Radiography

Mission, vision and goals

Program mission statement

Providing high quality imaging care to Missourians and beyond

The Mission of the Radiography Program at the University of Missouri is to equip current and future imaging sciences professionals to achieve their personal and professional goals, meet workforce needs and improve health outcomes for our communities through the provision of exemplary diagnostic care. Our program and curriculum are designed to provide an educational foundation for the advancement into leadership and supervisory positions within medical imaging, as well as providing an environment where scholarly activity, professional development, and service are expectations.

Program vision

Leading the way in Medical Imaging

The University of Missouri Radiography Program will set the standard as sustainable model of imaging sciences education, embracing excellence, accessibility and professionalism in an environment that emphasizes learner-centered instructional strategies, leverages the resources of our public, land-grant institution, and prepares exemplary health professionals to advance their profession through leadership, engagement, and scholarly activity.

Statement of values

The University of Missouri Radiography Program is guided by the MU Values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence. We seek to apply these values in our daily activities on campus, in clinical education settings and at University-sponsored activities and functions.

Respect

Members of the MU Radiography community show respect for themselves and others through their words and actions. The Radiography Program values the richness that diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives bring to the academic community and is committed to building on the strengths of the individual to optimize the functionality of the healthcare team.

Responsibility

Members of the MU Radiography community are committed to doing what is right for our fellow students, our department, the College of Health Sciences, and the University of Missouri, as well as our profession, our clinical partners, and the patients and their families under our care. We consider the context and possible consequences of our decisions before taking action and seek input from others in determining the best course of action.

Discovery

Members of the MU Radiography community recognize the challenges and rewards that are inherent in the learning process. We are committed to evidence-based decision making and reflective contemplation of outcomes to achieve an environment of continuous improvement.

Excellence

Members of the MU Radiography community are committed to the pursuit of excellence. We seek to meet or exceed standards set by regional, national and global medical imaging communities and commit to maintaining the highest levels of personal expectations. Further, we commit ourselves to achieving excellence in an ethical and moral manner.

Program goals & student learning outcomes

Program Goal 1: Ensure that students are well prepared to pass national certifying examinations and competitively enter the job market.

  1. Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate clinical and didactic competence as defined by the professional standards  for radiography and the student’s chosen advanced medical imaging area.
    • Students will demonstrate good patient positioning skills
    • Students will select appropriate technical factors
  2. Student Learning Outcome: Students will provide safe, effective patient care.
    • Students will provide appropriate patient care
    • Students will demonstrate the proper use of radiation safety
  3. Student Learning Outcome: Students will engage in effective oral, written and interpersonal communications.
    • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills
    • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills
    • Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills
  4. Student Learning Outcome: Students will employ sound, independent judgment and successful problem-solving in completion of professional tasks.
    • Students will be able to modify standard imaging protocols to non-routine procedures.
    • Students will demonstrate an appropriate approach to solving problems.
    • Students will employ culturally sensitive and patient-centered approaches to the delivery of care.

Program Goal 2: Increase student access to entry-to-practice and professional certification preparation programming to meet employment demands.

  1. The Program will increase the number of clinical placement positions available for entry-to-practice students by 30% (increasing maximum cohort size from 15 to 20) through added clinical affiliations and negotiation with existing clinical partners.
  2. The Program will reconfigure Lewis classroom to accommodate 20+ students.
  3. The Program will increase awareness of and advertising for professional certification preparation available through the creation of official Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate programs.
    • Computed Tomography
    • Interventional Radiography
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  4. The Program will increase the available scholarship funding for radiography students and pursue the establishment of endowed scholarship fund(s).

Program Goal 3: Promote excellence and inclusion through teaching and student academic experiences, in and out of the classroom.

  1. The Program will demonstrate program effectiveness, exceeding the minimum standards established by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
    1. Over a five-year period, at least 95% of students will pass the ARRT national certification on the first attempt.
    2. Over a five-year period, at least 90% of students pursuing employment will be gainfully employed within 12 months of graduation.
    3. Over a five-year period, at least 90% of accepted students will complete the program.
    4. Over a five-year period, at least 90% of students will be satisfied with their education.
    5. Over a five-year period, at least 90% of employers will be satisfied with the graduate’s performance.
  2. The Program will prioritize scholarly works that support and improve teaching and learning.
  3. The Program will employ faculty with recognized expertise in clinical domains and educational practices.
  4. The Program will ensure that all faculty have obtained Online Teaching Certification within 12 months of employment and maintain certification throughout their tenue with the program.
  5. The Program will ensure that all 100% online courses are certified through the Quality Course Review process.
  6. The Program will explore additional opportunities to engage students in curricular and extra-curricular activities that could enrich their academic experience.