NEWARK, Ohio, May 31, 2018 – All 16 of the 2018 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 credit the 100 percent pass rate to COTC's hands-on training and one-on-one faculty interaction with students.
"For the fourth consecutive year, 100 percent of COTC's graduates passed the registry exam on their first attempt," said Associate Professor Ken Ollish. "COTC's reputation and alumni presence within the radiology community in central Ohio is extremely strong because employers know our students are well prepared. We're very proud of these graduates."
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. COTC graduates typically outperform the national average, which is usually in the 83-84 percent range."
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's Associate of Applied Science program in Radiologic Science Technology is a highly competitive, selection-based program. The five-year average job placement rate in radiologic science within one year of graduation from COTC is 100 percent. Learn more at cotc.edu/radtech.
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.