Radiography Overview

Radiography Program Mission

The mission of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) Radiography Program is to prepare competent entry-level radiographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the health care industry located in Western North Carolina.

Radiography Program Accreditation

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

The Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program goals, student learning outcomes, program effectiveness data, and accreditation information can be found on the JRCERT link to the left of this webpage and at www.jrcert.org.

 

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850

Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182

(312) 704-5300 
 

Program Effectiveness Measures

1. Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.

2. Students will complete the program.

3. Graduates will obtain employment.

4. Employers will be satisfied with the program.

5. Graduates will be satisfied with the program.

 

Goal:  Students will utilize effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills during clinical assignments.
  • Students will use proper written and oral communication skills during didactic assignments.

Goal: Students will demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the performance of radiographic procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes:      

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the clinical setting.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the didactic setting.

Goal: Students will demonstrate professional growth and development by practicing the professional code of ethics and complying with the profession’s scope of practice.

Student Learning Outcomes:      

  • Students will understand the importance of professional development.
  • Students will demonstrate professional behaviors.

Goal:   Students will demonstrate clinical competence by performing a full range of radiologic procedures on all patient populations.

Student Learning Outcomes:      

  • Students will provide appropriate patient care.
  • Students will position the patient and imaging equipment.
  • Students will practice appropriate radiation safety principles.

Program Effectiveness Data

Program Effectiveness Measure 1:

Graduates will pass the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist) exam on the first attempt within six months of graduation.

 

Benchmark Results Number of Students
     
85% of 2013 graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt 2014 - 100% 12 students attempted the ARRT exam 
    12 of 12 students passed on 1st attempt
   2013 - 100% 14 students attempted the ARRT exam
    14 of 14 students passed on 1st attempt
   2012 - 100% 18 students attempted the ARRT exam 

 

  18 of 18 students passed on 1st attempt
   2011 - 100% 20 students attempted the ARRT exam
    20 of 20 students passed on 1st attempt
   2010 - 100% 20 students attempted the ARRT exam
    20 of 20 students passed on 1st attempt
 

5-year average:  

90% of all graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt

5-year average = 100%

84 students attempted the ARRT exam

84 of 84 students passed on 1st attempt

     
     

Program Effectiveness Measure 2:

Students will complete the program.

Calculation:  

Program Completion rate is calculated by dividing the number of students who complete the program within a cohort by the number who enrolled in the cohort (initially, transfer students, and readmits). Students who leave the program for any reason are considered non-completers. 

Benchmark Results Number of Students
     
75% of the students who started the program in 2012 on the first day of classess for the Fall Semester will graduate in 2014 (see current JRCERT definition) Class of 2014 - 67% completion rate

21 started, 14 graduated

  • —4 withdrew for academic reasons
  • 3 withdrew for personal reasons
     

Program Effectiveness Measure 3:

Graduates will obtain employment

Calculation:  Graduates employed in the radiographic sciences/graduates employed in the radiographic sciences and graduates actively seeking employment in the radiographic sciences

Benchmark Results Number of Students
     
75% of 2013 graduates (who are seeking employment) will obtain employment within 12 months 2013 -93%

14 out of 14 graduates actively sought employment

13 of 14 secured employment

  2012 - 100% 10 out of 18 graduates actively sought employment
    10 of 10 secured employment
  2011 - 81% 16 out of 20 graduates actively sought employment
    13 of 16 secured employment
  2010 - 79% 14 out of 19 graduates actively sought employment
    11 of 14 secured employment
  2009 - 83% 18 out of 22 graduates actively sought employment
    15 of 18 secured employment
     
     
     

5-year average:

75% of graduates (who are seeking employment) will obtain employment within 12 months.

5-year average = 86%

72 out of 93 actively sought employment

62 of 72 secured employment

     

Radiography Program Accreditation

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 

Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182

(312) 704-5300 

www.jrcert.org

 

Certification

Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national examination for certification as a radiographer.

Candidates for certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists who have ever been convicted of, found guilty of, or pleaded nolo contendre to any crime or misdemeanor directly related to public health and safety must submit information to the ARRT to determine eligibility for certification. Additional information may be obtained from the program faculty and on the ARRT website, www.arrt.org.

Program Expectations

The radiography curriculum at A-B Tech prepares the graduate to be a radiographer, a skilled healthcare professional who uses radiation to produce images of the human body.  Students admitted to the Associate Degree Radiography Program at A-B Tech must possess the capability to complete all aspects of the classroom and clinical curriculum. This curriculum requires demonstrated proficiency using a variety of cognitive, problem-solving, manipulative, communicative, and interpersonal skills. Therefore, all students in the program must possess the following abilities and meet the following expectations.

Students must be able to:

  1. Observe and participate in all demonstrations and experiments in the sciences related to radiography, including group and self-learning situations.
  2. Learn to analyze, synthesize, solve problems, and reach evaluative judgment.
  3. Have sufficient use of the senses of vision, hearing, and touch necessary to directly perform a radiographic examination, review and evaluate the dynamic images for the purpose of identifying normal and abnormal conditions.
  4. Establish a sensitive, professional, and effective relationship with patients and be able to communicate verbally in an effective manner to direct patients during radiographic examinations.
  5. Provide physical and emotional support to patients during radiographic procedures, being able to respond to situations requiring first aid and providing appropriate emergency care to the patient in the absence of or until further support arrives.
  6. Acknowledge and understand limitations in their knowledge, skills, and abilities and to seek appropriate assistance with the identified limitations.
  7. Possess the ability to work collaboratively with all other healthcare professionals.
  8. Learn and perform routine radiographic procedures, using intellectual capacity to manipulate the x-ray tube according to the individual patient needs and body habitus and the requirements of the procedure's standards of speed and accuracy.
  9. Have sufficient strength, motor coordination, and manual dexterity to transport, move, lift, and transfer patients from a wheelchair or cart to an examination table or to a patient bed.
  10. Learn to respond professionally with precise, quick, and appropriate action in stressful and emergency situations.
  11. Accept criticism and adopt appropriate modifications in behavior based on constructive feedback.
  12. Possess the perseverance, diligence and consistency to complete the radiography program curriculum. 

Clinical Education Centers

A-B Technical Community College has articulation agreements with, and use the following facilities for directed clinical experience.  Students will rotate through the clinical affiliates for four-to-eight week rotations.  Some of these clinical sites may require an hour drive from campus. All hospital clinical affiliates participate voluntarily in hospital accreditation programs such as The Joint Commission (TJC), formerly known as the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), or their equivalent. 

1. Mission Health, Mission Campus - Asheville, NC

2. Mission Health, Saint Joseph Campus - Asheville, NC

3. Charles George VA Medical Center - Oteen, NC

4. Pardee Hospital - Hendersonville, NC

5. Asheville Imaging Center - Asheville, NC

6. The McDowell Hospital - Marion, NC

7. Park Ridge Hospital - Fletcher, NC

8. Transylvania Regional Hospital - Brevard, NC