Radiography Accreditation

Program accreditation information.

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    Radiography Program

    St. Kate's radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 704-5300.

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    Mission, Goals, and More

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Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam, offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Program Mission

The mission of the radiography program is to educate diverse learners to become highly skilled, compassionate, health care professionals. Students acquire skills and knowledge through a careful blend of liberal arts courses, professional courses and clinical education in a learning environment that is structured to promote student development and success.

Program Goals

Goal #1: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills

  • Outcome #1: Students will correctly set technical factors to compensate for non-routine patients.
  • Outcome #2: Students will use alternative positioning methods when the standard procedure is not possible.

Goal #2: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills

  • Outcome #1: Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Outcome #2: Students will demonstrate verbal communication skills.

Goal #3: Students will graduate from the program with the skills needed to be a competent radiographer.

  • Outcome #1: Students will select appropriate technical factors.
  • Outcome #2: Students will correctly position patients.

Goal #4: Students will demonstrate professional behavior

  • Outcome #1: Students will exude positive attitudes.
  • Outcome #2: Students will exhibit dependability.
  • Outcome #3: Students will demonstrate understanding of the professional organizations.

Goal #5: The program will provide the community with radiographers.

  • Outcome #1: Students will complete the radiography program
  • Outcome #2: Graduates will pass the ARRT exam
  • Outcome #3: Graduates will find employment in the field of Radiology
  • Outcome #4: Graduates will be very satisfied with the program
  • Outcome #5: Employers will be very satisfied with our graduates

Program Effectiveness Data

​Pass Rate for the National ARRT Exam

Year Percent passing on first attempt Number of students
2013 97% 31 of 32 students passed on first attempt
2014 95% 37 of 39 students passed on first attempt
2015 95% 19 of 20 students passed on first attempt
2016 85% 29 of 34 students passed on first attempt
2017 92% 22 of 24 students passed on first attempt
5-Year Average 93% 138 of 149 students passed on first attempt

Program Completion Rates

Year Percent Completed Number of Students
2013 81% 29 of 36 students graduated
2014 86% 37 of 43 students graduated
2015 79% 22 of 28 students graduated
2016 94% 32 of 34 students graduated
2017 91% 29 of 32 students graduated
5-Year Average 91% 149 of 169 students graduated

Employment Rates

Graduates that did not seek employment, returned to school, or whose status is unknown, were not included in these percentages. Only employment within the radiology profession is counted. Job placement rate data that will include 2016 graduates will be available by mid-January 2018.

Year Percent Employed Number of Students
2013 96% 28 of 29 graduates found employment within 12 months of graduation.
2014 95% 35 of 37 graduates found employment within 12 months of graduation.
2015 100% 20 of 20 graduates found employment within 12 months of graduation.
2016 100% 29 of 29 graduates found employment within 12 months of graduation.
2017 100% 24 of 24 graduates found employment within 12 months of graduation.
5-Year Average 95% 136 of 139 graduates found employment within 12 months of graduation.

Technical Standards

Visual Acuity:

  1. Observe a patient's condition from across a room
  2. Read various sizes of print located on equipment and computers
  3. Evaluate different shades of gray on radiographic images


  1. Engage in a normal volume conversation from a distance of 20 feet
  2. Recognize and respond to alarms from patient care equipment, x-ray equipment, or computers
  3. Communicate with patients or coworkers when background noise is high

Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination:

  1. Lift up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis
  2. Prolonged standing (80% of the day)
  3. Prolonged walking (80% of the day)
  4. Pushing/pulling of equipment (up to 35 pounds)
  5. Bending and reaching
  6. Grasp small objects and adjust small dials and switches
  7. Assist with transferring patients

Reasonable Accommodation

Accommodations: Students with disabilities who believe they may need an accommodation are encouraged to contact the Supportive Services Coordinator to discuss potential accommodations. The Supportive Services Coordinator is located on the third floor of the Education Building, Office 369, and can be reached by telephone at 651-690-8160.

Grading Policies

If no grading scale is listed on a radiography class syllabus, the following scale will be used:

A 93-100
A- 91-92
B+ 89-90
B 85-88
B- 83-84
C+ 81-82
C 80-75
F Less than 75

Institutional grading policies