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SCHOOL OF RADIOGRAPHY

School of Radiography at BRMC

Jeanne Burritt - Program Director

116 Interstate Parkway
Bradford, PA 16701

Phone: 814-362-8292
jburritt@brmc.com

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The School of Radiography, part of the Imaging Services Department at Bradford Regional Medical Center, is a full time 24-month program that provides didactic and clinical instruction to each enrolled student. The school is currently affiliated with both the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Jamestown Community College. More than 800 hours of a student’s time is spent in the classroom, and an additional 2,300 hours of clinical education is provided through the program. Students attending the program are required to rotate through are clinical affiliate sites including Kane Community Hospital in Kane PA, Warren General Hospital in Warren PA, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport PA and Elk Regional Health Center in St. Mary’s PA as well as the Olean General Hospital and the Olean Medical Group in Olean NY.

The didactic portion of the program is provided at the BRMC campus.  The classroom is located adjacent to the Radiology Department on the second floor of the main building of the hospital. Currently the School accepts 11 students per year into the program. Because of its small class size and faculty / staff, student ratio, our program provides individual attention with an emphasis on clinical experience. The program is separated into two, one-year phases with each year divided into semesters.

The first year is heavily weighted on the didactic side with classroom work three times a week and clinical experience twice a week. In this phase the student will be introduced to the science of Radiologic Technology and the different components to creating an acceptable x-ray.

The second year consists of three days of clinical and two days of classroom work. In this phase emphasis is placed on clinical competency and preparation for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology exam.

New classes start the third week in August of each year. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate of completion and is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam.

Opportunities for advancement are excellent following the required 2-year basic education. The graduate Radiographer can further his / her career through continuing education and experience. Areas of specialization include: Nuclear Medicine, Special Procedures, Ultrasonography, Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radiation Therapy and Mammography.

The School of Radiography at Bradford Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery education programs in radiology, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance andmedical dosimetry. The program has a full 8 year accreditation with the next review date in  October of 2014.  Effectiveness data for the program will be available on the JRCERT and BRMC websites.

Contact information for the 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

Philosophy

The School of Radiography at Bradford Regional Medical Center provides students with the educational elements needed to succeed as Radiologic Technologists. Student radiographer development is closely monitored to ensure the highest standard of professionalism and competence as students interact with patients, families and healthcare staff members.

Through collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and regional healthcare providers, graduates will be afforded opportunities for professional growth and development and employment in organizations that provide their communities quality medical care.

Mission

It is the mission of the School of Radiography at Bradford Regional Medical Center to provide students with the skills necessary to become successful entry-level technologists demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism and clinical competence in serving their patients, community, and profession as valuable members of the healthcare team.

Program Goals

 Goal #1: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will communicate effectively with patients.
  • Students will practice written communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

 Goal #2:  Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

 

   Student Learning Outcomes:
  • The student will adapt exam to patient’s age and condition.
  • The student will evaluate images.

Goal #3:  Students will demonstrate professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:
  • The student demonstrates professional behavior.
  • Students will demonstrate ethical decision making.
  • Students will complete Baccalaureate degrees.

Goal #4: Students will be clinically competent.

      Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will apply positioning skills.
  • Students will select appropriate technical factors.
  • Students will engage in accepted radiation practices.

Goal #5: Program Effectiveness Measures

Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography (ARRT) exam) pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within six months of graduation.

 

Year

% Passing on 1st Attempt

Number of Students

2009

100%

8 of 8 students passed on 1st attempt.

2010

100%

10 of 10 students passed on 1st attempt.

2011

100%

9 of 9 students passed on 1st attempt.

2012

100%

7 of 7 students passed on 1st attempt.

2013

100%

10 of 10 students passed on 1st attempt.

5 year average

100%

 

 

Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within twelve months of graduation.

Year

Percent Job Placement

Number of Students

 2009

100%

6 out of 8 students employed.

2 continued schooling; not actively seeking.

 2010

 100%

7 out of 10 students employed.

3 not actively seeking.

2011

100%

3 out of 9 students employed

Remaining 6 continued schooling; not actively seeking.

2012

100%

6 out of 7 students employed.

1 continued schooling; not actively seeking.

 2013

100%

8 out of 10 students employeed. 1 continued schooling, not actively seeking. 1 not willing to relocate at this time.

5 Year Average

100%

 

 

Program Completion Rate: 75% of the students who start the program finish it and are eligible to sit for the ARRT exam.

 

Year

% Completion

Number of Students

2009

   

80%

8 out of 10 graduated.

2 withdrew voluntarily.

2010

          

100%

10 out of 10 graduated.

2011

100%

9 out of 9 graduated.

2012

 

77.7%

7 out of 9 graduated.

