Radiography School Program Goals
The University of Akron's Radiography School is a comprehensive, 2-year degree whose purpose is to provide the student radiographer with a high quality, customer-service focused, competency-based didactic and clinical education.
Our degree program serves primarily a 5-county region in northeast Ohio and prepares students to become entry-level diagnostic radiographers as members of the paramedical team for the overall care of the patient. Our degree program also includes introductory education for the advanced radiologic modalities and instills lifelong learning values that help students achieve their professional and personal goals.
The degree program implements this mission through clearly defined goals and learning outcomes that meet and/or exceed the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
The University of Akron's Radiography School follows the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) curriculum guide in the presentation of the radiography content.
Well-supervised clinical rotations through all phases of the curriculum provide students the practical foundation to meet the job demands as an entry level radiographer.
Our goals are to ensure students:
- develop technical skills to be clinically competent
- will communicate effectively while affirming the dignity and worth of all patients, family members and staff
- will integrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills for non-routine patients and procedures
- will demonstrate the importance of professional growth and development, and acquire the skills for lifelong learning
Our degree program is also designed to provide the healthcare community with graduate, entry-level radiographers skilled in diagnostic imaging procedures.
The radiography professional must have the ability to provide appropriate healthcare services. Radiographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to perform imaging examinations and accompanying responsibilities at the direction of physicians qualified to request and/or perform radiologic procedures.
Our degree covers 24 consecutive months and combines classroom instruction with practical application of knowledge and skills necessary to work in a radiology department.
At the completion of the 24-month degree, you will have achieved these learning outcomes:
- Position and irradiate patients to visualize anatomical structures on an imaging receptor to achieve a diagnostic radiographic image (clinical competency)
- Apply radiation protection principles for the patient, self and others (clinical competency)
- Demonstrate and employ verbal and written communication skills (communication)
- Apply critical thinking skills for non-routine patients and multiple exam studies in the most efficient manner (trauma, age-specific, etc.) (problem solving)
- Practice clinical professionalism by integrating patient care principles consistent with the ARRT Code of Ethics and ASRT Standards of Practice (professional growth)
- Complete the degree within the structured 24-month time frame (program effectiveness)
- Successfully pass the ARRT national certification examination on their first attempt and obtain radiologic employment within 12 months post-graduation (program effectiveness)
- The communities of interest will appraise their level of satisfaction with the degree program (program effectiveness)