Radiography student participation in professional organizations

Kimberly Michael, Xuan Tran, Shelby Keller, Harlan Sayles, Tanya Custer

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Abstract

Purpose To gather data on educational program requirements for student membership in a state or national professional society, organization, or association. Methods A 10-question online survey about student involvement in professional societies was emailed to 616 directors of Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)-accredited radiography programs. Results A total of 219 responses were received, for a 36% response rate. Of these, 89 respondents (41%) answered that their programs require students to join a professional organization. The society respondents most often required (70%) was a state radiography society. Sixty respondents (68%) answered that students join a society at the beginning of the radiography program (from matriculation to 3 months in). Of programs requiring student membership in professional societies, 42 (49%) reported that their students attend the state or national society annual conference; however, participation in activities at the conferences and in the society throughout the year is lower than conference attendance. Discussion Some directors stated that although their programs' policies do not allow membership mandates, they encourage students to become members, primarily so that they can access webinars and other educational materials or information related to the profession. Conclusion Survey data showed that most JRCERT-accredited radiography programs support but do not require student membership in professional organizations. The data reveal that more programs have added those requirements in recent years. Increased student participation could be realized if programs mandated membership and supported it financially.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalRadiologic technology
Volume89
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Membership
  • Professional organization
  • Professional society
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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