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We offer a 24-month program in Radiologic Technology, combining didactic instruction with practical experience, in order to provide a sound foundation on which to build a career. Student radiographers are educated in the art and science of using radiation to provide images of tissues, organs, bones and blood vessels of the human body. The St. Vincent School of Radiologic Technology has articulation agreements with University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College and University of Central Arkansas. We provide three educational tracks of completion: an associate’s degree through the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College, a bachelor’s degree through the University of Central Arkansas, and an independent track for individuals that have previously completed an undergraduate degree (see Independent Student Track listed below).

Build Your Career

Many of our graduates enjoy careers in general radiography. The majority of them have chosen to pursue careers in specialty areas such as CT, MRI, mammography, radiation therapy, interventional radiography, and the cardiac catheterization lab. New for 2017 is the CHI-Radiology Residency Program that will offer training in specialty areas.  The planned expansion will include instruction in ultrasonography, interventional radiography, CT, MRI, and mammography. These tracks will offer full-time employment status while gaining the knowledge and expertise to qualify for specialty certifications.

Useful Information

The Radiologic Technologist or Radiographer is a vital part of the Radiology Department and the health care team. Responsibilities include patient care, operating radiographic equipment, performing radiologic procedures, and assisting the radiologist. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Upon passing the registry examination, the graduate is certified as a Registered Technologist with the credentials, ARRT(R). These credentials allow an individual to apply for active membership in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

CHI St. Vincent is a faith-based, not-for-profit, full service health care organization, founded in 1888 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Today, CHI St. Vincent proudly serves the total health needs of individuals from throughout Arkansas and the mid-South as a member of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious Catholic health systems.

Program Goals


JRCERT Program Effectiveness Data 2022 Download

JRCERT Program Effectiveness Data 2021 Download

Mission Statement and Goals 2021  (pdf)  Download 


Goal #1: The program will produce graduates that are clinically competent and able to adapt to unique clinical situations in all entry level clinical procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. The student will be able to properly position all required competencies.
  2. The student will be able to formulate correct exposure techniques.
  3. The student will be able to accurately evaluate radiographic images compensatory to the clinical competency level.

Goal #2: The program will produce graduates that demonstrate critical thinking addressing cognitive complex issues using processes of problem and resources identification, prioritizing alternative and recognizing conditionality, subsequently choosing a response.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Using cognitive reasoning skills, 1st year students will be able to identify problems, relevant information, and explore interpretations to
    modify procedures in order to produce diagnostic images.
  2. Using transition and mastery cognitive reasoning skills, second year students will be able to develop alternatives, integrate, monitor, refine strategies, and communicate conclusions, in order to produce diagnostic images when standard imaging methods are not possible.
  3. The students, first and second year, will demonstrate critical thinking skill patterns that identify problems, organize information, prioritize factors, resulting in an option that provides reasonable concrete and theoretical modifications and outcomes.

Goal #3: Produce graduates that demonstrate a desire to seek further professional growth, display a professional image and attitude.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be encouraged to be an active members of the State Society of Radiologic Technologist and/or the ASRT
  2. Students will participate in a state or national professional organization activities.
  3. Students will display affective skills of sensitivity, caring, pride in schoolwork & profession, ethical practice, emotional maturity which constitutes a positive and professional attitude

Goal #4: The program will educate students to be effective communicators.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. The student/graduate can communicate to obtain an accurate
    patient history and effectively communicate with the patient before, during, and after the exam.
  2. The student/graduate can communicate with peers and other
    healthcare professionals in a group or as a team member.

Goal #5: Provide the community and CHI St. Vincent Health System with qualified radiographers –Program Effectiveness

  1. Employers will indicate that they are satisfied that the graduates they hire are qualified for the entry level position.
  2. Graduates will show satisfaction with the quality and quantity of their clinical education and indicate that they were prepared to meet the needs of the community.
  3. Graduates will pass the ARRT certification examination test on the first try.
  4. Program completion- rate completed within 3 years (150%)
  5. Job Placement-based on one year post graduation

Program Accreditation
CHI St. Vincent Health System School of Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), which is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as an accrediting agency. The St. Vincent School of Radiologic Technology was inspected in 2022 receiving an accreditation award of three years. Please see award letter for more details. The program effectiveness data is available here, as well as the website for Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). 

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