Radiologic Technologists/Radiographers assist physicians specializing in the use of X-ray to diagnose disease and injury, exercise initiative and independent judgment in performing X-rays, operate X-ray equipment, provide patient care and radiation protection, produce and process radiographs, and maintain quality control.
Graduates are eligible to apply for state and national certification examinations. With further training and certification, radiographers can work in radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, diagnostic medical sonography, bone densitometry, cardiac-interventional radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, quality management, vascular interventional radiography, and as radiologist assistants.
Delgado's Radiologic Technology Program is a 24-month Associate of Applied Science degree program. Graduates are eligible to take state and national board exams.
The Radiologic Technology Program at Delgado Community College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology:
20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago IL 60608-3182
The mission of the Delgado Community College Radiologic Technology program is to provide students with both academic and clinical instruction which will prepare them to function as competent, compassionate, entry-level radiographers who respond professionally and ethically to patients and members of the healthcare community.
To uphold the mission, the following goals have been set to prepare graduates to apply for the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiography.
The program goals are:
Goal 1. To provide an education which promotes clinical competency.
SLO*-1.1 Students will demonstrate accurate radiographic positioning skills.
SLO*- 1.2 Students will provide patient care and comfort to patients while performing radiographic procedures.
SLO*- 1.3 Students will apply principles of radiation protection for the patient, self and others.
Goal 2. To provide an education which promotes effective communication in the medical environment.
SLO*-2.1 Students will communicate effectively with their patients during the imaging process.
SLO*-2.2 Students will communicate effectively with clinical staff and peers.
SLO*-2.3 Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
Goal 3. To provide an education which fosters critical thinking skills enabling effective problem solving in the professional environment.
SLO* -3.1 Students will manipulate technical factors for non-routine examinations.
SLO* -3.2 Students will adapt positioning for trauma patients
Goal 4. To provide an education which promotes professionalism in radiologic sciences.
SLO* -4.1 Students will maintain appropriate conversation with and in the presence of patients.
SLO* -4.2 Students will demonstrate professional ethics in the clinical education setting.
Goal 5. To provide an education which encourages lifelong learning and continuing professional development.
SLO*-5.1 Students will explore advanced careers in the imaging profession.
SLO* -5.2 Students will explore advanced degrees in radiologic science.
The following are program effectiveness data for the Delgado Community College Radiologic Technology program. Portions of this data are also available on the national accrediting agency website at www.jrcert.org.
This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that completed the program.
The program completion rate for the class of 2016 was 96.8%. This cohort of students started with 31 students and ended with 30 completed and graduated.
This is the number of student graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) radiography examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation.
In 2016, 30 of 30 graduates of this program passed on first attemptthe credentialing examination administered by the ARRT. This resulted in a 100% pass rate.
During the period of January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2016 145 of 147 graduates of this program passed on first attempt the credentialing examination administered by the ARRT. This resulted in a 98.6% five year pass rate.
This is the number of graduates employed in radiologic technology within twelve months of graduation compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in radiologic technology.
In 2016, twenty-seven of thirty graduates actively sought employment and obtained employment in radiologic technology within twelve months of graduation. This resulted in a 100% employment rate.
The program’s job placement rate as a five-year average from the years January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2016 was 93.8%. One hundred thirty-eight of one hundred forty-seven graduates actively seeking employment obtained employment in radiologic technology within twelve months of graduation.
For more information about Delgado's Radiologic Technology Program, call (504) 671 6203.
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