|Medical imaging program receives maximum 8-year accreditation|
The Medical Imaging program has been routinely exceeding the national accreditation body’s standards for over two decades. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) establishes benchmarks institutions must achieve. For example, programs must have 75 percent of its graduates pass the challenging registry exam the first time, and 75 percent of its students must be employed six months after graduation.
In 2006, the JRCERT awarded the Medical Imaging Program continuing accreditation for eight years — the maximum allowed by the national body. The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.
Nationwide, only 57 percent of the medical imaging programs that applied for an eight-year accreditation in 2006 were approved by JRCERT, according to the agency. Misericordia’s medical imaging program has received maximum accreditation since its inception in 1973. Until 1998, the reviewing body issued a maximum accreditation period of five years. It increased it to eight years in 1998. Misericordia’s program has received the eight-year award both times it was eligible.
“The eight-year award validates that we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing,’’ said Elaine Halesey, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(QM), professor and chair, department of medical imaging. “It puts us under a microscope because they are only looking at this one program against their rigid standards. The University is committed to having programatic accreditation.’’
Radiography in Northeast Pennsylvania existed as approved hospital-based programs until 1973. In that year, Misericordia University, in cooperation with area hospitals, established the first Associate degree level program in Northeast Pennsylvania.
In the early eighties, the curriculum was expanded to offer students the choice of an Associated in Applied Science or a Bachelor of Science degree. The programs are conducted by Misericordia University, with affiliate healthcare agencies providing clinical education for students to gain professional competence in Medical Imaging.
From May, 1988, until May, 1993, only the Bachelor of Science degree was awarded. However, after a 3 year hiatus, the Associate degree was reinstated as of January, 1991, upon undergoing major changes which substantially strengthened the program. However, as of 1995, as a result of student's choice, the A.A.S. degree program is no longer offered.
In 1999, as a result of on-going changes in the fast-paced medical field, the Radiography curriculum was revised to include additional imaging modalities. As a result of this broader curriculum, the name of the major was changed from Radiography to Medical Imaging.
The Medical Imaging curriculum of Misericordia University subscribes to the philosophy of the institution, which can be found in the university catalog. An excerpt from that philosophy follows:
The educational program is student-focused. Thus the academic development of each student at the undergraduate level depends on the University's commitment to provide a learning experience which cultivates higher order thinking skills through the integration of liberal arts and professional studies. To emphasize academic excellence and to develop critical thinking, all undergraduate curriculum provides a common liberal arts base, the objectives of which are further developed in the students' major area of study. The student's educational program prepares students for productive careers and continued personal and professional growth.
Therefore, the Mission of the Medical Imaging Program is as follows:
The Medical Imaging Program at Misericordia University is rooted in the charisms set forth by Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy to provide/promote Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality. Therefore, the mission of the Medical Imaging program is to graduate baccalaureate level professionals who demonstrate not only clinical competence, but the necessary professional behavior, communication, and critical thinking skills to function as a member of the health care team.
In addition, the program will strive:
The medical imaging program, with continuing affirmation of the mission of Misericordia University, will strive to fulfill the following goals:
In addition to the overall sustained goals of the program, yearly goals are developed by the full-time faculty for each academic year. The faculty review the proposed goals each June following the year in which they were implemented. Assessment is determined regarding attainment of the goals and a report to the college dean and vice-president of academic affairs is prepared. These may be found in the office of the department chair of Medical Imaging labeled "Annual Report".
Misericordia University's program in Medical Imaging is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT): 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 (312.704.5300), as well as by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The most recent accreditation review in 2006 awarded the program the maximum period granted. The program provides students with diagnostic instruction in conjunction with practical application of ionizing radiation on human subjects. This instruction will provide students with knowledge and practical skills necessary to assume positions in diagnostic radiology or pursue employment or certification in advanced imaging modalities as well as establish eligibility to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination in Radiography upon graduation. For more information, contact the www.jrcert.org or ARRT.
The Radiologic Technologist conducts himself/herself in a professional manner, responds to patient needs, and supports colleagues and associates in providing quality patient care.
The Radiologic Technologist acts to advance the principle objective of the profession to provide services to humanity with full respect for the dignity of mankind.
The Radiologic Technologist delivers patient care and service unrestricted by concerns of the personal attributes or the nature of the disease or illness, and without discrimination, regardless of sex, race, creed, religion, or socioeconomic status.
The Radiologic Technologist practices technology founded upon theoretical knowledge and concepts, utilizes equipment and accessories consistent with the purpose for which they have been designed, and employs procedures and techniques appropriately.
The Radiologic Technologist assesses situations, exercises care, discretion and judgment, assumes responsibility for professional decisions, and acts in the best interest of the patient.
The Radiologic Technologist acts as an agent through observation and communication to obtain pertinent information for the physician to aid in the diagnosis and treatment management of the patient, and recognizes that interpretation and diagnosis are outside the scope of practice for the profession.
The Radiologic Technologist utilizes equipment and accessories, employs techniques and procedures, performs services in accordance with and accepted standard of practice, and demonstrates expertise in limiting the radiation exposure to the patient, self, and other members of the health care team.
The Radiologic Technologist practices ethical conduct appropriate to the profession, and protects the patient's right to quality radiologic technology care.
The Radiologic Technologist respects confidences entrusted in the course of professional practice, respects the patient's right to privacy, and reveals confidential information only as required by law or to protect the welfare of the individual or the community.
The Radiologic Technologist continually strives to improve knowledge and skills by participating in educational and professional activities, sharing knowledge with colleagues and investigating new and innovative aspects of professional practice. One means available to improve knowledge and skill is through professional continuing education.
Revised and adapted by the ASRT and ARRT, February, 2003. Click Here for the ASRT Code of Ethics.