1 withdrew voluntarily;

1 dismissed for academic failure.

2013

 83.3%

10 out of 12 graduated.

1 withdrew voluntarily;

1 was dismissed for academic failure.

5 Year Average

88%

 

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

Bradford Regional Medical Center is a voluntary, non-profit community hospital that is committed to providing excellent care in response to the health care needs of the community. The hospital firmly supports a strict policy of non-discrimination. Applicants to the School of Radiography will be reviewed and accepted regardless of race, creed, age, color, sex, national origin, sexual preference or handicap.

Education 

Academic Prerequisites for Admission

Prerequisites required for an applicant to be considered for admission into the program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed 15 credit hours of college level generaleducation. The following list of courses will be accepted:
  • Mathematical/logical reasoning - *3 credit hours are Mandatory in this subject* – algebra, problem solving, statistics, or pre-calculus
  • Written/Oral communications - *3 credit hours are Mandatory in this subject* – English composition, writing about literature, or creative writing
  • Information systems – computer sciences
  • Social/behavioral sciences – psychology, life span development, sociology
  • Natural Sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Health Science and Personal Health & Safety.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the following prerequisite courses in either their high school education or in post-secondary education:
  • Two (2) English courses – English Composition as one of the courses is highly recommended.
  • Two (2) Science courses that are to include any combination of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Health Science and Personal Health & Safety. *general science & earth science courses are not accepted *
  • Two (2) Math courses - approved courses include advanced math or college algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus and statistics * basic math will not be accepted as a minimum requirement.
  • Minimum SAT score of 960 (or ACT equivalent)

In each of the above-mentioned courses, the applicant must have received a final grade of 75% or better for that course to be accepted as a minimum requirement.

·         In addition, once accepted and then upon completion of the program, all candidates taking the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist must posses at a minimum an Associates Degree. *Please see college affiliations*

Technical Prerequisites

An applicant must possess the following in order to accomplish the essential requirements of the program.

  • Sufficient eyesight, either naturally or through correction, to observe and assess patients, manipulates equipment, and evaluates radiographic quality.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills to instruct patients and communicate with other health care providers.
  • Respond promptly to emergency situations.
  • Sufficient strength to manipulate radiographic equipment and ensure safe transfer of patients.
  • The ability to tolerate demanding physical work loads and adapt to various work environments (e.g. surgery, emergency room, intensive care, etc.) The candidate must be able to lift a minimum of thirty (30) pounds and possess the ability to support up to seventy-five (75) pounds.
  • The need to function effectively under a great amount of stress.
  • Be able to stand and move around for long periods of time.
  • Possess good verbal and non-verbal skills of communication

Physics, chemistry and biology are helpful in preparing for a career in radiologic technology. Since enrollment is limited, preference is usually given to applicants with superior academic backgrounds. Candidates are required to spend at least one half day in our program environment. To be considered for an admission interview, a completed application (with two letters of personal reference), high school and college transcripts, completion of the site visit and a non-refundable payment of $25.00 (make checks payable to School of Radiography at Bradford Regional Medical Center) for processing the application must be received by February 1st. Selected applicants will then be scheduled for an interview with the Admission Committee for prospective placement in our school.

College Affiliations

An articulation agreement has been completed with The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiological Technology utilizing a 2 + 2 approach where the student is required to do two years at the University of Pittsburgh and then two years with The School of Radiography.  Students will be awarded 50 credits toward their degree upon completion of the coursework at The School of Radiography.  For those interested in pursuing the Bachelor’s degree option through the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, accreditation information is available through the University’s published materials. Click Here for more information on the 2 + 2 Program

An articulation agreement is also in place with Jamestown Community College in Olean, New York for an Associate Degree in Applied Science which can be completed with an additional one (1) year of study prior to attending The School of Radiography. JCC will award 30 credits toward their degree upon completion of the coursework at The School of Radiography.       

Student Capacity

The School of Radiography at BRMC has the capacity to accept eleven (11) new students per program year. During the selection process, eleven (11) primary applicants will be accepted and three (3) alternates. Alternates will be chosen in the event that a primary applicant declines their position. The alternates will be called in order of their ranking should any positions become available.

Application

Applications are available by contacting the Program Director of the School of Radiologic Technology at BRMC at 814-362-8292 or attached below. The application form should be completed and returned to the school no later than February 1 of the expected entry date year.

In order for an application to be processed, the following items must be submitted in one package:

  •  Completed application
  • $25 application fee – Check or money order should be made out to The School of Radiography at BRMC.
  • Official copies of transcripts from all high school and colleges attended.
  •  Copy of GED if applicable
  • 2 letters of recommendation; (preferably not from a relative).
  • A site visit must be completed before February 1 of that application yearPlease call the program director to make an appointment.

