2015 ADMISSION PACKAGE
(FOR SESSIONS BEGINNING IN JANUARY, 2016)
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Accreditation: The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Certification: The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) www.arrt.org
Licensure: New York State Department of Health Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection Radiologic Technology www.health.state.ny.us
The Bellevue Hospital Center School of Radiologic Technology (BHCSRT) offers a 24-month (six trimesters) certificate program in Radiologic Technology. The program does not grant a degree. All academic, laboratory, and clinical instruction is held on the Bellevue Hospital campus. Graduates are eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification and New York State Licensure. Bellevue Hospital Center (BHC) is located at 1st Avenue and 27th Street and is easily accessible by public transportation via the 1st and 2nd Avenue buses, the 23rd and 34th Street cross-town buses, and the No. 6 IRT subway (28th Street station). BHC is one block west of the FDR Drive. (Note: Bellevue has no provision for student parking.)
The school is registered with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program involves approximately 950 contact hours of classroom work, 1,770 hours of clinical training, and 288 hours of workshops and independent study. School hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. All courses are required and must be taken sequentially. Successful completion of all academic courses and clinical competencies is required for graduation.
The mission of Bellevue Hospital Center School of Radiologic Technology is to promote, educate and train students in the medical imaging profession.
Through an effective teaching and learning environment, graduates of the school will be able to support other health care professionals, serve the health care community, and provide quality patient care.
1. The program will graduate competent entry-level radiographers.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to perform entry-level positioning skills.
- Students will demonstrate safe radiation protection procedures.
- Students will demonstrate patient care assessment and vital sign competency.
2. The program will provide an education that promotes effective communication skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate effective writing and speaking skills with peers.
- Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and other health care professionals.
- Students will demonstrate data entry and acquisition skills.
- Students will demonstrate effective non-verbal communication.
3. The program will provide an education that promotes effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students critique their radiographs and others (via PACs) and identify the requirements of a diagnostically acceptable radiograph and list solutions for images that are suboptimal.
- Students will correctly make changes to exposure factors to compensate for various body parts, sizes, and pathologies.
- Students will perform non-routine radiographic procedures on a variety of patients.
4. Graduates will demonstrate responsible behavior and professional development.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate responsible behavior and understand the importance of professional and ethical policies.
Students will understand the value of life-long learning, professional membership, and interview preparation.
Students will have voluntarily joined national and/or state professional (societal) organizations.
Graduates will demonstrate professional growth after graduation.
5. The program will graduate a sufficient number of certified entry-level radiographers to meet the needs of the health care community.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will complete the program.
- Students will pass the credentialing exam.
- Students seeking employment in the field will find jobs after graduating.
- Graduates will indicate that they were adequately prepared as entry-level radiographers.
- Employers will indicate that graduates are adequately prepared as entry-level radiographers.
Program Effectiveness Data:
Note: Annual program Completion Rate for 2014 was 85% (13 initial enrollees, 11 graduates) and will be formally reported with the remaining Program Effectiveness Data for 2014.
Note: Credentialing Exam statistics for the November graduates (Class of 2014) will be posted when available from the ARRT.
Note: Employment statistics for the November graduates (Class of 2014) have yet to be determined and will be based on “Number of graduates seeking employment and working within 12 months of graduation”.
Program effectiveness data may also be viewed on the website of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology at jrcert.org.
The school is sponsored by Bellevue Hospital Center. The full-time faculty members hold valid ARRT Registrations and NYS Licenses and possess a minimum of a master’s degree. Adjunct lecturers are drawn from BHC Department of Radiology and New York University School of Medicine as needed. Bellevue Hospital Center is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and is a member of and governed by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).
Bellevue Hospital Center serves the health care needs of a diverse community and provides an opportunity for each student to develop empathic and culturally sensitive patient care skills. Clinical rotations include Main Radiology, Ambulatory Care Clinics, Mobile Radiography, Emergency Services, Interventional Procedures, Operating Room, Pediatrics, Bone Densitometry, Computed Tomography, and electives in Mammography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Bellevue Hospital Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center, Designated Head and Spinal Cord Injury Center, and offers services in microsurgical re-implantation.
Students are supervised in their training by licensed staff radiographers and gain practical experience by performing a wide variety of radiological procedures.
Students have access to positioning and computer laboratories; x-ray phantoms; and skeletal, skull and body part models plus audio visual aids.
A new class will begin on January 11, 2016. The calendar year is divided into 3 trimesters; spring, summer, and fall. The summer trimester is devoted primarily to clinical training. The trimesters commence in January, May, and September. School holidays include New Year’s Day, Dr. King’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The annual vacation schedule includes a winter and spring recess (one week each) and a two week summer recess.
Due to the ARRT associate degree requirement for certification, all applicants applying to the school must possess a minimum of an associate degree (or higher) from a college or university recognized by 1 of the 6 Regional Accrediting Agencies in the United States (see information sheet for further details). Before applying to the program, the applicant is responsible for confirming that his/her college is accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies. Foreign transcripts (whether officially evaluated by a recognized translation service or not) are unacceptable, regardless of the applicant’s level of education. Having a science and/or health care background, while not a prerequisite, is considered beneficial. All applicants must submit official copies of their transcripts from college(s) and technical school (if applicable), a personal essay, and references. All submitted documentation remains the property of the school.
