Radiology
Program Assessment & Effectiveness Data

Program Goals, Assessment, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Data

2009 – 2013

Program Mission & Philosophy

Consistent with the mission of Austin Community College, the faculty of the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program is committed to providing quality instruction by preparing the graduate to be employable at an entry level in general radiography and to be successful on the national credentialing Examination in radiography and by providing students the opportunity of exposure in advanced imaging modalities, such as Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy.

Program Philosophy

The Faculty of the Diagnostic Medical Imaging-Radiography Program is passionate about our profession, and dedicated to providing students the necessary instruction in technical, academic, and clinical skills to become successful graduate radiographers. We believe all individuals are unique and dynamic individuals with inherent dignity and worth, and therefore deserving of respect. Compassion and professionalism are the hallmarks of excellent caregivers and we adapt to the ever-changing technology in our profession.

Program Goals

  • Upon Completion of the Program, the graduate will satisfactorily demonstrate entry level clinical competency skills.
    • Desired Outcome: On a scale of 1-5 points, on an employer survey, employers of the graduates will rate the entry level technical skills at an average of 4.0. Result: The average score on the surveys was 4.3. Benchmark met.
    • Desired Outcome: Regarding patient positioning skills with procedures, students will score at least an 85% on their clinical competency evaluations. Result: Students average scores >85%. Benchmark met.
  • The Radiography Program Students will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills in the didactic and clinical components of the program.
    • Desired Outcome: Student evlauation of a Laboratory Project involving Scattered Radiation. There were 4 questions that the students were required to answer regarding the cause and effect of the radiation. The students will answer at least three three of the four questions correctly. Result: All the students answered correctly answered four of of four questions. Benchmark met.
    • Desired Outcome: Regarding the completion of a designated trauma procedures performed with a portable x-ray unit. The students were evaluated on a chest x-ray and a cross table lateral hip procedure. The desired outcome is that students are expected to score at least an 80% on the procedures. Result: Sample evaluations were reviewed from each clinical course and 100% of the students earned 80% or better with trauma procedures of the hip and chest. Benchmark met.
  • The students will demonstrate and practice professional growth and development.
    • Desired Outcome: An assessment of the studnet's professionalism on their Professional Skills Development Form during clinical performance. On a scale of 1-5 on the evaluation form, the students will score at least a 4.0. Result: The students averaged a score of 4.6 points. Benchmark met.
    • Desired Outcome: An assessment of the students' independence and initiative when completing radiographic procedures in the clinical environment. One a scale of 1-5, the students will score at least a 4.0. Result: The students averaged 4.0 on their evaluations. Benchmark met.
  • Upon completion of the program, the graduate will demonstrate satisfactory communication skills.
    • Desired Outcome: On the Professional Skills Development Evaluation form, the students will demonstrate effective communication skills with the patient. On a scale of 1-5, the students will score at least a 3.75. Result: With all clinical courses in the program evaluated, the students averaged 4.47 points. Benchmark met.
    • Desired Outcome: Regarding the Employer Survey, on a scale of 1-5 points, employers will rate entry level radiographer communication skills with at least 4.0 points. Result: Survey results document a score of 4.5 points. Benchmark met.

Program Accreditation

The Radiology Program at Austin Community College is accredited by The Joint Review on Education in Radiologic Technology. The Joint Review Committee is the only agency that is authorized by the United States Department of Education to award accreditation to Radiologic Technology Programs. Accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology is the public’s assurance that the program has met rigorous Standards of Accreditation which will ensure that the student will receive an education that will provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and professionalism necessary for a successful career in medical imaging.

The Radiography Program at Austin Community College was first established in 1975 and has been accredited by the JRCERT since its beginning. A program must undergo periodic reviews by the Joint Review Committee to ensure that its accreditation standards are maintained. The program is currently in the process of renewing its accreditation by submitting a Program Self Study and also participating in an on-site accreditation visit by JRCERT appointed Educators from other accredited programs that are trained to participate in a peer review of Radiography Programs and determine their degree of compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. A self study is a document of introspection in which the program documents compliance with the Standards of Accreditation by providing a narrative and exhibits that document compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. The Program earned the maximum award of accreditation of 8 years in 2006 and we are now preparing for continuing the accreditation process by submitting a new program self study and having the site visit during the Fall Semester, 2014. A copy of the Standards for an Educational Program in Radiography are posted in the Program Bulletin Board. In the event that here is a question or complaint regarding accreditation matters, inquires may be directed to:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Sciences
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312 704 5300
Web Address: http://www.jrcert.org

Program Assessment

To provide assurance of continuous program improvement, the Radiography Program has developed an Assessment Process which evaluates the degree of success in meeting its published goals. In addition to Assessment of its goals, the faculty also review and publish Program Effectiveness Data. The data which is posted for public review is the following:

  • Program Completion Rate
  • Credentialing Examination Results
  • Employment Rate of graduates
  • To have employers indicate that they satisfied with the overall performance of graduates
  • To have graduates indicate that they are satisfied with their education

To provide a history of the assessment cycles in the program, we have published the last 4 years of assessment, results, and action plans to address any outcome that needs improvement. To review each of the assessment plans, please click on the following links:

Program Effectiveness Data

 

Program Completion Rate

This information represents the number of students that graduated from the program within three years from the time they started. This represents 150% of the program length which is 2 years or six semesters.
 


Graduating Class of:

Percentage Completers

Number
Admitted

Number Graduated

Dismissed for Grades

Withdrew Voluntarily

Withdrawn Involuntarily

2009

68.2%

41

28

7

4

2

2010

65.2%

46

27

9

5

5

2011

69%

45

31

13

5

2

 2012

76%

54

41

8

8

0

 2013

80%

50

40

8

2

0

5 Year Average

71.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

The following information is for the Credentialing Examination Pass Rate. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology has a benchmark that states that the program must have a pass rate of not less than 75% at the first attempt within six months of graduation.

Year

Percent passing
On 1st Attempt

Number of Graduates
Taking Examination

2009

100%

27 of 27 students passed on 1st attempt

2010

100%

27 of 27 students passed on 1st attempt

2011

97%

28 of 29 students passed on 1st attempt

2012

100%

39 of 39 students passed on 1st attempt

2013

100%

38 of 38 students passed on 1st attempt

5 Year Average
99.4%
 

 

Five year Average Job Placement Rate

Prior to January 1, 2014, the benchmark for job placement had been a job placement rate of not less than 75% within 6 months of graduation. These statistics reflect the number of graduates employed within six months for years 2009 – 2012. For graduates in 2013 and in the future, the employment rate is 75% within 12 months of graduation.

Year

 Percent Job Placement

 Number of Graduates

2009

75%

21 of 28 employed within six months

2010

86%

24 of 28 employed within six months

2011

69%

21 of 31 employed within six months

2012

74%

30 of 41 employed within six months.

2013

78%

31 of 33 grads actively looking for employment found a job within 12 months.

Of the remaining graduates:

  • 3 continuing their education and not working in radiology at this time
  • 2 not actively looking for employment
  • 4 unknown status/moved from area
5 Year Average
76.4%
 

 

Employer and Graduate Surveys

Surveys are typically done every other year to both employers and graduates. The most recent results are at the following links: