The Radiography Program at UA Fort Smith College of Health Sciences 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.
The UA Fort Smith Radiography Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology JRCERT.
The Radiography Program at UA Fort Smith 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.
- Prepare students to apply effective communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills in clinical situations.
- Prepare students to perform diagnostic radiographic examinations using technical knowledge and clinical skills while demonstrating quality patient care.
- Provide students with a learning environment that will facilitate the development of high ethical standards and promote professional growth and development.
- Provide the health care community with professional and competent entry-level radiographers.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon graduation, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective communication skills.
- Use problem-solving skills to modify standard procedures to accommodate patient conditions and other variables.
- Demonstrate technical knowledge and skill in equipment operations in the performance of radiographic examinations using film/screen, CR, DR, and PAC systems.
- Apply the principles of radiation protection for patients, self, and others.
- Anticipate and provide appropriate patient care, safety, and comfort.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors in clinical practice.
- Pass the ARRT credentialing examination.
- Obtain employment in radiography or continue their education for an advanced degree or certification.
- Complete the program within a timeframe consistent with accreditation requirements.
Program Effectiveness Data
|ARRT Exam Pass Rate||Job Placement Rate||Program Completion Rate|
|All Years||2009-2013: 100%||2009-2013: 98.5%||2009-2013: 87%|
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 UA Fort Smith. 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.