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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 graduates 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

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:
  6. GRADUATES WILL DEMONSTRATE TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY
    1. Graduates will be technically competent
    2. Graduates will demonstrate procedural competence
  7. GRADUATES WILL PRACTICE ALARA (AS LOW AS REASONABLY ACHIEVABLE) PRINCIPLES
  8. GRADUATES WILL DEMONSTRATE FLUENCY IN THE USE OF TOOLS, TECHNOLOGIES AND METHODS COMMON TO THE FIELD
    1. Graduates will demonstrate proper equipment operation/care

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

  1. GRADUATES 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. GRADUATES WILL DEMONSTRATE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN THE USE OF INFORMATION RESOURCES
    1. Graduates will critically analyze written materials from diverse sources
    2. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of evidence based practice in medical imaging
  3. GRADUATES WILL DEMONSTRATE QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (QL) SKILLS
    1. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of contexts and everyday “life” situations.

Goal: The graduate will model professionalism Student learning outcome:

  1. GRADUATES WILL RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR AND THE ABILITY TO ENGAGE IN LIFE-LONG LEARNING
  2. GRADUATES WILL DEMONSTRATE A SET OF COGNITIVE, AFFECTIVE, AND BEHAVIORAL SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS THAT SUPPORT EFFECTIVE AND APPROPRIATE INTERACTION IN A VARIETY OF CULTURAL CONTEXTS

Goal: Graduates will exhibit effective communication skills in the healthcare setting
Student learning outcome:

  1. GRADUATES WILL DEMONSTRATE COMMUNICATION FLUENCY BY ENGAGING IN DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES
    1. Graduates will be competent in oral and written communication
    2. Graduates will effectively engage with patients, staff and other members of the healthcare team

Program Effectiveness Data

Five year average: American Registry of Radiologic Technology primary exam in radiography).

Year Pass Rate Percentage Cohort
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.
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. One graduate has opted not to sit for the exam.
5 year average
2013-2017*
88% (2013-2016)
100% 2017
Benchmark: pass rate of not less than 85% at first attempt within 6 months of graduation has been met.
*The ARRT exam content changed in 2017 and results are reported separately by the ARRT.

*ARRT exam content changed in 2017. The ARRT generates separate reports for averaged data from prior content (2013-2016) and new content (2017)

Five Year Job Placement Average = 98.4 Benchmark: Five-year average 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)
2012 11 100% Eleven graduates sought and found employment 0
2013 16 100% Ten graduates sought and found employment 0
2014 16* (19 finished program, but 3 opted not to sit for the ARRT exam) 92% 13 graduates sought employment in field. 12 found employment within 1 year. 7% 1 graduate employment status is unknown. Two graduates did not sit for boards and are not in the field.
2015 19* Total. Two graduates did not sit 100% 9 graduates sought employment in field. 3 graduates are not seeking employment in the field
2016 14 Graduates 100% All graduates sought and obtained employment in the field  

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 radiography portion of the School of Medical Imaging. Data reflect academic cohorts.

Cohort % Completion
2010-2013 94% !6 students began the radiography program and 15 graduated within 36 months
2011-2014 90% 20 students began the radiography program and 18 graduated within 36 months
2012-2015 94% !6 students began the radiography program and 15 graduated within 36 months
2013-2016 87% 16 students began the radiography program and 13 graduated within 36 months
2014-2017 73% 15 students entered the radiography program and 11 graduated within 36 months
Five Year Average 88% of students who entered the radiography portion of the SOMI graduated within 36 months.