History and Philosophy

The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother founded Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in 1890. Since then, it has had six major expansions, and is now a 500+ bed teaching tertiary referral hospital. The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals (JACHO) has continuously accredited the Hospital since 1920, when it was one of the first to receive such recognition.

The philosophy of Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital School of Radiography emanates from the philosophy and four core values of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother and Ministry Health Care: Vision, Service, Presence, and Justice.

These values recognize the responsibility of providing qualified health care professionals through the education of individuals for the radiography profession.

Education is a continuous process of self-development and effecting behavioral changes that are necessary for the student to mature and enter society. Learning is a self-activity; with the learner utilizing individual potential and the teacher providing stimulation and guidance.

Students learn by study and application in planned experiences, progressing from the simple to the complex. An environment of acceptance and understanding facilitates learning. Depending on ability, interests, motivation, and goals, each individual's learning progresses in a different manner and at a different rate. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for the profession through instruction, study, and supervised clinical education

The faculty and Advisory Committee plan, coordinate, direct and evaluate this educational program on a continuing basis. Upon completion of the program, the graduate radiographer is awarded a certificate, which qualifies him or her to take the examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Those who pass this examination receive the title of Registered Technologist in Radiography ( RTR ).

The educational program consists of two major areas: Theory and Practice. The component parts are published in this catalog and in the School's Handbook, respectively.

Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital Mission Statement

To continually improve the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the community we serve.


School of Radiography Mission Statement

To provide learning opportunities to future health care professionals who will demonstrate problem solving, communication, and critical thinking skills that will develop the necessary professional values that will lead to life-long learning in the imaging technologies.

Graduates will be clinically competent to assist in continually improving the health and well-being of all people in the community they serve.


Program Outcome

Graduates will be clinically competent to assist in continually improving the health and well-being of all people in the community they service.


Goals and Student Outcomes:

Goal#1: To provide students/graduates with critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills necessary to perform as radiographers.
      Student Outcome 1.1:  Students will demonstrate an appropriate use of medical terminology when communicating with various healthcare professionals.
      Student Outcome 1.2:  Students will be able to perform alternative positions/projections when necessary to comply with patient limitations.
      Student Outcome 1.3:  Students/graduates will apply his/her knowledge of Radiation Physics, Imaging and Processing, and Anatomy and Physiology to obtain a diagnostically acceptable radiograph.
      Student Outcome 1.4:  Students/graduates will be able to accurately assess his/her finished radiograph for acceptability in patient position, technical factors, and overall film quality.


Goal #2:   To ensure that students/graduates demonstrate professional behaviors that are ethically and morally sound.
      Student Outcome 2.1:  Students/graduates will uphold professional integrity when performing radiographic exams on patients of all cultures.
      Student Outcome 2.2:  Students will maintain a good understanding of ethical and legal issues in healthcare.
      Student Outcome 2.3:  Students will gain a better understanding of ethical dilemmas that face healthcare professionals.


Goal #3:  To provide students/graduates with the skills necessary to be clinically competent.
      Student Outcome 3.1:  Student/graduate will assess the patient’s physical and cognitive condition for his/her ability to comply with standard exam protocol.
      Student Outcome 3.2:  Student/graduate will demonstrate good communication skills when conversing and interacting with his/her patient.
      Student Outcome 3.3:  Students will apply the basic radiation protection concepts of time, distance, and shielding on him and herself, staff and patient.


Goal #4:  To graduate students with the necessary educational background and clinical skills in the specified timeline outlined in the program’s mission and outcomes.
      Student Outcome 4.1:  Student will successfully pass the registry exam the first time.
      Student Outcome 4.2:  Student attrition rate will meet the minimum requirements set forth by the JRCERT.
      Student Outcome 4.3:  Graduates will state that the program prepared them to perform as an entry-level radiographer.
      Student Outcome 4.4:  Graduates will be employed or involved in continuing education within 6 months of graduation.
      Student Outcome 4.5:  Graduates will function as a productive part of a healthcare team.

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