Program Effectiveness

C-SpineWhile not everything can be explained with numbers, the following information is designed to give the prospective student an idea of the effectiveness of the Radiologic Technology Program by considering the Program Completion Rate, National Board Pass Rate, Job Placement Rate, Graduate Survey and Employer Survey. The effectiveness statistics are based on the most recent five years of available data in each area considered.

The Radiologic Technology Program has set Benchmarks against which the Program evaluates its effectiveness. Benchmarks can be thought of as goals that the program strives to meet and hopefully exceed.

Annual Program Completion Rate

Percentage of the Class that completed the Program in 3 years or less of starting.
68.2% (15/22)
76.2% (16/21)
80.0% (20/25)
83.3% (20/24)
90.9% (20/22)

FIVE year Program Completion Rate Average = 79.8% (91/114)

Benchmark 65% Five year program completion rate (in three years or less)

National Boards Pass Rate

In order to get a license to practice Radiologic Technology in New York State, graduates of the Radiologic Technology Program are required to pass the national boards given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists ( The following data represents the first attempt pass rate. Over the last five years, three students passed on the second attempt - - this resulted in 100% of the Radiologic Technology graduates passing the National Boards.

Year Number of Examinees First Attempt Pass Rate within Six Months of Graduation
94% (16/17)
95% (18/19)
100% (20/20)
100% (21/21)
95% (21/22)

FIVE year success rate average on the examination in Radiography = 97% (96/99)

Benchmark 95% Five year pass rate on the A.R.R.T. Examination in Radiography

Job Placement Rate

Year From the Graduate Survey: Are you employed within 6 months of graduation?
100% (7/7
87.5% (7/8)
90% (9/10)
90.9% (10/11)
84.6% (11/13)

Five year average job placement in Radiography rate within 6 months of graduation = 89.8% (44/49)

Benchmark 75% Five year average job placement rate in radiography.


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Graduate Satisfaction Survey

Year From the Graduate Survey: Overall, do you feel that your education in the Radiography Program prepared you to work as an effective member in the Radiography Department and as part of the health care team?
100% (7//7)
100% (7/7)
90% (9/10)
100% (11/11)
100% (12/12)

Five year average graduate satisfaction rate within 6 months of graduation = 97.9% (46/47))

Benchmark 90% Five year average graduate satisfaction rate

Employer Satisfaction Survey

Year From the Employer Survey: Based upon performance of our graduates in your employ, is it likely that you would hire future graduates of SUNY-ORANGE? Responses Likely PLUS Highly Likely =
100% (4/4)
100% (5/5)
100% (8/8)
100% (6/6)
100% (10/10)

Five year average employer satisfaction rate within 6 months of graduation = 100% (33/33)

Benchmark 90% Five year average employer satisfaction rate





X-Ray Machine, Table, Image Receptor and Operating Software Contemporize Radiologic Technology Program

PHOTO: New SUNY Orange X-ray equipmentMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Collaborations between local businesses and organizations, energized friends and donors, and SUNY Orange faculty and administrators allow the College to enhance the student learning environment.

A collaboration between the SUNY Orange Foundation and the College paved the way for a new x-ray machine, table, image receptor and operating software are now available to students in the SUNY Orange Radiologic Technology degree program.

This new equipment is comparable to what students encounter during their clinical experiences, meaning they will now be better-equipped as graduates for today’s evolving healthcare field.

According to Nicole Rushing, chair of the Diagnostic Imaging Department, "The image receptor and computer function similar to a digital camera, but for X-ray. You take an X-ray, it's displayed in a few seconds on the screen and the system is ready for the next exposure. Prior to this, we were using an older plate reader (CR) and film in the darkroom for our experiments.

"Another feature is a very cutting-edge technology, which is a tablet that allows us to take X-rays with the digital receptor in either the new or old room without being wired into both. The new X-ray machine is ceiling mounted which allows us to move the equipment freely. We can now demonstrate trauma radiography and stretcher exams, which were very difficult in the past with the older equipment. Our new table not only allows for easy free-floating movement for positioning but also moves vertically. It features safety locks and a handle as well like many others in the hospital or outpatient sites.

PHOTO: SUNY Orange and SUNY Orange Foundation staff with new x-ray equipment"All of this will allow us to teach in line with changes at the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, which specifies what will be on the National Boards. For example, film was taken off the Registry with the focus being digital (computerized) and direct systems. The PACS system allows us to incorporate another operating system technologists use every day into our curriculum which better prepares students for employment as well."

Caption: Shown with the new equipment is, from left: Dr. Kristine Young, president, SUNY Orange; Dr. Russell Hammond, executive director, SUNY Orange Foundation; Nicole Rushing, chair, SUNY Orange Diagnostic Imaging Department; Bob Misiak, former chair and longtime faculty member in the Diagnostic Imaging Department; and Dr. Erika Hackman, vice president of academic affairs, SUNY Orange.