Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Marian University's Radiologic Technology program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT promotes excellence in education and enhances quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational program. The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U. S. Department of Education for the accreditation of educational programs in radiography.
The JRCERT has established the "Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography" by which the program's educational policies and procedures must meet in order to verify
compliance and be in good standing with the JRCERT. The "Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography" can be found at www.jrcert.org. or by contacting the JRCERT at:
20 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Telephone# (312) 704-5300
Students have the right to submit allegations against a JRCERT accredited program if there is reason to believe that the program has acted contrary to JRCERT accreditation standards or that conditions at the program appear to jeopardize the quality of instruction or the general welfare of its students.
Within a faith-based university, the Marian University Radiologic Technology Program prepares students at an entry level, to provide radiologic services with an emphasis on quality patient care and technical competency, leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology. The Radiologic Technology Program provides graduates with opportunities to further their education by providing clinical experience in various advanced imaging modalities.
The philosophy of the Radiologic Technology Program at Marian University has two primary foci: technical competency and patient care.
The faculty believe that the radiologic technologist utilizes theoretical and clinical knowledge in the performance of procedures resulting in the acquisition of diagnostic quality images, while demonstrating expertise in minimizing the amount of ionizing radiation exposure to patients, themselves and all members that comprise the healthcare team. To provide the highest quality care the radiologic technologist demonstrates the value of lifelong learning to maintain and improve his/her technical skills by participating continuing education along with sharing that knowledge with colleagues.
The faculty believe the radiologic technologist demonstrates ethical conduct and acts in the best interest of the patient without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, socioeconomic states, or nature of diseaseor illness, while protecting the rights of the patient to quality radiologic technology care and the respect for dignity of mankind. To provide the highest quality care the radiologic technologist demonstrates responsibility and accountability for obtaining critical patient history through observation and communication with the physician, while respecting the patient's right to privacy. The radiologic technologist also recognizes that interpretation and diagnosis of radiographic images is not part of the Scope of Practice.
The program will provide the following:
- The knowledge and practice necessary for the student radiographer to attain the program goals and outcomes.
- A method to ensure that the above mentioned goals are met.
- The necessary environment to have the student radiographer progressively mature as an individual in the profession and in society.
- A means for student radiographer involvement with the program concerning its progress towards the program goals and outcomes.
Student Learning Outcomes
The following are the student learning goals and associated outcomes of the program:
Goal: Students will graduate as a clinically competent radiographer
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will apply appropriate radiation protection practices.
- Students will apply appropriate positioning skills.
- Students will select appropriate technical factors.
Goal: Students will utilize critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will evaluate a radiograph for diagnostic quality.
- Students will access the patient and have the ability to adapt to non-routine situations/ability to adjust exam for patient condition.
Goal: Students will communicate effectively
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to orally relate/interact with patients.
- Students will demonstrate proper communication skills in the written form.
Goal: Students will demonstrate the importance of professional growth and development
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to demonstrate professional values in the clinical setting
- Students will exhibit team player behavior
Program Goal and Outcomes
The following is the program goal and associated outcomes. The yearly results and five year average for the first, fourth and fifth outcome can be found under the Program Effectiveness Data link.
Goal: The program will graduate entry-level technologists.
- Students will pass the ARRT Registry on the first attempt.
- Employer’s attitude regarding rehiring the graduate if given a second chance.
- Alumni’s satisfaction regarding being prepared with entry-level skills.
- Of those seeking employment, students will be gainfully employed within six months of graduation.
- Students that begin the program will graduate from the program.
General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements, including School of Nursing and Health Professions Course requirements (48-51 credits): BIO 100; CHE 103; COM 302; MAT 114; PHI 220; PSY 105.
77 credits as follows:
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 5 cr.
BIO 220 Introduction to Medical Terminology,2 cr.
NRS 365 Health Care Informatics, 2 cr.
PHS 211 Elementary Physics, 5 cr.
SWK 422 Law and the Helping Professions, 3 cr.
Refer to the Adult and Graduate Studies section of the Academic Bulletin for information regarding the Radiologic Technology Completion Program.
(two weeks before start of classes)
RAD 301 Fundamentals of Radiologic Science and Health Care, 0 cr.
RAD 311 Patient Care in the Radiologic Sciences (Session I only), 3 cr. (2 theory/1 lab)
RAD 312 Principles of Radiographic Imaging (Session II only), 4 cr.
RAD 313 Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis I, 8 cr. (6 theory/2 lab)
RAD 314 Radiologic Practicum I, 1 cr.
RAD 321 Radiologic Practicum II, 1 cr.
