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School of radiography

The Mercyhealth School of Radiography is a two-year, full-time program. Accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the program was awarded the longest accreditation status that is given due to the outstanding performance and education that it offers. Up to eight students are accepted annually.

Mission statement

Javon Bea Hospital School of Radiography is dedicated to meeting the needs of students and the community it serves. By providing an education for individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, our program will enable students to acquire a high level of skill and professionalism that is necessary to become effective Registered Radiologic Technologists.

Program goals

1. Students will be clinically competent.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate positioning skills.
  • Students will choose appropriate technical factors.
  • Students will employ radiation protection for the patient, themselves and others.

2. Students will effectively communicate with patients and health care workers.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will instruct patients correctly using oral communication.
  • Students will interpret and relay requisition information in PACS using written communication.

3. Students will display professional judgment and values.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will ensure patient privacy and modesty.
  • Students will participate in the community.
  • Students will be aware of the value of lifelong learning.

4. Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will modify routine procedures for non-routine patients.
  • Students will critique images to determine if corrective action is required.
  • Under direct supervision, the student will apply corrective action(s) to necessary images.

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Admission Standards and Requirements

Individuals are considered for admission based on established admission standards. Applications are evaluated on the same, non-discriminatory basis regardless of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, marital status or handicap.

  1. Applicants must obtain an Associate Degree from an accredited institution
  2. Applicants must complete all pre-requisite classes before beginning the program (listed below)
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in pre-requisite courses is required
  4. Applicants should review ARRT eligibility by viewing the Rules of Ethics located on their website: arrt.org Applicants who have a felony or misdemeanor, or have pleaded, “no lo contender” to specific charges, may want to review the ARRT policy to determine if a pre-application is warranted prior to the start of the program.

Pre-Requisite Courses

The following courses can be taken at Rock Valley College (or a
similarly accredited college that offers courses that answer the
same course description as those listed below). Click here for a list
of ARRT approved accreditation Mechanisms.

Applicants can apply to the Javon Bea Hospital School of
Radiography before these courses are complete, provided they
are completed with a ‘C’ or better, and grades are submitted to
us before May 25 (prior to the program start date). College Level
Examination Program Courses courses are accepted.

  • Biology 185 – Human Anatomy and Physiology (or Biology 281
    and 282)
  • Computers 102 – Introduction to Computers and Information
    Systems
  • English 101 – Composition
  • Health Sciences 110 – Medical Terminology
  • Math (level 100 or higher)
  • Psychology 170 – General Psychology

Accreditation status

Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital School of Radiography is a two-year, full-time program accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Our program was awarded the longest accreditation available for the outstanding performance and education we offer. The 8-year accreditation status was awarded in 2019.

Program effectiveness data

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Rate

Number passed on first attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation

Year

Results

Year 1 – 2017

8 of 8 - 100%

Year 2 ­– 2018

7 of 7 - 100%

Year 3 ­– 2019

5 of 5 - 100%

Year 4 ­– 2020

6 of 8 - 75%

Year 5 ­– 2021

6 of 6 - 100%

Program 5-Year Average

32 of 34 - 94.1%

Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Job Placement Rate

Number employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation

Year

Results

Year 1 ­– 2017

8 of 8 - 100%

Year 2 ­– 2018

7 of 7 - 100%

Year 3 ­– 2019

5 of 5 - 100%

Year 4 ­– 2020

7 of 7 - 100%

Year 5 ­– 2021

6 of 6 - 100%

Program 5-Year Average

33 of 33 - 100%

Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is .

Program Completion Rate

Number graduated divided by number started the program

Year

Results

Year ­– 2021

6 of 6

Annual Completion Rate

100%

Program effectiveness data is also available at jrcert.org.

Applications are accepted year-round.

Admission to the School of Radiography is conditional upon submitting to and satisfactorily passing a criminal background check, a pre-admission physical examination and screening tests.

Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton
School of Radiography
2400 N. Rockton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103

Program Director
Bethany Preiss, BS, RT (R)
bpreiss@mhemail.org
815.971.5480

Clinical Coordinator
Katelyn Maples, AS, RT (R)
kmaples@mhemail.org
815.971.5465