NEWARK, Ohio, May 23, 2017 – All of the 2016 graduates from the Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) radiologic science technology program passed the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT) certification exam on their first attempt. Faculty believe the 100 percent pass rate is a result of the hands-on training and one-on-one faculty attention students get at COTC.
"We are thrilled with this news," said Associate Professor Ken Ollish. "COTC has a very strong reputation and alumni presence within the radiology community in central Ohio because employers know our students are well prepared and can count on them to pass the registry quickly."
ARRT is the world's largest organization offering credentials in medical imaging, interventional procedures and radiation therapy. The organization certifies and registers technologists in 15 disciplines by overseeing and administering education, ethics and examination requirements.
"We had a 100 percent pass rate with an average score of 89 percent," said Ollish. "It takes a 75 percent score to be successful on the registry. The national data was an 87 percent pass rate with an average score of 83 percent. Our graduates continue to perform at a much higher rate than the national average. This has been consistent over a number of years."
The radiologic science technology program at COTC combines extensive classroom, laboratory and clinical learning situations to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely practice radiology. It is a two year, five semester program.
"Each student is required to spend a minimum of 50 hours with a faculty member in a verbal testing format throughout the program. No other program in central Ohio devotes that amount of faculty time to their student learning," said Ollish. "We also have more courses with hands-on lab experiences than other programs. We have more hours devoted to actual image critiques. We also have a patient care course sequence that runs throughout the five semesters. This allows the students to engage and reinforce critical elements of care."
Radiologic technologists interact with patients to produce images which demonstrate the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the body. Medical diagnosis is highly dependent upon visualizing the inside of the body. This can be imaged in radiology by general, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT scan), resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine examinations. The radiological science technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.