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.
Number of Graduates 1985-2019: 242
Number of Graduates passing the ARRT exam 1985-2019: 237
Historical % Passing: 98%
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Radiologic Sciences Faculty Contacts
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.
The Chesapeake College Radiologic Sciences Degree Program prepares students to deliver quality radiologic services and patient care. Graduates of the program 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.
Upon completion of the program students will:
- Facilitate proficiency in program content and skills through the college’s general education competencies.
- Prepare graduates for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certifying examination.
- Prepare graduates for employment as entry level radiographers.
Student Learning Outcomes
Program faculty believes that learning is an interactive pursuit and that students learn best when provided with an environment conducive to learning that includes a variety of experiences. Lecture, discussion, projects, research, demonstration, supervision, observation, and evaluation in both didactic and clinical programs of study will be employed. Online formats will be provided, when appropriate, to promote independent study and research. The radiologic sciences laboratory, PIXY phantom, audio-visual materials, computer aided instruction, lab practice, articulated and disarticulated skeletons, models, and radiographic images are available to supplement instruction and assure student mastery of material.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
1. Perform competently as an entry level radiographer.
a. Student will demonstrate proper positioning skills.
b. Students will apply appropriate technical factors.
c. Students will demonstrate appropriate radiation protection practices.
d. Students will evaluate images appropriately for radiographic quality.
2. Communicate clearly and effectively.
a. Students will apply effective written communication skills.
b. Students will communicate instructions to the patient clearly, effectively, and empathetically.
3. Solve problems and think clearly.
a. Students will be able to recognize or identify a problem.
b. Students will be able to assess problems appropriately.
c. Students will choose an appropriate solution.
d. Students will evaluate the effectiveness of the problem solution.
4. Act professionally.
a. Students will perform clinical tasks utilizing professional behaviors.
The nature of the radiographer’s work in dispensing potentially harmful ionizing radiation commits the faculty to produce graduates who possess the entry-level competencies of a staff radiographer, dedicated to providing for the patient in an empathetic way, and demonstrating professional excellence and responsibility in clinical practice.
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Goals
- The program will maintain a 75% retention rate.
- The program will maintain a 95% passing rate on the ARRT examination
- The program will assure that graduates seeking employment will find employment within 6 months of graduation.
- The program will assure that employers are satisfied with graduate’s performance as entry level radiographers.
Program Effectiveness Data 2015 - 2019
|Total number of graduates within the last five years (2015 – 2019)
|Number initially enrolled in the graduating class of 2019
|Number of graduates in the class of 2019
|Percentage of students retained in the class of 2019
|Number of graduates taking the ARRT examination within 6 months of graduation (2015 – 2019)
|Number of graduates passing the ARRT examination the first time (2015 – 2019)
|Percentage of graduates passing the ARRT examination the first time (2015 – 2019)
|*Number of graduates actively seeking employment (2015 – 2019)
|Number of graduates who found employment (2015 – 2019)
|Percentage of graduates seeking employment who found employment (2015 – 2019)
Program completion rate annual benchmark = 75%
Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate benchmark = 95%
*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.
The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredits Chesapeake College, a regional community college. The College is approved by the Maryland State Board for Higher Education and is authorized to grant the degree of Associate in Applied Sciences.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits the Radiologic Sciences Program and may be contacted at the following URL: http://www.jrcert.org.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304