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-We are still accepting applications for the 2014 Radiography Program-

Interested in a career as a radiologic technologist, CT or MRI technologist? 

Come to our information session
Saturday, April 26th, 2014
From 10:00 pm - Noon at the Euclid Hospital Health Center - Room 306 - 3rd Floor
18901 Lakeshore Blvd, Euclid (building in front of Euclid Hospital) 
No reservations necessary, call Gloria at 216.692.7512 if you have any questions.
 

 

The School of Diagnostic Imaging will continue to graduate well-qualified professionals who are eligible for ARRT certification by articulation agreements with local colleges.  Graduates from the program will receive a Certificate in Radiologic Technology from the Cleveland Clinic, and complete their degree requirements at the college either before or during the radiography program. 

The radiography program courses taken at the Cleveland Clinic will transfer as college credit and apply toward the degree.   Students will develop a plan to complete the general education requirements and any other degree requirements from the college.  Upon completion of both the Cleveland Clinic radiography program courses and the college degree requirement courses, the graduate will earn both a Certificate in Radiology Technology from the Cleveland Clinic and an Associate Degree.  This will permit the graduate to take the ARRT Registry Examination.

The Cleveland Clinic School of Diagnostic Imaging is working with the following colleges for development of the degree completion program:

    Cuyahoga Community College 
        Associate in Technical Studies degree

    Kent State University - Ashtabula Campus
         Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology degree

    Lorain County Community College
         Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology degree 

If you have any questions about this new degree requirement and how it will affect you, please contact Gloria Albrecht at 216.692.7512.   

General Radiologic Technology Information

To practice as a radiographer in the state of Ohio, the graduate must successfully pass the national registry certification examination from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).  In addition, the state of Ohio requires registered radiographers to possess a radiologic license from the Ohio Department of Health. 

Radiologic technology is a complex and challenging field. There are many factors that play a significant role in capturing a quality radiograph. It is the radiologic technologist’s responsibility to make sure that all steps have been taken to produce a quality radiograph.

Before any x-ray is taken, radiologic technologists must prepare the patient for the exam. To accomplish this, they explain the procedure to the patient, position the patient, and if needed administer contrast media used for diagnostic purposes into patients’ blood stream or digestive system.

To prevent excess radiation exposure, radiologic technologists will place protective devices, such as lead shields, over the areas of the patient that will not be x-rayed. They then must determine the thickness of the area being radiographed and set the controls on the x-ray machine to produce radiographic images with the appropriate density, detail and contrast. They also maintain the equipment and keep patients’ records. Some radiologic technologists specialize in diagnostic imaging technologies, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Because they are often dealing with people in physical and/or emotional pain, radiologic technologists must be sensitive to the needs of their patients. In addition, they must be detail-oriented team players and able to follow doctors’ directions explicitly. Operating complicated equipment requires mechanical ability and manual dexterity, while long periods of standing and lifting patients requires physical stamina.

Most radiologic technologists work 40 hours a week; weekend and evening hours are sometimes required. Potential radiation hazards exist in this field, however, protective equipment, such as lead gloves and aprons as well as other shielding devices, minimize exposure. In addition, technologists wear badges that measure radiation levels in their work area. Detailed records are then kept on their cumulative lifetime radiation doses.

 
Opportunities and Salary
An increasingly aging population requiring diagnostic services should spur job growth for radiographers, predicts the federal government. In fact, some employers are already reporting shortages of qualified technologists. Those with additional credentials, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), or with multiple skills, will find more job opportunities available to them.

Radiologic technology may be attractive to those seeking flexibility in their work schedules. 20 percent of the 275,000 technologists employed in 2008 worked part time. Hospitals should remain the chief employer of technologists; however, more physicians’ offices and clinics, including diagnostic imaging centers, are expected to employ greater numbers of technologists.

The ASRT Wage and Salary Survey 2010, conducted by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the ASRT Education and Research Foundation, shows that Radiologic Technologists nationwide earn an average annual pay of $53,953.  In the Cleveland Clinic Health System, new graduates start at an average annual pay of $39,000.

Liability Insurance and Background Check
The Cleveland Clinic Health System provides liability insurance and background checks free of charge to all students accepted in the School of Diagnostic Imaging.

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers - American Heart Association
The School of Diagnostic Imaging requires all students to be currently registered in BLS for Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association.  Information on AHA approved CPR courses can be found at
www.americanheart.org.

 

Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Programs

 

The Cleveland Clinic Health System offers an advanced imaging program as well as individual courses in Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The program offers didactic classroom and clinical instruction in each modality designed to assist the radiologic technologist in becoming a registered MRI or CT technologist. The program is competency based, utilizing student learning outcome assessment plans to ensure graduate quality.  

 

Annual Safety and Security Report Now Available 

The School of Diagnostic Imaging Annual Safety and Security Report 2012 is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 and the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. In compliance with the act, by October 1 of each year, institutions must publish and distribute annual crime reports to current and prospective students and employees. The annual safety and security report includes the following information: statistics concerning the occurrence of criminal offenses, information about campus policing and security policies, crime prevention education and awareness, substance abuse policies and workplace violence and misconduct policies.

 
The 2012 Annual Report is available to all students, faculty and staff in the Program Forms & Policies page. 

     

Criminal Background Check: 

 

All students accepted into the School of Diagnostic Imaging must complete a criminal background check. Students with a criminal record may not be eligible to participate in a clinical rotation, receive a professional licensure/registration, or obtain employment in the health field.  Background check fee included with semester supplemental fees.

Radiography Program Effectiveness Data:


The performance of the School of Diagnostic Imaging Radiologic Technology Program is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).  The JRCERT is located at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182 and can be contacted at 312-704-5300 or www.jrcert.org.  This data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate.  The explanation of these measures and program data that corresponds with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT are indicated below.  This information can be obtained at www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data

The radiography program's 2012 annual report to the JRCERT reflected the following:

Completion Rate: January 1 - December 31, 2012
This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that completed the program.  The program's completion rate for 2012 was 75%.  18 of the 24 students expected to complete the program in 2012 went on to complete it that year. 

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate: 2008 - 2012
This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program.  The figure reflects an average over a five year timeframe.  The program's credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2008 through 2012 is 96.9%.  Eighty-six of the ninety-two graduates taking the ARRT certification examination within six months of graduation passed on the first attempt.

Job Placement Rate: 2008 - 2012

This is the number of students who had become employed in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment.  The figure reflects an average over a five year timeframe.  The program's job placement rate as an average from the years 2008 through 2012 is 78%.  Fifty-four of the sixty-seven graduates who replied to the survey obtained employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation. 

 

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