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Radiologic Science Mission, Goals and outcomes

Radiologic Science Program Mission

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 and professional development in imaging sciences.

Program Goals

The MSU Radiologic Science Program produces graduates who will:  
  1. Be clinically competent.  
  2. Communicate effectively.  
  3. Use critical thinking skills.  
  4. Evaluate the importance of professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the MSU Radiologic Science Program 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.  
  7. Recognize the importance of continued professional development.  
  8. Students are ready to assume professional development responsibilities.

MSU Radiologic Science Program Effectiveness Data

Program Retention or completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within 150% of the stated program length.  The MSU Radiologic Science Program has a benchmark of retaining at least 80% of the admitted students. 
 Graduate Year Program Completion Rate
2019 74% (37/50)
2018 81% (39/48)
2017 83% (29/35)
2016 67% (24/36)
2015 89% (32/36)
2014 81% (29/36)
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate is defined as the number of student graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) radiography certification examination compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation.  The MSU Radiologic Science Program has a benchmark of at least 85% of the student graduates will pass the ARRT Exam on first attempt within 6 months of program completion. 
 Year of
Program Completion
MSU Rate National Rate
2019 94.6% (35/37) TBA
2018 100% (39/39) 89.3%
2017 96.6% (28/29) 89.3%
2016 100% (24/24) 87.2%
2015 94% (30/32) 88.4%
Recent 5 Year Average 97% (156/161) TBA
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.  The MSU Radiologic Science Program has a benchmark of at least 80% of the student graduates who seek employment, will find jobs within 12 months of program completion.  Job placement rate is one variable considered when admission targets are set. 
Graduate Year Job Placement Rate
2019 100% (4/4)
2018 100% (4/4)
2017 100% (4/4)
2016 100% (6/6)
2015 100% (12/12)
Recent 5 Year Average 100% (30/30)
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