Program of Study

Radiography, AAS

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Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
BIO 163  Basic Anatomy & Physiology
ENG 111  Writing & Inquiry
HRD *** College Student Success 0 0 0 0
RAD 110  Radiography Introduction & Patient Care
RAD 111  RAD Procedures I 3
RAD 151  RAD Clinical Education I
RAD 181  RAD Clinical Elective
    Totals 12 18
Spring Semester 1
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting 3 0 0 3
RAD 112  RAD Procedures II
RAD 121  Radiographic Imaging I
RAD 161  RAD Clinical Education II 15 
choose one of the following:        
MAT 110 Mathematical Measurement & Literacy 2 2 0 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
    Totals 10 15  18 
Summer Semester 1
CIS 111  Basic PC Literacy
RAD 122  Radiographic Imaging II
RAD 131  Radiographic Physics I
RAD 171  RAD Clinical Education III 12 
    Totals 3 12  10 
Fall Semester 2
PSY 150  General Psychology
RAD 211  RAD Procedures III
RAD 231  Radiographic Physics II
RAD 241  Radiobiology Protection
RAD 251  RAD Clinical Education IV 21 
    Totals 8 21  17 
Spring Semester 2
HUM 110 Technology & Society 3 0 0 3
RAD 245  Image Analysis
RAD 261  RAD Clinical Education V 21 
RAD 271  Radiography Capstone
    Totals 4 21  13 

Mission Statement
The mission of Southwestern Community College’s Radiography Program is to meet the needs of the students by offering innovative instruction through comprehensive educational practices that promote student achievement and academic excellence, which will enable the student to graduate with the necessary skills to succeed as a radiographer or to continue with other educational goals.
 
 
Program Effectiveness Goal: Students will be able to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice as a radiographerProgram data is available at www.jrcert.org
Student Learning Outcomes:     Students will complete the program.  Benchmark: Retention of ≥75%.
Students will pass the Registry Exam on the 1st attempt. Benchmark: 5 year average of ≥80%
                                                                Graduates will find employment within 6 months of graduation.
                                                                Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
                                                                Employers will be satisfied with the graduate’s performance

Radiography Program Effectiveness Data:

Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography exam) pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within six months of graduation.
Year Percent Passing on 1st Attempt Number of Students
2009 100% 13 of 13 students passed on 1st attempt.
2010 90% 9 of 10 students passed on 1st attempt.
2011 91% 10 of 11 students passed on 1st attempt.
2012 92% 11 of 12 students passed on 1st attempt.
2013 100% 9 of 9 students passed on 1st attempt.
5 Year Average 94.6%  

Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within 12 months of graduation.

Year Percent Job Placement Number of students
2009 100% 4 out of 13 employed
2 out of 13 continued education
7 out of 13 not actively seeking
2010 100% 8 out of 10 employed
2 out of 10 continued education
2011 100% 3 out 12 employed
3 out of 12 students continued education
6 out of 12 not actively seeking
2012 100% 8 out of 12 employed
1 out of 12 continued education
3 out of 12 not actively seeking
2013 100% 6 out of 11 employed
5 out of 11 not actively seeking
5 Year Average 100%  

Program Completion Rate

Year Percent Completion Number of students
2009 74% 19 started, 14 completed
2010 71% 14 started, 10 completed
2011 67% 18 started, 12 completed
2012 80% 15 started, 12 completed
2013 85% 13 started, 11 completed
5 Year Average 75.4%  

Goal: Students will think critically.
Student Learning Outcomes:     Students will perform non-routine procedures.
                                                                Students will be able to perform image evaluation.
Goal: Students will demonstrate professionalism.
Student Learning Outcomes:     Students will demonstrate professional behaviors.
                                                                Students will understand ethics.
                                                                Students will understand the importance of professional organizations.                               
Goal: Students will communicate effectively.
Student Learning Outcomes:     Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
                                                                Students will demonstrate effective oral and interpersonal skills
Goal:  Students will be clinically competent.
Student Learning Outcomes:     Students will set appropriate exposure factors.
                                                                Students will correctly position patients for routine projections.
                                                                Students will practice radiation protection.

 
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Individuals desiring a career in radiography should take courses in biology, algebra and the physical sciences prior to entering the program.

The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Applications and supporting documents listed in Phase I below must be completed and submitted by March 1 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.
 
Students must also be able to pass a technical standards exam.  This exam will be conducted by program faculty prior to entrance into the program.  This exam demonstrates that a student has the ability to meet certain physical demands which he/she will likely face while in the clinical educational setting.  Areas to be evaluated include: communication, cognitive skills, mobility skills, motor skills, physical stamina, and sensory skills (hearing, tactile, smell, etc.).  Students who cannot meet the technical stands will not be eligible for admission into the program.
 
