School of Radiologic Technology

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Accreditation: The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
www.jrcert.org

Certification: The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) www.arrt.org

Licensure: New York State Department of Health Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection Radiologic Technology www.health.state.ny.us

Introduction:

Founded in 1972, the NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue School of Radiologic Technology (BHCSRT) offers a 24-month (six trimesters) certificate program in Radiologic Technology. The program does not grant a degree. All academic, laboratory, and clinical instruction is held on the NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue campus. Graduates are eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification and NYS Licensure.

The program involves approximately 950 contact hours of classroom work, 1,770 hours of clinical training, and 288 hours of workshops and independent study. School hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. All courses are required and must be taken sequentially. Successful completion of all academic courses and required clinical competencies is required for graduation.

Mission Statement:

The mission of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue School of Radiologic Technology is to promote, educate and train students in the medical imaging profession. Through an effective teaching and learning environment, graduates of the school will be able to support other health care professionals, serve the health care community, and provide quality patient care. The program’s mission will be achieved through the following five goals and associated student learning outcomes.

Goals:

1. The program will graduate competent entry-level radiographers.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to perform entry-level positioning skills.
  • Students will demonstrate safe radiation protection procedures.
  • Students will demonstrate patient care assessment and vital sign competency.

2. The program will provide an education that promotes effective communication skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate effective writing and speaking skills with peers.
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and other health care professionals.
  • Students will demonstrate data entry and acquisition skills.
  • Students will demonstrate effective non-verbal communication.

3. The program will provide an education that promotes effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students critique their radiographs and others (via PACs) and identify the requirements of a diagnostically acceptable radiograph and list solutions for images that are suboptimal.
  • Students will correctly make changes to exposure factors to compensate for various body parts, sizes, and pathologies.
  • Students will perform non-routine radiographic procedures on a variety of patients.

4. Graduates will demonstrate responsible behavior and professional development.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate responsible behavior and understand the importance of professional and ethical policies.
  • Students will understand the value of life-long learning, professional membership, and interview preparation.
  • Students will have voluntarily joined national and/or state professional (societal) organizations.
  • Graduates will demonstrate professional growth after graduation.

5. The program will graduate a sufficient number of certified entry-level radiographers to meet the needs of the health care community.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will complete the program.
  • Students will pass the credentialing exam.
  • Students seeking employment in the field will find jobs after graduating.
  • Graduates will indicate that they were adequately prepared as entry-level radiographers.
  • Employers will indicate that graduates are adequately prepared as entry-level radiographers.

Program Effectiveness Data:

1. Program Completion Rate
Over the most recent five years (2013-2017) of collected data, 63 students entered the program and 63 students graduated.

Program Completion Rate
Class of: Number of initial enrollees: Transfer Students: Number of graduates: Completion rate:
2013 14 0 14 100%
2014 11 0 11 100%
2015 16 0 16 100%
2016 10 0 10 100%
2017 12 0 12 100%
Five year total: 63 0 63 100%

2. ARRT Credentialing Exam Pass Rate
Over the most recent five years (2013-2017) of collected data, 63 graduates sat for the ARRT credentialing exam and 58 graduates passed on their first attempt. Four of the other five graduates passed on their second attempt.

Credentialing exam (ARRT Examination in Radiography)Pass Rate
Class of: Number of graduates taking credentialing exam: Number of graduates passing credentialing exam in first attempt: Credentialing rate:
2013 14 13 93%
2014 11 11 100%
2015 16 14 88%
2016 10 9 90%
2017 12 11 92%
Five year total: 63 58 92%

3. Job Placement Rate

Job Placement Rate
Class of: Number of graduates: Number of graduates seeking employment after graduation: Number of graduates seeking employment and working within 1 year of graduation: Employment rate:
2013 14 13 13 100%
2014 11 11 11 100%
2015 16 16 16 100%
2016 10 10 10 100%
2017 12 11 11 100%
Five year total: 63 61 61 100%

Program effectiveness data may also be viewed on the website of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology at jrcert.org.

Sponsorship Staff

The school is sponsored by NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue (BHC) which is part of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation is the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country providing medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, 4 skilled nursing facilities, 6 large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 80 community based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides health services at home for New York residents. BHC is considered the flagship hospital and is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC).

Clinical Training

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue serves the health care needs of a diverse community and provides an opportunity for each student to develop empathic and culturally sensitive patient care skills. The full-time faculty members hold current ARRT Registrations and NYS Licenses and possess a minimum of a master’s degree. Adjunct lecturers are drawn from BHC Department of Radiology and New York University School of Medicine as needed.

