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MASTER PLAN

The Albert Einstein Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia campus (“EMCP”) offers experience at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park (“EMCEP”), Einstein Medical Center Montgomery (“EMCM”), Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia (“EMCP”), Einstein Center One, EHN Collegeville, EHN Holmesburg and EHN King of Prussia. The Program is an outcomes-based program. This Program is designed to provide the community with diagnostic imaging professionals who have not only achieved clinical competency but proficiency in Radiologic Technology. Proficiency is “performing in a given art, skill, or branch of learning with expert correctness and facility.” It is believed that graduates of the Program will be of the highest caliber. They will contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of disease by providing radiologists with the highest quality images obtainable.

In order to achieve proficiency, students must master a wide variety of academic and clinical objectives. Students’ cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills are simultaneously developed throughout the 23-month Program. Students must progress through a structured system of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience to achieve competency. Once the baseline of competency has been achieved, students remain on the clinical floor/units performing numerous additional examinations until proficiency is established.

The Program’s clinical education component, in which students must maintain an overall course grade of 85%, is a well-structured and supervised system that reinforces and supplements the information presented in the didactic courses. It allows for the gradual development and eventual mastery of the students’ skills. The mastery of these skills occurs over the 23-month program.

After students have demonstrated successful retention of the didactic subject matter, they are given a laboratory demonstration by the Program faculty and ample time to practice performing the examination. After sufficient practice, the students are tested via the Simulation (Sim) Evaluation. Students who receive an 85% or better on the Sim are then permitted to perform the examination on patients under the direct supervision of the staff technologist. Direct supervision is supervision by a qualified radiographer who reviews the procedure in relation to student achievement, evaluates the condition of the patient in relation to student knowledge, is present during the conduct of the procedure, and approves the procedure.

Once students feel they are competent in performing a particular examination under direct supervision, they may request to be tested by a clinical advisor, Clinical Instructor or faculty via a Clinical Competency Evaluation (CCE). Students who achieve 85% or better on the CCE are then able to perform the examination with indirect supervision in the future. Indirect supervision is supervision by a qualified radiographer immediately available to assist the student regardless of the level of student achievement. Immediately available is interpreted as the physical presence of a qualified radiographer adjacent to the room or area the procedure is performed. Students are later retested on the various body parts via the Proficiency Evaluation (Prof). In order to pass the Prof, a grade of 85% or better is required.

At the end of the 23-month curriculum, students must demonstrate competency in all ten (10) mandatory General Patient Care Activities and thirty-seven (37) mandatory Radiological Procedures as set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (“ARRT”). Up to eight (8) of the aforementioned mandatory procedure competencies may be simulated. Students must also demonstrate competency in at least 15 of the 35 elective procedures set forth by the ARRT. Electives may be on patients (CCE), phantoms or as simulations. In addition, the General Patient Care competencies may be simulated. Students who have not achieved competency in all examinations by graduation may be required to remain in the Program. School of Radiologic Technology Certificates will not be granted until all such requirements are met.

Students must attain an overall course grade of 75% or better in the following didactic courses:

Medical Terminology, Patient Care Standards, Physics, Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning, Radiographic Technique, Ethics and Modern Health Issues, Physiology, Quality Assurance and Computer Concepts, Radiation Protection, Advanced Imaging Modalities, Pathology and Cross Sectional Anatomy.

Prior to graduation from the Program, students must also possess a college degree of an Associate of Science (“AS”) or higher degree in the related field of Radiologic Sciences.

In order to meet the Program’s college degree requirement students must meet one of the following requirements prior to graduation:

Students must attain an overall course grade of 75% or better in the following didactic courses:

Medical Terminology, Patient Care Standards, Physics, Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning, Radiographic Technique, Ethics and Modern Health Issues, Physiology, Quality Assurance and Computer Concepts, Radiation Biology, Radiation Protection, Advanced Imaging Modalities, Pathology, Basics of Computed Tomography and Cross Sectional Anatomy.

Prior to graduation from the Program, students must also possess a college degree of an Associate of Science (“AS”) or higher degree in the related field of Radiologic Sciences. 

In order to meet the Program’s college degree requirement students must meet one of the following requirements prior to graduation:

  • Possess an AS or higher degree in the related field of Radiologic Science from a regionally accredited college;
  • Be enrolled in a 2+2 medical imaging program at a regionally accredited college that grants a degree upon completion of the Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology program; or
  • Successfully complete all associate degree requirements set forth by Philadelphia University which is comprised of the completion of a minimum of 
    21 credits of Philadelphia University coursework, including: MATH 215-College Algebra, PSYCH 101- Introduction to Psychology, 
    WRTG 105-Writing for the Workplace Culture, IT 201-Learning with Technology, HIST 114-Rise of the Modern World: American Transitions,
    HLTSV 210-Ethical Issues for Health and Human Services Providers and PLA 100-Scientific Reasoning.   
  • Successfully complete all associate degree requirements set forth by Jefferson Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University which is comprised
    of the completion of a minimum of 21 credits of Jefferson coursework, including: MATH 215-College Algebra, PSYCH 101- Introduction to Psychology,
    WRTG 105-Writing for the Workplace Culture, IT 201-Learning with Technology, HIST 114-Rise of the Modern World: American Transitions,
    HLTSV 210-Ethical Issues for Health and Human Services Providers and PLA 100-Scientific Reasoning


RADIOGRAPHY CURRICULUM

Term I

RT101- Medical Terminology
RT102- Patient Care Standards
RT302- Pharmacology & Venipuncture
RT607- Ethics & Law in Radiologic Science

Term II

RT103- Radiation Physics I 
RT104- Radiographic Procedures I 
RT105- Principles of Exposure & Image Production I
RT106- Clinical Education I 
RT107- Image Analysis I
Math 215*   

Term III

RT203- Radiation Physics II 
RT204- Radiographic Procedures II 
RT205- Principles of Exposure & Image Production II 
RT206- Clinical Education II 
RT207- Image Analysis II
IT 201*

Term IV

RT303- Equipment Operation and Maintenance
RT304- Radiographic Procedures III 
RT305- Digital Image Acquisition and Display III
RT306- Clinical Education III
Junior Comprehensive Examination

Term V

RT306- Clinical Education III, continued 
RT403- Radiation Protection
WRTG 105*
PSYCH 101*

Term VI 

RT406- Clinical Education IV
RT408- Physiology
RT409- Advanced Imaging Modalities
RT604- Cross-Sectional Anatomy
RT612- Certification Examination Review
HUMN 301*

Term VII

RT506- Clinical Education V
RT510- Quality Assurance and Computed Radiography
RT511- Pathology
RT612- Certification Examination Review
HIST 114*
PLA 100*

Term VIII

RT606- Clinical Education VI 
RT612- Certification Examination Review
Senior Comprehensive Examination

*Jefferson Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University Courses

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