Radiography AAS

 

The Radiography Program provides a comprehensive curriculum and educational experiences for students who wish to become integral members of the health care team. The program affords each student with educational opportunities to develop competence in critical thinking, technical skills and interpersonal communication necessary for the practice of diagnostic radiography. Competence is achieved through the integrated use of lecture, laboratory activities, small group presentations, research, and clinical education experiences. Students gain proficiency in the safe application of the principles of ionizing radiation in both diagnostic and fluoroscopic procedures.

Career Pathway

Interested students should review the following website for information about being a student in Radiography and the career at large. https://www.asrt.org/students. Accreditation of the program is by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), www.jrcert.org 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182, telephone 312-704-5300. This is the national accrediting commission for Radiography programs. Graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), www.arrt.org.

Radiography Program Outcomes

 

Mission & Goals

Mission and Goals

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Radiography has a mission consistent with the mission of Montgomery County Community College. The program recognizes that students differ in their needs, interests, and aspirations. As a result, the program is organized to assist and prepare students for the level of technical competence required to become highly qualified and successful radiographers. The program will provide students with meaningful educational experiences.

The goals of this program are to produce:

  1. Students and graduates who function as competent, entry-level professionals that meet the healthcare needs of the community.
    • Students will be able to adequately perform procedures at entry level competence.
    • Students will select appropriate technical factors for quality patient exams.
    • Students will demonstrate proper radiation practices.
  2. Students and graduates who will demonstrate appropriate, professional communication skills.
    • Students will use appropriate vocabulary and language to orally convey information, concepts and ideas.
    • Students will use a systematic approach to locate and use information to plan and write professional papers.
  3. Students/graduates who will develop and practice effective problem solving skills and critical thinking skills.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to alter technical factors in response to various changes in the clinical setting.
    • Students will produce solutions to real-world clinical problems.
    • Students will evaluate radiographic images for appropriate positioning and image quality.
  4. Students/graduates who will conduct him/herself in a professional manner.
    • Students will recognize acceptable professional behaviors.
    • Students will practice appropriate professional behaviors.
    • Graduates will demonstrate an overall professional demeanor in the workplace.
    • Students will discuss the importance of professional development or career advancement.

The Program assesses these four goals and their specific student learning outcomes on an annual basis. In addition, a Program Effectiveness goal which includes ARRT pass rate, program completion, job placement, students and employer satisfaction are assessed annually. This plan is housed in the Program Directors office and can be viewed at any time by request of the student.

Admission

Admissions Guidelines and Procedures

The Radiography Program is a full-time, six continuous semester program. Students wishing to participate in the Radiography Program must present the following credentials prior to enrolling in RAD 100.  Additionally a waitlist will be maintained for RAD 100:

  1. Meet with an academic advisor
  2. Be at least 18 years of age to participate in any of the RAD courses. Students under the age of 18 may complete any prerequisite or co-requisite courses at the College level in accordance with College policy.
  3. Submit high school transcript or GED scores. Applicants must have completed at least one year of biology, chemistry and mathematics or equivalent.
  4. Submit official college transcript(s), if applicable, no later than February 1st of the year of enrollment.
  5. Submit one of the following:                                                 

            a. ACT score composite of 18 or above, or
            b. SAT score of a minimum of 1000, or
            c. SAT I or SAT Reasoning combined math and verbal/critical reading score of a minimum of 920 total, or
            d.  College transcript including 14 semester hours consisting of two 4 credit laboratory science courses and two 3 credit courses from the general education component of the Radiography curriculum. Grades for the four courses must each be a "C" or better and result in a GPA of at least 2.5. The 14 credits will be used for evaluation purposes.

  1. All applicants must complete the College placement tests in English, Mathematics, and Reading and must place above the developmental level in English and Reading and at or above MAT 011 prior to enrolling in RAD 100 (Introduction to Radiography).
  2. All science courses must be successfully completed within 5 years prior to enrolling in RAD 100.
  3. Complete BIO 131 or transfer equivalent with a “C” or better ON THE FIRST ATTEMPT within the last 5 years of the date of enrollment in RAD 100
  4. Complete BIO 132 or transfer equivalent with a “C” or better ON THE FIRST ATTEMPT within the last 5 years in the date of enrollment in RAD 100
  5. Complete MAT 100 or higher or transfer equivalent with a “C” or better ON THE FIRST ATTEMPT within the last 5 years in the date of enrollment in RAD 100
  6. It is recommended that other required general education and core courses are completed prior to enrolling in RAD 100.
  7. Complete all health and safety requirements for health career students*.  The following must be completed AFTER successful registration in RAD 100.  Documentation must be verified by the program director no later than July 1st of the enrollment year.  Submission of these materials after July 1st will result in the student being dropped from the course.  Once students have registered for RAD 100, student MUST meet with the program director in  HSC 1702 to obtain direction on how to complete the following requirements:
  • Comprehensive physical examination using Physical Form “A” with all required vaccinations and boosters, including at least an influenza vaccine, the first of 3 HEP B vaccinations or a signed Hepatitis B waiver
  • Drug Screen meeting all College guidelines for enrolling in a health career
  • PPD or Quantiferon Gold test
  • CPR certification for the health care professional
  • PA Criminal Background Record Check **
  • Child Abuse History Clearance **
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check **
  • Purchase liability Insurance from Healthcare Providers Service Organization HPSO   

