The Blinn College District Radiologic Technology Program was perfect this year, as all 13 of the program’s 2023 graduates passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on their first attempt.
“Our graduates’ 100% pass rate is the result of dedicated faculty, hands-on training, and hard work,” Program Director Tina Kocurek said. “By maintaining the highest standards, our program ensures students are prepared to be successful on their licensure exams and to make a positive impact on the patients they serve.”
The program also has maintained a 100% employment rate at graduation for more than five years.
Radiologic technologists make up the third-largest group of healthcare professionals in the nation – surpassed in number only by physicians and nurses. Radiologic technologists use specialized medical equipment to create images of patients’ bodies to help doctors diagnose and treat diseases and injuries.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, radiologic technologists earn a median salary of $67,180 per year and employment is projected to grow 6% between 2022 and 2032, creating 15,400 new jobs.
“The program’s 100% first-attempt ARRT pass rate and employment rate make me feel secure in my choice to attend Blinn,” said Radiologic Technology Program student Ben Peña. “I wanted to work in a field where I could have a hands-on approach to patient care and the quality of Blinn’s staff and professors coupled with our clinical preceptors creates an environment that encourages you to take initiative in your own education. It is an honor to be a part of a program with such an outstanding reputation and I hope my classmates and I can continue the trend.”
Blinn’s two-year Radiologic Technology Program is based at the RELLIS Academic Alliance Complex at Texas A&M-RELLIS in Bryan, where students gain hands-on skills utilizing the facility’s 16,000-square-foot simulation laboratories. The nationally accredited program prepares students for careers as entry-level radiologic technologists through extensive training in patient care and safety, anatomy and physiology, image production, equipment operation, radiation protection, and radiographic procedures. The program’s curriculum is designed to transfer graduates seamlessly into institutions of higher learning to continue studies beyond an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are prepared to complete the credentialing examination administered by ARRT to earn the professional credentials of a Registered Technologist. In addition, they are eligible to apply for state licensure issued through the Texas Medical Board.
For more information regarding the Blinn Radiologic Technology Program and the application process, visit www.blinn.edu/radiologic-technology.
(Story courtesy Richard Bray, Blinn Information)