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Goals & Outcomes

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/Sonography by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiography/Joint Review Committee in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the SOMI has developed an assessment plan based on the goals listed below.

The sonography program goals and expectations include but are not limited to preparing competent entry-level general, vascular, and/or adult echo sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

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

I. Goal: The program will graduate competent imaging professionals to meet community healthcare needs
Program effectiveness outcomes:

A. ARRT/ARDMS pass rate
B. Retention
C. Job placement
D. Employer satisfaction
E. Graduate satisfaction

Student learning outcome:
F. Students will demonstrate technical proficiency

  1. Students will be technically competent
  2. Students will demonstrate procedural competence

G. Students will practice ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principles
H. Students will demonstrate fluency in the use of tools, technologies and methods common to the field

  1. Students will demonstrate proper equipment operation/care

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

A. 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

B. 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

C. 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.

III. Goal: The graduate will model professionalism by adhering to the SDMS Code of Ethics
Student learning outcome:

A. Students will recognize the need for and the ability to engage in life-long learning

B. 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.

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

A. 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

St. Mary’s Medical Center School of Medical Imaging Program/Sonography Effectiveness Data ARDMS registry results demonstrate one measure of progress in meeting university and programmatic outcomes:

Year SPI SOMI/national Pass rate First time attempt Abdomen SOMI/national Pass rate First time attempt OB/GYN SOMI/national Pass rate First time attempt VT SOMI/national pass rate First time attempt Adult Echo SOMI/national pass rate First time attempt
2015 100% 79%     100% 80%     100% 68%
2016 100% 79% 100% 70%     100% 63% 100% 68%
2017 100% 79% 100% 70% 100% 80% 100% 63% 100% 68%
2018 100% 79% 100% 70% 100% 80% 100% 63% 100% 68%
2019 100% 79%         100% 63% 100% 68%

Students take the SPI exam at the end of the junior year.

Goal of five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within twelve months of graduation*

Year No. Graduates % Graduate Survey Response % Employer Survey Response # and % Employed (known) 3 year average
2015 6 5 (83%) 3 (75%)* 6 (100%)  
2016 5 4 (80%) 4 (100%)** 5 (100%)**  
2017 3 3 (100%) 2 (100%)*** 3 (100%) 100%
2018 4 4 (100%) 4(100) 4 (100%) 100%
2019 1     1(100%) 100%

Program Completion Rate

Program completion rate is defined as students who complete all aspects of the program within 24 months after entering the sonography program.

Year of graduation % completion Abdomen OB/Gyn Cardiovascular
2015 91%  (6/7) 3 3
2016 100% (5/5) 3 2
2017 75%  (3/4) 1 2
2018 80% (4/5) 2 2
2019 25%  (1/4) **   1

**Two junior cohort students determined after the first semester they wanted to pursue a different career choice. The program implemented a plan in May 2018  to address the low completion rate which has been considered to be successful according to May 2019 survey results from clinical affiliates, students, and advisory committee members.