Medical Imaging – Radiography (2+2)

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Offered as: Associate, Bachelor

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The Radiation Sciences program offers a two year Associate degree and a four year Bachelor degree. Students are eligible to apply for the national certification exam after successful completion of all program requirements for the Associate degree.

The program consists of 2 components, academic courses and clinical rotations, which occur simultaneously each semester.

Students do clinical rotations the summer between their freshman and sophomore levels. Laboratory and clinical assignments allow for students to acquire hands-on and computer experience to practice technical knowledge and communication skills. Students will have courses that include patient care, radiation biology, radiation protection, equipment operation, quality control, image acquisition and evaluation, and imaging procedures as part of the curriculum.

  • Obtain an Associate’s degree in Radiography with the opportunity of acquiring a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Imaging-Radiography.
  • Practice virtual radiography with innovative, up-to-date technology to prepare you for the rapidly advancing career.
  • Experience computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography or mammography as part of the Bachelor level courses.
  • Employment is projected to grow faster than average.
  • Become a part of a rewarding and fulfilling profession that offers an exciting, ever-changing spectrum of opportunities.
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  •  An application with a $30 application fee.
  •  Official high school transcript or GED diploma.
  •  Applicants will need a high school level Chemistry course with a “C” or better completed within the last five years.
  •  Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, if applicable.
  •  Three letters of recommendation.
  •  Registration for the Accuplacer Exam, if applicable.
  •  SAT or ACT college board scores. The ACT is offered monthly at Mount Aloysius College.

Applicants who have taken the SAT are required to have a minimum score of 1000 using the combined scores of critical reading and math only.  If an applicant falls below the 1000 combined score he/she will be required to take the Accuplacer exam.  Students who have not taken the SAT will be required to take the Accuplacer exam.

Mission and Goals

The Radiologic Sciences program offers an Associate of Science Degree that is inclusive of all eligibility requirements for the entry-level American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam in Radiography. The stu­dent-focused curriculum includes professional courses in the radiologic sciences and a structured competency-based clinical education with an emphasis on liberal arts studies.

The mission of the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences Program at Mount Aloysius College is to prepare students to develop values, attitudes, and competencies necessary to become entry level radiologic technologists.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Medical Imaging: Radiography the graduate will:

  1. have a solid grounding in liberal arts that includes general science and an understanding of the biological and physiological aspect of human anatomy;
  2. develop critical thinking skills;
  3. have in-depth knowledge of patient care including legal issues, infection control, safety, and professional and caring behaviors;
  4. have knowledge of radiation protection including utilization of equipment and accessories, techniques and procedures demonstrating expertise in limiting the radiation exposure to the patient, self and others;
  5. understand equipment operation including the basic physical principals of electricity, x-ray production, and digital, fluoroscopic and radiographic imaging;
  6. be able to critically assess images according to the four qualities of image production and make appropriate adjustments when necessary;
  7. be able to perform radiographic examinations that provide pertinent information in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient;
  8. demonstrate effective communication skills;
  9. model professionalism by understanding the code of ethics for radiologic technologists, be able to work collaboratively,
  10. have developed a commitment to life-long learning and the pursuit of personal and professional growth through the participation in educational and professional activities.

Program Outcomes

Five year average (2009-2013) is 90.6% pass rate on the first attempt of the A.R.R.T. exam out of a total of 190 students taking the exam within 6 months of graduation.

  • Class of 2009 98% (41 of the 42 first time takers passed)
  • Class of 2010 86% (30 of the 35 first time takers passed)
  • Class of 2011 80% (28 of the 35 first time takers passed)
  • Class of 2012 95% (41 of the 44 first time takers passed)
  • Class of 2013 94% (32 of the 34 first time takers passed)

Annual Program Completion Rates

Annual completion rate is determined by dividing the number of students who complete the program within a cohort by the number of students enrolled in the cohort.

  • Class of 2012 Program Completion Rate: 46/64 = 72%
  • Class of 2011 Program Completion Rate: 38/56 = 68%
  • Class of 2010 Program Completion Rate: 34/51 = 67%

Job Placement Rates

The job placement rate reflects the number of students working in the field or actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences.

