Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of
Radiologic Sciences

Radiography (X-ray)

Radiologic (x-ray) technologists use x-ray (ionizing radiation) technology to perform diagnostic imaging, producing images of tissue, organs and bones. Radiologic technologists understand the characteristics of radiation, its biological effects and the methods of reducing patient and operator exposure while obtaining optimal diagnostic information.

Radiologic technologists work directly with healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients of all ages, dispensing oral and rectal contrast for studies of the GI tract. The job requires standing and moving from exam room to operator’s console, wearing lead aprons during fluoroscopic procedures, lifting and moving patients onto and off of the exam table for accurate positioning and lifting and/or moving patients from the exam table to and from the waiting area.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiography Program is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice in radiologic and imaging sciences as competent, caring members of the health care team, cultivating professionalism and life-long learning.

Radiography Concentration within Your Degree

Students may complete this concentration as part of any of our Department of Radiologic Sciences Bachelor Programs. Dual-Concentration students can choose Radiography in their first year.

Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing concentrations, to help make sure that the combination you choose is the best option for your future career.

Goals

Goal #1: Clinical Competence

Students/Graduates will gain the knowledge, insight, and professional skills necessary to perform competently as an entry-level practitioner.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A. Students will demonstrate proficiency in positioning.

1-B. Students will provide safe and quality patient care including safe radiation practices for patient, self, and the healthcare team.

Goal #2: Critical Thinking

Students/Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in making decisions about radiographic exams

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A. Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate and implement adjustments in imaging protocols, including positioning and technical factor selection.

2-B. Students will critique images for diagnostic quality and determine the corrective measures for image improvements.

Goal #3: Professionalism

Students/Graduates will recognize the importance of professional growth and continued development.

Student Learning Outcomes:

3-A. Students will integrate professional ethics and behavior into clinical practice.

3-B. Students will demonstrate behaviors that contribute to a positive work environment.

Goal #4: Communication Skills

Students/Graduates will communicate effectively and demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients, family, and members of the healthcare team.

Student Learning Outcomes:

4-A. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills by gathering and documenting essential, accurate, and concise information about the patient.

4-B. Students will explain radiographic examinations to the patient and caregiver in simple terms.

Certification Exams

Upon successful completion of the Radiography Program, graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiography certification examination. Students who pass this examination receive national certification. Dual-Concentration students may not take board exams until they receive their BS.

Program Effectiveness

Program Completion Rates*

5 Year Average
(Classes 2012 – 2016)

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
86 71 82.5%


Class 2016 Only

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
16 11 68.7%

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates*

Pass rates are on FIRST attempt within six months of graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2012 – 2016)

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
40 37 92.5%


Class 2016 Only

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
5 5 100%

Job Placement Results*

Job Placement rates are defined as employment within 12 months of graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2012 – 2016)

# of Students Seeking Job # of Students Employed in 1 Year Job Placement Rate
28 28 100%


Class 2016 Only

# of Students Seeking Job # of Students Employed in 1 Year Job Placement Rate
12 12 100%

*Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected June 8, 2016.

The JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:

1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR

2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR

3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours OR

4) graduate is on active military duty OR

5) graduate is continuing education.

Accreditation

The Radiography Program is accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org