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Accreditation

Accreditation Information

The CSI Radiologic Technology Program is officially recognized by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) as an accredited radiography program.

Specialized accreditation awarded by the JRCERT offers institutions significant value by providing peer evaluation and assuring the public of quality professional education in the radiologic sciences.

Here are some important facts taken from the JRCERT pamphlet: A Student's Guide to JRCERT Accreditation:

  • The JRCERT educational standards are developed and accepted by professionals in the radiologic sciences.
  • The JRCERT is the only organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to evaluate and accredit education programs in radiography and radiation therapy.
  • Graduation from a JRCERT accredited program assures that students will be eligible to practice in all 50 states.
  • Graduates from a JRCERT-accredited program assures that students are competent to manage the delivery of radiation, a potentially dangerous substance, and possess the knowledge, skills, and attributes to provide safe, high quality patient care.

Contact Information

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850

Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182

Telephone: (312)-704-5300

mail@jrcert.org

www.jrcert.org

Mission

The mission of the College of Southern Idaho's Associate of Applied Science Radiologic Technology Program in Radiography is to prepare students to become graduates for entry level employment as ARRT Registered Technologists in Radiography.

Goals

The goals established to achieve this mission include:

  • Measuring program effectiveness on an ongoing basis.
  • Producing clinically competent students.
  • Producing students with problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Producing students who can effectively communicate and interact with patients and staff.
  • Producing students and graduates who behave ethically.

Curriculum

This is a 22 month program spanning five semesters of continuous education and training, including one 8 week summer session. Students follow the regular college semester and vacation schedule. The program is measured at 72 semester credits, including 1,170 hours of clinical education while rotating through 3 south central Idaho hospital / clinic imaging departments.The professional radiologic technology portion of the curriculum includes: BIOL 105 or BIOL 227/228, RADT 101, 102, 151, 151L, 152, 153, 162, 162L,163, 164, 165, 180, 181, 182. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and follows the curricular guidelines of the American Society of Radiologic Technologist Radiography Curriculum and in conjunction with the "need to know" American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography Examination Content Specifications, and the ARRT Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements.

View the detailed 22 month curriculum.

NOTE: All students are required to be currently credentialed as a Certificated Nursing Assistant (CNA) "or" Emergency Medical Technician prior to enrollment into RADT Clinical Education I. Certification or licensure in a health-related field such as MEDICAL ASSISTANT, LPN, RN, SURG TECH, DENTAL ASSISTANT, DENTAL HYGEINE, etc. may substitute for this CNA or EMT requirement.

NOTE: Students planning on transferring and obtain their baccalaureate degree in Imaging Sciences from Lewis and Clark State College or Boise State University are encouraged to take the Biol 227 / 228 Anatomy and Physiology course sequence for 8 semester credits and MATH 143 College Algebra for 3 credits. BIOL 227 / 228 are classified as "General Education Core Courses." By taking BIOL 227, the student also meets the 4 credit Gen Ed degree requirement.

Resources

Subjects for the radiography program are taught in the new Health Sciences and Human Services building, where a state of the art digital/analog radiography teaching classroom/laboratory is located.

Valuable resources also include some of the finest diagnostic radiography departments in the Rocky Mountain area that can be found at St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, Twin Falls; Cassia Regional Medical Center, Burley; St. Benedict's Hospital, Jerome; North Canyon Medical Center, Gooding; St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, Ketchum; Minidoka Memorial Hospital, Rupert; Mountain View Hospital, Idaho Falls; Elmore Medical Center, Mt. Home; Mountain Home Air Force Base Hospital, Mtn. Home. These superb clinical agencies provide excellent practical experiences for CSI student radiographers under supervision of Registered Technologists in Radiography to achieve competence in required radiographic procedures.

Effectiveness Data

The Radiologic Technology Program's 5 Year Average Annual Performance Effectiveness Data (2014 to 2018) is designed to show (1) the average completion rate, (2) the average credentialing examination first time pass rate, and (3) the annual job placement rate.

Categories, Goals, and Outcomes

Analysis of the following Program Effectiveness and Student Learning Outcome Data allows the program to identify strengths and areas for improvement to bring about systematic program improvement for accomplishing the mission of preparing graduates for entry-level employment as ARRT Registered Technologists in Radiography. This analysis also provides a means of accountability to communities of interest, including the CSI Radiologic Technology Program Advisory Committee (CSI HSHS and CTE Instructional Deans, HSHS Department Chair, CSI Rad Tech Program Director/Instructor, CSI Rad Tech Program Clinical Education Coordinator/Instructor, CSH HSHS Career Advisor, a CSI HSHS department faculty representative, a CSI Career Services representative, 2 service area Radiology Managers, CSI Rad Tech Clinical Instructor, 2 medical imaging industry sales/service representatives, the CSI HSHS Allied Health Porfessions instructor, freshman and sophomore student representatives) and CSI Administrators, Saff, Faculty, Clinical Affiliate Registered Technologists, current and prespective students, accreditors like the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the Idaho State Division of Career and Technical Education, and the public. The current Outcome Assessment Plan for the CSI Radiologic Technology Program includes the following 5 categories, 5 goals and 17 outcomes:

Category I: Graduate Performance

Goal I: Program effectiveness will be measured on and ongoing basis.

Outcomes: (1) Enrolled students will complete the program, (2) Graduates will pass the ARRT exam in radiography on the first attempt, (3) Graduates will be employed within six months. (4) Graduates will receive a quality education, (5) Employers will be satisfied with the hard technical performance of graduates.

Category 2: Clinical Performance

Goal 2: Students will be clinical competent.

Outcomes: (1) Students will provide appropriate patient care, (2) Students will demonstrate quality positioning, (3) Students will apply appropriate radiation safety principles, (4) Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate image quality.

Category 3: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills

Goal 3: Students will possess problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Outcomes: (1) Students will apply ALARA exposure techniques resulting in quality images using optimum kVp/Low mAs for the Exposure Index range, (2) Students will assess the quality of radiographic images, (3) Students will adjust equipment operation and quality control factors.

Category 4: Communication Skills

Goal 4: Students will communicate and interact with patients and staff.

Outcomes: (1) Students will engage in productive radiography-related discussions with patients, staff and each other, (2) Students in didactic setting will communicate effectively in writing.

Category 5: Professional Growth and Development

Goal 5: Students and graduates will behave ethically.

Outcomes: (1) Students will apply the employability skills of a radiographer, (2) Graduates will apply soft-personal employability skills of an RT (R), (3) Students will develop a five year career development plan.

Outcome Assessment Plans

The following Outcome Assessment Plans have been reviewed and approved by CSI's Program Advisory Committee and are made available here to be shared with communities of interest and the public.