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Medical imaging program's winter graduation class achieves perfect pass rate
Posted 01/12/2018 12:29PM

The seven members of the Misericordia University Medical Imaging Program's winter graduating classed pass the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination in radiography shortly after completing the requirements for the bachelor's degree program.

For almost 30 years, the medical imaging program's graduates have routinely experienced higher pass rates than the national average. Since October 1988, 526 graduates have taken the ARRT radiography examination and 507 passed on their first attempt, resulting in an overall pass rate of 96.4 percent.

Over the past five years, Misericordia University first-time test-takers hold 95 percent pass rate. The national five-year average for the ARRT examination is 89.42 percent.

Members of the December 2017 graduating class from Misericordia University are: Shelby Aruscavage, Laflin; Doreen Hossage, Wilkes-Barre; Stephanie Kachelries, Plains; Ashley Klein, Exeter; Breana Mosier, Wilkes-Barre; Blair Muelhauser, Ramsey, Minn., and Brielle Shuster, Oak Ridge, N.J.

ARRT is the largest credentialing organization in the world. It seeks to ensure high-quality patient care in radiologic technology, according to the accrediting body. It tests and certifies technologists and administer continuing education and ethics requirements for its annual registration.

Misericordia University has the only Bachelor of Science degree program in northeastern Pennsylvania, and is one of two in the state. There are 33 academic programs in the nation accredited by ARRT. The program features six full-time faculty members with more than 90 years of combined professional and academic experience 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. These relationships afford Misericordia students valuable clinical internships at prestigious facilities that provide real-world experience.

Students majoring in medical imaging at Misericordia concentrate on radiography until their senior. During their senior year, students have an internship that affords them clinical education experience in advanced imaging modalities. A career in medical imaging offers numerous opportunities due to the myriad of specialty fields. Medical imaging majors, for example, can specialize in radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and computer tomography to name a few. There also are opportunities in education, management and sales in the imaging sciences.

For more information about the medical imaging program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit


The seven-member Misericordia University Medical Imaging Program winter graduation class passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification examination in radiography shortly after completing the requirements for the bachelor's degree program. Members of the class, first row from left, are Stephanie Kachelries, Plains, Pa.; Brielle Shuster, Oak Ridge, N.J.; Shelby Aruscavage, Laflin, Pa.; Ashley Klein, Exeter, Pa., and Gina Capitano, assistant professor, medical imaging and clinical coordinator; second row, Lynn Blazaskie, instructor, medical imaging; Dr. Elaine Halesey, professor, medical imaging; Blair Muelhauser, Ramsey, Minn.; Breana Mosier, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Doreen Hossage, Wilkes-Barre; Paula Pate-Schloder, associate professor and chairperson, medical imaging; third row, Lorie Zelna, associate professor, medical imaging, and Dr. Mari King, professor, medical imaging.

Michael and Tina MacDowell Hall

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