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Radiography Program Goals & Effectiveness Data

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. Students interested in reviewing the program’s Assessment Plan or Annual Report should contact the Program Director.

Program Goals

Goal One: The program will graduate competent imaging professionals to meet community healthcare needs

A. Program Effectiveness Outcomes

  • ARRT pass rate
  • Retention
  • Job placement
  • Employer satisfaction
  • Graduate satisfaction

B. Students will be technically and procedurally proficient/competent
Student Learning Outcome:

  • Students will demonstrate technical proficiency and procedural competence according to professional practice protocols
  • Students will practice safety protocols in all aspects of medical imaging

Goal Two: Graduates will develop analytical and critical thinking skills
Student learning outcome:

  • Students will demonstrate analytical inquiry through practical approaches to problem solving
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the use of information resources
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of evidence based practice in medical imaging

Goal Three: The graduate will model professionalism by adhering to the Professional Standards established by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology
Student learning outcome:

A. 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.

  • Student will exhibit intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Student will exhibit professional demeanor in the clinical setting

B. Students will demonstrate professional growth and development through reflective journaling

Goal Four: Students will exhibit effective oral and written communication skills in the healthcare setting
Student Learning Outcome

  • Students will effectively engage with patients, staff and other members of the healthcare team
  • Students will be competent in oral and written communication

Program Effectiveness Data

Benchmark = 85% five year average: American Registry of Radiologic Technology primary exam in radiography).

Year Pass Rate Percentage Cohort
2015 81% 16 graduates sat for the ARRT exam. Three graduates failed the exam on the first attempt. One student retook the exam and passed on the second attempt. Two graduates opted not to retake the exam and are not practicing in the field.
2016 100% 14 graduates sat for the ARRT exam. All passed on the first attempt
2017 100% 10 graduates sat for the ARRT exam. All passed on the first attempt.
2018 71% 17 graduates sat for the ARRT exam. Five failed the boards on the first attempt. Four graduates retook the exam and passed on the second attempt. One graduate did not retake the exam and are not practicing in the field.
2019 100% 13 graduates sat for the ARRT exam. All passed on the first attempt. 
5 year average
2015-2019
90.4% Benchmark: pass rate of not less than 85% at first attempt within 6 months of graduation has been met.

JOB PLACEMENT: OF THOSE PURSUING EMPLOYMENT, STUDENTS WILL BE GAINFULLY EMPLOYED WITHIN 12 MONTHS POST-GRADUATION

BENCHMARK: FIVE YEAR JOB PLACEMENT RATE OF NOT LESS THAN 75 PERCENT WITHIN TWELVE MONTHS OF GRADUATION

 

Year No. Graduates # AND % EMPLOYED (KNOWN TO BE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT IN FIELD NO. ENROLLED IN ADVANCED IMAGING PROGRAM
2015 16 Graduates 100% All graduates who sought employment were hired within six months of graduation. 2 Radiation Oncology
2016 14 Graduates 100% All graduates who sought employment were hired within six months of graduation. None
2017 15 Graduates 100% All graduates who sought employment were hired within six months of graduation. 2 Radiation oncology
2018 17 Graduates 100% All graduates who sought employment were hired within six months of graduation. None
2019 13 Graduates 100% All graduates who sought employment were hired within six months of graduation. 3 Radiation oncology

Five Year Job Placement (2015-2019): 100% of graduates who sought employment within the field were hired within 12 months of graduation.

Program Completion Rate

Benchmark: Five Year Average: 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 radiography portion of the School of Medical Imaging. Data reflect academic cohorts.

Cohort % Completion
2012-2015 94% 16 students began the radiography program and 15 graduated within 36 months
2013-2016 87% 15 students began the radiography program and 13 graduated within 36 months
2014-2017 74% 15 students entered the radiography program and 11 graduated within 36 months
2015-2018 95% 18 students entered the radiography program and 17 graduated within 36 months. 
2016-2019 93% 15 Students entered the radiography program and 14 graduated within 36 months 
Five Year Average 89% of students who entered the radiography portion of the SOMI graduated within 36 months.