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Radiography Overview

Radiography Program Mission

The mission of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) Radiography Program is to prepare competent entry-level radiographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the health care industry located in Western North Carolina.

Radiography Program Accreditation

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

The Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program goals, student learning outcomes, program effectiveness data, and accreditation information can be found on the JRCERT link to the left of this webpage and at www.jrcert.org.

 

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850

Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182

(312) 704-5300 
 

Program Effectiveness Measures

1. Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.

2. Students will complete the program.

3. Graduates will obtain employment.

4. Employers will be satisfied with the program.

5. Graduates will be satisfied with the program.

 

Goal:  Students will utilize effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills during clinical assignments.
  • Students will use proper written and oral communication skills during didactic assignments.

Goal: Students will demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the performance of radiographic procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes:      

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the clinical setting.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the didactic setting.

Goal: Students will demonstrate professional growth and development by practicing the professional code of ethics and complying with the profession’s scope of practice.

Student Learning Outcomes:      

  • Students will understand the importance of professional development.
  • Students will demonstrate professional behaviors.

Goal:   Students will demonstrate clinical competence by performing a full range of radiologic procedures on all patient populations.

Student Learning Outcomes:      

  • Students will provide appropriate patient care.
  • Students will position the patient and imaging equipment.
  • Students will practice appropriate radiation safety principles.

 

Program Effectiveness Data

Program Effectiveness Measure 1: 

Graduates will pass the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist) exam on the first attempt within six months of graduation. (Program Graduation Rate)

Benchmark:  85% of the 2014 graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.  Five year average of 90%

 

Results

Number of Students

 2014 - 100%

12 students attempted the ARRT exam                      

12 of 12 students passed on 1st attempt

 
 2013 - 100%

13 students attempted the ARRT exam

13 of 13 students passed on 1st attempt

 
 2012 - 100%

18 students attempted the ARRT exam 

18 of 18 students passed on 1st attempt

 
 2011 - 100%

20 students attempted the ARRT exam

20 of 20 students passed on 1st attempt

 
 2010 - 100%

19 students attempted the ARRT exam

19 of 19 students passed on 1st attempt

 

5-year average = 100%

 

82 students attempted the ARRT exam

82 of 82 students passed on 1st attempt

   

Program Effectiveness Measure 2:

Students will complete the program. (Program Completion Rate)

Benchmark:  75% of the students who started the program on the first day of classes for the Fall Semester will graduate within 150% of the 21 month program length. Program completion rate is defined by the JRCERT as the number of students who complete the program within 150% of the stated program length.  The entry point is defined as the first day of class of the fall semester.

Calculation:  
The number of students who complete the program within 150% of the stated program length divided by the number of students who started the program on the first day of class during the fall semester. 
 

Results

   

Cohort

Percent Complete

Number of Students

2012-2014

75%

20 enrolled, 15 graduated

  • 3 withdrew for academic reasons
  • 1 withdrew for personal reasons
  • 1 passed away

2011-2013

70%

20 enrolled, 14 graduated

  • 4 withdrew for academic reasons
  • 2 withdrew for personal reasons

2010-2012

79%

24 enrolled, 19 graduated

  • 4 dismissed for academic reasons
  • 2 withdrew for person reasons

2009-2011

75%

24 enrolled, 18 graduated

  • 4 dismissed for academic reasons
  • 2 withdrew for personal reasons

2008-2010

88%

24 enrolled, 21 graduated

  • 3 dismissed for academic reasons
  • 2 withdrew for personal reasons

 

Program Effectiveness Measure 3:

Graduates will obtain employment (Job Placement Rate)

Benchmark:  75% of the 2012 graduates (who are seeking employment) will obtain employment within 12 months of graduation.  Five year average of 75%.

