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Imaging Sciences Department
Morehead State University
Center for Health Education & Research
316 West Second Street, Room 210D
Morehead, Kentucky 40351
Phone: 606-783-2646
Fax: 606-783-5051
E-mail: a.poage@moreheadstate.edu 

 

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Radiologic Science - Associate Degree Program

PROGRAM

The Radiologic Science Program at Morehead State University is a two-year associate degree program.  Radiologic science involves x-rays and other forms of radiant energy as used in medicine for radiographing (x-raying) bones and organs, and for diagnosis and treatment of disease. Along with lecture courses, the program provides hands-on opportunities in its state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and clinical education centers.  Graduates are eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification examination in radiography.  After certification, graduates are eligible to seek employment in hospitals, imaging centers and physicians offices as radiographers.

Graduates may choose to pursue advanced imaging education in areas such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and diagnostic medical sonography.  

The Radiologic Sciences program has a selective admission process and limited enrollment.  Students apply in the spring for fall admission.  Following official acceptance, the program consists of two years of didactic coursework, laboratory and two separate clinical assignments.


Mission, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes


MISSION STATEMENT

The Radiologic Science Program, in conjunction with the Department and University's Mission, is committed to preparing graduates to function as competent radiographers and to provide a foundation for continued lifetime learning designated in radiography.

GOALS

Students will:

1. be clinically competent.

2. communicate effectively.

3. use critical thinking skills.

4. evaluate the importance of professionalism.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will:

1. apply positioning skills.

2. practice radiation protection practices.

3. use effective oral communication skills.

4. practice effective written communication skills.

5. manipulate technical factors to obtain optimal results for non-routine examinations.

6. apply the principles of radiographic physics to solve a practical problem.

7. recognize the importance of continued professional development.

8. exhibit professional behavior.


 

Radiologic Science Program Effectiveness Data

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within 150% of the stated program length. The rate is determined by the number of students who graduate within 24 months of entry into the program compared to the number of students who are enrolled and attend the first day of scheduled class.

 

Graduate Year

Program Completion Rate


Analysis of Data

 

2013

85% (33/39)

6 voluntary withdrawals

2012

83% (33/40)

6 voluntary withdrawals, 1 dismissal for course failure

2011

80% (32/40)

7 voluntary withdrawals, 1 dismissal for course failure

2010

75% (30/40)

4 voluntary withdrawals, 4 dismissal for course failure, 2dismissals for inappropriate behavior

2009

67% (28/42)

10 voluntary withdrawals, 4 dismissals for course failure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of student graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation.

 

 

 Graduate

Year     

 

ARRT Radiologic Technology Passage Rate

(First Attempt)

 

MSU Rate

National Rate

2013

100% (33/33)

 89.6%

2012

100% (33/33)

93%

2011

100% (32/32)

92.7%

2010

100% 30/30)

92.4%

2009

100% (28/28)

91.4%

5 Year Avg, %       

100%

(156/156)

91.8%

 

Job placement rate is defined as the number graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences.  The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.

 

Graduate Year 

Job Placement Rate

Analysis of Data

 

2013

86% (6/7)

6 of 7 found jobs while seeking employment within 12 months of graduation, the majority of MSU's AAS graduates continue their education to obtain the BS in Imaging Sciences degree

2012

75% (6/8)

6 of 8 found jobs while seeking employment within 12 months of graduation, the majority of MSU's AAS graduates continue their education to obtain the BS in Imaging Sciences degree

2011

63% (5/8)

5 of 8 found jobs while seeking employment within 6 months of graduation, the majority of MSU's AAS graduates continue their education to obtain the BS in Imaging Sciences degree

2010

67% (6/9)

6 of 9 found jobs while seeking employment within 6 months of graduation, the majority of MSU's AAS graduates continue their education to obtain the BS in Imaging Sciences degree

2009

83%(10/12)

10 of 12 found jobs while seeking employment within 6 months of graduation, the majority of MSU's AAS graduates continue their education to obtain the BS in Imaging Sciences degree

5 Year Avg. %

76% (35/46)

 

 

  


Accreditations

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

The Associate Degree Radiologic Science Program maintains programmatic accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Programs accredited by the JRCERT must demonstrate that they are in substantial compliance with the relevant JRCERT accreditation standards. “Standards” can be accessed by visiting the JRCERT website.

Students have the right to report the Radiologic Science Program for failure to meet the “Standards” to the accrediting agency. If the program receives a complaint regarding allegations of non-compliance with the Standards, a response will occur within 30 working days. A record of such complaints and their resolution will be maintained in the program office (CHER 210). Currently no complaints regarding non-compliance have occurred. Listed below is the contact information for the JRCERT. 

JRCERT 
20 N. Wacker Dr. 
Suite 2850 
Chicago, IL 60606-3182 
(312) 704-5300 
(312) 704-5304 (Fax) 
Email: mail@jrcert.org

Clinical experience and formal class sessions may be required during various hours of the day, evening, and night.  Students have the responsibility for the cost incurred by enrollment into Department of Imaging Sciences programs.  This cost includes clothing, equipment, malpractice insurance, academic materials, etc.  Clinical education occurs during the spring semester of the first year and fall semester of the second year of the Radiologic Sciences Program. The clinicals must be completed at two different health care agencies associated with the program. The health care agencies currently associated with the radiography component include:

Baptist Health Richmond, Richmond, KY
Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, KY
Fleming County Hospital, Flemingsburg, KY
Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Frankfort, KY
Georgetown Community Hospital, Georgetown, KY
Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, Hazard, KY
Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, KY
Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare Louisville, KY
Kings Daughter Medical Center, Ashland, KY
Meadowview Regional Medical Center, Maysville, KY
Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital, West Liberty, KY
Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, KY
St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead, KY
St. Joseph Mt. Sterling, Mt. Sterling, KY
Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa, KY

Note: The above list of clinical education centers may change due to contract negotiations.

