Cumberland County College Radiography Program Awarded Maximum Reaccreditation

Monday, December 12, 2016
If you’ve used radiographic imaging services in the region, chances are you have encountered a graduate of Cumberland County College’s elite radiography program. Cumberland has a proven track record for preparing its students for successful careers in health care.

Accreditation for Cumberland County College’s associate degree radiography program was recently renewed by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.

Cumberland’s program was evaluated following a site visit in May 2016, and assessed according to the “Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography.” Specialized accreditation awarded by the JRCERT assures students and the public of quality professional education in the radiologic sciences.

“Our students come to Cumberland County College because they know that we have an exceptional faculty who deliver the highest level of academic experience,” said the college’s president, Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez. “It's validating when external evaluation agencies also recognize that.”

Cumberland County College’s radiography accreditation is valid for a period of 8 years—the maximum duration that may be awarded by the JRCERT. Cumberland’s previous radiography accreditation also received the maximum 8-year award status.

“Radiography Director Robert Champa and Clinical Coordinator Barbara Peacock are a major part of why Cumberland’s radiography program thrives and has a good reputation,” said Radiography Lab Assistant Joanne Salvatore. “Year after year I am amazed at the level of their caring and hard work to make sure each student obtains their personal goal of becoming capable and efficient technologists."

Cumberland County College’s radiography graduates have achieved a pass rate of 96.1% on the ARRT Examination (in their first attempt) over the last five years. This assures potential employers that Cumberland graduates are well prepared for employment.

“I always knew I wanted to go into the health care field,” said Christina Vassallo of Newfield. “I knew Cumberland County College had a radiography program, so I decided to shadow a radiology technologist at Newcomb Hospital to see exactly what the job entailed. I loved it and immediately signed up for the program.”

A 2003 graduate of Cumberland’s radiography program, Vassallo now works as a Radiology Technologist at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, and as a Computed Tomography Technologist at Cooper University Hospital.

“I feel that Cumberland County College truly prepared me for my career,” Vassallo added. “It was a tough program, but I worked hard and was very confident in my field when I finished. I got a job immediately after finishing school at the hospital where I was doing my clinical rotation.”

Cumberland County College’s radiography program offers its students the education and hands-on clinical experience needed to enter a challenging and rewarding career. The program uses 10 hospitals, one health center, and four imaging centers—located in six counties—as Clinical Education Centers.

“One of my favorite things about my job is that it gives me the opportunity to see all of the graduates of our program flourishing and happy in their chosen careers as radiologic technologists,” said Clinical Coordinator Barbara Peacock. “I am thrilled to say that I have helped so many achieve their dream.”

Cumberland’s radiography program will accept 25 students for the class beginning in September 2017. Because of this small class size, students benefit from a high degree of consistency and individual attention to their needs during the course of their education.

For more information about the radiography program at Cumberland County College, log onto http://www.cccnj.edu/academics/radiography