School Calendar

2019
First Day of Trimester January 2, 2019
First Day: Incoming class of 2020 January 7, 2019
MLK Birthday January 21, 2019
President’s Day February 18, 2019
Finals Week April 15-19, 2019
Spring Break April 22-26, 2019
First day of New Trimester April 29, 2019
Memorial Day May 27, 2019
Independence Day July 4, 2019
Finals Week July 29, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Labor Day September 2, 2019
First day of New Trimester September 3, 2019
Columbus Day October 14, 2019
Election Day November 5, 2019
Veterans Day November 11, 2019
Finals Week November 12-15, 2019
Graduation November 22, 2019
Thanksgiving Break November 28-29, 2019
Winter Break December 23, 2019 – January 1, 2020
2020
First Day of Trimester January 2, 2020
First Day: Incoming class of 2020 January 6, 2020
MLK Birthday January 20, 2020
President’s Day February 17, 2020
Finals Week April 13-17, 2020
Spring Break April 20-24, 2020
First day of New Trimester April 27, 2020
Memorial Day May 25, 2020
Independence Day July 4, 2020
Finals Week July 27, 2020
Labor Day September 7, 2020
First day of New Trimester September 8, 2020
Columbus Day October 20, 2020
Election Day November 3, 2020
Veterans Day November 11, 2020
Finals Week November 9-13, 2020
Graduation November 20, 2020
Thanksgiving Break November 26-27, 2020
Winter Break December 23, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Admission Criteria / Prerequisites

  • Essential Job Skills

    An applicant must be able to perform the essential job skills necessary for the radiography profession, which include:

    • Utilization of psychomotor skills in moving, lifting and positioning patients in beds, wheelchairs and stretchers and onto the examination table and manipulation and movement of imaging equipment, including mobile radiography units.
    • Use of visual, aural and oral capabilities necessary for patient observation, assessment, equipment operation, and communication.
    • Standing for an extended period of time and capable of working and assisting in a sterile environment.
    • Assessing and monitoring of all patients, especially the very young, elderly, critically ill, and traumatized.
    • Evaluating and recording of patient vital signs, and venipuncture competencies.; and;
    • Performing single and dual person CPR.
  • Degree Requirement

    All applicants must possess an associate degree (or higher degree) from a college or university that is accredited by one of the six recognized degree granting agencies listed below.

    Eligibility to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification Exam requires the individual to have an associate degree or higher. Since NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue School of Radiologic Technology grants a certificate-of-completion, not a degree, all applicants applying to the school must currently possess an associate, or higher, degree. While a major in science might be more beneficial, there is no specific degree preference for admission to the program; only that the applicant has earned a minimum of an associate degree.

    The applicant should have his/her college(s) send official copies of his/her transcripts directly to our school. The applicant may also provide copies of medical, professional, or technical certificates from any courses or workshops that he/she has completed. Having a science and/or health care background, while not a prerequisite, is considered beneficial.

    Note: Foreign transcripts (whether officially evaluated by a recognized translation service or not) are unacceptable, regardless of the applicant’s level of completed education.

    Recognized Degree Granting Agencies.
    At this time, our program only recognizes domestic degrees granted by colleges and universities accredited by 1 of the following 6 Regional Accrediting Agencies in the United States:

    • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).
    • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming).
    • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington).
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas).
    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (California, Hawaii, and Guam).
  • Application Process

    To apply to the program follow the steps outlined below.

    • Fill out the application form completely. You may include a resume (optional), but still need to complete the employment section of the application.
    • On a separate sheet of paper submit a biographical essay describing your educational objectives and career plans (see back of application form for specific information that should be included).
    • Include a $75.00 money order (no personal checks) with your application payable to: NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue School of Radiologic Technology. This is a non-refundable processing and testing fee.
    • In order to be scheduled for the admissions examination, mail the application, personal essay, and money order to the above address. You will be mailed (and/or emailed) a letter confirming the date and time of your exam.
    • Give a blank reference letter form and a pre-addressed, stamped envelope to the three (3) individuals you have listed as references on the back of your application. Your references should know you in an academic, employment, or religious capacity and should not be family members or friends (see application and reference letter for further details). Once all of the applicant’s documentation has been received, s/he will be scheduled for the admissions exam.

    Note: All submitted documentation remains the property of the school.

  • Admissions Testing

    Admissions testing, interviews, and acceptance into the program are on a “first-come basis”, so return the requested documentation as soon as possible. There are a limited number of seats for each new class. The Admission Test administered by the school is the “Health Occupations Aptitude Exam”, designed by the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB). Further information about the exam may be accessed on the PSB website: www.psbtests.com.

  • Interview Scheduling

    In order to be interviewed by the Admissions Committee you must (1) obtain a minimal passing score on the admissions exam and (2) submit all requested documents. Interviews cannot be granted to any applicant whose file is incomplete.

