100 percent of OSU-OKC’s Radiographic Technology class passes national licensure
OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 12, 2022) – OSU-OKC continues to succeed in preparing job-ready graduates in growing career fields and is pleased to announce that every graduate from OSU-OKC’s Radiologic Technology class of 2022 passed their national licensure examination. Joining the previously reported Nursing students of the career ladder cohort, the Radiologic Technology program has also achieved the hard-sought milestone of a 100% pass rate.
The mission of the “Rad Tech” program, as it is informally known, is to provide a collegiate level program that will prepare students for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination. Upon completion of the registry, graduates will become an integral part of the healthcare team and will serve the local, national, and global communities.
Penny Ridenour, OSU-OKC Division Head of Health Sciences, notes that these 16 students faced an unusual number of obstacles along the way, braving the pandemic to graduate and pass the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) national certification exam.
“I think it is important to recognize that these are the students who persevered through the shut down and not only graduated but achieved licensure,” Ridenour said. “All of them. Not the select few. That is extremely difficult for a program under the best of circumstances.”
Karen Bubb, Department Head of Diagnostic Medical Imaging, said the credential pass rate has been a big focus for OSU-OKC since restarting the Radiologic Technology program in 2017. Bubb said that with the efforts of Caryn S. Krueger, Program Director of Radiologic Technology, and Kara McNair, OSU-OKC’s Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator, a new strategy was devised and implemented for the 2022 cohort.
“Caryn focused much of her time and effort on enhancing her instruction to cover specific subject areas that were notoriously troublesome to previous students,” Bubb said. “Kara wrote two entire mock registry exams for the students to help them prepare for their national boards.”
Joining the team to help further was Elaine Regier, OSU-OKC’s Director of Library Services.
“Kara and Caryn also utilized the BoardVitals exam preparation software that Elaine Regier offers to our students as an OSU-OKC library resource,” Bubb said.
Krueger said the 100 percent success rate is gratifying.
“It is incredibly rewarding to see our students succeed and we take it very personal when just one falls short of the mark. Kara and I are very proud of this accomplishment and expect nothing but continued success in the future.”
McNair said there’s a special feeling in watching all the training and hard work pay off.
“When we first meet our students, they are strangers and newbies to us and the radiology world, but by the time they graduate they are like our family going out into the world,” McNair said. “There are no words to describe how fulfilled our hearts feel: seeing them walk across the stage at graduation, the excited calls, and texts after passing their national boards, and then seeing them in the professional setting. It makes all the long days, late night study phone calls, and taking the extra time to figure out what works best for each individual student worth it!”
For more information about the Radiologic Technology program at OSU-OKC, please visit osuokc.edu/radiology.