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Radiography Program Effectiveness Data

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Jefferson Community and Technical College Radiologic Technology Program is to provide a quality entry-level education in the field of Radiologic Technology. Using theory- and performance-based instruction, the program’s faculty seeks to provide an educational environment that strengthens critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills and encourages students to continue their professional development after graduation.

PROGRAM GOALS & OUTCOMES

  • GOAL #1: The program will develop and strengthen students’ clinical competencies.
    • Jefferson students will demonstrate competency in the basic principles of radiation protection.
    • Jefferson students will demonstrate competency in the basic principles of equipment operation and maintenance.
    • Jefferson students will demonstrate competency in the basic principles of radiographic positioning.
    • Jefferson students will demonstrate competency in the basic principles of radiographic exposures and film/screen and digital imaging acquisition systems.
    • Jefferson students will demonstrate competency in the basic principles of age-specific patient care.
  • GOAL #2: The program will develop and strengthen students’ critical thinking skills.
    • Jefferson students will use appropriate critical thinking skills to successfully complete the program’s final laboratory simulation competency.
    • Jefferson students will develop satisfactory to excellent critical thinking skills by modifying routine (positioning and exposures) skills to accommodate a trauma or non-routine patient.
  • GOAL #3: The program will develop and strengthen students’ communication skills.
    • Jefferson students will demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills in the classroom.
    • Jefferson students will demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills with patients clinically.
  • GOAL #4: The students will demonstrate professionalism and attributes of lifelong learning.
    • Students will show evidence of high ethical standards.
    • Graduates will seek a higher academic degree.
    • Graduates will demonstrate professional growth by cross-training and/or pursuing an advanced certification in other imaging modalities.
    • Students will achieve excellent attendance in their clinical rotation. (Revised 2012)
  • GOAL #5: The program will enroll and graduate students who will benefit from the program of study.
    • Graduates will complete the program within 21 months of entering the program or within the appropriate time frame if readmitted.
    • Graduates will pass the ARRT board examination on the first attempt.
    • Graduates will obtain employment within 6 months of graduation.
    • Graduates will be adequately prepared to work as entry-level technologists and indicate they were satisfied with the program of study
    • The graduating class will achieve a satisfactory ARRT first attempt mean score.

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The Jefferson Community and Technical College Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program was awarded an 8-year accreditation. The next accreditation review date is October 2013. Jefferson Community and Technical College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For transparency, the program effectiveness data will be posted on the JRCERT and Jefferson Community and Technical College websites.

Contact information for the JRCERT:

20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304
Website: www.jrcert.org
Email: mail@jrcert.org

ARRT Pass rate

  • Benchmark: 75%

The program's five-year average pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination at first attempt within 6 months of graduation.

Graduating Class % students scoring 75% or > on 1st attempt Number of Students
2013 65% - 13 of 20 students passed on 1st exam attempt
2014 75% - 12 of 16 students passed on 1st exam attempt
2015 88% - 14 of 16 students passed on 1st exam attempt
2016 59% - 10 of 17 students passed on 1st exam attempt
2017 100% - 17 of 17 students passed on 1st exam attempt
5-year average 76% (Total # of passers/total # of 1st time takers)

Job Placement Rate.

  • Benchmark: 75%.

As reported on survey, the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences, within twelve months of graduation, compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT has defined "not actively seeking" employment as: a) graduate fails to communicate with program officials after multiple attempts, b) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, c) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, d) graduate is on active military duty, or e) graduate is continuing education.

Graduating Class % Job Placement Based on Number of Student Responses
2013 83% With a 30% response rate (6/20) on the graduate survey or personal interview, 5/6 (83%) obtained employment within 12 months of graduation
2014 75% With a 24% response rate (4/17) on the graduate survey or personal interview, 3/4 (75%) obtained employment within 12 months of graduation
2015 100% With a 44% response rate (7/16) on the graduate survey or personal interview, 7/7 (100%) obtained employment within 12 months of graduation
2016 100% With a 26% response rate (5/17) on the graduate survey or personal interview, 5/5 (100%) obtained employment within 12 months of graduation
2017 100% With a 35% response rate (6/17) on the graduate survey or personal interview, 6/6 (100%) obtained employment within 12 months of graduation
5-year average 5-year average 93% total # of jobs/total # of seekers (respondents)

Annual Completion Rate.

  • Benchmark: 80%.

The program’s completion rate is defined as the number of students from the cohort that graduated within 150% of the program length divided by the number of students that began the program, minus withdraws, plus transfer students.

Calendar Year # graduated in 150% program length / # began - # withdraw + # transfers
2013 95% (19 graduated in 150% program length / 20 began - 1 withdraw + 1 transfers)
2014 89% (16 graduated in 150% program length / 19 began - 1 withdraw + 0 transfers)
2015 89% (17 graduated in 150% program length / 20 began - 1 withdraw + 0 transfers)
2016 94% (17 graduated in 150% program length / 20 began - 2 withdraw + 0 transfers)
2017 95% (19 graduated in 150% program length / 20 began - 0 withdraw + 0 transfers)
5-year average 93% (Total # of graduates [88]/total # of starters [99] - withdrawals[5] + transfers[1])