The College of Coastal Georgia is proud to announce that its Spring 2021 radiologic science graduates achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt of the national certification exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
ARRT is a national organization that sets high standards for radiologic technologists by creating examination procedures, ethical standards, and continuing education requirements. The exam is very rigorous and being certified and registered with the ARRT demonstrates to employers that an individual meets professional standards and is qualified. The certification allows graduates to work as radiologic technologists throughout the United States.
The College’s Associate of Science in Radiologic Science degree program is an entry-level, two-year program that provides students with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to become a member of the healthcare team. Students are immersed in an environment with state-of-the-art technology to learn imaging techniques. Utilizing ionizing radiation, students learn how to produce diagnostic images used for the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury. The program boasts a five-year job placement rate of 100 percent, and a five-year certification pass rate of over 95 percent. The fifteen-student cohort all graduated from the program and went on to pass the exam in May and June, certifying them as radiologic technologists.
Radiologic Science Program Director Eliot Lee, MHA, R.T., said that program faculty were beyond excited to learn of the 100 percent pass rate.
“This was a huge accomplishment by program students that was clearly tied to their perseverance and dedication for the profession, despite huge obstacles,” Lee said.
Many students already face the challenges of balancing college with work, family life, or personal issues. Despite the added pressure of the pandemic, radiologic science students at the College were able to adapt to the changes in classroom instruction and still reached their goal of earning a degree and become certified soon after.
Lee said he hopes that this achievement demonstrates that to be a radiologic technologist it requires a special balance of technical knowledge supplemented with superior patient skills. Those skills involve knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, excellent communication, and critical thinking.
“Our goal in getting students prepared to sit for this exam is to provide educational opportunities that will allow them to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to succeed as a registered radiologic technologist,” Lee said.
Radiologic science students are continually assessed throughout the program to ensure mastery of major content areas and participate in clinical rotations for hands-on experience.
The graduates who achieved a 100% pass rate on the exam are:
To learn more about radiologic science at the College, visit https://www.ccga.edu/academics/nursing/radiologicsciences