RAD 331 Principles of Radiation Protection and Biology (Session I only), 3 cr.
RAD 332 Principles of Radiologic Physics (Session II only), 3 cr.
RAD 333 Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis II, 4 cr. (3 theory/1 lab)
RAD 334 Radiologic Practicum III, 2 cr.
RAD 441 Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis III, 3 cr. (2 theory/1 lab)
RAD 442 Radiologic Practicum IV, 3 cr.
RAD 451 Principles of Specialized Radiographic Modalities & Pharmacology, 4 cr.
RAD 452 Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis IV, 6 cr. (5 theory/1 lab)
RAD 453 Radiologic Practicum V, 2 cr.
RAD 461 Radiologic Practicum VI, 1 cr.
RAD 471 Radiologic Pathophysiology (Session I only), 3 cr.
RAD 472 Ethics & Law in Radiologic Sciences (Session I only), 1 cr.
RAD 473 Imaging Equipment & Quality Control (Session I only), 2 cr.
RAD 474 Radiologic Practicum VII (Session I only), 1 cr.
RAD 475 Radiologic Practicum VIII (Session II only), 1 cr.
RAD 476 Senior Capstone (Session II only), 4 cr.
Admission and Progression Policies
BSRT students who follow the recommended curriculum plan forcourse scheduling begin in fall as freshmen students and complete the BSRTdegree in four years.
Traditional Freshman (Pre-Radiologic Technology Major) Admission Requirements:
1. Admission to university per university standards. Academic Bulletin
1. Admission to university per university standards. Academic Bulletin
2. Applicants not applying directly after high school should contact the Office of Admissions for further details regarding admission qualifications. A credit evaluation will be done by the Academic Advisor for Health Professions to assist in outlining a plan for the program.
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO THE RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Marian University retains the sole right to determine the entrance requirements for the Radiologic Technology major. These requirements will coincide with all state and federal non-discrimination laws and will meet the standards as set forth by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Students must meet all of the criteria outlined below for consideration.
1. Completion of all Radiologic Technology program core coursework in conjunction with Marian University’s general education course of study.
Required Radiologic Technology core prerequisite coursework includes:
- BIO 100 (Life Systems)
- BIO 205 (Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology)
- CHE 103 (General, Organic, and Biochemistry with lab)
- MAT 114 (Algebra & Trigonometry)
- NRS 365 (Health Care Informatics)
- PHS 211 (Elementary Physics with lab)
2. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, based on a 4-point grading scale.
Cumulative GPA is calculated using credits from all post-secondary schools attended. Once 12 credits have been earned at Marian University, only the Marian University credits will be used for cumulative GPA calculation if those credits were earned within the last 2 years. If the Marian University credits were earned more than 2 years ago, the GPA will be calculated using credits from all schools attended.
3. Earn a minimum Radiologic Technology core prerequisite coursework GPA of 2.5, based on a 4-point grading scale.
Radiologic Technology core GPA is calculated using credits for all specified core courses taken at Marian University or another institution. These courses include: BIO 100, BIO 205, CHE 103, MAT 110, NRS 365, PHI 220, PHS 211.Courses must be completed within the last 7 years.
4. Completion of the following courses with grades of “C” or better:
- ENG 105 (Expository Writing)
- ENG 106 (Argumentative and Research Writing)
- PSY 105 (Human Development)
5. Review of physical requirements for program enrollment.
All applicants must be in sound physical and mental health and able to perform all of the essential capabilities and functional requirements. Marian University Radiologic Technology students must have abilities and skills of four varieties: (1) Behavioral and Social Attributes, (2) Communication, (3) Sensory, and (4) Motor. A student should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner without the use of a surrogate. These essential capabilities must be demonstrated in the clinical, laboratory, and theory (classroom) interactions and evaluations. Refer to the Radiologic Technology Student Handbookfor more information on the essential capabilities.
6. Submission of Program Application (including all required components).
The deadline date for submitting an application is January 15. The mandatory on-site informational meeting must be completed no later than three days after the January 15 deadline. Review the application process below. Application to the Program
APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Students who have been determined to meet all criteria outlined above will be eligible to apply to the program. The application process consists of the following steps:
1. Students must work with the Academic Advisor for Health Professions to prepare and submit the following application documents:
- Completed Marian University Radiologic Technology Program Application
- College/University transcripts (GPA requirements described above)
- Personal Statement (mandatory)
- Two Letters of Reference (optional)
2. All applicants who have submitted all required application documents (application form, transcripts that meet GPA requirements, personal statement) by the January 15 deadline must attend an informational meeting and a tour at the Radiologic Technology Program at the Marian University Mercy Medical Center campus no later than 3 days after the application deadline.
