The 16-members of the Misericordia University Medical Imaging Program's spring graduating class passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination in radiography shortly after completing the requirements for the bachelor's degree program.
For the past 30 years, the medical imaging program has routinely experienced higher pass rates than the national average. Since October 1988, 542 graduates have taken the ARRT radiography examination and 523 have passed on their first attempt, resulting in an overall pass rate of 96.5 percent.
Over the past five years, Misericordia University first-time test-takers hold a 95.2 percent pass rate. The national five-year average for the ARRT examination is 88.7 percent, according to ARRT data.
Members of the May 2018 graduating class are: Zuhey Aguilar, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Hannah Bittlingmeyer, Stroudsburg, Pa.; Brook Butler, Spring Brook Twp., Pa.; Rachel Callahan, Wapwallopen, Pa.; Tyler Collins, Olyphant, Pa.; Jackie Hajec, Utica, N.Y.; Molly Harris, Trout Run, Pa.; Michael Harth, Pittston Twp., Pa.; Krysten Herbert, Callicoon, N.Y.; Sarah Murray, Moscow, Pa.; Michael Niggli, Conklin, N.Y.; Rosie Rodriguez Olivencia, East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Michelle Sehested, Kings Park, N.Y.; Paige Shaunessy, Apalachin, N.Y.; Mikayla Skapyak, Mountain Top, Pa., and Adam Strogis, Harleysville, Pa.
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 the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The program features six full-time faculty members with more than 100 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. The 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 log on to www.misericordia.edu/mi.
The Misericordia University Medical Imaging Program's spring graduating class passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification examination in radiography for a 100-percent pass rate. Members of the class, first row from left, are Rachel Callahan, Wapwallopen, Pa.; Molly Harris, Trout Run, Pa.; Hannah Bittlingmeyer, Stroudsburg, Pa.; Rosie Rodriguez Olivencia, East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Mikayla Skapyak, Mountain Top, Pa., and Sarah Murray, Moscow, Pa.; second row, Paige Shaunessy, Apalachin, N.Y.; Krysten Herbert, Callicoon, N.Y.; Jackie Hajec, Utica, N.Y.; Brook Butler, Spring Brook Twp., Pa.; Zuhey Aguilar, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Michelle Sehested, Kings Park, N.Y.; third row, Adam Strogis, Harleysville, Pa.; Michael Harth, Pittston Twp., Pa.; Tyler Collins, Olyphant, Pa., and Michael Niggli, Conklin, N.Y.; fourth row, Paula Pate-Schloder, associate professor and department chair; Lynn Blazaskie, instructor; Dr. Elaine Halesey, professor; Lorie Zelna, associate professor; Dr. Mari King, professor, and Gina Capitano, assistant professor and clinical coordinator.