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 :

The NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue School of Radiologic Technology 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 campus of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Graduates are eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification and New York State licensure.

Located at 1st Avenue and 27th Street, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is easily accessible by public transportation, including the 1st and 2nd Avenue buses, the 23rd and 34th Street crosstown buses, and the 6 subway line (28th Street station). NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is one block west of the FDR Drive. (Note: there are no provisions for student parking.)

The school is registered with the New York State Department of Health and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. 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 clinical competencies is required for graduation.

Mission Statement :

The mission of the 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 high-quality patient care.

Goals :

1. Students will demonstrate clinical competence.

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. Students will be able to communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate operative writing skills.
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

3. Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Student Learning Outcomes :

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to critique their radiographs for diagnostic quality and to recognize potential areas of improvement.
  • 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. Students/graduates will understand the importance of personal and professional development.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will display professional behaviors towards patients, fellow students, and hospital staff while working as a member of the health care team.
  • Students/graduates will demonstrate their knowledge of the importance of continued professional development

Program Effectiveness Data :

1.Program Completion Rate
Over the most recent five years (2012 – 2016) of collected data, 67 students entered the program and 67 students graduated.

Program Completion Rate
Class of: Number of initial enrollees: Transfer Students: Number of graduates: Completion rate:
2012 16 0 16 100%
2013 14 0 14 100%
2014 11 0 11 100%
2015 16 0 16 100%
2016 10 0 10 100%
Five year

total:

67 0 67 100%

Note : Annual program Completion Rate for 2016 was 100% (10 initial enrollees and 10 graduates) and will be formally reported with the remaining Program Effectiveness Data for 2016.


2. ARRT Credentialing Exam Pass Rate

Over the most recent five years (2012 – 2016) of collected data, 67 graduates sat for the ARRT credentialing exam and 63 graduates passed on their first attempt. The other graduate passed on the 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:
2012 16 16 100%
2013 14 13 93%
2014 11 11 100%
2015 16 14 88%
2016 10 9 90%
Five year total: 67 63 94%

Note : Credentialing Exam statistics for the November graduates (Class of 2016) will be posted when available from the ARRT.


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:
2012 16 14 14 100%
2013 14 13 13 100%
2014 11 11 11 100%
2015 16 16 16 100%
2016 10 10 10 100%
Five year total: 67 64 64 100%

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. The full-time faculty members hold valid ARRT registrations and NYS licenses and possess a minimum of a master’s degree. Adjunct lecturers are drawn from the NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Department of Radiology and New York University School of Medicine, as needed. NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of and governed by New York City Health + Hospitals.

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. Clinical rotations include Main Radiology, Ambulatory Care Clinics, Mobile Radiography, Emergency Services, Interventional Procedures, Operating Room, Pediatrics, Bone Densitometry, and Computed Tomography, and electives in Mammography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is a Level 1 Trauma Center and a designated Head and Spinal Cord Injury Center, and offers services in microsurgical re-implantation.

Students are supervised in their training by licensed staff radiographers and gain practical experience by performing a wide variety of radiological procedures.

Students have access to positioning and computer laboratories, x-ray phantoms, and skeletal, skull, and body part models, plus audio visual aids.

School Calendar

A new class will begin on January 8, 2018. The calendar year is divided into 3 trimesters; spring, summer, and fall. July is devoted primarily to clinical training. The trimesters commence in January, May, and September. School holidays include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The annual vacation schedule includes a winter and spring recess (one week each) and a two-week summer recess.

Admission Criteria/Prerequisites

Due to the ARRT associate degree requirement for certification, all applicants applying to the school must possess a minimum of an associate degree (or higher) from a college or university accredited by a mechanism acceptable to the AART. Before applying to the program, the applicant is responsible for confirming that his/her college is acceptable to the AART. Foreign transcripts (whether officially evaluated by a recognized translation service or not) are unacceptable, regardless of the applicant’s level of education. Having a science and/or health care background, while not a prerequisite, is considered beneficial. All applicants must submit official copies of their transcripts from college(s) and technical school (if applicable), a personal essay, and references. All submitted documentation remains the property of the school.

Acceptance into program is based upon a minimum score in each category of the admissions exam, scholastic aptitude and maturity, life experiences, level of interest in radiologic technology as a career choice, a successful interview with members of the Admissions Committee, and required clearances. Medical clearances—drug screening, and background investigations, including criminal record—are conducted on all applicants who are provisionally accepted. In addition, an applicant must be able to perform the essential job skills necessary for the profession, which include:

psychomotor skills utilized in (a) moving, lifting, and positioning patients in beds, wheelchairs, and stretchers, and onto the examination table, and (b) manipulation and movement of imaging equipment, including mobile radiography units;

visual, aural, and oral skills necessary for patient observation, assessment, equipment operation, and communication;

the ability to stand for extended periods of time and work in a sterile environment;

assessment and monitoring of all patients, especially the very young, elderly, critically ill, and traumatized;

assessment and recording of patient vital signs, as well as venipuncture competencies; and

performance of single and dual person CPR.

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 to either admission or continuance in the program.

Administrative/Testing Fee

A $75 non-refundable fee is required to cover the cost of processing the applicant’s file and proctoring/scoring of the admissions examination.

Transfer/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 transfer in at the beginning of either 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 possibly a first-year assessment exam to further determine his or her acceptance into the program and, if applicable, advanced placement status.

Grading Policy

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%.

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 professional and ethical behavior. Each course instructor determines the grading policy and the weight given to examinations and assignments.

Tuition

The tuition of $2,500 per trimester ($7,500/yr) is due on the first day of each trimester (January, May, and September). Upon acceptance into the program, a non-refundable seat deposit of $500 is required. The $2,000 balance of the first trimester’s tuition is due the first day of school. Should a student withdraw voluntarily within two weeks of the beginning of a trimester, tuition will be fully refunded for that trimester (except for the non-refundable seat deposit). Should a student withdraw voluntarily within two to four weeks of the beginning of a trimester, half of the tuition will be refunded. Following four weeks of the trimester, no tuition refund will be issued. (Note: tuition, deposits, and fees are subject to change without prior notice.) Students are responsible for the cost of the required textbooks/e-books, uniforms, and supplies. 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’s School of Radiologic Technology participates in the New York State Higher Education Service Corporation Tuition Assistance Program (TAP); the Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Program, including the new GI Bill: and New York State Adult Career Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR). If at the end of two years there is a tuition overpayment due to receipt of financial aid, the student or payee will receive a refund.
The School of Radiologic Technology subscribes completely to the Higher Education Act as amended in 1992 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Program Policies

The rights and responsibilities of both student and program are outlined in the following publications and are available for inspection in the school office upon request: Program Handbook, Course Outlines, Course Performance Objectives, and JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences. (Note: policies and procedures are subject to change without prior notice.)

Career Opportunities

The School of Radiologic Technology offers a program of clinical training and education designed to prepare the student for a career as a radiographer. The program completion rate for those students who entered in 2011 and graduated in 2015 was 93%. Of the latest data collected over the past five years (2011-2015), the ARRT certification rate for first-time test takers is 98% and the job placement rate within one year of graduation was 94%.

While the school does not provide job placement, classes are conducted in resume writing, job search, and interview preparation. Radiographers are employed in hospitals, urgent care centers, imaging centers, doctors’ offices, HMOs, and the military. Once a graduate is certified by the ARRT, he/she is eligible to apply for New York State licensure and is also eligible to be employed in most states. ARRT certification is time-limited to 10 years. Continuing education is required for both renewal of the ARRT registration and the New York State license.

Accreditation

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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