For the third consecutive year, 100 percent of Essex County College’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and Radiography graduates passed their respective required national licensing exam on the first try. Both programs are part of the College’s Allied Health offerings.


In addition to all 21 PTA graduates who took the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy exam passing, they also scored higher than the national average. Likewise, all 13 Radiography graduates passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) on their initial attempt. The perfect passing rate is also higher than the national averages.


Students in both programs, part of the Division of Nursing & Allied Heath, earn Associate in Applied Science degrees from Essex.


“This is very gratifying. These results show that we have excellent programs that are staffed by superior faculty who devote themselves to our students,” said Dr. Jill Stein, Dean of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) & Health Sciences.


Dr. Christine Stutz-Doyle, PTA program coordinator, said she is also pleased that the graduates have all received job offers and some have already started working, two months removed from graduation. Several graduates are immediately working to earn bachelor degrees.


Radiography Program Coordinator Darlyn Warner said she gratified that the graduates passed the extensive ARRT exam (with 220 questions) on the first try. “Employers are looking for qualified technologists and our students are very well prepared to accept these positions.”


Some of the Radiography graduates are now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging. Another graduate was admitted into the highly selective Radiation Therapy Technologist program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Professor Warner said one six students are admitted per year into the program and this is the second consecutive year one has been an Essex graduate.


“Our successes are due to extremely hard work and dedication by everyone. It has been accomplished by the work from our students, faculty, and clinical affiliates with the full support of the College,” said Dr. Stutz-Doyle.




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