The program will notify the applicant of his/her eligibility to attend the informational meeting by mail. This meeting will be held the second and last Friday of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in the school classroom.The applicant can schedule the meeting by calling the school office at (920)223-0135 or (920) 223-0136, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday. This meeting is part of the application process and no interview will be granted unless the applicant has attended this informational meeting. A letter informing the applicant that his/her application is incomplete is mailed prior to the January 15 deadline date for such completion. Incomplete applications will be discarded after the application deadline. Applications of all students not accepted will be retained for one month after the deadline.
3. All applicants that have met entrance requirements for the program will be notified by letter that they are eligible for a personal interview with the Interview Committee.
4. Applicants who have met scholastic requirements for the program, attended the mandatory informational meeting, and who have had a personal interview with the Interview Committee will have their applications reviewed by the Admissions Committee from which a final selection of students will be determined.
5. Notification of acceptance to the program will be sent via mail. This notification will occur in early to mid-February. To secure admission to the program, accepted applicants willbe required to pay a $500 acceptance fee by the deadline specified in the letter of acceptance. The acceptance fee will be applied toward tuition. Should a student decline an admission offer, another applicant who has met the qualifications of the program will be notified.
Upon acceptance into the program the student must satisfy 4 contingencies in order to “hold” the offered position into the program:
1. Submit the results of a physical examination.
This physical examination must be completed by a physician and the results must be recorded on a form that is provided by the Radiologic Technology Program.
2. Successful completion of a criminal background check.
This is a requirement by state law which requires all persons directly involved in health care to file such disclosure form with the entity providing that care. The admission offer will be rescinded if the background check reveals a conviction that is determined to be unacceptable by the Radiologic Technology Program or the clinical agencies that the student completes their clinical rotations at. Even if the conviction is found to be acceptable by the Radiologic Technology Program and the clinical agencies, the Program will still require the student complete and submit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Pre Ethics Review document. The completion and submission of this document to the ARRT is at the student’sexpense. The rationale for the completion and submission of this document is because depending on the conviction the ARRT may not allow the student to sit for the ARRT examination upon the completion of the program. If the ARRT finds the conviction to be too severe and would not grant the student permission to sit for the ARRT examination the admission offer will be rescinded. If the ARRT finds the conviction acceptable the student will be allowed to continue the acceptance process.
3. Completion of a drug screening test.
A positive drug screen will result in the admission offer to be rescinded. The student will be notified after the completion of the criminal background check. The drug screen is at the student’s expense.
4. Maintenance of minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Upon the completion of the Spring semester prior to the beginning of the program, the selected student is required to have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Failure to maintain the required GPA results in the admission offer being rescinded.
For additional information, please refer to the Radiologic Technology StudentHandbook.
Any student requesting information about accommodations for disabilities may visit the American's with Disabilities Act website at www.ada.gov.
Refer to theRadiologic Technology Student Handbook, section on Policies and Procedures for additional information.
Program Effectiveness Data
ARRT CREDENTIALING EXAMINATION PASS RATE ON THE FIRST ATTEMPT
*Five year average of passing the examination on the first attempt not less than 75% per JRCERT requirements.
Five year average = 100% pass rate on first attempt
41 of 41 graduates during the 5 year period passed the examination on the first attempt
- Class of 2009 - 100% (8 first-time test-takers)
- Class of 2010 - 100% (7 first-time test-takers)
- Class of 2011 - 100% (9 first-time test-takers)
- Class of 2012 - 100% (7 first-time test-takers)
- Class of 2013 - 100% (10 first-time test-takers)
OF THOSE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT, STUDENTS WILL BE GAINFULLY EMPLOYED WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF GRADUATION
*Five year average of employment within 6 months not less than 75% per JRCERT requirements.
Five year average = 94%
39 of 41 graduates were able to find employment within 6 months of graduation
- Class of 2009 - 100% (8 graduates actively saught employment with all 8 being able to find employment within 6 months of graduation)
- Class of 2010 - 71% (7 graduates actively saught employment with 5 graduates being able to find employment within 6 months of graduation)
- Class of 2011 - 100% (8 graduates actively saught employment with all 8 being able to find employment within 6 months of graduation)
- Class of 2012 - 100% (6 graduates actively saught employment with all 6 being able to find employment within 6 months of graduation)
- Class of 2013 - 100% (10 graduates actively saught employment with all 10 being able to find employment within 6 months of graduation)