School of Radiologic Technology

Mission Statement

"To provide a sound education that will enable our students to become competent entry level Radiologic Technologist by establishing critical thinking skills, instituting high professional and patient care standards and to instill pride in being a part of the field of Radiography."

Our Goals

Fulfillment of the program's mission is determined by the ability of the program to achieve the following set goals:

Goal: To produce Radiologic Technologists who hold entry-level clinical skills for employment.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to demonstrate exceptional positioning skills.
  • Students will have a good understanding of all technical settings and how to make appropriate adjustments to produce an optimal image.
  • Students will practice radiation protection for patients and themselves.
  • Students will be apply classroom knowledge to the clinical setting.

 

Goal: To produce Radiologic Technologists who can demonstrate critical thinking skills, allowing them to meet the patients' needs in the clinical setting.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Students will be able to evaluate all imaging errors and understand how to make the correct adjustments.
    Students will be able to employ critical thinking skills when performing non-routine exams.
    Students will be able to adapt to the different levels of patients they are in contact with.

Goal: The program will graduate students that demonstrate professional and ethical values for life long learning.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Students will demonstrate professionalism while in clinical rotations. 
    Students will be respectful and professional during their modality rotations.
    Students will be aware and understand the roles that professional societies play on ethical values and life long learning.

Goal: To produce Radiologic Technologists who have excellent communication skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Students will be able to demonstrate communication skills to patients and co-workers.
    Students will show improvement in public speaking during their educational training.
    Graduates will demonstrate communication abilities as a Radiologic Technologist.

Goal: To monitor overall program effectiveness to ensure we are meeting the needs of the students.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Ensure the students are able to complete the program on time.
    To monitor graduates success rates of the ARRT exam.
    To monitor employer satisfaction with the graduates.
    To monitor graduates satisfaction with the overall program.
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History

The WCA School of Radiologic Technology first began in 1967, under the founding direction of William Burger, RT (R), Technical Director of WCA Radiology. At the time, WCA recognized a need in the community to fill a healthcare hole. That need turned into a desire to educate qualified community members to serve Chautauqua County and the surrounding area with well qualified, compassionate and dedicated Radiologic Technologists. Their vision and high standards have been maintained and continue to produce well-qualified individuals that pass through the program. The Program has consistently maintained accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and is recognized by the New York State Department of Health.

The Institution

WCA Hospital is a voluntary, private nonprofit hospital founded in 1885. It is a regional medical center serving Southwestern New York and portions of Northwest Pennsylvania. WCA has 300 beds with services for medical, surgical pediatric, maternity, emergency and neurological and orthopedic patients. There also exist specialty areas for trauma care, intensive and coronary care, palliative care, renal dialysis, endoscopy, respiratory care, alcohol rehabilitation, psychiatric care, cancer treatment, medical rehabilitation, occupational and physical therapy, sports medicine, wellness program and Family Health Center (Primary Care).

The Community

The City of Jamestown (population approximately 35, 000) is geographically located in Western New York State in the southern part of Chautauqua County. It is approximately one hour and a half-driving distance directly south of Buffalo, New York and approximately on hour northeast of Erie, Pennsylvania.

The area proudly boasts of beautiful country side and landscapes and is know as an all-seasonal resort area offering a variety of year round activities at nearby ski resorts, state parks and lakes. A well know, turn of the century cultural development, the Chautauqua Institution, is located on the shore of nearby Chautauqua Lake offering education, cultural and entertainment opportunities to both area residents and vacationers.

Post secondary and graduate work can be pursued within commuting distance at nearby colleges and universities.

Unique for its size, Jamestown offers many of the advantages of larger cities while maintaining the charm of a small community.

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