Class of:
The number of students employed in the profession 12 months’ post-graduation and the number of graduates actively seeking jobs.
201337.5% or 9/33 (9 out of 33 are currently taking BS courses)
201244 % or 16/43 (7 out of 43 are currently taking BS courses)
201158 % or 20/36 (2 out of 36 are currently taking Pre-Med courses)
201060 % or 21/37 (2 out of 37 are currently in the Military)
200959.5 % or 25/43 (1 out of 43 is currently in the Military)
5 year average51.8 % or 91/192

Program Standards

Visual Acuity

Ability to see the patient to monitor patient comfort, vital signs and ensure safety
Ability to differentiate between shades of grey, black, and white
Read and comprehend protocol for medical imaging procedures
Perform data entry tasks using digital and computer terminals

Hearing Acuity

Ability to hear the patient to monitor patient comfort, vital signs and ensure safety
Hearing must be sufficient to communicate with others and to hear blood pressure sounds through a stethoscope
Hear and retain pertinent information to relay information
Hear and respond to questions and obtain a clinical history

Speaking Ability

Speak clearly and loud enough to be understood by a patient and persons in the department, radiology room, surgery, or on the phone
Possess sufficient verbal skills to effectively communicate in English
Effectively question patients for clinical history
Be able to describe changes in activity, mood, and vital signs of a patient
Respond to verbal and non-verbal communication

Physical Ability

Grasp and manipulate small objects required to perform job function
Operate a variety of x-ray equipment
Push and pull routinely
Arms and hands or functional artificial limbs are essential to perform radiographic procedures and transfer patients
Legs and feet or functional artificial limbs are essential to maintain balance to accomplish required duties and transport patients
Stand for the majority (approximately 80%) of a normal work day, and with a 10 lb. Lead apron for certain rotations
Maneuver through congested area(s) or unit(s) to perform positioning procedures and transport patients safely
Assist patients on and off examination tables, to and from wheelchairs and stretcher
Raise arm(s) while maintaining balance when positioning a patient, reaching over table, adjusting x-ray tube
Maneuver/push heavy radiographic equipment through congested areas
Pull/push medical equipment and adjust x-ray tubes to standard protocol; transfer of patients to and from unit
Weight must allow free movement within small control booth, move quickly during patient emergencies; manuever in small areas while performing portable radiography procedures.
Lift patients; lift and carry approximately 30-50 pounds of equipment 

Adaptive Ability

Organize and accurately perform individual steps of a radiographic examination in proper sequence
Emotional stability and maturity
Complete required tasks / functions under stressful conditions
Track and complete multiple tasks at the same time
Perform independently with minimal supervision
Interact appropriately with diverse personalities
Possess sufficient written skills for proper communication of information

A statement attesting to the ability to perform technical standards must be completed.

Accreditation

The Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences associate degree program is currently accredited by  Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools but is seeking additional accreditation through The Joint Committee on Education on Education in Radiologic Technology (J.R.C.E.R.T.). For more information regarding the program’s accreditation visit: www.jrcert.org

Student Success Profile

Brandon L Steach, RT (R) MR, graduated cum laude from Mount Aloysius in 2006 with a degree in radiography. Following graduation, he was offered four different jobs. Brandon was employed at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA for 3.5 years, where he started in X-ray and cross-trained in a cardiovascular suite and MRI and obtained his certification in MRI.

He is currently the CT/MRI supervisor at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lititz, PA where he developed the protocols/policies in CT and MRI and coordinates numerous administrative responsibilities as well as performing clinical exams. Currently, Brandon directs and manages a MRI Breast program with capabilities of MRI guided breast biopsy. Brandon L Steach, RT (R) MR

Meet the Medical Imaging – Radiography (2+2) Department!

Margaret “Bunny” Bafile
Clinical Instructor, Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Megan Beaver
Instructor of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Jeanine Farabaugh
Secretary - Health Studies
Felicia Holliday
Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Amber Lenhard
Instructor in the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Sharon Miller
Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Helen Ritchey
Clinical Instructor, Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Paula Scaramozzino
Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences/Chairperson Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences Program
Brittany Smithmyer
Assistant Clinical Coordinator/Clinical Instructor Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences