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Radiography


General Information

The Radiography Program at UAFS College of Health Sciences (CHS) is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree granted upon completion of the required 77 credit hours. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination in Radiologic Technology administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Admission into the Radiography Program is highly selective. Students accepted into the Radiography Program will receive their professional education through class work and clinical practice. While the class work portion of the professional education is conducted on the UA Fort Smith campus, clinical education takes place in area hospitals and clinics.

 

 

Accreditation

The UAFS Radiography Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology JRCERT.

 

 

Mission Statement

The Radiography Program at UAFS College of Health Sciences was established to serve the needs of the population and health care industry in the community and surrounding area. The program is committed to providing a high-quality education through didactic courses and clinical experiences in medical radiography, in order to produce competent and registry eligible radiography practitioners with the potential for advancement and leadership, whether the emphasis is education, management, or practice.

 

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Goal 1:  Students will develop critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will use problem-solving skills to modify standard procedures to accommodate patient conditions and other variables.
  • Students will be able to critique images for diagnostic quality and make appropriate improvements.

 

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate communication skills. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

Goal 3: Students will model professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors in the clinical practice.
  • Students will participate in personal and professional growth opportunities.

 

Goal 4: Students will have knowledge and skills required to be clinically competent in all radiographic tasks necessary for an entry level radiographer:


Student Learning Outcomes:  

  • Students will apply positioning skills.
  • Students will select technical factors.
  • Students will apply the principles of radiation protection for patients, self, and others.
  • Students will be able to anticipate and provide appropriate patient care, safety, and comfort.

 

Program Effectiveness Data

  • Program Completion Rate - This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of graduates in each class by the number of students initially enrolled in the program.

  • ARRT Exam Pass Rate - This percentage is calculated based on the number of students who are 1st time examinees and take the exam within 6 months of graduation. 

  • Job Placement Rate - This percentage is calculated based on the number of graduates who are actively seeking employment and are employed within
    6 months of graduation.  Graduates continuing their education are not included in this calculation.

Year

Program Completion RateARRT Exam Pass RateJob Placement Rate
201395% (19/20)100% (19/19)100% (11/11)
201270% (14/20)100% (14/14)100% (11/11)
201185% (17/20)100% (17/17)100% (12/12)
201090% (18/20)100% (18/18)94% (17/18)
200995% (19/20)100% (19/19)100% (12/12)
All Years2009-2013: 87%2009-2013: 100%2009-2013: 98.5%

  Explanations of these measures and current program data can be obtained at http://www.jrcert.org


Radiography Student Association

Membership into the Radiography Student Association (RSA) is limited to students enrolled in the Radiography program. The RSA is recognized as an official club at UAFS. RSA activities include monthly meetings for planning and organizing social functions, fundraising, and community service projects.

Each year the RSA raises funds to help support the annual trip to the Arkansas State Radiologic Technologist Conference in the spring. While there students participate in academic competitions with other radiography programs in Arkansas.

Lambda Nu (Beta Chapter)

Lambda Nu is the national honor society for radiologic and imaging sciences. The purpose of the Lambda Nu honor society is to:

  • Provide a mechanism to formally recognize academic achievement
  • Establish a nationally recognized society similar to those of other professions that will function on a national level with goals such as funding students to national meetings, providing scholarships for advanced degrees, and offering a forum for student research

The objectives of Lambda Nu are to:                                                                                                         

  • Foster academic scholarship at the highest academic levels
  • Promote research and investigation in the radiologic and imaging sciences
  • Recognize exemplary scholarship

To be selected as a candidate for membership into Lambda Nu is a prestigious honor. Only those students meeting the national and chapter eligibility criteria are invited to join.

 

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