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, said Greg Bradley, radiologic sciences program director.
According to Bradley, the field of medical imaging has changed drastically over the last five years with digital and 3D medical imaging, and this year, the national certification examination changed its content specifications to include more of the new technological advances in the profession.
“In addition to the new technology, the exam also changed to radiation measurements in the International System of Units only. With two major changes to the content on the examination, it typically means a decrease in the number of individuals who are successful in passing it. This is a major accomplishment for our graduates as there were little-to-no commercial reviews to assist them in preparing for the national certification examination this year,” explained Bradley.
“I am so proud of the radiologic sciences faculty and students for moving forward and advancing with the profession and accepting the challenge to research and find current information that is not even published in textbooks yet in preparing for this examination,” he continued. “This 100 percent passage rate is a demonstration of the academic quality that exists within our program.”
To be eligible to take the ARRT exam, students must first complete an accredited program. McNeese’s radiologic sciences program currently holds the maximum accreditation award available by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, which is eight years.