Mission, Student Learning Goals and Philosophy

Mission

The Department of Radiologic Technology at the University of Saint Francis engages diverse, lifelong learners in an atmosphere of academic and clinical excellence permeated by Franciscan values. The department exists to support and serve the profession of radiologic technology in its growth and development within the healthcare community.

Purpose Statements

Consistent with the mission statement, the specific purposes of the program are to:

  • Prepare individuals for entry level radiologic technology practice as as radiographers with knowledge and experience in the specialized areas of radiology.
  • Deliver a competency based curriculum and instructional delivery system, which stresses the application of theory to the realities of the clinical setting.
  • Develop habits of critical thinking and scholarship that leads to effective practice.
  • Provide the foundational knowledge and experience in various healthcare settings for the development of effective communication skills.
  • Assist students in internalizing the values, attitudes and professional behaviors necessary to promote the standards of the profession.

Student Learning Goals and Outcome Statements

Students/Graduates of the Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology program will:      

  • Demonstrate clinical competency in the performance of entry-level medical radiography procedures.
  • Outcome #1 –Utilize knowledge and skills gained to appropriately position procedures identified in the clinical competency program.
  • Outcome #2 –Practice radiation protection principles.
  • Outcome #3 – Provide patient care in an age appropriate, culturally diverse and compassionate manner.
  • Improve practice through a process of discovery, analysis and application.
  • Outcome #1 – Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in the evaluation of image variables.
  • Outcome #2 – Develop habits of critical thinking and scholarship that leads to effective practice.
  • Communicate effectively in the healthcare setting.
  • Outcome #1 – Demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
  • Outcome #2 – Demonstrate appropriate written communication skills.
  • Display behaviors, including the practice of life-long learning, for potential growth and advancement in the profession.
  • Outcome #1 – Develop the foundational skills and channels for practicing effective life-long learning.
  • Outcome #2 –Exhibit professional behaviors that are in accordance with the profession’s Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice.
  • Outcome #3 – Create a job search portfolio.

Philosophy

Radiologic Technology faculty are dedicated to the principle that, through education, students realize their potential as professional radiographers and individuals. Program faculty believe that learning is the process through which students strive to achieve this potential.

The successful learner is someone who possesses a positive attitude and is an active participant in the educational process. Cooperation between instructors and students must exist in order to develop an atmosphere of open communication and trust. Educators are facilitators of knowledge, functioning as role models to students. Students must be responsible for assimilating the knowledge imparted by faculty and applying it in a competent manner. Success in the program is dependent upon each student’s degree of commitment, self-motivation and dedication to this learning process.

Because we are committed to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of the patients entrusted to our care, Radiologic Technology students are expected to consider their relationships with patients to be an essential element of the diagnostic and therapeutic process. Radiographic services will be provided with consideration of human dignity unrestricted by sex, race, creed, social and economic status, personal attributes or nature of health problems. In delivering these services, all radiation protection principles will be implemented in order to protect all individuals from unnecessary radiation.

Throughout the program, students are encouraged to recognize their limitations and to view these limitations as being only temporary. Students gain knowledge through a correlation of technical, general education and clinical conduct, as well as academic performance. It is our belief that to be viable members of the healthcare team, students must develop radiographic expertise, a process of critical thinking, a compassionate and caring nature, and a desire to serve others.

Clinical education is an integral part of the Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology program at USF. It helps to integrate the cognitive skills with the psychomotor and effective skills required. Faculty have acknowledged the fact that each student possesses different learning characteristics with the design and implementation of a program of competency-based education. One goal of clinical education is that by encountering all types of patients, graduates will learn to function in less-than-optimum conditions. That is why students are placed on various clinical assignments during the two-year program.

The faculty members of the Department of Radiologic Technology provide the foundation upon which students will build their careers and strive to fulfill their professional goals and objectives. Growth and expertise following graduation is dependent upon the graduate’s desire to seek education on a continuous basis. Thus, it is our endeavor to graduate students who value the importance of professional growth through further education and development.