St. Kate's radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 704-5300. Additional information detailing program effectiveness statistics can be found on their website.


Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam, offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Program Mission

The mission of the radiography program is to educate diverse learners to become highly skilled, compassionate, health care professionals.  Students acquire skills and knowledge through a careful blend of liberal arts courses, professional courses and clinical education in a learning environment that is structured to promote student development and success.

Program Goals

  1. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
    • Students will correctly set technical factors to compensate for non-routine patients.
    • Students will use alternative positioning methods when the standard procedure is not possible.
  2. Students will communicate with patients and co-workers with dignity and courtesy; respecting differing values, cultures and beliefs.
    • Students will demonstrate cultural competence.
    • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
  3. Students will graduate from the program with the skills needed to be a competent radiographer.
    • Students will select appropriate technical factors.
    • Students will correctly position patients.
  4. Students will demonstrate professional behavior in the clinical site.
    • Students will exude positive attitudes.
    • Students will exhibit dependability.

Program Effectiveness Data

Pass rate for the national ARRT exam:

Year Percent passing on first attempt Number of students
2010 87% 20 of 23 students passed on first attempt
2011 92% 23 of 25 students passed on first attempt
2012 89% 34 of 38 students passed on first attempt
2013 97% 31 of 32 students passed on first attempt
2014 95% 37 of 39 students passed on first attempt
5-year average 92%  144 of 156 passed on first attempt


Program completion rates:

Year Percent completed Number of students
2010 74% 23 of 31 students graduated
2011 87% 26 of 30 students graduated
2012 93% 28 of 30 students graduated
2013 81% 39 of 36 students graduated
2014 86% 37 of 43 students graduated
5-year average 84%  


Employment rates:

Graduates that did not seek employment, returned to school, or whose status is unknown, were not included in these percentages.  Only employment within the radiology profession is counted. Job placement rate data that will include 2014 graduates will be available by mid-January 2016.

2009 67% of the 21 graduates found employment within six months of graduation
2010 73% of the 23 graduates found employment within six months of graduation
2011 78% of the 26 graduates found employment within six months of graduation
2012 89% of the 28 graduates found employment within six months of graduation
2013 96% of the 29 graduates found employment within 12 months of graduation
5-year average 81%


Technical Standards

Visual Acuity:

  1. Observe a patient's condition from across a room
  2. Read various sizes of print located on equipment and computers
  3. Evaluate different shades of gray on radiographic images


  1. Engage in a normal volume conversation from a distance of 20 feet
  2. Recognize and respond to alarms from patient care equipment, x-ray equipment, or computers
  3. Communicate with patients or coworkers when background noise is high

Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination:

  1. Lift up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis
  2. Prolonged standing (80% of the day)
  3. Prolonged walking (80% of the day)
  4. Pushing/pulling of equipment (up to 35 pounds)
  5. Bending and reaching
  6. Grasp small objects and adjust small dials and switches
  7. Assist with transferring patients

Reasonable Accommodation

Accommodations: Students with disabilities who believe they may need an accommodation are encouraged to contact the Supportive Services Coordinator to discuss potential accommodations. The Supportive Services Coordinator is located on the third floor of the Education Building, Office 369, and can be reached by telephone at 651-690-8160.

Grading Policies

If no grading scale is listed on a radiography class syllabus, the following scale will be used:

A   93-100
A-  91-92
B+ 89-90
B   85-88
B-  83-84
C+ 81-82
C   80-75
F   Less than 75

See St. Kate's Institutional grading policies »