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

Clinical Performance & Clinical Competence

Students will:

  • Select appropriate technical factors
  • Demonstrate accurate positioning skill
  • Use safe radiation practice for their patients, themselves and their healthcare team
  • Provide safe and quality patient care

Problem Solving Skills & Critical Thinking

Students will adjust positioning and technical factors for non-routine procedures and critique images for diagnostic quality.

Communication Skills

Students will demonstrate appropriate and effective oral and written communication skills with patients and the interprofessional healthcare team.

Professional Development & Growth

Students will:

  • Integrate professional ethics and behavior into clinical practice
  • Function as part of the interprofessional healthcare team
  • Participate in professional growth development

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 2011 – 2015)

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
81 69 85%


Class 2015 Only

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
17 15 88%

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates*

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

5 Year Average
(Classes 2011 – 2015)

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


Pass
Rates
39 36 92.3%


Class 2015 Only

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


Pass
Rates
8 5 62.5%

Job Placement Results*

Job Placement rates are within ONE year post graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2011 – 2015)

# of Students Seeking Job # of Students Employed in 1 Year Job Placement Rate
17 17 100%


Class 2015 Only

# of Students Seeking Job # of Students Employed in 1 Year Job Placement Rate
9 9 100%

*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