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Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology

Program

PHILOSOPHY

The Radiologic Technology Program was established to prepare specialists trained in the art and science of medical imaging who would participate in the care of other human beings and do so as competent, sensitive, and caring individuals who carry out their charge in such a way so as to maintain the dignity of human life. The program is committed to providing a quality educational opportunity that prepares individuals to be competent for entry-level staff radiographic employment. A quality and comprehensive curriculum is maintained through competent faculty who utilize quality facilities. Instruction begins with classroom exercises, leading to laboratory experiences and clinical applications. Faculty undertakes the responsibility to develop the leadership potential of these specialists in order to strive for continued excellence, as this is vital to providing the needed balance in the evolution of health care.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to provide:

  • a progressive academic and clinical educational environment for qualified students to prepare them as competent and compassionate radiologic health care providers;
  • the knowledge and skills needed to meet and/or exceed minimum entry level requirements to perform radiologic technology.

GOALS

Goal 1: Recruit and select qualified individuals with potential for success.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Graduation rates will meet or exceed program standards.
  • Graduates will indicate overall satisfaction with the program.
  • Employers will indicate overall satisfaction with graduate’s performance.
  • Students will be able to pass the national ARRT certification examination.

Goal 2: Students/Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and skills of a clinically competent radiographer.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Students will use proper radiation safety principles for the protection of patients, selves, and others.
  • Students will demonstrate competency with positioning skills.

Goal 3: Students/Graduates will demonstrate effective communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to effectively explain examination procedures to patients and/or family members.
  • Students will provide appropriate patient care.
  • Students will be effective in utilizing skills to solve problems, correctly assess patient conditions, and are adaptable to changing situations to meet patient’s needs in the clinical environment.
  • Students are effective in communicating with patients, supervisors, and others and are able to effectively express themselves both “oral” and “written”.

Goal 4: Students/Graduates will recognize the significance of professional growth and development.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Students will participate in professional growth and development activities.
  • Students will pursue further training in a radiographic special modality and/or a Baccalaureate Program.
  • Students will perform ethically and professionally in the clinical setting as outlined in the Code of Ethics.

TERMINAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Provide the academic and clinical foundation for success on the ARRT Examination in Radiology.
  2. Prepare graduates to perform entry level skills of a radiographer.
  3. Provide an academic foundation for upper level baccalaureate education.
  4. Provide an environment conducive to the development of critical thinking, decision making, career planning and lifelong learning skills.
 

PLEASE NOTE: When applying to the Rad Tech program, you are applying as a transfer undergraduate full-time student.

Transfer Requirements

Students who transfer from another radiologic technology program must meet the following entrance criteria:

  1. Complete a Drexel University/College of Nursing and Health Professions Application for Admissions.
  2. Submit a copy of high school transcripts or GED scores and transcripts from any colleges/universities previously attended.
  3. University admission requirements must be met before entrance into the Radiology program
  4. Submit a copy of current radiologic technology program transcripts.
  5. Submit copies of all clinical competencies performed at the previous Radiologic technology program.
  6. Forward a letter of recommendation from the transferring program Chairperson (Chair).

Students who transfer from another program at Drexel University:

  1. Are not guaranteed placement into the A.S. program.
  2. Meet with present program Academic Advisor to discuss their ability to enroll in the A.S. Radiologic Technology Program.
  3. If approved by the Academic Advisor, meet with the Radiologic Technology program Chair.
  4. Complete all Drexel University requirements.
  5. Final follow up with Academic Advisor to ensure all paperwork is complete and requirements have been met.
  6. Maintain contact with Radiologic Technology program for program compliance requirements.
  • The Radiologic Technology program must be able to contact the student for questions or to send student information and updates before the program begins.
  • Students on academic probation and/or have a GPA of less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission to the Radiologic Technology Program

Technical courses will be evaluated by the Department Chair based on credit hours, course content, contact hours, date taken, and all other pertinent data.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN DISMISSED FROM OTHER RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS FOR ACADEMIC OR CONDUCT PROBLEMS WILL NOT BE GIVEN ADVANCED PLACEMENT IN THE PROGRAM AND MUST APPLY TO THE PROGRAM UNDER THE NORMAL APPLICATION PROCESS.

