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Diagnostic Imaging students

Information Sessions for Prospective Diagnostic Imaging Students

Time: 5-6 p.m. on the following Thursdays:
October 9, 2014; November 13, 2014; December 11, 2014; January 8, 2015; February 12, 2015; March 5, 2015; April 9, 2015; May 14, 2015; June 11, 2015; July 9, 2015

Venue: 
School of Health Professions, Classroom Y2.5809
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030
Directions and additional Information (pdf)
For more information and directions, call the Diagnostic Imaging Program 713-792-3455

Program in Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging is a specialty devoted to the study of routine and advanced radiographic imaging procedures. The curriculum includes emerging advanced technologies in Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The program prepares student for various careers in hospitals, clinics, education, and management.

Certificate Offered

Certificate in Radiologic Sciences
Note: Certificates may be awarded at the completion of the second year of the Diagnostic Imaging Program, allowing the student to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination.

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging

Mission, Vision, Goals and  Student Learning Outcomes, Program Objectives

Mission
The mission of the Diagnostic Imaging Program is to provide the highest quality of education to diagnostic imaging students through formal didactic and state-of-the-art clinical experiences that prepare our students to be diagnostic imaging professionals who are patient care focused, critical thinkers and engaged in lifelong learning.

Vision
We shall be the premier educational program in Diagnostic Imaging by providing innovative curricular, clinical and continuing education services to the diagnostic imaging community and the patients we serve.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Fulfillment of the program’s mission is assessed by the program’s effectiveness and the degree to which the program achieves the goals and learning outcomes that will enable our students to succeed academically and professionally:

Goal:  1. Students will develop patient care focus by providing superior patient care.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will provide empathetic professional patient care.
2. Student will demonstrate judicious use of ionizing radiation.


Goal:  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the clinical environment
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will competently perform non-routine procedures including trauma, pediatric portable and surgical examinations.
2. Students will appropriately evaluate images


Goal:  3. Students will adopt a philosophy of life-long learning through continuing education and professional involvement.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will demonstrate professional growth
2. Students will demonstrate a sense of professionalism and desire to learn


Goal:  4. Students will embrace the MD Anderson core values of caring, integrity and discovery.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will demonstrate the core values of caring, integrity and discovery.


Goal: 5 . Students will communicate effectively in a variety of settings
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will be able to utilize  effective oral communication during simulation and clinical settings
2. Students will communicate effectively during oral Presentation of Projects

Program Objectives
The radiologic technologist is a prominent member of the health care team focused on the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Radiologic technologists work with ionizing radiation, radiopharmaceuticals, sound waves and magnetic fields to produce medical images in diagnostic imaging or radiology departments of hospitals and medical clinics or free-standing imaging centers.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Diagnostic Imaging Program is designed to prepare students for a challenging career in the Radiologic Sciences through formal didactic and state-of-the-art clinical education. Today’s medical practice dictates that technologists have advanced skills in imaging, patient assessment and treatment of specific disease.

Accreditation information:
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Diagnostic Imaging Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program has a full 8-year accreditation with the next review date in August, 2019. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is regionally accredited through The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). 


Contact information for JRCERT:
20 N. Wacker Drive, Ste 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone 312-704-5300
Fax 312-704-5304
Website: www.jrcert.org
E-mail:  mail@jrcert.org

Program Effectiveness Data
Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography exam) pass rate of not less than 85 percent at first attempt within six months of graduation.   

 Year  Percent Passing on  
 1st attempt
Number of Students
 2009  93% 13 of 14  students passed on 1st attempt
 2010 100%   6 of 6   students passed on 1st attempt
 2011 100%   9 of 9  students passed on 1st attempt
 2012 100% 13 of 13  students passed on 1st attempt
 2013    91% 20 of 22  students passed on 1st attempt
5 year average   97% 
 
Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation. Graduate surveys for the 2011 – 2013 class will be mailed out in March, 2014
Year Percent Completion Number of Students
 2008 100% 9 of 9 graduates completed graduate survey
1 continue to post graduate program
8 of 8 employed within 12 months of graduation
 2009   92% 13 of 13 graduates completed graduate survey
1 not actively seeking employment
12 of 13 employed within 12 months of graduation
 2010 100% 6 of 6 graduates completed graduate survey
6 of 6 employed within 12 months of graduation
 2011 100% 9 of 9 graduates completed graduate survey
9 of 9 employed within 12 months of graduation
 2012   92% 13 of 13 graduates completed graduate survey
2 not actively seeking employment
11 of 13 employed within 12 months of graduation
 5 year average   97% 

Program completion rate

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the clinical phase of the program within 150% of the stated program length. The program length for the clinical phase of the program is 20 months and program completion rate is defined as those students graduating within 20 months of beginning the clinical phase of the program.
 Year  Percent Completion Number of Students
 2009 93% 14 began, 13 graduated;
 1 withdrawal
 2010 55% 11 began, 6 graduated;
4 withdrew, 1 dismissed
 2011 82% 11 began, 9 graduated;  
2 withdrew
 2012 93% 14 began,  13 graduated;
1 withdrew
 2013100% 22 began,  22 graduated
 5-year average  85% 

 For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit the relevant  JRCERT website 

 
The program accommodates Bachelor of Science degree-seeking students as follows:

1. Those who are working towards initial certification in Radiologic Technology (radiography): these students enter the Diagnostic Imaging Program as sophomores.

2. Graduates of an accredited program in radiologic sciences, with acceptable transferable credits, who must submit proof of certification and have completed the required Texas core curriculum. These students enter the Diagnostic Imaging Program during the senior year of their education and complete their degree through The University of Texas MD Anderson School of Health Professions.

For admission requirements, please visit the Application Information site on the Prospective Students section of the School of Health Professions  home page.
 
For more information about Faculty,  and Courses, please visit the Diagnostic Imaging section of the School of Health Professions catalog.

Diagnostic Imaging Student Handbook
Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Policies Manual

 Mailing address:

The University of Texas  MD Anderson Cancer Center
Program in Diagnostic Imaging
School of Health Professions - Unit 2
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77030-4009
713-792-3455

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