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Mansfield University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Mansfield University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Radiology Technology, Associate of Applied Science


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Offered by the Department of Health Sciences
Professor Sheehe (chairperson), Wright, K.
Associate Professors Evans, Maisner, McGuire
Assistant Professors Decker, Klesh, Materese, Oakes, Urban, Zaparzynski
Instructors Ferrito, Greer, Hanlon, Lanzara, Vosburgh


Mission

The mission of Mansfield University Radiology Technology Program is to develop competent, entry-level diagnostic radiographers. Graduates will possess knowledge and skills related to positioning patients for radiographic procedures, radiation protection, exposure technique, and image evaluation. They will also demonstrate excellence in communication, patient care, critical thinking, use of medical ethics, and ­professionalism.

Graduates will also demonstrate familiarity with specialized radiologic modalities including Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine, Vascular Interventional Radiography, Ultrasound, CT Scanning and Radiation Therapy.

By providing a high-quality academic curriculum with associated laboratories and a guided systematic approach to clinical experience, faculty members strive to provide an integrated educational experience.

Through continual self-evaluation and measured outcomes, faculty members also strive to respond to the changing needs of the profession, so graduates become effective members of today’s health care team.

Program Goals

  • To develop students with skills in the technical aspects of producing and evaluating radiographic images
  • To develop students with skills in communication, patient care, critical thinking and use of medical ethical concepts   
  • To provide the health care community with competent, entry-level diagnostic radiographer
  • To promote graduate and employer satisfaction

Program Outcomes

  • Students will position patients accurately and select optimal exposure factors.
  • Students will apply radiation protection principles
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate patient communication and patient care skills
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking while performing patient procedures. 
  • Students will evaluate radiographic images for appropriate positioning and image quality.
  • Students will demonstrate professional and ethical conduct
  • Graduates will pass the ARRT Certification Exam on the first attempt.
  • Graduates pursuing employment will be employed within six months after program completion.
  • Graduates and employers will express satisfaction with the training received during the program.

The Mansfield University Radiology Technology Program trains students to become diagnostic technologists. Diagnostic technologists are valued members of the healthcare team involved in imaging body structures and organs using a variety of procedures and sophisticated equipment. Most people are familiar with radiographic chest examinations and know that x-ray examinations are the best way to diagnose broken bones. Diagnostic technologists perform these procedures as well as procedures which require the use of contrast agents that make it possible to study organs and blood vessels that otherwise cannot be seen. 

You might choose this program because: 

  • Of the low student/instructor ratio.
  • Students are provided with an intensive clinical experience in a small town atmosphere.
  • The major clinical site, Robert Packer Hospital, is a Level II Trauma Care facility with helicopter service provided by air ambulance.
  • The equipment within the clinical areas is state-of-the-art and the hospital continually upgrades to improve patient service.
  • The graduate pass rate on the ARRT certification exam is outstanding.
  • Corning Community College transfer and Bloomsburg University Baccalaureate Degree options are available
  • Many career advancement opportunities are available

Program Description

The Radiology Technology Program is a full-time, two-year AAS degree program. It is one of several programs in the Mansfield University Department of Health Sciences.  Students are on the Mansfield, PA, campus the first semester. The remaining three semesters and two summer sessions require clinical and classroom experience at the Robert Packer Hospital, in Sayre, PA.

Radiology students attend an orientation session at Robert Packer Hospital during the week immediately before the start of the regular 1st spring semester.

When assigned to the Sayre campus, students complete up to 40 clinical/classroom hours per week. The average daily times of attendance are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Occasionally, attendance at a late afternoon class that extends beyond 4:00 p.m. and attendance at an evening class is required.

While the majority of courses are taught using traditional in-class instruction, some are completed via distance and online learning.

Clinical education includes extensive clinical experience at the Radiology Department of Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Students are routinely assigned to diagnostic areas and gain familiarity with specialty areas by completing a short clinical rotation within each modality. During the second year, each student rotates through an evening clinical assignment that occurs from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students are subject to the rules and Regulations of both the university and medical center affiliate. 

The program is offered through Mansfield University Health Sciences and Physical Activities Department and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-3182.  Accreditation standards can be seen at the JRCERT website, www.jrcert.com. 312-704-5300.

