Learning how to deliver compassionate and quality patient care is also emphasized. In Northwestern Medicine's state-of-the-art facilities, students are taught with the most advanced technological and diagnostic equipment available.
The 21-month training begins in September and is limited to ten students per year. Students attend approximately 500 hours of didactic and laboratory instruction and approximately 1600 hours of clinical instruction to learn the technical skills required to effectively perform radiographic procedures.
This is a full-time program; students are expected to commit to program activities between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., plus on three-week evening rotation in the senior year, between 2 p.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Our experienced instructional staff includes:
ARRT registered Radiographers
Experienced Radiography faculty
Administrative and support staff
The ASRT Code of Ethics contains the following ethical principle:
The radiologic technologist delivers patient care and service unrestricted by concerns of personal attributes or the nature of the disease or illness, and without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion or socio-economic status.
All students are expected to abide by the same ethical principles as radiographers. Students will be required to care for all patients, regardless of the above factors, including gender.
For the full ASRT Code of Ethics document: https://www.asrt.org/docs/practice-standards/codeofethics.pdf Program Mission Statement The Radiography Program at Northwestern Medicine will provide students with state-of-the-art imaging facilities and a learning environment that fosters the development of clinical and patient care skills which are necessary to competently function as entry-level radiographers. Graduates will understand and practice the Patients First philosophy of Northwestern Medicine. A competency-based curriculum will allow students to work collaboratively with other healthcare and imaging professionals and acquire problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary for successful employment in the radiologic sciences.
Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes In support of the program's mission statement, the following have been developed.
Upon completion of the radiography program our students / graduates will have successfully completed a number of goals and student learning outcomes.
Goal: Graduates will operate as entry-level radiographers Student Learning Outcomes:
Students / graduates will select appropriate technical factors
Students / graduates will demonstrate appropriate radiation safety practices.
Goal: Graduates will employ effective communication skills Student Learning Outcomes:
Students / graduates will demonstrate effective, age-specific oral communication skills.
Students / graduates will demonstrate effective written communication skills
Goal: Graduates will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills Student Learning Outcomes:
Students / graduates will assess patient condition and modify procedures accordingly.
Students / graduates will evaluate images for diagnostic quality & formulate necessary improvements
Goal: Graduates will demonstrate high standards of patient care & professional practice Student Learning Outcomes:
Students / graduates will be knowledgeable of the importance of professional organizations
Students / graduates will display professionalism in the clinical environment
Students / graduates will demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning
Goal: The program will meet the needs of the community by producing qualified, competent radiographers Student Learning Outcomes:
Students enrolling in the program will complete the program
Graduates will pass the national certification examination
Graduates seeking employment will be employed in the field
Graduates will be satisfied with the program
Employers will be satisfied with the quality of graduates
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, our sponsor institution, has a guiding philosophy of being a regional hospital of choice that is recognized as having the most satisfied patients, best possible clinical quality and outcomes, and the best physicians and staff. We strive to improve the quality of the care in our community. Core values that are allowing us to achieve these goals, and support the mission are:
Integrity We adhere to an uncompromising code of ethics that emphasizes complete honesty and sincerity. Through our words and actions, we earn the complete trust of our patients and their families, our community, and our coworkers. We do the right thing.
Patients First We put the patient first in all we do. Caring for the individual patient and his or her family is the heart of our mission and our philosophy.
Excellence We continuously strive for excellence. We are always learning and improving our skills, programs and services.
Teamwork We achieve our mission and goals through the collective and coordinated efforts of our staff. We use our diverse talents, backgrounds, ideas and experiences to benefit patients and create solutions. We value team success over personal success.
Period Total # Grads Total #Testing Total #Passing 5-yr rate 2009-2014 38 38 36 95% Class of 2014 10 10 8 80%
Program Completion Rate:
Period Total # Beginning Total # Completing 5-yr rate 2010-2014 43 38 88.4% Class of 2014 10 10 100%
In-field Employment Rate (within 12 months of program completion for those actively seeking)‡:
Period # Actively Seeking # Finding Employment 5-year rate 2009-2013 32 30 95% Class of 2013 10 10 100%
‡Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.
*within 6 months of program completion
Accreditation The Northwestern Medicine Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182 (312) 704-5300