Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program Celebrates Success in 2016 Credentialing Exam Pass Rate and National Accreditation by JRCERT
The class of 2016 of Saint Louis University’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program, housed in the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics at Saint Louis University (SLU), recently earned a 100% pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) National Registry Board Exam for MRI technologists. The pass rate is reported for first-time examinees, and the program’s pass rate of 100% is higher than the national average of 82% for magnetic resonance imaging program graduates. MRI students are eligible to take the exam after successfully completing the Bachelor of Science degree program.
MRI Program Director Marcey Kennedy, M.A., ARMRIT, RT (MR), was very happy with the performance of this year’s class.
“Congratulations to the Class of 2016,” Kennedy said. “Not only did the class have a 100% pass rate on the credentialing exam, but they earned a 100% employment rate as well.”
Clinical sites and staff play a large role in the success of the MRI program. A representative of one of the program’s clinical sites – Chris Brewer, Director of Hospital Imaging at SSM Health – spoke very strongly of SLU’s MRI program.
“SSM Health has been affiliated with the Saint Louis University MRI degree program for several years,” Brewer said. “During that time, we have found that the MRI students have an outstanding knowledge of the principles and technical components for MRI. Specifically at SSM St. Clare Hospital, Fenton, Missouri, we have hired graduates from the SLU MRI program. The students are well adapted and very patient-care oriented. The certification rate for the ARRT has been 100% for the students that have transitioned to SSM Employees. We recommend the SLU MRI degree program to potential candidates that are considering MRI Healthcare for their future.”
In addition to the news of the perfect pass rate on the National Registry Board Exam, the MRI program is also celebrating news that is has earned programmatic accreditation through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation offering accreditation of traditional education programs in magnetic resonance. Accreditation by the JRCERT offers significant value to the MRI program at SLU by assuring the continued excellence of the program.