Polk State College’s Radiography program was recently awarded reaccreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) for meeting a handful of rigorous standards.
The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.
Polk State’s Radiography program received initial accreditation in 1986 and has maintained this prestigious status for 31 years.
Accredited programs must meet standards in areas of integrity, resources, curriculum and academic practices, health and safety, institutional and programmatic data, and assessment.
Polk State’s Radiography program boasts a 90-percent pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) credentialing examination and job placement of 100 percent of its graduates within a year of graduation.
The most recent reaccreditation process for the program started in March 2016 and concluded with a visit and subsequent award from JRCERT.
“We are proud of the continued success of Polk State’s Radiography program and its ability to provide students with the most relevant training and skills they need to be successful in future careers,” Program Director Beth Luckett said.
Luckett and Clinical Coordinator Jaime Selph thanked clinical affiliates including Bartow Regional Medical Center, Bond Clinic, Central Florida Orthopaedic Surgery Associates, Gessler Clinic, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, Lake Wales Medical Center, South Florida Baptist Hospital, and Winter Haven Hospital.
They also recognized imaging department directors, clinical instructors, and staff radiographers for their continued support of Polk State’s Radiography program and its students.
“The program also enjoys the continuous support of Polk State’s administration, especially President Angela Garcia Falconetti, who is unwavering in her support of all of the College’s Health Sciences programs,” Luckett said.
“I am extremely proud of our Radiography program – one of Polk State’s longest standing, nationally- accredited programs that provides quality education and training to our students,” Dr. Falconetti said. “The program’s reaccreditation is a testament to the hard work of faculty and staff, clinical affiliates, and our students, and I could not be more elated about this achievement.”
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite #2850, Chicago, Illinois, 60606) promotes excellence in education and elevates the quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.
Polk State Health Sciences also includes programs in Emergency Medical Services, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Respiratory Care. Polk State’s Health Sciences students regularly outperform their peers in the state and nation on required licensing exams.