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 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:
Five year average : American Registry of Radiologic Technology primary exam in radiography).
|Year||Pass Rate Percentage||Cohort|
|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.|
|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.|
|5 year average||88.8%||Benchmark: pass rate of not less than 85% at first attempt within 6 months of graduation|
*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 graduates 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 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||# Unemployed (status unknown or not seeking employment in field)||No. Enrolled in advanced imaging program|
|2011||4 (AAS degree) (other 11 in cohort in advanced degree option-finish in 2012)||100% Three graduates sought and found employment||0||NA|
|2012||11||100% Eleven graduates sought and found employment||0||0|
|2013||16||100% Ten graduates sought and found employment||0||1 Radiation Oncology|
|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.||2 Radiation Oncology 2 Sonography|
|2015||19* Total. Two graduates did not sit||100% 9 graduates sought employment in field.||3 graduates are not seeking employment in the field||2 Radiation Oncology|
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. See below for explanation about cohort change beginning academic year 2013-2014
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
|2011-2012* Move to 4 year program||100%||
Sophomore cohort: 21 new students enter program: 21 continue
Sophomore cohort: 23 new students enter program: 23 continue
|2013-2014||Sophomore 96% Radiography 92%||Sophomore cohort: 23 new students enter program: 22 finish in the spring (attrition = 1 student)
Junior Radiography Cohort: 17 radiography students begin in the fall. 16 students finish In the spring (5 students entered sonography) (attrition = 1 student)
Senior Radiography Cohort: 21 students begin: 19 students graduate (attrition = 2 students) Total student attrition: 3/38
|2014-2016||Sophomore 100% Radiography 91%||Sophomore cohort: 22 new students enter program: 22 finish in the spring (attrition = 0 student)
Junior Radiography Cohort: 17 radiography students begin in the fall. 15 students finish In the spring (5 students entered sonography) (attrition = 2 student)
Senior Radiography Cohort: 16 students begin: 15 students graduate (attrition = 1 students) Total student attrition:3 /33
|5 year average 94%||*The program changed affiliation from Mountwest Community and Technical|
Sophomore = 98%
College to Marshall University in the 2011-2012 academic year.
**Beginning in Fall 2013, all students admitted into the program did the same sophomore curriculum; however, junior students were able to elect to enter the sonography tract for the junior and senior year. Therefore sophomore completion is calculated separately. Radiography enrollment numbers reflect junior and senior radiography students only. Sonography retention/attrition is found with the sonography program effectiveness data.