A Radiographer working on a patient. Image source: ufhealthjax.org
Radiographer Training at the School of Radiologic Technology, University of Florida Health Jacksonville
To become a radiographer, the University of Florida Health Jacksonville’s School of Radiologic Technology is one place you can have that dream realized.
The school is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) to offer certificate program for the training of radiographers.
It recently got 8 years accreditation, which is the maximum accreditation duration that can be awarded to any institution.
The radiography program at the School of Radiologic Technology of the University of Florida Health Jacksonville starts in early January of each year and runs for 23 months, and is structured to provide comprehensive academic and clinical training that ensures that students are well grounded for a successful radiography career.
The Kind of Class to Expect at the School
Though the program has accreditation and facilities to train 26 students per session, it normally admits 8-10 annually. This gives each student the opportunity for more attention and support from faculty, which shows in their performance.
A class would usually consist of people from various backgrounds, including individuals making a career change, single parents, and fresh students from college, older adults getting back to work, and retired military people.
The diversity of the student population just shows the opportunity a career in radiography offers anyone to fulfill their dream of not only earning good income, but also of enjoying the satisfaction that comes with knowing that your work is helping people to stay alive.
Your work as a radiographer involves using your knowledge of radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment in creating images that help the radiologist to effectively study a patient’s internal organs as well as bones to be able to diagnose and offer the right treatment to diseases.
Without your contribution therefore, it will be difficult for the radiologist to effectively perform their duty and save lives.
The school provides a great foundation to begin and advance your career in radiography.
Students are expected to attend classes for both clinical and classroom activities on the UF Health Jacksonville campus for a total of 40 hours a week, with clinical rotations lasting for 3 weeks.
Program Completion Rate
The average rate of completing the program over a 5 year period from 2009 to 2013 is given as 81.72% as seen on the school’s website.
11 students began the program in 2009, but 7 graduated; 11 were admitted in 2010 and 10 graduated; 12 admissions in 2011 and 11 completions; 8 students were admitted in 2012 and 6 completed the program; while 8 started the program in 2013 and 7 graduated.
The high rate of students completing the program is a direct testament of the school’s commitment to assisting all students to succeed.
Record of Students Performance in Certification Exams and Job Market
Also, from information obtained from the school’s website, the record of performance of graduates of the School of Radiologic Technology of the University of Florida Health Jacksonville in both the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiology exam and the job market is outstanding.
Between 2009 and 2013, the school recorded 89.4% pass rate on the average in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiology (ARRTR) exam on first attempt.
All 7 students who attempted the example first time in 2009 passed; 9 out of 10 passed in 2010; again 11 out of 11 passed in 2011; also, all 6 passed in 2012; and 4 out of 6 passed in 2013 (one was yet to take the exam as at the time of compiling this information).
For job placement, graduates of the program have achieved an average 82% employment rate within 12 months of graduation over 5 years period from 2008 to 2012.
9 of 9 graduates were employed in 2008 after 12 months of completing the program; 6 of 7 were employed in 2009; in 2010, 7 were employed out of 10; 8 out of 11 were employed in 2011; and 5 out of 6 were employed in 2012.
Benefits to Students
The school provides certain benefits to students when they are admitted to the program. These include insurance, meal ticket, and free packing.
Each student enjoys a group hospitalization insurance policy. The school pays the premium for the student all through the period of their training.
A life insurance policy of $10,000 is also provided at no cost to each student.
Each student also gets a meal ticket for lunch, which they must be use only during scheduled hours, and in the hospital cafeteria.
Students scheduled for clinical shifts will also enjoy free lot parking.
More information can be obtained about the program from the school’s website at ufhealthjax.org