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Program Goals & Effectiveness Data

Goals

To assure that St. Mary’s Medical Center School of Medical Imaging is effective in providing the highest quality educational opportunities to students as set forth in the Standards of an Educational Program in Radiography by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiography, the SOMI has developed an Assessment Plan based on the following goals. The sonography program will be following CAAHEP Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography utilizing the same goals. The Assessment Plan and goals are evaluated on an annual basis and are published in an annual report to the Advisory Committee members.

The following goal(s) define minimum expectations:

  • To prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains
  • To prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains
  • To prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains

Program Goals

  1. Goal: The program will graduate competent imaging professionals to meet community healthcare needs.
    • Program Effectiveness Outcomes:
      1. ARRT/ARDMS pass rate
      2. Retention
      3. Job placement
      4. Employer satisfaction
      5. Graduate satisfaction
    • Student Learning Outcome:
      1. Students will demonstrate technical proficiency
        1. Students will be technically competent
        2. Students will demonstrate procedural competence
      2. Students will practice ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principles
      3. Students will demonstrate fluency in the use of tools, technologies and methods common to the field
        1. Students will demonstrate proper equipment operation/care
  2. Goal: Graduates will develop analytical and critical thinking skills
    • Student learning outcome:
      1. Students will demonstrate analytical inquiry through practical approaches to problem solving
        1. By making procedural adjustments to individual patients as needed
        2. By demonstration of image analysis methods
      2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the use of information resources
        1. Students will critically analyze written materials from diverse sources
        2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of evidence based practice in medical imaging
      3. Students will demonstrate quantitative literacy (QL) skills
        1. Students will demonstrate the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of contexts and everyday “life” situations.
  3. Goal: The graduate will model professionalism
    • Student learning outcome:
      1. Students will recognize the need for and the ability to engage in life-long learning
      2. Students will demonstrate a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
  4. Goal: Graduates will exhibit effective communication skills in the healthcare setting
    • Student learning outcome:
      1. Students will demonstrate communication fluency by engaging in diverse perspectives
        1. Students will be competent in oral and written communication
        2. Students will effectively engage with patients, staff and other members of the healthcare team

Program Effectiveness Data

Five year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technology primary exam in radiography) pass rate of not less than 85% at first attempt within 6 months of graduation.

Year Pass Rate Percentage Cohort
2010 100% 17 of 17 students passed on 1st attempt
2011 93% 13 of 14 students passed on 1st attempt
2012* 100% 6 of 17 students sat for the ARRT exam in 2012 the remainder sat for the exam in 2013. All 6 passed on 1st attempt.
2013* 82% 9 of the remaining 11 students passed on 1st attempt albeit it was more than 6 months of graduation from the 2 year option.
2014 88% 17 of 19 students sat for the ARRT exam Two students elected not to sit for the exam.
5 year average 92%  

*2012 and 2013 marked a change in the program from a 2 year certificate program to a 4 year BS program. 6 out of 17 students opted to sit for the ARRT exam prior to completing the new senior year curriculum. The remainder (11) opted to sit for the exam in 2013.

Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation*

Year No. Graduates % Graduate Survey Response % Employer Survey Response # and % Employed (known) # Employed (unknown) No. Enrolled in advanced imaging program
2010 17 19 86 8 ( 100%) 7 2 (oncology) (8)
2011 4 (AAS degree) (other 11 in cohort in advanced degree option-finish in 2012) 27% 43% 3 (75%) NA NA
2012 11 27% 43% 10 (91%) 1 0
2013 16     10 (63%) 6 1
2014 16* (19 finished program, but 3 opted not to sit for the ARRT exam)     17 (90%) 3 4

5 Year average: 75%

Program Completion Rate

Program completion rate is defined as students who complete all aspects of the program within 36 months after entering the imaging program.

Year % Completion Cohort
2009-2010 86.3% Sophomore cohort: 22 new students enter the program: 2 withdraw in fall term, one is dismissed for academic failure, and 1 is dismissed in the spring term for academic failure.
Senior cohort: 17 begin and 17 graduate
2010-2011 81.8% Sophomore cohort: 22 new students enter the program: 1 voluntarily withdraw in the fall term; 2 voluntarily withdraw in the spring term and 1 is dismissed for academic failure; one requests and is granted MLOA
Senior cohort: 16 begin and 15 graduate: one requests and is granted MLOA
2011-2012* Move to 4 year program 100% Sophomore cohort: 21 new students enter program: 21 continue
Junior Cohort: 16 students begin in fall: 16 students continue
Senior Cohort: 11 students begin: 11 students graduate
2012-2013 100% Sophomore cohort: 23 new students enter program: 23 continue
Junior Cohort: 21 students begin in fall: 21 students continue
Senior Cohort: 16 students begin: 16 students graduate
2013-2014 94% Sophomore cohort: 23 new students enter program: 22 continue
Junior Cohort: 23 students begin in fall: 22 students continue
Senior Cohort: 21 students begin: 19 students graduate
5 year average 92% *The program changed affiliation from Mountwest Community and Technical College to Marshall University in the 2011-2012 academic year.