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Health Professions: Radiologic Technology Program Mission and Goals

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiography Program at Tidewater Community College is to prepare competent and professional technologists who will pass the ARRT Certification examination and gain employment as an entry-level radiographer. The program intends to help adults of all ages and backgrounds achieve their individual goals and contribute as citizens and workers to the vitality of an increasingly global community.

This mission is accomplished through:

  • Fair and objective admission standards.
  • Accessible and affordable education without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion,handicap, national origin or other non-merit factors.
  • Commitment to high quality instruction, and a variety of instructional approaches and delivery methods to support student’s diverse learning styles.
  • Cultural diversity as a critically important strength for students to meet the changing needs of a pluralistic, democratic society.
  • Guidance and mentoring for students to achieve their educational goals and succeed in passing the ARRT Certification exam.
  • Provision of a comprehensive curriculum consisting of broad opportunities for students to develop skills in conceptual and theoretical understanding, analytical judgment, critical thinking, and the ability to problem solve.
  • Didactic and clinical objectives addressing radiation protection, professional ethics, and safe care for patients.
  • Provision of clinical practice to enable students to develop professionally and acquire the necessary knowledge base, communication, and practical skills to succeed in the profession.
  • Partnerships and proactive responsiveness to provide a balance of radiographers to the region and an attempt to meet the needs of the community it supports.
  • Encouragement and preparation for students to engage in professional development and lifelong learning activities.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal I.  Students will be Clinically Competent

  • Students will demonstrate accurate positioning skills
  • Students will apply appropriate radiation protection practices
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate and safe patient care skills

Goal II. Students will Apply Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking when performing radiographic procedures
  • Students will be able to adjust exposure factors to accommodate patient variables

Goal III.  Students will Demonstrate Effective Communication Skills

  • Students will communicate effectively in writing
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients

Goal V.   Students will Demonstrate Professional Development and Growth

  • Students will exhibit professional behavior
  • Students will treat patients in a professional manner

 

Program Effectiveness Benchmarks

  • Graduates will indicate overall satisfaction with the program - 3.5 or higher on 5 point scale
  • Employers will indicate overall satisfaction with the program - 3.0 or higher on 4 point scale
  • 65% of students who enroll in the program will graduate
  • 80% of Graduates will pass the ARRT certification exam (5 year average)
  • 80% of Program graduates will gain employment as a radiographer within 1 year of graduation (5 year average)

 

Program Effectiveness Data - Actual Outcomes

ARRT Certification Exam 5-Year Average Pass Rate - 98.2%

  • 2013 - 32 out of 33 students passed the exam on the first attempt = 97.0% pass rate
  • 2012 - 30 out of 31 students passed the exam on the first attempt = 96.7% pass rate
  • 2011 - 38 out of 39 students passed the exam on the first attempt = 97.4% pass rate
  • 2010 - 42 out of 42 students passed the exam on the first attempt = 100% pass rate
  • 2009 - 43 out of 43 students passed the exam on the first attempt = 100% pass rate

Graduate 5-Year Average Job Placement Rate - 75.1%

  • 2012 - 19 out of 28 students who sought employment gained employment within 6 months of graduation = 67.8%
  • 2011 - 26 out of 33 students who sought employment gained employment within 6 months of graduation = 78.8%
  • 2010 - 22 out of 36 students who sought employment gained employment within 6 months of graduation = 61.1%
  • 2009 - 30 out of 40 students who sought employment gained employment within 6 months of graduation = 75.0%
  • 2008 - 39 out of 42 students who sought employment gained employment within 6 months of graduation = 92.8%

Annual Program Completion (Graduation) Rate:

  • 2013 - 32 out of 40 students who enrolled in the program graduated = 80.0%
  • 2012 - 33 out of 40 students who enrolled in the program graduated = 82.5%
  • 2011 - 39 out of 44 students who enrolled in the program graduated = 88.6%
  • 2010 - 41 out of 45 students who enrolled in the program graduated = 91.1%
  • 2009 - 44 out of 45 students who enrolled in the program graduated = 97.7%