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Radiologic Technology

Program Mission

The Radiologic Technology program of Southern University offers an Associate of Applied Science, which prepares students for careers in Radiography. Dedicated to excellence in Radiography Education, the program promotes an environment which fosters the development of critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and cooperative learning through a wide range of instructional methods. The Program’s offerings include learning experiences from a variety of disciplines to provide a diverse foundation for science and radiography. Using the classroom and clinical setting as the main thrust for enhancing the learning process, students are prepared to function as qualified radiographers in hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

Program Goals

Goal 1- Students will demonstrate clinical competence.

Goal 2- Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Goal 3- Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills

Goal 4- Students to display professionalism in the work place

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Radiologic Technology Program, students will able to:
  • Demonstrate effective patient care skills.
  • Effectively demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills by formulating and applying correct technical factors to produce diagnostic images.
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem solving to produce diagnostic images based on patient and equipment variables
  • Demonstrate proficiency in radiographic positioning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of professional organizations.
  • Display professional behavior in the clinical environment
  • Act as ethical and responsible members of the health care team.

Program Overview

The radiography curriculum consists of general and clinical education. General education is concerned with instruction in the humanities, basic sciences, mathematics, and computer technology. The clinical course work in radiography utilizes a competency-based system and provides students with instruction in professional radiography to prepare them for an active role in the profession. The program is accredited by Joint Review Committee on Education for Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Effectiveness data for the program will be available on the JRCERT and Southern University websites.

Contact information for JRCERT:
20 N. Wacker Drive, Ste 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone 312-704-5300
Fax 312-704-5304
Website www.jrcert.org
E-mail mail@jrcert.org

Program Entrance Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be in sufficient mental and physical health to meet the minimum clinical performance standards. The standards are listed in the Admissions Packet.
  • Students accepted into the program must be able to pass a physician’s physical examination and drug screening, present evidence of Hepatitis vaccination TB screening and must be current on all other immunizations prior to entering the clinical setting.
  • Students must have at least twelve (12) hours of study at Southern University at Shreveport prior to admission to the clinical program.
  • Applicants must be willing to work with low levels of radiation exposure and with sick and disabled patients.
  • Applicants who have been arrested, charged with, convicted of, pled guilty of nolo contender for any felony or misdemeanor other than a minor traffic citations must seek clarification of eligibility to sit for the ARRT Registry Exam prior to enrollment in this course of study. The ARRT maintains standards of conduct and a felony conviction may exclude an applicant. As mandated by the program’s clinical affiliates all clinical students are subject to criminal background checks.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Complete an application for admission to the Radiologic Technology program
  • Complete at least twenty four (24) hours of observation in Radiology
  • Submit an official transcript from all colleges/universities attended attached to application
  • Submit a copy of ACT scores
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5

Academic Requirements

  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have completed twelve (12) hours at SUSLA
  • Have a score on the ACT or the University Placement Test sufficient to place the student in college level courses
  • Possess a strong education background in Biology/Science
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher. It is recommended that students enroll in and successfully complete as many general education courses that are a part of the curriculum, prior to enrollment in the clinical portion of the program
  • Students must take RADT 103, ENGL 110, BIOL 220, BIOL 220L, BIOL 222, BIOL 222L, MATH 133, and PHYS 100 prior to gaining admission to the Radiologic Technology

Admission

Admission to the clinical phase of the program is competitive and limited by the number of clinical slots that are available at local affiliated hospitals. Students must have the approval of the admissions committee in order to enroll in any clinical portion of the program. Prior to obtaining this approval, the student is strongly encouraged to pursue studies in the general education portion of the program. Application packets are available in the Program Director’s Office.

PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS DATA

***Note----Graduate surveys are typically disseminated to the graduates after the completion of the Exit Exam.

Five year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography exam) pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt within six months graduation.

Year Percent passing on
1st attempt
Number of students
2009 89% 16 of 18 students passed on 1st attempt
2010 100% 17 of 17 students passed on 1st attempt
2011 100% 17 of 17 students passed on 1st attempt
2012 89% 17 of 19 students passed on 1st attempt
2013 87% 13 of 15 students passed on 1st attempt
2014 Results pending
Five year average 93%

Five year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation.

Year Percent job placement Number of students
2009 94% employed in twelve(12) months

16 graduates were actively seeking employment.

15 were employed twelve (12) months of graduation.

2010 92% employed in twelve(12) months

13 graduates were actively seeking employment.

12 were employed twelve (12) months of graduation.

2011 93% employed in twelve(12) months

14 graduates were actively seeking employment.

13 were employed graduation 12) months of graduation.

2012 93% employed in twelve(12) months

15 graduates were actively seeking employment.

14 were employed graduation twelve (12) months of graduation.

2013 100% employed in twelve(12) months

10 graduates were actively seeking employment.

10 out of 10 graduates were employed one year post graduation.

5 year average 94% of graduates actively seeking employment were hired within the first year of graduation

68 graduates were actively seeking employment.

64 SUSLA graduates have entered the work force as registered Radiologic Technology within one year post graduates

Program Completion Rate

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the clinical phase of program within 150% of the program length. The program length for the clinical phase of the program is 27 months and Program completion rate is defined as those students graduating within 150% of beginning the clinical phase of the program.

Year Percent completion Number of students
2010 59%

29 began 17 graduated

· 3 voluntary withdrawal;
8 dismissed for academic reasons

2011 68%

25 began 17 graduated

· 1 voluntary withdrawal;
7 dismissed for academic reasons

2012 68%

28 began 19 graduated

· 1 voluntary withdrawal;
7 dismissed for academic reasons

2013 59%

27 began 16 graduated

· 2 voluntary withdrawal;
9 dismissed for academic reasons

2014 61%

28 began 17 graduated

· 2 will complete program in 2015

· 2 voluntary withdrawal; 7 dismissed for academic reasons

5 year average 63% program completion rate

For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org

 
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