 

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all required information is promptly sent to the school for evaluation. Any file with incomplete records will not be considered for admission.

PLEASE NOTE: The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.)  has reserved the right to refuse registration/ licensure to those individuals who have been convicted of certain felonies and other offenses. If you have been convicted, you must contact the A.R.R.T. for further instructions or the Program Director. To contact:

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
(651) 687-0048
www.arrt.org

Personal Interview

Invitations for a personal interview will be extended to applicants who have completed all applications procedures and who comply with the admission requirements of the School. The Admissions committee takes an applicant’s total qualifications into consideration without regard to race, age, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, color, creed or handicap.

Those applicants who are not issued an invitation for an interview will receive a letter of non-acceptance so that the individual can proceed with his / her future plans without delay.

The interview process is designed to allow applicants to present themselves to the committee, answer and ask questions regarding the program and the department.

When an applicant receives a notice for an interview, he/ she should immediately contact the School if the scheduled time is not convenient so that the appointment can be rescheduled. Interviews are held during the month of March.

Notification of Student Acceptance

Accepted students are notified promptly in writing. The applicant is required to notify the school in writing of their decision to accept or decline the position within two (2) weeks. Those who accept must submit a $200.00 deposit to hold a training position. This is non-refundable and will be applied to the cost of the first year’s tuition. Checks should be make payable to The School of Radiography at BRMC and sent to:

Jeanne Burritt - Program Director
School of Radiology at BRMC
116 Interstate Parkway
Bradford PA 16701

Failure to comply with this procedure will indicate that the applicant has decided to withdraw his / her application.

Faculty

Faculty members at the School of Radiography at Bradford Regional Medical Center include the Program Director, Medical Advisor, Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Instructors and several registered technologists. All instructors exceed the minimum standard set for instruction in radiologic technology.

Program Director
Jeanne Burritt, MHA RT (R) (CT) (M) (QM)

Clinical Coordinator

Laura Trubic, BS RT (R) (CT)

Clinical Instructors
Ashley Rovidar, BS RT (R)

Sabrina Goode, BS RT (R) (M)

Kyle Schulze, BS RT (R)

Medical Advisor
Mark Welch, MD

Director of Imaging
Tim Brown MBA RT (R)

Assistant Supervisor
Tina George, AS, RT(R)

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is the policy making committee of the School of Radiography at Bradford Regional Medical Center.  It meets on a regular basis to discuss changes in policies, procedures and school curriculum. It consists of the Program Director, Clinical Coordinator, administrative members of Bradford Regional Medical Center and other community members with expertise in the educational and technological fields.

The Assessment Team

The Assessment Team is comprised of the Clinical Instructors from all seven clinical affiliates, the Program Director, and the Clinical Coordinator from BRMC. Student representation during the meetings is encouraged. The Assessment Team meets on a regular basis to discuss students performance and learning in the clinical environment. The Assessment Plan and Student Learning Outcomes are reviewed annually to ensure that student goals and progression are on track.

Testing and Policies

All didactic testing at the School of Radiography is graded in numerical format. To pass, students must reach 75 percent. Each student is responsible for all prescribed didactic, clinical and administrative requirements before graduation.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is due at the start of a student’s freshman and senior years. A total of 75 percent of tuition will be refunded to a terminating student during the first month of the academic year, while 50 percent of tuition is refunded to a terminating student during the second month of the academic year. After the second month, tuition refunds will not be issued.

 

During the 24 month program, students are required to furnish all books and writing materials necessary for each course. The student is also required to wear a uniform, along with white shoes, while in the didactic and/or clinical setting. Uniform purchase is the student’s responsibility, but the school will provide the ordering information.

 

Current cost of tuition: $6,500

Current cost of books: $910

Computer Technology Fee: $200

Background check costs: $85

                                                             

Financial Aid

 

Currently the school does not participate in student federal financial aid or grants.  The school is an approved setting through the Department of Veterans Affairs for GI Bill beneficiaries.   The school is also recognized as an approved training program through the Department of Labor and Industry for the Bureau of Workforce Development Administration for the states of Pennsylvania and New York.  For more information about financial assistance, please contact the school at 814.362.8292.

 

Curriculum Plan

The aim of the curriculum is to provide a correlated sequence of systematic instruction and clinical experience in the Science of Radiologic Technology. The program is based on two years of study with a maximum of forty (40) hours of combined clinical and academic instruction per week.

For a student to progress through the program and graduate he / she must maintain a 75% average or above in each individual course. Evaluation will consist of, written and practical examinations and observation.