DREXEL STUDENTS ON ACADEMIC PROBATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THE PROGRAM.

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admission Requirements

Degree:
High school graduate or GED

Standardized Tests:
Official SAT or ACT scores required.

Transcripts:
Official transcripts from high school and/or all universities attended.

Prerequisites:
24 college credits with a minimum grade of “C.”

Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C." 

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry or Physics (Preferred)

Students must also receive a passing score on the TEAS V exam. For information about this exam, refer to the TEAS V Frequently Asked Questions [PDF].

References:
N/A

Personal Statement/ Essay:
N/A

International Students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements: 

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have: 

  • a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central

Application Link (if outside organization):
N/A

The Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology Application deadline is February 1st each year.

Accreditation

The Rad Tech program is accredited by:

Joint Review Committee on Education
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60606
312.704.5300

Outcomes

Radiology is the branch of medicine that uses various forms of radiation, such as x-rays, to provide information for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Radiologic technologists aid physicians by performing radiologic examinations necessary to diagnose conditions and treat patients.

Program Credentialing Rate
Five‐year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Certification Examination) pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt after graduation.


Program Completion Rate

2010
Completion Rate – 80%

Number of Students

  • 30 Began
  • 24 Graduated
  • 6 Voluntary Withdrawals

2011
Completion Rate – 86%

Number of Students

  • 30 Began
  • 26 Graduated
  • 4 Voluntary Withdrawals

2012
Completion Rate – 66%

Number of Students

  • 29 Began
  • 19 Graduated
  • 8 Voluntary Withdrawals

2013
Completion Rate – 83%

Number of Students

  • 30 Began
  • 25 Graduated
  • 1 Voluntary Withdrawal
  • 4 Dismissed for Academics

2014
Completion Rate – 85%
Number of Students

  • 27 Began
  • 23 Graduated
  • 1 Voluntary Withdrawal
  • 3 Dismissed for Academics

5 Year Average
80% Completion Rate

Exam Results

2010
Percentage Pass Rate on First Attempt – 68%

Number of Students

  • 24 eligible
  • 22 took test
  • 15 passed

2011
Percentage Pass Rate on First Attempt – 88%

Number of Students

  • 26 eligible
  • 25 took test
  • 22 passed

2012
Percentage Pass Rate on First Attempt – 93%

Number of Students

  • 19 eligible
  • 15 took test
  • 14 passed

2013
Percentage Pass Rate on First Attempt – 68%

Number of Students

  • 25 eligible
  • 25 took test
  • 17 passed

2014
Percentage Pass Rate on First Attempt – 81%

Number of Students

  • 23 eligible
  • 21 took test
  • 17 passed

5 Year Average
Percentage Pass Rate on First Attempt – 80%

Program Job Placement Rate

2010
Job Place Rate – 80%

Number of Students

  • 24 Students were contacted via phone survey
  • 3 students have not taken their ARRT
  • 6 students advance school and/or not seeking employment
  • 11 students employed
  • 4 students not working or seeking employment

2011
Job Place Rate – 88%

Number of Students

  • 26 Students were contacted via phone survey
  • 5 students did not respond
  • 8 students advance school and/or not seeking employment
  • 10 students employed

2012
Job Place Rate – 81%

Number of Students

  • 19 Students were contacted via phone survey
  • 2 students have not taken their ARRT
  • 8 students advance school and/or not seeking employment
  • 5 students employed
  • 4 students not working, not seeking employment

2013
Job Place Rate – 83%

Number of Students

  • 24 Students were contacted via phone survey
  • 4 students have not taken their ARRT
  • 8 students advance school and/or not seeking employment
  • 5 students employed
  • 7 students not working, not seeking employment

2014
Job Place Rate – 81%

Number of Students

  • 19 Students were contacted via phone survey
  • 2 students have not taken their ARRT
  • 4 students advance school and/or not seeking employment
  • 8 students employed
  • 4 students not working, not seeking employment

5 Year Average
Program Job Place Rate – 83%