Program Effectiveness Data

Example of Program Effectiveness Data

The JRCERT makes available the program effectiveness data (credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate) of all its accredited programs on an annual basis.  This information is self-reported by the accredited programs via the annual report.  To review this information for a particular program, locate that program through the Find a Program feature.  Once you locate the program you are interested in attending, you will find the program effectiveness data at the very bottom of the program detail screen.  The definitions below provide you with the current JRCERT definitions of program effectiveness data; however, if you have any particular questions, please contact the program directly.  

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within the stated program length.  The program specifies the entry point (e.g., required orientation date, final drop/add date, final date to drop with 100% tuition refund, official class roster date, etc.) used in calculating the program’s completion rate.  When calculating the total number of students enrolled in the program (denominator), programs need not consider students who attrite due to nonacademic reasons such as: 1) financial, medical/mental health, or family reasons, 2) military deployment, 3) a change in major/course of study, and/or 4) other reasons an institution may classify as a nonacademic withdrawal.

Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of student graduates who pass, on 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.  For Medical Dosimetry programs, graduates sit for the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB) examination and must report results within the next testing cycle after graduation. 

Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment, for example, due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.

The credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate is a five-year average based on the most recent five consecutive years of data.  The program’s completion rate is a one-year data point.  A new program (i.e. an initial program recently accredited by the JRCERT, recent transfer of sponsorship, etc.)  may not have five years of data for credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate, (NOTE: also possibly no completion rate); therefore, JRCERT records will identify pass rate and job placement rate as “0” in the Program Effectiveness Data section.  Refer to the example below.  Please contact the program regarding any questions pertaining to the data.