Radiologic Sciences - AAS Careers

Students graduating with an AAS in Radiologic Sciences pursue job opportunities as radiographers in medical centers, imaging centers, and physician's offices once certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). 

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS

The Associate Degree Radiologic Science Program has a selective admission policy that is separate, in addition to, the University's admission procedure. Admission to Morehead State University does not guarantee admission to the Radiologic Science Program. The number of clinical placement positions limits enrollment. Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the enrollment capacity, the successful applicants with the highest grade point average on the required pre-radiologic science courses will be selected.  Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree and be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) national certification examination in radiography.  Students wishing to progress to the baccalaureate Imaging Sciences Program must apply prior to completion of the associate degree program. Clinical education occurs during the spring semester of the sophomore year and fall semester of the junior year.  The clinicals must be completed at two different health care agencies associated with the program.

AAS in Radiology Program Flyer

 

Admission Criteria

A. Unconditional acceptance to Morehead State University through the Office of Admissions.  See link above.

B. Completion of the following pre-radiologic science courses with a minimum grade of "C".

BIOL 234* - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 3
BIOL 235*- Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3
CIS 101 - Computer Literacy - 3
COMS 108 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication - 3
ENG 100 - Writing - 3
MATH 152 - College Algebra - 3
**FYS 101 - First Year Seminar - 3
IMS/NURS 202 - Medical Terminology - 2
PSY 154 - Introduction to Psychology - 3
*** RSCI 110 - Introduction to Radiologic Sciences - 1
**** General education distribution course or ENG 200 - 3
Total - 30 Credit hours

* If BIOL 244 & 244A and 245 & 245A are taken it changes total degree credit hours to 80.

**Transfer students with more than 24 credit hours are exempt and may substitute a social and behavioral science course to meet general education core requirements.

***Consideration may be granted for this course to be completed after admission during the first semester.

****Any distribution course fulfills the requirement for program admission.

C. More than two failures of pre-radiologic sciences courses within two (2) years of application to the program will result in ineligibility for admission. This includes failure of more than two courses or failures of the same course more than twice. Students with course failure(s) prior to the two (2) year period will be considered for admission if the student has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress "C" or above in required course(s) since the course failure(s).

D. A grade point average of 2.5 or above (with no rounding)in the required pre-radiologic sciences courses (FYS 101 is not calculated in the GPA) and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all college work.

E. Possess current certification in basic life support for health care providers (CPR) by the American Heart Association.

F. Meet health and physical capability requirements established by the Department of Imaging Sciences.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications will be accepted beginning in January and must be received by the fourth Friday in May.

Submit a complete application packet with the following required materials:

1. Imaging Sciences Admission Application .

2. Official transcripts documenting all courses required for admission.

3. Copy of course description(s) if course equivalencies are not listed on the MSU transfer credit webpage.

 

Conditions for Enrollment

A. Maintain established health and physical capabilities: (also may be required for retention at the discretion of the faculty). After admission into the program, the Department of Imaging Sciences will provide a health form to be completed by a licensed physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner.

1. Vision capabilities:
a. Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60
b. Able to distinguish color shade changes

2. Auditory capabilities:
a. Possess normal or corrected hearing ability within 0 to 45-decibel range

3. Tactile capabilities:
a. Possess in at least one hand the ability to perceive temperature change and pulsation and to differentiate between various textures and structures
b. Recognize an object by touching and handling

4. Language capabilities:
a. Possess the ability to verbally communicate

5. Minimal motor capabilities:
a. Grasp securely with two functional upper limbs
b. Push and/or pull moveable objects weighing 100-150 lbs
c. Lift at least 25 lbs. without assistance
d. Stand for long periods of time
e. Walk without assistance of canes, crutches, walkers, and/or humans
f. Reach above shoulders and below waist
g. Twist, bend, stoop/squat, and move quickly

6. Mental health:
a. Possess the ability to adapt to the environment, function in everyday activities, and cope with stressors

7. Freedom from transmittable disease as documented by:
a. Negative PPD and/or chest x-ray within immediate past 12 months
b. Rubella and rubeola antibody test (titer values that indicate immunity) documentation of MMR ( Rubella, Rubeola and Mumps) vaccine
c. Hepatitis B Vaccine series
d.Varicella zoster live-virus vaccine or serologic evidence of immunity
e.Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) vaccine
f. Immunization as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Committee on Infectious Disease of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

B. Maintain current certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provides (CPR) by the American Heart Association.

C. Clinical education is a mandatory component of the program. Due to accreditation requirements of the clinical education centers, students are likely to be required to obtain a criminal background check and/or undergo drug testing prior to acceptance to the clinical assignment. The student is responsible for the incurred cost. Any student who fails acceptance to the clinical assignment will be unable to complete the program.

 

FEES AND EXPENSES

Fees and expenses specific to the Department of Imaging Sciences Programs are in addition to those required by MSU. These are subject to change without prior notification.  The students are responsible for the purchase of white uniforms, white hose (if applicable), white clinical shoes, white lab coats, malpractice insurance, laboratory fees, film marker fees (if applicable), dosimeter related fees, and all housing and transportation expenses incurred during clinical internship assignments. Students are also responsible for all fees for criminal background checks, drug-testing, certification examinations and all applicable course fees.

Address:
Morehead State University
Department of Imaging Sciences
Center for Health, Education and Research
316 W 2nd St., Suite 210D
Morehead, KY 40351

Alicia Poage 606-783-2646
Fax: 606-783-5051

E-mail: Alicia Poage

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