The 2016 McNeese radiologic sciences graduates had a 100 percent passage rate on their first attempt on the national certification examination in radiography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.
“Since the radiologic sciences program’s inception in 1978, McNeese students have held a 99.8 percent first-time passage rate on the national certification exam,” says
Greg Bradley, director of the radiologic sciences program and head of the new Department of Radiologic and Medical Laboratory Science. “All of our students find jobs before they graduate or within six months of graduation.”
McNeese’s Bachelor of Science degree in radiologic sciences is one of only four baccalaureate degree programs offered in Louisiana, and according to Bradley, the radiologic sciences curriculum is designed to prepare students for the health care profession as competent radiographers – those who perform diagnostic imagining exams such as X-rays, CTs, mammograms, vascular studies, cardiac catheterizations or MRIs on patients.
Current U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that employment for graduates in radiologic sciences is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The 2016 median pay is almost $59,000.
Bradley agrees with the U.S. Bureau’s statement that “as the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool for making diagnoses.”
The McNeese radiologic sciences and medical laboratory science programs - both nationally accredited - recently moved under the College of Nursing and Health Professions from the College of Science and merged to create the new department.
“The move was to house the majority of health care providing programs under one college,” explains Bradley. “The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions now offers undergraduate programs in nursing, health systems management, medical laboratory science and radiologic sciences, as well as graduate programs in nursing.”
He adds that the radiologic and medical laboratory science department - which is currently in Frasch Hall - will relocate to Hardtner Hall, which houses the College of Nursing and Health Professions, in the near future.
When McNeese’s Student Central - a convenient, one-stop location for prospective students - opens in Chozen Hall this fall, several offices and departments will move into that location, freeing up space for other departments and offices in buildings around campus.
Bradley says his department will not physically relocate until the Department of Mass Communication is able to move to Kaufman Hall. “However, we have installed a new state-of-the-art digital radiography system in Hardtner Hall, which is now functional in preparation of the department’s eventual move to Hardtner.”
Fall registration at McNeese is currently underway through Aug. 14, with fall classes beginning Aug. 21. For more information about the radiologic sciences program, contact the McNeese Department of Radiologic and Medical Laboratory Science, at 337-475-5653.