Calculation:  Graduates employed in the radiographic sciences/graduates employed in the radiographic sciences and graduates actively seeking employment in the radiographic sciences

The JRCERT has defined "not actively seeking employment" as:

  1. Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR
  2. Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR
  3. Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours OR
  4. Graduate is on active military duty AND/OR
  5. Graduate is continuing education

 

Results

     

Graduation       Year

Number of graduates that actively sought employment Number of graduates that secured employment within 12 months of graduation.

Percentage

    2014

9

8

89%

    2013

14

13

93%

    2012

10

10

100%

    2011

16

13

81%

    2010

14

11

79%

       

    TOTAL

63

55

    Five Year Average = 87%

 

 

Radiography Program Accreditation

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 

Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182

(312) 704-5300 

www.jrcert.org

 

Certification

Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national examination for certification as a radiographer.

Candidates for certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists who have ever been convicted of, found guilty of, or pleaded nolo contendre to any crime or misdemeanor directly related to public health and safety must submit information to the ARRT to determine eligibility for certification. Additional information may be obtained from the program faculty and on the ARRT website, www.arrt.org.

Program Expectations

The radiography curriculum at A-B Tech prepares the graduate to be a radiographer, a skilled healthcare professional who uses radiation to produce images of the human body.  Students admitted to the Associate Degree Radiography Program at A-B Tech must possess the capability to complete all aspects of the classroom and clinical curriculum. This curriculum requires demonstrated proficiency using a variety of cognitive, problem-solving, manipulative, communicative, and interpersonal skills. Therefore, all students in the program must possess the following abilities and meet the following expectations.

Students must be able to:

  1. Observe and participate in all demonstrations and experiments in the sciences related to radiography, including group and self-learning situations.
  2. Learn to analyze, synthesize, solve problems, and reach evaluative judgment.
  3. Have sufficient use of the senses of vision, hearing, and touch necessary to directly perform a radiographic examination, review and evaluate the dynamic images for the purpose of identifying normal and abnormal conditions.
  4. Establish a sensitive, professional, and effective relationship with patients and be able to communicate verbally in an effective manner to direct patients during radiographic examinations.
  5. Provide physical and emotional support to patients during radiographic procedures, being able to respond to situations requiring first aid and providing appropriate emergency care to the patient in the absence of or until further support arrives.
  6. Acknowledge and understand limitations in their knowledge, skills, and abilities and to seek appropriate assistance with the identified limitations.
  7. Possess the ability to work collaboratively with all other healthcare professionals.
  8. Learn and perform routine radiographic procedures, using intellectual capacity to manipulate the x-ray tube according to the individual patient needs and body habitus and the requirements of the procedure's standards of speed and accuracy.
  9. Have sufficient strength, motor coordination, and manual dexterity to transport, move, lift, and transfer patients from a wheelchair or cart to an examination table or to a patient bed.
  10. Learn to respond professionally with precise, quick, and appropriate action in stressful and emergency situations.
  11. Accept criticism and adopt appropriate modifications in behavior based on constructive feedback.
  12. Possess the perseverance, diligence and consistency to complete the radiography program curriculum. 

Clinical Education Centers

A-B Technical Community College has articulation agreements with, and use the following facilities for directed clinical experience.  Students will rotate through the clinical affiliates for four-to-eight week rotations.  Some of these clinical sites may require an hour drive from campus. All hospital clinical affiliates participate voluntarily in hospital accreditation programs such as The Joint Commission (TJC), formerly known as the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), or their equivalent. 

1.  Mission Health, Mission Campus - Asheville, NC

2.  Mission Health, Saint Joseph Campus - Asheville, NC

3.  Charles George VA Medical Center - Oteen, NC

4.  Pardee Hospital - Hendersonville, NC

5.  Mission Imaging Services Asheville - Asheville, NC

6.  The McDowell Hospital - Marion, NC

7.  Park Ridge Hospital - Fletcher, NC

8.  Transylvania Regional Hospital - Brevard, NC

9.  Blue Ridge Regional Hospital - Spruce Pine, NC

10. Reuters Mission Children's Hospital - Asheville, NC