Career Opportunities

Upon program completion, career opportunities are available in hospitals, imaging centers, medical clinics and mobile units. The program has an excellent reputation and graduates are sought after by many local employers. There are also many job opportunities throughout the U.S. Although there is no formal job placement service, graduates have a high level of success in attaining employment in diagnostic radiology. With additional education or training, radiographers can pursue employment in specialty areas including Mammography, Ultrasound, MRI, CT, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine and Vascular Interventional Radiography. Graduates who pursue a Baccalaureate Degree may be considered for positions in education or ­administration.

Policies and Procedures

Admission

The radiology technology program accepts a maximum of thirteen students annually.  Admission is granted only for the fall semester and requires:

1. A high school diploma or GED
2. A completed application form with the non refundable fee.                                       
3. Math and science background in high school and/or college
4. Submission of high school and/or college-level transcripts
5. A diagnostic radiology department shadowing experience
6. A personal interview

Applicants must also comply with program technical standards:

1. Read small print and write legible notes
2. Speak clearly and be understood
3. Handle sterile and non-sterile instruments with dexterity
4. Hear speech when the speaker wears a mask and the listener’s ears are covered with a cap
5. Lift, move and assist patients
6. Perform x-ray equipment manipulation
7. Wear a protective apron when necessary
8. Access, without assistance, all clinical areas
9. Perform all CPR movements 

Obtaining Program Information and Application

Information and an application form can be obtained by calling the Mansfield University Admissions Office at (570) 662-4243 or by contacting Jo Ann Hanlon, Program Director, at (570) 882-4007.  The same information and an online application may also be obtained by visiting www.mansfield.edu .

Application Deadline

To receive proper consideration, applications should be received by the University no later than January 15. Applications submitted after January 15 will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Admission Process

Applicants must submit a completed application with the non-refundable fee to the Mansfield University Admissions Office along with high school/college transcripts and SAT and/or ACT scores.  The Admissions Office selects candidates who meet the minimum University admission requirements and forwards their applications and transcripts to the Program Director of the Radiology Technology Program and the Admissions Committee for review. 

Since class size is limited, only applicants with a solid high school and/or college math and science background are granted a personal interview at the Sayre Campus.  Applicants who are granted an interview are notified by mail.  During the interview, applicants will receive information about the program and will participate in a shadowing experience within the Robert Packer Hospital Radiology Department      

The decision for acceptance is made by the program’s Admission Committee and is based primarily on the candidate’s academic performance in completed high school or college level math and science courses.  Each candidate’s math and science grades are rated using a point score system. The following high school and college level courses are assigned a numerical rating according to the final course letter grade the applicant received: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and ACE or AP science and math courses.  The rating scale for math and science courses is: A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points and D=1 point.  The total point score for the math and science courses is then divided by the total number of courses completed to calculate an average point score. 

The first 10 applicants who receive a minimum average point score of 3.2, meet the technical program standards, and have completed a shadowing experience receive an acceptance letter from the Mansfield University Admissions Office within approximately two weeks following the interview.  Other applicants will be accepted on a space-available basis and may be granted alternate status. 

Applicants who receive a rejection letter may reapply to the program after completing math and science college level courses.  Courses completed must include BSC 1121 Anatomy and Physiology I and MA 1128 College Algebra at Mansfield University.  A minimum grade of grade of “C-” must be attained in each course to be reconsidered for acceptance.  Applicants who are requesting re-consideration will be admitted on a space-available basis and their scores will be considered with other applicant scores at the time of re-consideration.  

Alternate Status

The program accepts three alternate students annually.  Alternate status enables the applicant to begin his/her studies at Mansfield University in the fall semester under the Academic Exploration Program and take all the required courses within the Radiology program’s fall curriculum. 

If an opening occurs during the fall semester, alternate students will be considered for full acceptance into the program.  Alternate students who are accepted must attain at least a grade of “C” in each course, and those with the highest numerical average of grades in BSC 1121 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, XRT 1101 X-ray Technology I, and MA 1128 College Algebra will be accepted first.

If alternate students are not accepted into the program during the fall semester, they may continue taking general education courses required within the Radiology Technology Program at Mansfield University.  They are guaranteed acceptance into the Radiology Technology Program for the following spring provided they have attained a minimum grade of “C” in XRT 1101 X-Ray Technology I, and a minimum grade of C- in BSC 1121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and MA 1128 College Algebra.  They must also attain a passing grade in all attempted general education courses within the radiology program’s curriculum.

