Program Mission, Goals, & Effectiveness

Missions

The mission of the Bellevue College medical dosimetry program is to provide a strong didactic education in medical dosimetry that advances the student’s knowledge and develops current clinical skills to prepare graduates to become medical dosimetrists with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan treatments safely and competently and deliver quality patient care. The medical dosimetry program affirms the Bellevue College mission, vision and core values by placing the needs of students first and supporting and promoting the excellence of their efforts.

The program goals and outcomes to support this mission are:

Program Goal One: Students will be clinically competent as entry level dosimetrists:

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Students will develop appropriate treatment plans
  • Student will apply principles of radiation physics and treatment planning fundamentals to clinical practice
  • Student will apply/follow appropriate principles of radiation protection
  • Student will apply appropriate ethical and legal practices

Program Goal Two: Students/graduates will be able to effectively communicate in all aspects of medical dosimetry

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with members of the oncology team.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with patients

Program Goal Three: Students/graduates will be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving in analyzing dosimetry scenarios

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills in clinical situations
  • Students will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills in didactic situations
  • Graduates will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills

Program Goal Four: Students will exhibit professional growth in the program and after graduation

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Students will join the AAMD
  • Graduates will participate in life-long learning for continual professional growth

Program Effectiveness over the Past 3 Years:

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – 2010 through 2013

This is the number of students who pass the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB) certification examination in medical dosimetry on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program. Our first graduates took the exam in 2011. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2011 through 2013 is 83%. Ten of the twelve graduates of this program who took the exam passed the exam.

Job Placement Rate – 2010 through 2013

This is the number of students that gain employment in medical dosimetry within six months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment.  The program’s job placement rate as an average from the years 2010 through 2013 is 93%. Thirteen of the fourteen graduates gained employment in medical dosimetry.

Program Completion Rate – September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. Four (4) students entered the program in September 2012 and two (2) graduated from the program in August 2013. The program’s completion rate for this group of students is 50%.

Also available at www.jrcert.org