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Medical imaging graduates score perfect pass rate on national certification exam
01-15-13

The 2012 December graduating class.
The 13 members of the Misericordia University December 2012 medical imaging graduating class recently passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination in radiography.

For the past 24 years, the medical imaging program has routinely experienced higher pass rates than the national average. Since October 1988, 414 graduates have taken the ARRT Radiography examination and 400 have passed on their first attempt, resulting in an overall pass rate of 96.6 percent, according to ARRT data for 46 different test dates. Of the 46 test dates, Misericordia graduates have achieved a 100-percent pass rate 36 times.

Two members of the December 2012 graduating class also achieved several significant accomplishments, as Jeffrey Williams of Thompson, Pa., and Kaitlyn Lane of Nanticoke, Pa., scored in the 99th and 98th percentile on the certification examination which means only 1 and 2 percent of ARRT test-takers nationwide scored higher than the Misericordia graduates.

Members of the December 2012 graduating class from Misericordia University are: Justin Thomas, Moosic, Pa.; Jessica Pugliese, Scranton, Pa.; Gabriela Vitorino, Whitehall, Pa.; Christopher Arakas, Walden, N.Y.; Kaitlyn Lane, Nanticoke, Pa.; Maria Conte, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Jamie Dougherty, Scranton, Pa.; Gabrielle Joseph, Drums, Pa.; Angela Waardenburg, Forkston Twp.; Shelby Klaben, Jordan, N.Y.; Frank Genovesi, Larksville, Pa.; Jeffrey Williams, Thompson, Pa., and Roxanne Mahle of Tunkhannock, Pa.

ARRT is the world’s largest credentialing organization that seeks to ensure high quality patient care in radiologic technology, according to the agency. It tests and certifies technologists and administers continuing education and ethics requirements for its annual registration.

Misericordia University has the only Bachelor of Science-level medical imaging program in northeastern Pennsylvania and is one of only two in the state. Nationally, there are 33 programs accredited by JRCERT, according to Elaine Halesey, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(QM), professor and chairwoman of medical imaging. The program features four full-time faculty members with more than 90 combined years of professional and academic experience who are also cross-trained in multiple disciplines.

The medical imaging program also has strong relationships with 29 clinical sites in the region, some of which have been with the program since its inception in 1973. This relationship affords MU students valuable clinical internships at prestigious facilities that provide real-world experience.

Medical imaging students at Misericordia concentrate on the general X-ray department until their senior year, when they are then cross trained to become multi-skilled in a radiological specialty area of their choice. They learn specializations like CTs, MRIs or cardiac catheterization while also serving internships in regional health care facilities. A career in medical imaging offers numerous opportunities due to the myriad of specialty fields. A medical imaging major, for example, can specialize in radiography, mobile radiography, nuclear medicine, mammography and sonography. They can also become educators or work in the sales or management sector.

For more information about the medical imaging program at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/mi or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats.

Caption:

The Misericordia University December 2012 medical imaging graduating class recently passed the ARRT national certification examination in radiography to maintain the program’s tradition of 100-percent pass rates. Members of the class are, first row from left, Justin Thomas, Moosic, Pa.; Jessica Pugliese, Scranton, Pa.; Gabriela Vitorino, Whitehall, Pa.; Christopher Arakas, Walden, N.Y.; Kaitlyn Lane, Nanticoke, Pa.; Maria Conte, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Jamie Dougherty, Scranton, Pa.; second row, Gabrielle Joseph, Drums, Pa.; Lynn Blazaskie, clinical instructor; Angela Waardenburg, Forkston Twp.; Shelby Klaben, Jordan, N.Y.; Frank Genovesi, Larksville, Pa., and Jeffrey Williams, Thompson, Pa.; third row, Barb Dorak, administrative professional; Dr. Elaine Halesey, professor and chairwoman; Gina Capitano, assistant professor and clinical coordinator; Paula Pate-Schloder, associate professor; and Lorie Zelna, associate professor. Absent from photo is Roxanne Mahle of Tunkhannock, Pa.