  • Application Deadline

    The deadline for submission of the application is based solely on the number of applicants applying to the program. Once there are sufficient applicants to be tested and interviewed, the application process will be closed, consequently, the application process has a “rolling deadline”. Applications will not be accepted once the deadline is determined.

  • Provisional Enrollment

    The applicant will be provisionally enrolled into the program and is based upon:

    • a minimum score in each category of the admissions exam,
    • qualifications of the applicant with regard to scholastic aptitude and maturity,
    • life experiences & level of interest in Radiologic Technology as a career choice, and
    • a successful interview with members of the Admissions Committee.
  • Official Enrollment

    Once a student has been provisionally accepted by the Admissions Committee, s/he must gain total clearance through the BHC Volunteer Department.

    Clearance by the Volunteer Department is contingent on successful completion of the following:

    • Medical Clearance (includes a drug screening).
    • HIPAA training.
    • Mandates: Environment of Care, Life/Fire Safety, Oxygen/Medical Gases, Emergency Preparedness, Security Management, Utilities Management, Medical Equipment Management, Incidents/Accidents/Injuries/Needle Sticks, MSDS/Right to Know, and Radiation Safety.

    Once clearance has been obtained from the Volunteer Department, the applicant is officially enrolled into the program.

    Note: Falsification or other intentional misrepresentation of any required application or admission material, including any information requested during the two years of the program, will result in the immediate disqualification of the individual from the applicant pool or dismissal from the program.

  • Non-discrimination Recruitment Policy

    Program recruitment and admission practices are non-discriminatory with respect to any legally protected status such as race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, and any other protected class. Pregnancy is not a barrier either to admission or continuance in the program.

  • Processing/Testing Fee

    A non-refundable $75.00 fee is required to cover the cost of processing the applicant’s file and for the administration of the admissions examination.

  • Transfer Students/Advanced Placement

    Applicants from other accredited radiography programs (hospital or college) will be considered for admission providing the applicant submits a letter stating the reason for the transfer and presents all official academic and clinical transcripts and certified proof of the completed number of academic and clinical hours. The transfer student must also submit documentation required of all applicants.

    Since the program is cohort-based and radiography programs (hospital or college) generally don’t offer identical sequencing of courses or clinical training, a transfer student, who is accepted, will either transfer in at the beginning of the first or second year. Acceptance and status assigned will be dependent upon the submitted documentation. In addition, a transfer student may be required to take the admissions exam and a first year assessment exam to further determine his or her acceptance into the program and, if applicable, advanced placement status.

Grading Policy

Grading System:

To remain in good academic standing, a student must achieve a minimum didactic course grade of 75% and a minimum laboratory and clinical competency grade of 80%.

Didactic Course Grading System
96-100% A 4 Excellent
90- 95% A- 3.75 Very Good
85-89% B+ 3.5 Good
80-84% B 3 Above Average
75-79% C 2.5 Average
Below 75% F 0 Failure
Clinical Grading System
97-100% A 4 Excellent
92- 96% A- 3.75 Very Good
88-91% B+ 3.5 Good
84-87% B 3 Above Average
80-83% C 2.5 Average
Below 80% F 0 Failure

Graduates must successfully demonstrate the didactic and clinical competency requirements specified by the ARRT and JRCERT which include, but are not limited to, knowledge of radiological procedures, competency in general patient care activities, and exhibit professional and ethical behavior. Each course instructor determines the grading policy and the weight given to examinations and assignments.

Tuition

Tuition is $2500 per trimester ($7500/yr) and is due on the first day of each trimester (Jan, May, and Sept). Upon acceptance into the program, a non-refundable seat deposit of $500 is required. The balance of the first trimester’s tuition, $2000, is due the first day of school. Students are responsible for the cost of the required text books/e-books, uniforms and supplies.
(Note: tuition, deposits, and fees are subject to change without prior notice.)

Although the program does not provide health insurance, eligible students may apply for the health care plans administered by the hospital.

Financial Aid

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue School of Radiologic Technology participates in New York State Higher Education Service Corporation Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Program including the new GI Bill, New York State Adult Career Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR). If there is a tuition overpayment at the end of two years due to receipt of financial aid, the student or payee will receive a refund.

Accreditation

The school is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) certification exam and New York State Department of Health licensure.

The Joint Review Committee on
Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Tel. 312-704-5300
Web Site: www.jrcert.org

Certification

The American Registry of
Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155

Tel. 651-687-0048
Web Site: www.arrt.org

* Candidates with a criminal conviction need to contact the ARRT to request a pre-application review to determine eligibility for ARRT certification. 

Licensure

New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection
Radiologic Technology
547 River Street, Room 530
Troy, NY 12180-2216
Tel. 518-402-7580
Web Site: www.health.state.ny.us

*Candidates with a criminal conviction should contact the New York State Department of Health to determine eligibility for state licensure. 

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