About the Program

The School of Radiologic Technology offers a diverse and stimulating two year (24-month) program of instruction. It is recommended to students who wish to receive their education at a progressive and active hospital. Ascension St. John Hospital is a designated trauma center offering a wide variety of educational experiences. Students receive didactic instruction and clinical education in all phases of the Department of Radiology. During the two year program approximately 33% of time is spent in academic preparation and 67% in developing clinical competencies.
Students will experience a vast spectrum of exams in the hospital Radiology departments, Ascension St. John Hospital; Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus; Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus; St. Clair Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine; Ascension St. John Hospital Health Center at 23 Mile; and Ascension St. John Hospital Health Center at 12 Mile. Additional clinical rotations may be added. These assignments serve to enhance the curriculum by providing specialized clinical educational opportunities. Students are responsible for their own transportation to all clinical sites.

The school meets the curriculum standards established by the American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT), and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on the Education of Radiologic Technologists (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. The JRCERT is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

The school faculty includes a Program Director, a Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Preceptors, Physicists, Radiologists, Registered Radiologic Technologists, and other qualified instructors.

The year is divided into four semesters of clinical and didactic education. The fall semester begins the Monday following Labor Day and is 14 weeks in length. This semester concludes prior to Christmas. The winter semester is also 14 weeks and begins the first week of January and concludes in April. The spring semester is 8 weeks in duration and concludes in June. The summer semester is spent primarily emphasizing clinical competency, and is 14 weeks in length.

Support Available To Students

  • Open door policy
  • Tutoring
  • ASJH employee discounts
  • Complimentary use of an on site copy machine
  • Free on site parking
  • Counseling 

Biannually, the Advisory Committee, composed of faculty, imaging managers, lead technologists, clinical preceptors, and a member of each class meet to review and discuss various outcomes regarding the students' education and ways to improve it. 

Program Goals &  Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Our program is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure a future in radiologic technology. The faculty, consisting of radiographers, radiologists, physicists and other healthcare professionals, provide you with the kind of experience and preparation you need to succeed.

The goals and expected student learning outcomes of the Ascension St. John Hospital School of Radiologic Technology are:

1.Students will be clinically competent.

a. Students will apply positioning skills.
b. Students will select appropriate technical factors.
c. Students will practice radiation protection.

2.Students will communicate effectively.

a. Students will use effective oral communication skills.
b. Students will practice written communication skills.

3.Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

a. Students will manipulate technical factors for non-routine examinations.
b. Students will adapt positioning for non-routine patients.
c. Students will critique images for improvement.

4.Students will demonstrate professionalism.

a. Students will discuss the importance of professional growth.
b. Students will present information on our profession or our program to prospective students, new students, or communities of interest.
c. Students will exhibit professional behavior in the clinical setting.

 

Program Effectiveness Data

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

Exam pass rate (5 year average, 2019-2023): 22/22 = 100%

Job placement rate is defined by the JRCERT as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The 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 , for example, due to salary or hours, and/or graduate is continuing education.

Job placement rate within 12 months of graduation (5 year average, 2019-2023): 22/22 = 100%

Program completion rate is, as defined by the JRCERT, the number of students that complete the program within the stated program length. The program specifies the entry point used in calculating the program's completion rate. When calculating the total number of students enrolled in the program (denominator), programs need not consider students who attrite for non-academic reasons such as: 1) financial, medical/mental health, or family reasons, 2) military deployment, 3) a change in major/course of study, and/or 4) other reasons an institution may classify as nonacademic withdrawal.

Program completion rate: 2023  5/5 = 100%

Start And End Times

Clinical rotation start times vary based on your clinical education site assignment, depending on when that clinical site opens and/or when you will receive the most education from your time assigned there. You receive a clinical rotation schedule two months in advance.

  • Start times (end times are 8 hours after the start time)
    • 5:30 am (once each summer)
    • 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 8:00, 9:00, and 11:00 am
    • 1:00 & 3:00 pm (once each summer between years 1 & 2 and 4 times throughout your second year)
  • Average class day start/end times are 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • You receive an hour break for lunch

Graduation Requirements

After successful completion of the following, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the American Registry in Radiologic Technology (ARRT) national certification exam.

  • 15 general education (prerequisite) college courses, including
    • Algebra (not pre, Basic, or Elementary)
    • Medical Terminology
    • Computer Information
    • Anatomy & Physiology or Physical Science
    • English or Communications
  • Proof of an Associate Degree (prerequisite)
  • Didactic contact hours (~ 911 total)
  • Clinical education hours (~ 1822 total)

Grading System

Satisfactory performance in didactic and clinical education, demonstration of professional ethics and personal suitability for the profession of radiologic technology are required to successfully complete the program. The following grading system is used:

95% - 100% A

89% - 94% B

85% - 88% C

80% - 84% D

79% and below F

Note: Contact hours and course content are frequently revised to reflect current practices in radiologic technology.

Tuition

Tuition is $3,000/yr. Students are responsible for their book expenses and online course fees (approximately $1,700 total), a $150/yr. electronic record keeping fee, school supplies and uniforms.

Refund Policy

The application fee, electronic record fees, and all tuition fees are non-refundable.

American with Disabilities Act Policy

Students requiring special assistance (including those affected by the American with Disabilities Act) should inform the instructor of any special conditions pertaining to the students learning.

FERPA

Ascension St. John Hospital respects the privacy of student information. In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we restrict internal access to student information to persons with a legitimate need-to-know. Further, we do not release private student information to any third party without the prior written consent of the student.

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