Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging (SOMI) is an equal opportunity education institution. Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging (SOMI) is a division of the Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital of the Bon Secours Richmond Health System. The School reports to the Bon Secours Richmond Board of Directors, which is the governing authority for the School.
History of the School
The School of Radiologic Technology was founded in 1971. The name was changed to St. Mary’s School of Radiologic Sciences in 1982. The program’s current name, St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging, was adopted in July 2002. The school once offered a program in Nuclear Medicine Technology and a two-year (24-months) certificate program in Radiologic Technology. Currently, the School offers an 18-month certificate program (approximately 72 weeks) in Radiologic Technology. The Health System is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, community-based health system whose mission is “To extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of our communities and bring good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved.” The Sisters of Bon Secours (French for “good help”), an international religious congregation devoted to the care of the poor and sick, was founded in Paris, France in 1824. In the United States, the congregation’s health care ministries, which are operated by the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., include acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ practices, home health care services, and hospices. Since 1966, St. Mary's Hospital has served Central Virginia, providing compassionate health care of the highest quality. The hospital is located in Richmond's West End at 5801 Bremo Road; Richmond, VA 23226.
St. Mary's Hospital Sponsoring Institution of the School
Since 1966, St. Mary's Hospital has served Central Virginia, providing compassionate health care of the highest quality. The hospital is located in Richmond's West End at 5801 Bremo Road; Richmond, VA 23226. St. Mary’s Hospital has proudly been the sponsoring institution for the School of Medical Imaging since 1971.
General Program Information
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging offers an 18-month (approximately 72 weeks) residential Radiologic Technology program designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as entry level Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists, also known as Radiographers. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for national credentialing through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists www.arrt.org.
The program welcomes individuals that meet all admissions requirements to apply during the application period posted on the website at www.mysomi.org. Program hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and consists of didactic and clinical components. The didactic portion of the program includes both lecture and labs, which are offered in traditional, on-ground format, held at the School campus. The clinical component utilizes a variety of health care sites approved by the JRCERT, to include hospitals, imaging centers, urgent care centers, freestanding emergency centers and orthopedic centers. Clinical hours will vary depending on individual clinical sites. During the 4th and 5th semesters, student clinical experience includes an evening clinical rotation of four weeks duration that includes: two (2) weeks at a hospital site during the timeframe of 1:00pm – 9:30pm and two (2) weeks at a KidMed Pediatric Urgent Care Center during the timeframe of 2:00pm – 10:00pm.
The School is a full-time residential program and does not offer distance education, part-time, evening or weekend classes.
Due to the fundamental integration of clinical and didactic components of the program, the outlined course curriculum posted on the website at www.mysomi.org does not allow for deviation or modification. Students are expected to maintain enrollment in line with the structured pace of all program courses.
Web-based Computer Applications
The School utilizes several web-based computer applications for student success.
The computer applications utilized are as follows:
- The Student Information System (SIS), CampusNexus®, contains all student demographic information, financial records, and academic records. The SIS also serves as a communication platform between students and school personnel.
- The Student Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard®, is utilized for course delivery, grading, student resources, and classroom communication.
- The School utilizes Trajecsys®, a cloud-based clinical documentation system, to track the student’s clinical progress in regards to exams, competencies, evaluations, and clinical attendance. Trajecsys also creates reports to measure program benchmarks.
Accreditation, Certification, and Assessment
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging Radiologic Technology program meets the requirements established by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), as recognized by the Department of Education. The program's latest self-evaluation report and certificate of accreditation are available for review.
Information on ABHES can be found at www.abhes.org or via contact information:
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314
N. Falls Church VA. 22043
Phone: (703) 917-9503
Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging meets the requirements established by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The program’s latest Self-Study documents and Accreditation Certificate are available for review.
Most Recent Site Visit: 04/18
Accreditation Status: 8 Years
Information on the JRCERT can be viewed at www.JRCERT.org. or contact information:
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging is certified to operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Information on SCHEV can be obtained at www.schev.edu or via contact information below:
101 N. 14th Street
10TH FL, James Monroe Bldg
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 225-2600
Program officials assess student learning outcomes on a regular basis to evaluate program effectiveness and integrity. The program implements change as new recommendations and requirements develop or as areas of concern are identified.
The program utilizes an assessment plan and assessment schedule and an advisory committee to guide ongoing evaluation and improvement. Ongoing assessment is a critical element to maintaining JRCERT accreditation.
Student participation in program assessment takes place through a variety of methods including: end of semester course evaluations, student evaluation of clinical instructors, advisory committee, student planning committee, and student surveys.
Program Mission, Goals, and Effectiveness Data
The Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive education in Radiologic Technology, which facilitates successful entry into the field of Diagnostic Medical Imaging. The School encourages students to embrace the values of Bon Secours Mercy Health and to further their professional and personal growth. Our program seeks to promote commitment to the integrity of the profession, to develop strong communication skills, and to foster the ability to work within a team environment.
Program Goals/Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will competently perform routine radiographic examinations.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will position patients correctly.
Students will practice radiation protection to patient, self and others.
- Students will develop effective critical thinking skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will perform non-routine radiographic examinations.
Students will select appropriate technical factors for examinations.
- Students will communicate professionally.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will effectively communicate verbally.
Students will communicate effectively through written format.
- Students will exhibit professionalism.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be respectful of patients.
Students will attend clinical assignments on time and are ready to perform in the clinical environment.
- The program will graduate entry-level technologists that possess the necessary skills to meet the needs of the profession.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Employers will report that the graduate possess the entry-level skills to prepare them for a career in the Imaging profession.
Graduates will be satisfied with their educational experience.
Graduates shall obtain employment in the Imaging profession.
Students will complete the program within a 27 month time frame.
Students will pass the ARRT national certification on the 1st attempt.
Employers will be satisfied with the performance of the graduates.
2016-2020 Program Effectiveness
Class Location, Campus and Safety
The Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging campus is located at:
8550 Magellan Parkway, Ste. 700
Richmond, VA 23227
To ensure campus safety all doors to the campus are locked. All students and school personnel are issued coded badges to access the building. Visitors must enter and exit through suite 1100 at the reception desk. Visitors must sign in, state the reason for visiting, be escorted to the desired location and upon departure sign out. Local police are contracted to provide security services prior to 9am and after 5pm.
Windsor Building Access Hours (Fall & Spring semesters):
Monday – Thursday: 7:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Summer Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm (Monday – Friday)
3/23/2020: In response to the COVID-19 national emergency, building hours of operation have been adjusted to prevent transmission; with access limited to two entry points for essential personnel, observing social distancing for the rest of the spring semester.
Enrollment, Acceptance, and ARRT Requirements
Please refer to our admissions page.
Competitive; approximately 20 students per year
Students are eligible to apply for national credentialing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) upon completion (Individual criteria for the ARRT, ASRT & School guidelines must be met by each graduate).