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Radiological Sciences Degree Program

The Radiologic Sciences AAS degree program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level radiography employment in hospitals, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, and other health care settings. Graduates who have completed program requirements will be eligible to write the certifying examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Certification by the ARRT is required for Maryland licensure.

Program Mission Statement

The Chesapeake College Radiologic Sciences Degree Program prepares students to deliver quality radiologic services and patient care. Graduates are qualified to sit for the certifying examination in radiography offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) which is required for Maryland licensure as a radiographer.

Program Vision:

The vision of the Chesapeake College Radiologic Sciences Degree Program is to provide an accredited radiography program that encompasses learning experiences in the classroom, lab, and a variety of clinical settings. Program structure, courses, and policies will assist students in developing the broad based knowledge necessary to develop clinical skills, professionalism, flexibility, and adaptability. Our vision is to challenge students and assist them, through inquiry based learning and practical experiences, to be competent and caring entry level radiographers dedicated to providing quality patient services.

Program Goals:

The radiologic sciences degree program will:

  1. Facilitate proficiency in program content and skills through the college's general education competencies.
  2. Prepare graduates for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certifying examination.
  3. Prepare graduates for employment as entry level radiographers.

Student Learning Outcomes:

The radiologic science graduates will:

  1. Perform competently as an entry-level radiographer.
    1. Students will demonstrate proper positioning skills.
    2. Students will apply appropriate technical factors.
    3. Students will demonstrate appropriate radiation protection practices.
    4. Students will evaluate images appropriately for radiographic quality.
  2. Communicate clearly and effectively.
    1. Students will apply effective written communication skills
    2. Students will communicate instructions to the patient clearly, effectively, and empathetically
    3. Students will present an effective and complete oral presentation.
  3. Solve problems and think critically.
    1. Students will be able to recognize or identify a problem.
    2. Students will assess problems appropriately.
    3. Students will choose an appropriate solution.
    4. Students will evaluate the effectiveness of problem solutions.
  4. Act professionally.
    1. Students will perform clinical tasks utilizing professional behaviors.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Goals:

  1. The program will maintain a 75% retention rate.
  2. The program will maintain a 100% passing rate on the ARRT examination
  3. The program will assure that graduates seeking employment will find employment within 6 months of graduation.
  4. The program will assure that employers are satisfied with graduate’s performance as entry level radiographers.

Program Effectiveness Data

Total number of graduates within the last five years (2009 – 2013) 50
Number initially enrolled in the graduating class of 2013 9
Number of graduates in the class of 2013 7
Percentage of students retained in the class of 2013 78%
Number of graduates taking the ARRT examination within 6 months of graduation (2009 – 2013) 49
Number of graduates passing the ARRT examination the first time (2009 – 2013) 49
Percentage of graduates passing the ARRT examination the first time (2009 – 2013) 100%
*Number of graduates actively seeking employment (2009 – 2013) 41
Number of graduates who found employment (2009 – 2013) 41
Percentage of graduates seeking employment who found employment (2009 – 2013) 100%

*The job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.
Source: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRC/ERT), Radiography Standard 5.2

Additional program data may be accessed from the JRCERT website at https://portal.jrcertaccreditation.org/summary/programannualreportlist.aspx

Admissions Requirements and Other Information

Request an application for this program - Applications deadline is March 31, 2015