Radiography Students Earn 100% Pass Rate on National Certification Exam
October 27, 2020
The spring 2020 St. Philip’s College Radiography Technology graduates achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the national certification exam by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The 34 students, part of the 2020 class interrupted by a national pandemic, thrived in the remote learning environment, graduated on-time and are now licensed and certified practitioners. Certification allows the graduates to work as a radiologic technologist anywhere in the United States. No previous cohort has earned this level of achievement.
Radiography Program Director, Yolanda Poist, attributes the success rate to their faculty and clinical partners who deliver curricula in a way that students are left with a clear understanding of key concepts and sound clinical reasoning skills. Students are evaluated continuously while in the program by not only written and hands-on exams but also comprehensive competency exams at the end of each semester. The competency exams include all the content covered from each course the student has completed. Students are also required to demonstrate competency in nine general patient care areas, 37 mandatory imaging procedures and 15 elective imaging procedures to ensure that they will be competent entry-level technologists upon graduation.
Program part-time and full-time faculty have over 200 years of radiologic technology experience collectively. Their curriculum includes didactic and clinical coursework that provides students with a solid foundation of technical skills. In May, the program was ranked the 10th best school for radiologic technologists’ studies by Real Work Matters (RWM). Three months later, the program received the highest award of eight years continued accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
“Our latest successes in achieving continued accreditation, 100 percent first-time pass rate and being ranked the 10th best school for radiologic technologists’ studies reflects great credit not only upon the Radiography Program, but also on the Allied Health Division, St. Philip's College and the Alamo Colleges District,” said Yoist.
There are currently 83 students enrolled in the St. Philip’s College Radiography Technology program. Applications for admission to the program are accepted from October 15th to March 1st each year. To learn about the Radiography Technology Program, click here.