Perception of final year radiography students towards the proposed six-year Doctor of Radiography/Medical Imaging program
Keywords:Doctoral degree program, Medical Imaging students, Perception, Radiographers
Introduction: Medical imaging or radiography as a profession has evolved considerably. As a result, the radiography/medical imaging program would need to be upgraded to keep up with the changes. The purpose of this study was to find out how final-year radiography students feel about the proposed six-year Doctor of Radiography/Medical Imaging program.
Methods: From June to October 2021, a cross-sectional study of final-year radiography students was undertaken at the University of Cape Coast. All students received pilot tested questionnaires through email. There were 29 questions in all, grouped into three sections A, B and C. Data was analyzed statistically with the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 25.
Results: This survey drew a total of 83 students, with 62 males (75%) and 21 females (25%) participating. The mean of all the listed items in section B was 1.78 while C was 1.77. This indicated strong optimistic about the proposed program's ability to generate high-quality, exceptional and diverse imaging specialists.
Conclusion: The final year students had a favorable perception toward the proposed six-year Doctor of Radiography/Medical Imaging program. As a result, they are confident that the program would result in more flexible imaging experts than the four-year bachelor's degree.
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