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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 Assessment Plan and goals are evaluated on an annual basis and are published in an annual report to the Advisory Committee members.

Program Goals

  1. Goal: The program will graduate competent imaging professionals to meet community healthcare needs
    • Program Effectiveness Outcomes:
      1. ARRT 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:

Benchmark: 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

2009

100%

17 of 17 students passed on 1st attempt

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% (88% when 2012 data is included for cohort)

9 of the remaining 11 students passed on 1st attempt albeit it was more than 6 months of graduation from the 2 year option.

5 year average

95%

 

*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.

Benchmark: 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 to be seeking employment in field

# Employed

(unknown or not seeking employment in field)

No. Enrolled in advanced imaging program

2009

17

31

100

10  (76.4%)

2

1

2010

17

19

86

8    ( 100%)

7

2 (oncology)

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 (100%)

1

0

2013

17* (includes 1 RT)

12%

12%

14 (100%)

2

1 Radiation Oncology

Five year job placement average of students known to be seeking employment within field = 90%.

Program Completion Rate

Benchmark: 85% of students will complete the program. Program completion rate is defined as students who complete all aspects of the program within 36 months after entering the imaging program. Data reflect academic year Aug-May.

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:22 new students enter program: 22 continue

Junior Cohort:16 students begin in fall: 16 students continue

Senior Cohort:11 students begin: 11 students graduate

2012-2013

Aug 2012- May 2013

100%

Sophomore cohort: 23 new students enter program : 23 continue

Junior Cohort: 22 students begin in fall: 22 students continue

Senior Cohort:17 students begin: 17 students graduate

2013-2014

Aug 2013-May 2014

Total cohort = 73

Graduating cohort = 22

Continuing = 51

Attrition = 4%

Retention = 96%

Sophomore cohort: 23 new students enter program: 22 continue. One student voluntarily withdraws after spring term is completed.

Junior Cohort: 23 students begin in the fall. One student withdraws in December due to health issues. 22 students finish in May.

Senior Cohort: 21 students begin in the fall: One student fails out of program in December; one student takes a medical leave and will return as part of the 2015 graduating cohort: 19 students graduate in May.

Senior RT Cohort: 6 RTs enter the senior year; 2 graduated in December, 1 graduated in May, 3 continue to next year.

5 year average

93% *The program changed affiliation from Mountwest Community and Technical College to Marshall University in the 2011-2012 academic year