PHASE I - To be completed by March 1
The applicant must:

  1. Complete an application for admission to the Program.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED). Exception: current high school students.
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office. 
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following methods:
    1. Take and pass the basic components of the Computerized Placement Test.  These consist of algebra, arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar and basic computer skills.  The test is administered several times each week on the Jackson and Macon  Campuses and is free of charge.  To schedule a test session, contact Testing Services at 828.339.4332.  If you do not pass the basic components of the placement test, you must enroll in and successfully complete the appropriate developmental coursework prior to entrance into the program .  If you are unsuccessful in achieving the appropriate cut-off scores in any component of the test, please see the academic retest policy.
    2. Appropriate SAT or ACT scores and successful completion of high school or college computer literacy course within the past six years. See admissions section for additional details. 
    3. Provide an official high school transcript indicating graduation within the last five years with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.6 and completion of a "fourth math" beyond Algebra II.
    4. Successful completion of a college-level math, algebra, English and computer literacy course.
  6. Be eighteen (18) years of age by the midterm of first semester  of the year admitted to the program.
  7. Complete a minimum of 8 hours (24 hours to receive maximum points) of observation time in a Radiology Department.  Applicants  will be evaluated by facility staff during observation time.  This evaluation will be used as part of the selection criteria.  Applicants must meet with a member of the program faculty (Meg Petty or Kim Argo) to obtain Observation and Evaluation Forms prior to observing.  
  8. Take the TEAS-Allied Health exam. The TEAS-Allied Health exam must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken once per academic year. This is not a pass or fail test. It is used to measure your potential to be successful in the program. For more information, visit www.southwesterncc.edu/testing-center/teas-allied-health-test-essential-academic-skills-allied-health

 PHASE II
All candidates who complete Phase I by the program deadline will be reviewed and the top candidates (up to 30), based on GPA and TEAS-Allied Health score, will be scheduled for a personal interview.  Applicants will be notified of date and time.
All interviewees will be scored using the following point system:

  1. GPA – Up to 40 points (GPA multiplied by 10).
  2. TEAS-Allied Health – Up to 15 points.
  3. Observation/Evaluation – Up to 10 points.
    1. Observation Hours:                         
      1. 8 hours = 1 point
      2. 9-16 hours = 2 points
      3. 17-24 hours = 4 points
    2. Clinical Observation Evaluation - up to 6 points
  4. Interview – Up to 35 points                               
    1. Students will receive points during the interview for General Education Courses, Educational Experience and Current Licensure.  Points will be assigned on a sliding scale based on the following:
      1. BIO 163, ENG 111, ENG 114, MAT 110, CIS 111, PSY 150, HUM Elective completed with a grade of “C” or better. 
      2. Health Occupations/Allied Health courses completed with a grade of “C” or better in high school.
      3. Currently licensed Nurse Aide I/Nurse Aide II, LPN or EMT.  Documentation must be submitted to Admissions prior to the deadline to receive points.
      4. Interview skills and professional presentation  

  
After the interview process is completed and points have been totaled, the applicants with the highest numerical scores will be  accepted into the program (up to 19 students). High school students selected for the program will be given provisional acceptance contingent upon graduation from high school. Students enrolled in developmental courses will be given provisional acceptance contingent upon successful completion of those courses by spring, before the start of program in fall.
 
PHASE III
Selected applicants will be notified by the Admissions Office of provisional acceptance to the program. Once an applicant returns the signed Acknowledgement of Acceptance form to the Admissions Office, they will be fully accepted into the program.

Accepted applicants will receive health forms in their provisional acceptance packet. The completed medical forms must indicate that you are capable of meeting the physical requirements for the program.  These forms must be completed and returned to the Program Coordinator within 30 days.  Failure to complete the health packet may result in relinquishment of full acceptance status.
 
Documentation of current CPR certification is required by September of the first Fall Semester and must be kept current throughout the length of the program. American Heart CPR Certification is highly recommended.
 
ACADEMIC STANDARDS
The program requires that students maintain a high level of academic and clinical performance. Failure to meet these standards will prevent normal progression through the program.
 
Notice:
Candidates for certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) must comply with the “Rules of Ethics” contained in the ARRT Standards of Ethics. Any conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations must be investigated by the ARRT in order to determine eligibility for the certification examination. Additional information may be obtained from the program director.
 
Declared Pregnant Student
Federal and state regulations were modified in 1994 to introduce the term “declared pregnant worker.” Under these regulations, each student may declare her pregnancy in writing to the program director. However, it is the student’s option whether or not to declare the pregnancy. The student may decide to declare the pregnancy as soon as conception is confirmed, or at any time during the pregnancy. Once that pregnancy is declared, this institution is required to ensure that the unborn child does not receive more than 500 millirem during the term of the pregnancy, as determined by the radiation dosimeter which is worn at waist level under the apron. In the event that a student has already received 450 or greater millirem from the date of conception to the date of that the pregnancy is declared the regulations permit the unborn child to receive a maximum of 50 millirem during the remaining term of the pregnancy. It is up to each student to make her own decision regarding the declaration of the pregnancy. In all cases, this institution requires that radiation doses to the student and to the unborn child shall be maintained “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA).

Further information regarding student pregnancy may be found in the Radiography Student Policy Manual.
 
STUDENT POLICY MANUAL
Students entering the program will receive a Student Policy Manual. This manual outlines the policies and procedures to be followed over the course of the program. Upon request, this document is available to interested persons. These requests should be made directly to program officials.
 
CLINICAL EDUCATION
Selected learning experience (clinical education) will be provided at cooperating hospitals or other health care facilities within the area served by the College.  Transportation and associated expenses are the sole responsibility of the student.
 
 NOTES:

  1. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary  records to the Admissions Office.
  2. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  3. Applicants may take non-radiography, general education and  related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  4. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to enrollment each academic year. The results of these tests could affect the student's ability to progress in the program.
  5. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.
  6. A student who presents problems of physical or emotional health at any time throughout the program and has not responded to appropriate treatment within a reasonable period of time may be required to withdraw from the program.  Any student whose behavior conflicts with safety may also be required to withdraw from the program.

Degree: 

AAS

Program ID: 

A45700

Total Credits (Min): 

76

Eligible for Financial Aid: 

Yes