13. Students are responsible to submit required forms and other materials as per current program policy.   Student may incur additional costs which will be publicized on the website. Please check back to the website for further information.


* Requirements must be completed within 6 months of enrolling in the RAD 100 (Introduction to Radiography).
** A Child Abuse History will and a Criminal Record may exclude the student from enrolling in the Radiography Program
*** Due to class limitations, the College does not guarantee continuous enrollment between non- Radiography and Radiography courses.

Standards

Technical Performance Standards

The admissions policies of the Radiography Program do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, marital status, age or mental/physical handicaps. The following is an outline of performance standards relative to Radiography.

Applicants must possess sufficient strength, coordination and manual dexterity to:

  • transport, move, lift or transfer patients from a wheelchair or litter to an x-ray table or to a patient's bed;
  • move, adjust and manipulate a variety of x-ray equipment with respect to the patient and image receptor according to established procedures and standards of speed and accuracy ( to include mobile equipment) and;
  • physically place patients in proper positions for x-ray examinations according to established procedures and standards of speed and accuracy.

Applicants must be capable of:

  • handing stressful situations related to technical, procedural or patient care situations;
  • communicating effectively in order to explain and direct patients as it pertains to their radiographic procedure;
  • providing physical and emotional support to patients during procedures;
  • physically responding to situations requiring first aid or emergency care of patients until more qualified help can arrive and;
  • visually reviewing and evaluating radiographic images to identify shades of gray, proper patient positions, proper exposure factors and other appropriate technical qualities.

Requirements

Program Requirements

Once enrolled in RAD 100 (Introduction to Radiography), students are required to:

  1. Attend the program orientation.
  2. Review the technical standards for the profession of Radiography.  These can be found at on our Radiography Program page
  3. Purchase all required textbooks and manuals.
  4. Purchase a Radiography Program uniform kit to include name pin, scrubs, lab coat, proper footwear and positioning markers.
  5. Assume all responsibility for transportation to and from the clinical education centers  assigned.
  6. Complete the Radiography Program within four academic years of the date of the initial enrollment in the program.
  7. Successful completion of one of the following to demonstrate proof of computer literacy prior to enrolling in Radiography courses: 
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency obtained through life experiences;
  • Demonstrate computer skills obtained at another academic institution including high school or acquired through on the job training,
  • Complete a computer science course such as CIS 100.
  1. Obtain annual physical, influenza vaccine and urine drug screen, which are to be verified by the program director by July 1st each year.
  2. Maintain CPR certification for health care professionals
  3. Maintain student liability insurance while in program  

Curriculum

Curriculum

First Semester—Summer

BIO 131 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 132 Anatomy and Physiology II 4

MAT 100, MAT 106, or higher

(11 Credit Hours)

  3

Second Semester—Fall

RAD 100 Introduction to Radiography 3
RAD 102 Radiographic Exposure and Technique I 3
RAD 104 Clinical Education I 3
RAD 111 Radiographic Procedures I 3
ENG 101

(15 Credits)
English Composition 1 3

Third Semester—Spring

SPC 110 or SPC 120 Speech Communication or Public Speaking 3
RAD 105 Radiation Physics 2
RAD 113 Principles of Digital Imaging 3
RAD 114 Clinical Education II 3
RAD 121
(14 Credit Hours)
Radiographic Procedures II 3

Fourth Semester—Summer

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
RAD 124
(7 Credit Hours)
Clinical Education III 4

Fifth Semester—Fall

RAD 103 Radiation Protection and Biology 3
RAD 214 Clinical Education IV 4
RAD 221 Radiographic Procedures III 3
  Core Goal 6: Intellectual Heritage  3

Sixth Semester—Spring

ENG 115 Written Communication 3
RAD 224 Clinical Education V 4
RAD 230 Radiographic Pathology 2
RAD 250
(10 Credit Hours)
Professional Issues in Radiography 1

PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM TOTAL: 70 CREDITS

Revised: 10/20, 8/17, 7/17, 3/17, 8/16, 6/16, 5/14, 12/13, 11/13, 4/11, 2/11, 4/10, 5/09, 4/08

 

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