OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

School of Radiography

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This is a 21-month, hospital-based program of full-time study. OSF Saint Francis Medical Center sponsors and supports the professional education program, and grants the terminal award, the hospital certificate. Graduates are competent, entry-level Radiographers, eligible to sit for the national examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Clinical experience in the school is gained in the Department of Radiology of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and OSF out-patient centers designated by the school. The Radiology Department contains a variety of modern equipment for the students to experience. More than 110,000 examinations are performed annually, offering the student a well-balanced variety of experience in all areas.

Students in the School of Radiography become proficient in general radiography, fluoroscopy, portable, and surgical radiography, trauma radiography, neonatal intensive care radiography, and computed tomography. Exposure is offered in the following specialty areas: Nuclear Medicine, Angiography, Sonography, MRI, Echocardiography, Cardiac Cath Lab, and Radiation Oncology.

Radiographer Ethical Requirements

The school is designed to enable students to gain a body of knowledge, attitudes and skills which will enable them to develop into ethical Radiographers. This is correlative with the ARRT requirement that applicants must be of good moral character to take the national registry examination. The ARRT considers a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor to be a violation of their Standards of Ethics. Questions of eligibility may be reviewed in advance by the ARRT.

School of Radiography Mission Statement

In support of the Mission of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, the faculty and staff of the School of Radiography provide students the opportunity and resources to enable them to obtain entry-level competencies, recognizing individual differences, needs and learning styles. We provide an environment that enhances critical thinking, professional behaviors and life-long learning for the benefit of students, community and the profession. We do this in the spirit and tradition of Christ and Francis of Assisi.

Accreditation

The School of Radiography is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606. (312)704-5300. You can email them at mail@jrcert.org 

Information, including program outcomes specific to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center School of Radiography, may be accessed at the JRCERT website and are included on this website.

Program Effectiveness/Student Learning Outcomes

Completion Rate

(annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that completed the program)

January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016: 80% (8 of 10 students beginning the program successfully completed the program)

Credentialing Exam Pass Rate

(averaged over 5 years, the number of graduates who pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) on their first attempt within six months of graduation)

Classes graduating in 2012-2016: 100% (over the past 5 years, 45 of the 45 graduates who took the exam passed on their first attempt)

Job Placement Rate

(averaged over 5 years, the number of graduates who actively sought employment compared to the number of graduates who found employment within twelve months of graduation )

According to the JRCERT, graduates may be counted as “not actively seeking employment” when they meet one of the following conditions:

1.  Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts  OR

2.  Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR

3.  Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours  OR

4.  Graduate is on active military duty  AND/OR

5.  Graduate is continuing education.

Classes graduating in 2012-2016: 97% (over the past 5 years, of the 39 graduates actively seeking employment, 38 of those gained employment within 12 months)

Goal: Students/Graduates will be clinically competent. Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students/graduates will apply positioning skills.
  • Students/graduates will practice Radiation Protection.
  • Students/graduates will produce quality images.

Goal: Students/Graduates will practice effective communication as a member of the health care team. Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students/graduates will demonstrate effective oral communication skills with a diverse patient population.
  • Students/graduates will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Students/graduates will interact properly with physicians, RNs, radiographers, and others.

Goal: Students/Graduates will model professionalism as a member of the healthcare team. Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students/graduates will demonstrate an overall professional demeanor in the health care setting.
  • Students/graduates will produce documents used in continued professional development.

Goal: Students/Graduates will practice effective critical thinking skills. Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students/graduates will modify standard procedures to accommodate patient condition and unusual situations.
  • Students/graduates will adapt to various physician protocols and respond to immediate demands of physician.
  • Students will evaluate radiographic images for quality