Medical Imaging (Radiography)
The Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Program at Misericordia University is rooted in the Charisms set forth by Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy to provide and promote mercy, service, justice, and hospitality.
Overview and Highlights
- Clinical education experiences in Radiography and internships in senior year
- Variety of program options such as a Management minor, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography certificate, and a Master's in Organizational Management
- May qualify to sit for Post-Primary exams such as MRI, CT, CI/VI, and Mammography
- Consistently strong ARRT pass rates - Five year average (December 2010-May 2015) pass rate of 97.5% on first attempt of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.) exam (115 of 118 exam takers passed).
- Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted employment growth of 21% through 2022 for radiologic technologists.
- Provides an education grounded in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).
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The mission of the Medical Imaging Program is to graduate baccalaureate level professionals who are educationally prepared to successfully demonstrate clinical competence, professional behavior, communication and critical thinking skills to function as a member of the health care team.
Students in the Medical Imaging Program receive a liberal arts education that will prepare them for a career in the field of medical imaging, namely, the practical application of ionizing radiation in a variety of settings, including off-campus clinical placements as well as laboratory facilities on-campus.
Misericordia University's Medical Imaging Program 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), firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Re-accreditation was awarded by the JRCERT in 2015. 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. View the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Education Program.
As required by our accrediting agency, The Joint Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (J.R.C.E.R.T.), in Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography, Standard 5.2,"Makes available to the general public program effectiveness data (credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate) on an annual basis". The Program Effectiveness Data may be found at: www.jrcert.org.
Credentialing examination pass rate is defined by the J.R.C.E.R.T., on p. 59 of the Standards as: "the number of graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.) certification examination...". Per the J.R.C.E.R.T. Standards, p. 59, "Five year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt". Five year average (May 2012-December 2016) = 94.2% pass rate on first attempt of A.R.R.T. exam (115/122 first-time test takers passed).
5 Year History (1/2012 - 12/2016)
|Class of:||Credentialing Examination Pass Rate|
|May 2012||90.9% (10/11 first-time test takers)|
|December 2012||100% (13/13 first-time test-takers)|
|May 2013||100% (10/10 first-time test-takers)|
|December 2013||80% (8/10 first-time test-takers)|
|May 2014||100% (16/16 first-time test-takers)|
|December 2014||100% (11/11 first-time test-takers)|
|May 2015||100% (12/12 first-time test-takers)|
|December 2015||100% (3/3 first-time test-takers)|
|May 2016||87% (23/26 first-time test-takers)|
|December 2016||90% (9/10 first-time test-takers)|
|5 Year Average (1/2012-12/2016):||94.2% (115/122 first-time test-takers)|
Job Placement Rate is defined by the J.R.C.E.R.T. on p. 59 as "the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences."
The J.R.C.E.R.T. requires a "Five year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation."
|Class of:||Job Placement Rate|
|5 year average:||92.6% (63/68 as of May 2015)|
Program completion rates (PCR), as per the J.R.C.E.R.T. Standards on p. 59, is calculated by: "… dividing the number of students who complete the program within a cohort by the number who enrolled in the cohort initially and subsequently".
|Class of:||Program Completion Rate (PCR)|
|2015||23/38 = 60.53%|
(29 began in Fall 2011, 9 transferred in Fall 2012,
and 23 graduated)
The Medical Imaging Program, with continuing affirmation of the mission of Misericordia University, will strive to fulfill the following goals and student learning outcomes:
Goal 1. Clinical Performance and Competence
Students will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to function as an entry-level radiographer.
- The student will demonstrate knowledge of proper positioning.
- The student will demonstrate proper exposure factor selection.
- The student will apply appropriate radiation protection measures.
- The student will demonstrate technical competence.
- The student will demonstrate optimal patient care.
Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
- The student will evaluate images effectively.
- The student will adapt knowledge to non-routine situations.
- The student will formulate conclusions/analysis of data for lab experiments.
Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
- The student will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
- The student will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
- The students will demonstrate information literacy.
Goal 4. Professionalism
- Students will demonstrate professional behavior.
- Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
Goal 5. Overall Program Effectiveness
The program will graduate competent, employable, entry level radiologic technologists in a timely manner.
- Graduates indicate satisfaction with their education received.
- Graduates are capable of successful completion of the primary A.R.R.T. exam in Radiography on the first attempt.
- Students indicate the ability to to obtain employment in the radiology profession.
- Successfully complete the Senior Assessment Test in MI 415.
- Employers demonstrate satisfaction with program graduates.
- Successfully complete the program.
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 May 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 provides qualified students with the opportunity to pursue program options that reflect the diversity of career paths in Medical Imaging. All of the curricula prepare students to be radiographers, and no matter what option is chosen, students at the same level in the program will be enrolled in the same Medical Imaging courses.
Option 1: General Program
This curriculum provides the same solid education as the others, but allows for more flexibility to pursue other areas of interest through free electives. View the medical imaging major curriculum guide.
Option 2: Minor in Management
This curriculum provides students with a strong background in the skills and theory necessary for supervisory or administrative positions. View the Medical Imaging with a minor in Management curriculum guide.
Option 3: B.S. Medical Imaging/M.S. Organizational Management (5 year)
This option prepares students with the knowledge and skills to function in management roles within the Radiography field. Students interested in the program can choose from four specializations: management, health care management, human resource management, or information technology.
Regardless of the specialization chosen, all tracks require the same 12 credits in OM courses to be taken during the undergraduate portion of the Medical Imaging major. View the B.S. Medical Imaging/M.S. Organizational Management curriculum guide.
Option 4: Medical Imaging Major, Combined Certificate Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Students may complete both the B.S. in medical imaging and the DMS Certificate in less than 5 academic years following this sequence. View the Medical Imaging Major with a combined Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum guide.
ASRT RADCADEMY: Radiologic Technology 101
Careers in Radiography
|Radiographer(R)||Computed Tomography Technologist (CT)|
|Mammographer (M)||Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist (MR)|
|Nuclear Medicine Technologist (N) Or (CNMT)||Sonographer (RDMS)|
|Radiation Therapist (T)||Quality Management (QM)|
|Cardiovascular Interventional Technologist (CV)||Special Procedures Technologist|
|Bone Densitometrist (BD)||Health Physicist|
| Sales Representative|
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Both professions require individuals to be properly educated, detail oriented, and have a desire to work in a direct patient care field. Each of the two fields produce diagnostic images that are interpreted by a qualified physician to assist the patient in acquiring an accurate diagnosis.
Diagnostic radiographic images, Computed Tomography, Mammography, Cardiac Catheterization, Special Procedures and Bone Densitometry images are produced utilizing ionizing radiation. The images may evaluate bony anatomy and/or internal organs.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging utilizes a magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses to produce diagnostic images.
Radiation Therapy employs radiation to treat malignancies of many parts of the body.
Radiographers and individuals credentialed in specialty areas are responsible for acquiring quality images or administering treatment with great attention to radiation protection practices for the patient and the public.
Sonography images from the unborn to the geriatric; head to toe using high frequency soundwaves to produce images of internal anatomical structures.
Sonographers are responsible for performing the examination, optimizing image quality, assessing the image, and generating a worksheet to describe the examination findings to assist the interpreting physician in making the final diagnosis and report.
Computed Tomography (CT)
Medical Imaging professionals have many employment opportunities that include:
Sonography specialties and areas in which sonographers can be employed include, but not limited to:
Professional Societies/National Credentialing Organization
ASRT – www.asrt.org
ARRT – www.arrt.org
Program Accreditation Information
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS)