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The Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program: The Program of Choice

The Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program was awarded the MAXIMUM ACCREDITATION FOR A PERIOD OF EIGHT YEARS by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).  Since 1958, the Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program has provided a high-quality educational program. The recent JRCERT maximum accreditation award lends validity that quality professional education in radiography provided by the Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program is maintained to the highest standards and will continue to provide exceptional education for years to come.

History

Since the program's inception in 1958, the Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program has been dedicated to providing a quality education for individuals in the field of radiologic technology.  The program dovetails the core values of Catholic Health Initiatives, which includes reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence.

As of November 10, 2010 a review of the 636 accredited radiography programs identified 194 programs as awarding a certificate of completion with 162 of these identified as hospital sponsored.  The data suggests that 1 in every 4 accredited radiography programs are hospital sponsored offering a certificate of completion.  Hospital sponsored programs with forward vision and strong leadership such as the Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program will continue its rich tradition of providing an affordable and quality education for years to come.

Leadership

In 2008, the Saint Joseph Hospital recruited Dr. Mitchell Housenick to provide the leadership and vision required to prepare the program for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) 2015 requirement for primary pathway to ARRT certification.  A recent review of accredited radiography programs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky granting hospital sponsored certificate of completion, associate degree, and/or baccalaureate degree, revealed that Dr. Housenick holds the distinction as currently the only radiography program director that possesses a doctoral degree. His professional teaching, research, and community involvement, spanning years as an educator at a state university and private college, provides the necessary foundation required to provide the quality education that today's radiography student expects and deserves.

Ms. Stephanie L. Brenda, B.S., R.T(R) was recruited in 2009 to provide quality instruction.  Ms. Brenda exhibits a high level of competence regarding curriculum development and provides an organized and methodical approach to content delivery and promoting an environment conducive to learning.  Additionally, Ms. Brenda supports and maintains the radiography program's high ethical and professional standards.

The programs clinical education sites each have a designated clinical instructor with several sites providing dual-clinical instructors. Many of our highly qualified clinical instructors hold additional post-certification in the imaging modalities. The extremely professional and competent staff radiographers provide instruction, guidance, and support to our radiography students.

Students

The Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program provides our students an educational environment that fosters learning.  Cohort size is restricted to a maximum of 15 students promoting a student-centered academic model.  Our 24-month radiography program is guided by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Radiography Curriculum and is structured on a university academic model promoting clinical competence, effective communication skills, critical thinking skills, and professional growth and development. The Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program provides our students with individualized academic advisement and counseling, personalized didactic and clinical performance advisement, tutoring options of private faculty-to-student, faculty-to-group, and peer-tutoring, and student services such as computer laboratory, medical library, computer assisted testing, hospital foundation scholarship opportunities, and electronic examination grade notification within 24 hours.

Credentialing Examination

The first-attempt pass rate for students completing the Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program provides validity that our students are well educated, prepared, and possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of entry-level professionals.  Recent data from the 2006-2008 cohort to 2009-2011 cohort reveals that of all our students writing the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, only one student has had to re-attempt the examination. The first-attempt pass rates for students in the following cohorts are:

COHORT

1st ATTEMPT

PASS-RATE

2006-2008

100%

2007-2009

93%

2008-2010

100%

2009-2011

100%


Job Placement

Students successfully completing the Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination continue to be the technologist of choice for employers.  Data confirms that our students seeking employment typically have successfully secured employment in the profession within 6-months post program completion. 

COHORT

6-MONTH

EMPLOYMENT PLACEMENT

2006-2008

100%

2007-2009

100%

2008-2010

87.5%

2009-2011

 CURRENTLY COLLECTING DATA


Additional information regarding program effectiveness data for the Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program as well as all other radiography programs in the nation accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology may be found at www.jrcert.org

Program Effectiveness Reported to JRCERT

  • Five-year average credential examination pass rate at first attempt:  91% (2007-2011)
  • Five year average job placement rate within 6-months of graduation:  92% (2007-2011)
  • Annual program completion rate:  100% (2011)

Employment: Certificate vs. Degree Programs

Employment in the radiologic technology profession is typically guided by two main factors: successful completion of an accredited radiography program and successful completion of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination.  Currently, an academic degree is not the entry-level standard for employment in the field of radiography. A degree does not necessarily correlate or guarantee a higher starting wage for the entry-level technologist.  The faculty of the Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography program supports life-long learning and encourages students to pursue post-certification in other imaging modalities, additional nontraditional training, and/or academic degree that align and support the individual's short and long term professional and educational career goals.

Tuition

The Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program provides students a high-quality education at a competitive tuition rate.  Tuition, textbooks, and fees require a total financial commitment of $9,500.00.  Annual cost of tuition is currently $4,000.00.  The annual tuition payments align with each academic quarter allowing the student to make four (4) equal tuition payments of $1,000.00 annually with each payment due by the start of each academic quarter.  The textbooks and fees of $1,500.00 will continue to be due upon acceptance into the program.  Program officials are exploring affiliations that may allow students enrolled in the Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program access to Federal Student Aid assistance in the near future.  

Final Thoughts

As an accomplished educator, I encourage students to actively explore and investigate their educational opportunities.  I believe that students should seek a program that will meet and support their specific educational goals. Through an in-depth comparison of radiography programs, a student may identify their program of choice.  As program director, I believe the Saint Joseph Hospital Radiography Program is The Program of Choice. 

If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes in your academic endeavors.

Respectfully,

Dr. Mitchell Housenick

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