Change of Major

Any Mansfield University student who would like to be considered for acceptance into the Radiology Technology Program must notify the Program Director by phone: (570) 882-4007 or by e-mail: hanlon_joann@guthrie.org or jhanlon@mansfield.edu

Students with Disabilities

The Mansfield University Radiology Technology program complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and with University policies regarding students with disabilities. Every effort is made to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities who are able to perform the essential functions of our academic program. A list of “essential functions” is available from the Program Director upon request. Students who are accepted into the program and later discovered to be unable to perform these essential functions may not be able to complete the program. The program faculty will work with students to identify the reasonable accommodations necessary to aid them in becoming successful. The program will also cooperate with the University’s Office of Services for Students with Disabilities to insure students’ needs are complied with as outlined by the American’s with Disabilities Act and Mansfield University’s policy of insuring equal opportunity for all students.

Health Requirements

To be allowed to treat patients at Robert Packer Hospital and other affiliated hospitals, each radiology student must comply with the immunization and health requirements established by the hospital and/or state health department. Prior to enrollment in the first radiology courses at Robert Packer Hospital in January, each radiology student must provide the Program Director with health requirement documentation.

Medical and Professional Liability Insurance

All students must have health and professional liability insurance to participate in clinical experiences at all Guthrie Health facilities.

Transportation to Clinical Sites

Students must provide their own transportation to and from the program’s clinical sites, Robert Packer Hospital and Troy Community Hospital.

Program Standards

Radiology students are subject to all Mansfield University policies plus the following Radiology Technology Program standards:

1. A minimum grade of C- in BSC 1121 Human Anatomy & Physiology and MA 1128 College Algebra is required for enrollment in the radiology courses in Sayre.

2. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in all professional courses (those with an XRT prefix) and modules. Any module grade below C will result in failure of the entire course. Any student receiving a C- or lower grade cannot continue in the program until the course is repeated and a C or higher grade is attained.

3. Professional courses can be repeated only once. Students will be readmitted on a space available basis. Any student who fails to earn at least a grade of C upon completion of the repeated course will be dismissed from the program.

4. All degree work must be completed within three years.

Graduation Requirements

  • Earn at least a “C” grade for each course attempted in the major (XRT courses).
  • Earn at least a “C-“grade for Human Anatomy and Physiology I and College Algebra.
  • Achieve at least the minimum G.P.A of 2.0.
  • Complete the course requirements for general education and the major.
  • Achieve all of the Radiology Technology Program’s terminal competencies.
  • Satisfy all financial obligations to Mansfield University and Guthrie Health.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation online via WebAdvisor at least one year prior to graduation.
  • Complete the ARRT clinical competency requirements.

Certification Examination

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Candidates must meet all ARRT requirements including ethical standards. Conviction of a crime (felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor) and drug/alcohol related violations can affect eligibility to sit for the examination.  ARRT investigates all potential violations in order to determine eligibility.

Certified radiographers may use the letters R.T. (R) after their names and ARRT certification satisfies most state radiographer licensure laws. More information can be obtained at the website, www.arrt.org.

The program boasts an outstanding pass rate on the certification examination.

Job Placement

Although the radiology program does not provide job placement, graduates maintain an excellent record of job procurement.

Bloomsburg University Baccalaureate Degree Option

Under the terms of an articulation agreement between Mansfield University and Bloomsburg University, graduates from the Mansfield University Radiology Technology Program are guaranteed admission with advanced standing at the junior level to Bloomsburg University. Following successful completion of The BU program, graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Mansfield University (MU) and Bloomsburg University (BU) officially confirm the following terms of this agreement:

1. After admission to MU, an interested student signs a letter of intent to transfer to BU at the time the Associate in Applied Science Degree is completed.

2. The Office of Admissions at BU reserves a place for the student as a junior year transfer student upon receipt of the studentís letter of intent.

3. One year prior to matriculation at BU, the student confirms the intent to enroll by completing the transfer admissions application.

4. BU accepts all 68 credits from MU (pending ARRT certification).

5. A minimum of 52 additional semester hours of credit must be completed to be awarded the BU Bachelor of Science Degree. BU residency requirements must be observed (30 credits from BU).

More Information please contact:
Jo Ann Hanlon, M.S. Ed., R.T. (R) (M)
Program Director Radiology Technology Program
Mansfield University
Phone: (570) 882-4007          
E-mail: hanlon_joann@guthrie.org

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