DALLAS TWP. – The 17-member Misericordia University Medical Imaging Program spring graduating class passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination in radiography shortly after completing the requirements for the bachelor’s degree program.

For the past 29 years, the medical imaging program has routinely experienced higher pass rates the national average. Since October 1988, 518 graduates have taken the ARRT radiography examination and 490 have passed on their first attempt, resulting in an overall pass rate of 94.6 percent.

Over the past five years, Misericordia University first-time test-takers hold 94.2 percent pass rate. The national five-year average for the ARRT examination is 89.42 percent.

Members of the May 2017 graduating class from Misericordia University are: Nicole Bechtel, Tamaqua; Benjamin Becker, Swoyersville; Alexis Burkavage, Honesdale; Emily Donovan, Whitesboro, N.Y.; Corey Dulsky, Dallas; Donya Forst, Hopatcong, N.J.; Morgan Hanadel, Luzerne; Hailey Hoherchak, Jim Thorpe; Melissa Kazmerick, Exeter; Brynn Lehatto, Tamaqua; Alison Machey, McAdoo; Alyssa Machey, McAdoo; James Murray, Forty Fort; Sarah Ostroski, Athens; Bradley Pfahl, Nicholson; Shelby Rinaldi, Pittston, and Marya Zarei, Dallas.

AART is the largest credentialing organization in the world. It seeks to ensure high-quality patient care in radiologic technology, according to the accrediting body.

It tests and certifies technologists and administer continuing education and ethics requirements for its annual registration.

Misericordia University has the only Bachelor of Science degree program in northeastern Pennsylvania, and is one of two in the state. There are 33 academic programs in the nation accredited by ARRT.

The program features six full-time faculty members with more than 90 years of combined professional and academic experience in multiple disciplines.

The medical imaging program also has strong relationships with 29 clinical sites in the region, some of which have been with the program since its inception in 1973.

These relationships afford Misericordia students valuable clinical internships at prestigious facilities that provide real-world experience.

Students majoring in medical imaging at Misericordia concentrate on radiography until their senior. During their senior year, students have an internship that affords them clinical education experience in advanced imaging modalities.

A career in medical imaging offers numerous opportunities due to the myriad of specialty fields. Medical imaging majors, for example, can specialize in radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and computer tomography to name a few.

There also are opportunities in education, management and sales in the imaging sciences.

For more information about the medical imaging program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/mi.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 45 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 edition of Best Colleges and also was recognized as a “Best Value’’ school by the publication.

The Princeton Review named Misericordia a 2017 Best Northeastern College.