NEWARK, Ohio, July 25, 2017 – The radiologic science technology program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recently received re-accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) for the maximum of eight years.
The JRCERT promotes excellence in education and elevates the quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.
"The importance of programmatic accreditation for our students is that it obviously speaks to the overall high quality and standards that the program must maintain," said Radiologic Science Technology Program Director Kenneth Ollish. "The most important component of programmatic accreditation is that the students MUST graduate from a JCERT accredited program to be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT) registry. Without the ARRT registration they would not be able to work in Ohio as a professional radiographer. Our program has been fully accredited since we first graduated a class of students in 1973."
All of the 2016 graduates from the COTC radiologic science technology program passed the ARRT certification exam on their first attempt.
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. During the last semester, the student focuses on an additional area of radiology, selecting from computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or interventional/surgical radiology.
Ollish noted. "We 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."
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.