July 11, 2011 (Bronx, NY) – The Hostos Community College Radiologic Technology Program honored the 2011 class with an exclusive pinning ceremony held at the college on Monday morning. The private event celebrated the program’s outstanding performance record. For the last 14 consecutive years every student who has graduated from the Hostos Community College Radiologic Technology program has passed the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) on their first attempt. For the last 20 years, 98.9% of students have passed the ARRT examination and scored an 89% grade point average, surpassing the national grade point average by three points.
“The Rad Tech program is an example of Hostos’ historic strength training allied health professionals. Our dental hygiene and nursing programs also have excellent placement records after graduation, and we are developing new programs in emerging areas like aging and health studies and community programs,” indicated President Félix Matos Rodríguez.
Radiologic Technology at Hostos is a 24-month program -that leads to an AAS degree - accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Safety. During the last accreditation visit on March 2008, the program was awarded the maximum eight-year accreditation term.
“We have a demanding program but we create a family. The professors work hard to form a balance of rigor and camaraderie and that accomplishment has demonstrated incredible results for the program, and we are very proud of that,” shared Professor Charles Drago, who is also the program’s coordinator.
Radiologic Technology Hostos students practice at the affiliate hospitals Lincoln Medical and Mental Center, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Rad Tech alumni find employment soon after graduating in hospitals, clinics and imaging centers and many of them find jobs at Hostos’ clinical affiliates. Current starting salaries for entry-level technologists range between $46,000 and $52,000 annually.
In 2007, the Hostos Rad Tech team won 3rd at the New York State Society of Radiologic Science Student Bowl Contest. In 2010, the Rad tech team won 1st place at the New York State Society of Radiologic Science Essay Contest. And this year the team participated at the 2011 American Society of Radiologic Technology - Student Contest – House of Delegates scholarship.
President Matos Rodríguez also expressed: “This demonstrates yet again the relevance and importance of community colleges in today’s economic climate. Hostos is playing a part in Obama’s plan to make community college education an integral component of his 2020 goal, which is to, ‘once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.’ We are extremely proud of our Allied Health Department not only because are we part of a larger game but because we are providing a prepared and competitive workforce to the Bronx.”
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968. Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves nearly 7,000 students. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of nearly 7,000 students. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.
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