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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 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. Graduates will demonstrate technical proficiency
      1. Graduates will be technically competent
      2. Graduates will demonstrate procedural competence
    2. Graduates will practice ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principles
    3. Graduates will demonstrate fluency in the use of tools, technologies and methods common to the field
      1. Graduates will demonstrate proper equipment operation/care
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
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

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. See below for explanation about cohort change beginning academic year 2013-2014

Year % Completion Cohort
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 graduates continue
Senior Cohort: 11 graduates begin: 11 graduates graduate

2012-2013 100%

Sophomore cohort: 23 new students enter program: 23 continue
Junior Cohort: 21 students begin in fall: 21 continue
Senior Cohort: 16 students begin: 16 students graduate

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
2010-2011
2011-2012
2012-2013
Sophomore = 98%
Radiography=92%
2013-2014
2014-2015

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.