includes program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate, and job-placement rate. Assessment of the above outcomes and effectiveness data is a continuous process conducted from one to several times annually.

The assessment data for the most recent five years is as follows:

Completion Rate – 2009 through 2013

Completion rate is the measurement of the number of students entering the program and the number of students completing the program. The completion rate for the program in the previous 5 years is 97%. In that time frame 80 students entered the program and 78 students successfully completed the program.

The completion rate for the class of 2013 is 100%; 14 students enrolled in the program in 2011 and 14 students graduated in 2013.

Credentialing Exam Pass Rate – 2009 through 2013

The credentialing exam pass rate is a measurement of the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) certification exam on the first attempt. The exam pass rate for the program in the previous 5 years is 86%; 66 of 77 examinees passed the exam on the first attempt.

JRCERT STANDARDS: Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within 6 months of graduation.

Job-Placement Rate – 2008-2012

Employment rate is the number of students that are employed in the radiologic sciences within 6 months of program completion. The average employment rate for the most recent 5 years is 85%. Seventy four of the 88 graduates were employed in the field. (This is based on a graduate survey return rate of 30%.)

JRCERT STANDARDS: Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within 12 months of graduation.

Further information concerning program outcomes assessment can be obtained by contacting the Kishwaukee College  Radiography Program Director. Information on the program effectiveness data can also be obtained by contacting the JRCERT at www.jrcert.org .

 

 

Attendance at an information session is required of all applicants to the program. NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

 

Additional Resources

Contact Information

Carol Guschl, Coordinator
815-825-2086, ext. 2570
Office: B1231

Marie Meadors, Instructor
815-825-2086, ext. 3780
Office: B1227

 

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