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Medical imaging program's winter graduates achieve perfect pass rate on licensure exam
Posted 01/10/2020 01:46PM

The four members of the Misericordia University Medical Imaging Program's winter 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 more than 30 years, the medical imaging program has routinely experienced higher pass rates than the national average. Since October 1988, 564 graduates have taken the ARRT radiography examination and 550 have passed on their first attempt, resulting in an overall pass rate of 97.5%

Misericordia University first-time test-takers hold a 94.9 pass rate over the last five years. The national five-year average for the ARRT examination is 88.6%, according to the most recent ARRT data.

Members of the December 2019 graduating class are Nicole Calomino, Kingston; Megan Fatula, Mahanoy City; Rebecca Kenny, Rutland, Vermont, and Alycia Zidek, Dallas. In addition, Fatula scored a 95, placing her in the 100th-percentile in the nation for the most recent ARRT examination period.

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 administers continuing education and ethics requirements for its annual registration.

Misericordia University has the only Bachelor of Science degree program in medical imaging 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.

Misericordia University students majoring in medical imaging 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 Misericordia University Medical Imaging Program's winter graduating class achieved a 100% pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification examination in radiography. Misericordia's first-time test-takers hold a 94.9% pass rate over the last five years, surpassing the national average for the ARRT examination of 88.6%. The members of the winter 2019 graduating class, from left, are Rebecca Kenny, Rutland, Vt.; Nicole Calomino, Kingston, Pa.; Alycia Zidek, Dallas, Pa., and Megan Fatula, Mahanoy City, Pa.

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