School of Medical Imaging

Radiography Program at School of Medical Imaging

Radiography is a healthcare profession that utilizes radiation or X-rays to produce two dimensional, black-and-white images of a patient’s anatomy. These images are recorded digitally with sophisticated X-ray equipment to capture a patient’s internal organs, soft tissues, and bones.

Lifespan School of Medical Imaging provides a comprehensive clinical program in radiography to successfully prepare the student for the radiography profession. The student is exposed to a wide variety of clinical settings and examinations. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate from the Lifespan School of Medical Imaging and are then eligible to sit for the national certification examination offered by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

What Is a Radiographer?

The role of the radiographer is to provide high quality patient care while obtaining diagnostic images to aid the radiologist in an accurate diagnosis of a patient’s medical condition. As an essential member of the healthcare team, radiographers can be found working in the emergency department, operating room, orthopedic suite, at the patient’s bedside, or assisting the radiologist in the fluoroscopic suite.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be clinically competent to become an effective member of the radiography profession.
    • Students will demonstrate proficiency in diagnostic radiography examinations. 
    • Students will provide safe radiation practice skills relating to radiography. 
    • Students will provide effective patient care skills relating to the healthcare environment. 
    • Students will be able to calculate and apply accurate exposure factors for routine exams.
  2. Students will have effective communication skills as a member of the healthcare team. 
    • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills in the healthcare environment.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate through oral and written correspondence. 
    • Students will demonstrate cultural sensitivity as it relates to healthcare.
  3. Students will apply effective critical thinking skills to solve problems. 
    • Students will adapt to non-routine patients. 
    • Students will distinguish between diagnostic and non-diagnostic images. 
  4. Students will become a professional member of the healthcare community.
    • Students will demonstrate professional skills in the healthcare environment. 
    • Students will be prepared with employment skills to enter the workforce upon graduation.

Radiography Program Effectiveness Data

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information.

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Credentialing Examination Rate

These results reflect the number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.



Year 1: 2018 23 of 23 = 100%
Year 2: 2019 21 of 23 = 91%
Year 3: 2020 18 of 19 = 95%
Year 4: 2021 21 of 24 = 88%
Year 5: 2022 18 of 21 = 86%
Program Five-Year Average 101 of 110 = 92%

Job Placement

Thes results are the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Year Results
Year 1: 2018 21 of 21 = 100%
Year 2: 2019 17 of 17 = 100%
Year 3: 2020 12 of 14 = 86%
Year 4: 2021 19 of 19 = 100%
Year 5: 2022 8 of 8 = 100%
Program Five-Year Average 77 of 79 = 97%

Program Completion

This rate is the number of students who complete the program within the stated program length.

Year Results
Year: 2022 21 of 23
Annual Completion Rate 91%



The radiography program at Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT defines the STANDARDS for radiography educational programs.

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Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 | Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304
Email: [email protected]
Length of Accreditation Award: 8 years
Next scheduled review: 06/01/2026