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Radiologic Technology Terminal Objectives & Evaluation

A radiographer is a skilled person qualified by technological education to provide patient care services using various imaging modalities, as directed by physicians qualified to order and/or perform radiologic procedures. Many objectives must be met in order to become a competent radiographer.

Terminal Objectives

To meet program goals, the graduate will be able to: 

  • apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic techniques to competently demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph or other imaging receptor;
  • determine exposure factors to achieve optimum radiographic technique with minimum radiation exposure to the patient;
  • exercise problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and judgment in the performance of medical imaging procedures;
  • provide patient care essential to radiographic procedures, recognizing emergency patient conditions and, if necessary, initiating lifesaving first aid;
  • communicate and interact therapeutically with patient populations that are increasingly diverse and experiencing generational, cultural and ethnic shifts;
  • administer ionizing radiation to produce diagnostic images with prudent judgment;
  • apply knowledge of principles of radiation hygiene for the patient, self and others;
  • demonstrate expected ethical and professional behavior within the profession's scope of practice;
  • examine images for the purpose of evaluating technique, positioning, and other pertinent technical qualities;
  • utilize physical strengths and capabilities by assisting and lifting patients onto and from radiographic tables, by carrying various accessory equipment, and by manipulating radiographic equipment;
  • competently perform a wide range of radiologic procedures on children and adults and other clients of diverse populations;
  • successfully complete the National Certification Examination;
  • collaborate with others in the medical community to promote standards of excellence in the imaging sciences area;
  • participate in quality assurance activities;
  • participate in professional and/or continuing education activities;
  • demonstrate an understanding of advanced imaging modalities, and use the general education course requirements to promote lifelong personal and professional growth;
  • promote a positive learning environment for the education and clinical skills development of radiography students;
  • exercise security and confidentiality with all patient medical information;
  • use appropriate skills in researching, retrieving and discriminating between all sources of medical information using modern technologies.

Program Evaluation

Throughout the course of the program, the students participate in evaluating the Radiologic Technology courses and faculty in the curriculum. At the end of each year the students will participate in evaluating the program as a whole to include the clinical facilities. Upon graduation, the graduates will be mailed a questionnaire for self-evaluation of the program's effectiveness. It is very important for the alumni to be a part of this follow-up process and they will be encouraged to participate in it. The prospective employers in the area hospitals, offices, clinics, and other institutions will also be asked to complete a survey to measure the quality of performance of the entry-level radiographers graduating from the program. The program utilizes an overall master plan of evaluation to determine to what degree it meets its mission, goals, and objectives.