Takoma Park, MD (July 30, 2014) Washington Adventist Hospital’s School of Radiography hosted its 46th and last graduation ceremony last week, awarding certificates to 11 graduates who completed the two-year program. The program has been transferred to Washington Adventist University (WAU), where it is now known as the radiologic technology program, part of the Department of Imaging. Students who complete WAU’s full-time program will earn an associates’ degree – which will be required of all students taking their national board exams, as of January, 2015.
WAU’s two-year radiologic technology program is designed to develop professional competence in the practice of radiography, and it prepares students for employment in hospitals, private offices and other locations within the healthcare system. The program is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).
The Washington Adventist Hospital radiography certificate program began in 1965 and graduated its first class in 1967. During its 48 years, the program produced nearly 400 graduates. In the past ten years, the program’s graduates have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their national board exams, which leads to employment. The program’s graduates have traditionally secured jobs within three months, and 80 percent of the graduates have remained in positions at Washington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, where they gained their practical experience.
The eleven new students who enrolled in Washington Adventist University’s radiologic technology program on July 7 will continue to gain the same practical experience at Washington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital as students in the old program. The WAU program will continue to provide them with approximately 2,200 hours of hospital experience – nearly twice that of other radiology programs.
For more information about WAU’s radiologic technology program, go to http://www.wau.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/41-academics/undergraduate-studies/870-radiologic-technology.
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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,185 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.