The Radiography Program at Austin Community College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. To earn accreditation, a program is required to conform to Standards of Accreditation that assures students and the medical community that the program will provide the necessary knowledge, professional skills, and excellent quality training.
The Joint Review Committee establishes the standards for educating Radiologic Sciences Professionals and they also evaluate the program. There are three areas that are reviewed by the Accreditation Agency:
- Professional Curriculum: The Radiography Program at Austin Community College utilizes the professional curriculum that is recognized by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The professional curriculum has been developed by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
- Clinical Education Review: The Program utilizes medical facilities throughout the general area. The training sites include imaging departments in private offices as well as major medical centers. The clinical sites are reviewed by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
- Clinical Faculty: The Program and clinical site officials select and appoint clinical faculty for the students. The qualifications of the appointed faculty are reviewed and approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
You are encouraged to review the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography.
The faculty of the Radiography Program are constantly monitoring program activities to ensure that the published goals and outcomes are being met. The program has developed an assessment plan which evaluates the goals with specific measurement tools and benchmarks. The assessment plan is a way for the program to monitor specific functions and outcomes to ensure that improvements are made as necessary through the implementation of a plan of action. The collection of data occurs on an on-going basis and faculty meet to review the data. The program goals which are evaluated in the assessment plan are as follows:
- Upon completion of the program, the graduate will satisfactorily demonstrate Entry Level Clinical Competency Skills.
- The Radiography Students will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills in the didactic and clinical components of the program.
- The students will demonstrate and practice Professional Growth and Development.
- Upon completion of the program, the graduates will demonstrate satisfactory communication skills.
The Radiography Program was visited by an accreditation site visit team representing the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology in 2006. Based on the site visit team findings and the official report of findings provided by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology, the program was awarded eight years of accreditation which is the maximum award that can be provided. At the four year mark of Accreditation, the Program is required to submit an Interim Report which provides a review and assessment of some of the most critical Standards of Accreditation.
At the end of this narrative is a copy of the program assessment plan and outcomes data for years 2007 - 2010. Additionally, the program has also provided a copy of the Interim Report as submitted to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology on November 2, 2010.