Acceptance into the program is based upon:
A minimum score in each category of the admissions exam; qualifications of the applicant with regard to scholastic aptitude and maturity; life experiences, level of interest in Radiologic Technology as a career choice; a successful interview with members of the Admissions Committee; and required clearances. Medical clearances, including drug screening, and background investigations, including criminal record, are conducted on all applicants who are provisionally accepted. In addition, an applicant must be able to perform the essential job skills necessary for the profession, which include:
1. psychomotor skills utilized in (a) moving, lifting and positioning patients in beds, wheelchairs and stretchers and onto the examination table and (b) manipulation and movement of imaging equipment, including mobile radiography units;
2. visual, aural and oral skills necessary for patient observation, assessment, equipment operation, and communication;
3. standing for an extended period of time and capable of working and assisting in a sterile environment;
4. assessment and monitoring of all patients, especially the very young, elderly, critically ill, and traumatized;
5. assessment and recording of patient vital signs, and venipuncture competencies; and
6. performance of single and dual person CPR.
Program recruitment and admission practices are non-discriminatory with regard to race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status. Pregnancy is not a barrier either to admission or continuance in the program.
A $75 non-refundable fee is required to cover the cost of processing the applicant’s file and proctoring/scoring of the admissions examination.
Transfer Students/Advanced Placement:
Applicants from other accredited radiography programs (hospital or college) will be considered for admission providing the applicant submits a letter stating the reason for the transfer and presents all official academic and clinical transcripts and certified proof of the completed number of academic and clinical hours. The transfer student must also submit documentation required of all applicants.
Since the program is cohort-based and radiography programs (hospital or college) generally don’t offer identical sequencing of courses or clinical training, a transfer student, who is accepted, will either transfer in at the beginning of the first or second year. Acceptance and status assigned will be dependent upon the submitted documentation. In addition, a transfer student may be required to take the admissions exam and possibly a first year assessment exam to further determine his or her acceptance into the program and, if applicable, advanced placement status.
To remain in good academic standing, a student must achieve a minimum didactic course grade of 75%; a minimum laboratory and clinical competency grade of 80%.
96-100% A Excellent understanding of material
90-95% A- Very good understanding of material
85-89% B+ Good understanding of material
80-84% B Above avg. understanding of material
75-79% C Average understanding of material
Below 75% F Failure to grasp material
Graduates must successfully demonstrate the didactic and clinical competency requirements specified by the ARRT and JRCERT which include, but are not limited to, knowledge of radiological procedures, competency in general patient care activities, and exhibit professional and ethical behavior. Each course instructor determines the grading policy and the weight given to examinations and assignments.
Tuition is $2500 per trimester ($7500/yr) and is due on the first day of each trimester (Jan, May, and Sept). Upon acceptance into the program, a non-refundable seat deposit of $500 is required. The balance of the first trimester’s tuition, $2000, is due the first day of school. Should a student withdraw voluntarily within two weeks of the beginning of a trimester, tuition will be fully refunded for that trimester (except for the non-refundable seat deposit). Should a student withdraw voluntarily within two to four weeks of the beginning of a trimester, half of the tuition will be refunded. Following four weeks of the trimester, no tuition refund will be issued. (Note: tuition, deposits, and fees are subject to change without prior notice.) Students are responsible for the cost of the required text books/e-books, uniforms and supplies. Although the program does not provide health insurance, eligible students may apply for the health care plans administered by the hospital.
Bellevue Hospital Center School of Radiologic Technology participates in New York State Higher Education Service Corporation Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Program including the new GI Bill, New York State Adult Career Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR). If at the end of two years there is a tuition overpayment due to receipt of financial aid, the student or payee will receive a refund.
The School of Radiologic Technology subscribes completely to the Higher Education Act as Amended in 1992 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
The rights and responsibilities of both student and program are outlined in the following publications and are available for inspection in the school office upon request: Program Handbook, Course Outlines, Course Performance Objectives, and JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences. (Note: policies and procedures are subject to change without prior notice.)
The School of Radiologic Technology offers a program of clinical training and education designed to prepare the student for a career as a radiographer. The program completion rate for those students who entered in 2009 and graduated in 2013 was 91%. Of the latest data collected over the past five years (2009-2013), the ARRT certification rate for first-time test takers is 99% and the job placement rate within 1 year of graduation was 85%.
While the school does not provide job placement, classes are conducted in resume writing, job search, and interview preparation. Radiographers are employed in hospitals, urgent care centers, imaging centers, doctors’ offices, HMO’s and the military. Once a graduate is certified by the ARRT, he/she is eligible to apply for New York State licensure and is also eligible to be employed in most states. ARRT certification is time-limited to 10 years. Continuing education (CE) is required for both renewal of the ARRT Registration and NYS License.
The Joint Review Committee on
Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Tel. (312) 704-5300
Web Site: www.jrcert.org
The American Registry of
Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
Tel. (651) 687-0048
Web Site: www.arrt.org
* Candidates with a criminal conviction need to contact the ARRT to request a pre-application review to determine eligibility for ARRT certification.
New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection
547 River Street, Room 530
Troy, NY 12180-2216
Tel. (518) 402-7580
Web Site: www.health.state.ny.us
* Candidates with a criminal conviction need to contact the NYS Dept. of Health to determine eligibility for state licensure.