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Radiography (X-ray)

Overview

Radiologic technologists use x-ray (ionizing radiation) to perform diagnostic imaging.

Tasks

  • produce images of tissue, organs, and bones
  • understand the characteristics of radiation, its biological effects, and the methods of reducing patient and operator exposure while obtaining optimal diagnostic information

Technology

  • x-ray

Patient Interaction

  • direct patient contact
  • healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients
  • all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics
  • dispense oral and rectal contrast for studies of the GI tract

Work Conditions

  • stand and move from exam room to operator’s console
  • wear lead aprons during fluoroscopic procedures
  • lift and move patients on the exam table for accurate positioning
  • lift and/or move patients from exam table to and from waiting area

Mission

The Mission of the Radiography Program and the Department of Radiologic Sciences is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice into medical imaging sciences and the radiologic and imaging sciences, as competent, caring professionals, cultivating professionalism, interprofessional practice and life-long learning. Through innovative pedagogy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills are developed and enhanced.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A. Students will select appropriate technical factors.

1-B. Students will demonstrate accurate positioning skill.

1-C. Students will utilize safe radiation practice for patient, self and healthcare team.

1-D. Students will provide safe and quality patient care.

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A. Students will adjust positioning and technical factors for non-routine procedures.

2-B. Students will critique images for diagnostic quality.

Student Learning Outcomes:

3-A. Students will demonstrate age-appropriate oral communication skills.

3-B. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

3-C. Students will demonstrate appropriate communication skills with the interprofessional health care team.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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

4-B. Students will function as part of the interprofessional healthcare team.

4-C. Students will participate in professional growth development.

 

Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates

Academic Program

 

5 Year Average (2009-2013)

Number

Pass Rates

Took

Passed

JSHP

National

Radiography

64

58

92%

89%

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anecdotal update from Program Directors in May 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

 

Job Placement Rates

Academic Program

5 Year Average (2009 - 2013)

Number of Students

Job Placement Rate

Seeking Job

Employed in 1 year

JSHP

Radiography

9

9

100%

JOB PLACEMENT rates are within ONE year post graduation re: revised 2014 JRCERT Standard.

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anecdotal update from Program Directors in May 2014.

*Job Placement 2013 Note: All 13 students continued another year of education

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

 

Program Completion Rates

Academic Program

5 Year Average (2009 - 2013)

Number of Students

Program Completion Rate

Entered

Grad.

JSHP

Radiography

83

70

84%

Data from Program Directors (updated annually). Data shared June 2014.

Click here to view data for class of 2011-2013

 

Accreditation

The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). JRCERT can be contacted at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, (312) 704-5304 (fax) or mail@jrcert.org. Visit jrcert.org for more information.

Certification Exams

Upon successful completion of the Radiography program, graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiography certification examination. Multicompetency students are not able to take the board exam until the degree is awarded at the completion of the 2-year program. Students who pass this examination receive national certification.

Visit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) website for more information.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28% increase in the number of jobs for Radiologic Technologists by 2020.

If you ...   then consider...
are in High School   2+2 PACE program
or 3+1 Advanced Placement BS/BS with
Immaculata University
have 50 prerequisite credits   2-year Multicompetency BS*option
or 2+1 BS/MS*
have a baccalaureate degree
and 50 prerequisite credits
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*
have certification in or graduated from an accredited program* in
Radiologic Sciences or allied health and have 50 prerequisite credits 
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*

In most cases, Radiography should be the first-year modality. Exceptions should go through the department.

First Year

Second Year

Radiography

Computed Tomography

Radiography

MRI

Radiography

Ultrasound

Radiography

Nuclear Medicine

Radiography

Radiation Therapy

Radiography

Radiation Therapy

Radiography

ICVT

(Other modality combinations are possible. Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing modalities.)