Radiology Program Maintains Professional Standards

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The Radiologic Technology program at Washington State Community College has received accreditation for the next eight years, following a recent evaluation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT).

"Accreditation provides students and graduates with the assurance that our program will provide them with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for professional performance expected by employers nationwide," says Paul Richards, Radiologic Technology program director.

The program received the maximum award of eight years on its January 2008 accreditation review and site visit. The program was reevaluated at its regularly scheduled Interim Report in June 2011, and received the maximum award of "maintenance of accreditation for a period of 8 years". The next site visit is scheduled for 2016.

Dean of Health Sciences Dixie Vaughan adds, "I am very pleased that the Radiologic Technology program maintains their accreditation. This is the official validation that the curriculum and the faculty are meeting the high standards of the radiologic technology profession."

The program (average) effectiveness for the past five years (2007 - 2011):

Student retention rate 82.9%

Job placement rate (within 6 months of graduation) 93.3%

Credentialing Exam (first attempt) pass rate 94.5%

Radiologic technologists are specially trained allied health care professionals who use radiography (x-ray) equipment to produce images (radiographs) of tissues, organs, bones, and vessels of the body to diagnose pathology and injury. Radiographers also assist the radiologists (physicians specializing in the use of x-rays for diagnosis and treatment) during patient radiographic exams.

The School of Radiologic Technology began at Marietta Memorial Hospital in 1954, and is accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, telephone # 312-704-5300, and the Ohio Department of Health, Radiologic Technology Section, 246 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43266-0118.

As the sponsoring institution, Marietta Memorial Hospital offers the student the Certificate (of Completion) Award, which allows the student to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.) credentialing Exam to become a Registered Radiologic Technologist. The program articulated with Washington State Community College in 1998, providing the student the ability earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Radiologic Technology concurrently with the Certificate Award, and offers the student many support services.

The program also affiliates with Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus and St. Joseph's Campus, as well as Selby General Hospital.


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