Program Outline

 

Freshman Year

 

First Semester

  • Intro to Radiologic Technology and Medical Ethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Elementary Radiation Protection
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Patient Care and Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Radiographic Procedures I
  • Radiographic Image Evaluation I
  • Clinical Experience

Second Semester

  • Radiographic Procedures II
  • Radiation Protection II
  • Radiographic Film Processing
  • Radiographic Pathology
  • Radiographic Exposures
  • Clinical Experience

Summer of First Year

  • Clinical Experience

Senior Year

Fourth Semester

  • Radiographic Procedures III
  • Special Equipment and Maintenance
  • Radiographic Image Evaluation II
  • CT Instrumentation and Physics
  • Senior Project Planning Sessions
  • Clinical Experience

Fifth Semester

  • Radiation Biology
  • CT Anatomy and Physiology
  • Radiographic Image Evaluation III, IV
  • Department Administrative Technique
  • Clinical Experience

Sixth Semester

  • General Review and Program Final Exam
  • Clinical Experience

Click here for  Course Descriptions  

Graduation Requirements

A student who successfully completes the following requirements of the school will (1) qualify for graduation and (2) be permitted to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Examination for national certification and state licensing.

The student must meet all established guidelines for graduation which include:

  • The student must receive at least a 75% average for all courses including the General Review scheduled in the summer of the 2nd year.
  • The student must receive at least 75% on all final examination.
  • The student must receive at least 75% on the twelve (12) month examination.
  • The student must receive at least 75% on the twenty-four (24) month examination.
  • The student must fulfill all clinical competency requirements.
  • The student must meet established standards in the performance of terminal competencies.
  • The student must not have any outstanding fees or materials owed to the Bradford Regional Medical Center or the School of Radiography.
  • The student must fulfill all attendance requirements.
  • The student must fulfill all clerical and administrative responsibilities.
  • If a student has been absent in excess of the personal and vacation time allotted, they must make up the time owed.  See Policy #7200.1615 Student Absences for actions taken.

Medical Insurance

The School of Radiography at BRMC strongly encourages all students to assume responsibility for and maintain medical insurance coverage. The student through the duration of the hospital program should carry some form of hospital/medical insurance. The medical services of the hospital are available to each student, however financial responsibility rests with each student or their insurance company. It is understood that BRMC will be held harmless for any injury, disability, and/or liability that may result from the student's participation within the hospitals/clinical settings.

Pre-Entry Physical Examination and Immunizations

All incoming students are required by the Program and BRMC to have pre-entry physical examinations prior to starting the program. BRMC will provide physicals through the Occupational Health Department. 

The examination includes general health assessment information, proof of vaccinations and a Tuberculosis Skin test. Direct questions or to schedule an appointment call the BRMC Occupational Health Office at 814-368-2000.

Drug Testing

It is the School’s policy that all incoming students must successfully pass a drug screening prior to starting the program. The test is free of charge to the student.

**Acceptance into the program is contingent upon the student's passing a health examination and drug test.

Student Handbook

Each student will receive an updated copy of the Student Handbook during the first week of classes. This resource includes an in depth description of student policies, grading criteria, dismissal policies, and other procedures and information pertinent to the program.

Click Here to download the Student Handbook.

Student Clinical Plan

Each student will receive an updated copy of the Student Clinical Plan and Competency book during the first week of classes. This resource includes an in depth description of the clinical expectation for the program, grading criteria, and other procedures and information pertinent to the program.

Click Here to download the Clinical Plan.

College Articulations               

Degree Articulation Agreement with Jamestown Community College (JCC) for an Associate in Individual Studies

The School of Radiography at BRMC has an arrangement with Jamestown Community College whereby a student may take a course at JCC and be eligible for an Associate in Individual Studies Degree (A.A.S) after completing the 4th semester of the program. This will be accomplished, in part, by the granting of 30 college credits for the technical supporting core and 30 credits through a general education core acquired at the community college.

Candidates for the A.A.S. Degree must earn at least 30 credit hours in course work from the liberal arts and sciences and meet the following distribution requirements.

Humanities

Credit Hours

ENG 1530: College Composition

3

English Elective

3

Social Sciences

 

Students must complete at least two courses in the social sciences recommended courses are:
PSY 1510: General Psychology I
PHY 1520: General Psychology II
PSY 2510: Life Span Development
SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology

6

Mathematics/Sciences Electives

(also includes some computer science courses-see JCC college catalog for details)
Successful completion of a credit-bearing college mathematics course is a requirement for graduation.

6

Electives

Credit Hours

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives

2

Liberal Arts and Sciences and/or Career Electives

40

 

During the programs Semester 5, JCC will grant students 30 credits toward the A.A.S. degree. This will allow the student to apply for JCC’s May graduation and receive their degree prior to Radiology School graduation in August.

Degree Articulation Agreement with The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (UPB) for a Bachelors of Science in Radiological Science.
 

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