Radiographic Imaging Program
The Radiographic Imaging curriculum includes general studies, basic courses and technical courses. The technical component of the curriculum includes either a traditional classroom or distance education format as well as campus laboratory practice and clinical education. The distance education format is available to qualified students enrolled at our partner institutions, which are Clark State Community College and Northwest State Community College. These courses will be archived and available 24/7 via the Rhodes State course management system. Every attempt will be made to assign distance education students to clinical rotations within their geographical area. Laboratory experiences for the distance education students will be held at the Rhodes State Campus.
The Radiographic Imaging Program provides a structured approach to the technical skills necessary to safely administer radiation to patients while providing physicians with optimal diagnostic information. The program offers variable completion options that allow students to graduate as soon as all classes and clinical requirements are met. A minimum of five semesters is required for the A.A.S. degree.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree from Rhodes State College and is eligible to take the examination in radiography of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Graduates of the program find employment as radiographers in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices and mobile units, as well as numerous specialty fields including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and vascular procedures.
In addition, radiography is considered the foundation for careers in diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), radiation therapy and nuclear medicine. Graduates may also qualify for job opportunities with commercial firms and (once advanced academic credentials are obtained), may compete for faculty appointments in radiography education as well as radiology administration positions.
Program Mission Statement
The Radiographic Imaging Program prepares competent, professional radiographers.
- Goal 1. Students who demonstrate competent performance in the clinical setting.
1.1 Students who apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, and radiographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on an image receptor.
1.2 Students who can determine exposure factors to achieve optimum images with minimum exposure to the patient.
1.3 Students who apply principles of radiation protection for the patient, self, and others.
- Goal 2. Students who communicate and function effectively as members of the health care team.
2.1 Students who communicate effectively with patients and staff.
2.2 Students who demonstrate ability to effectively meet written criteria.
2.3 Students who work cooperatively with co-workers.
- Goal 3. Students who possess problem solving and critical thinking skills.
3.1 Students who can adapt routine procedures to accommodate patient condition.
3.2 Students are able to critique images for quality.
- Goal 4. Facilitate development of high ethical standards and professional skills.
4.1 Students who display professionalism.
4.2 Students who display diversity awareness.
- Goal 5. Meet community health care needs by graduating skilled entry-level radiographers.
5.1 Students who complete the program.
5.2 Students who pass the ARRT examination on first attempt.
5.3 Graduates who express satisfaction with program.
5.4 Graduates who find employment in field.
5.5 Employers who express satisfaction with graduates.
The Radiographic Imaging Program is accredited by the: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The program has held this accreditation status since inception in 1976.
Notice to Prospective or Current Radiographic Imaging Students
You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. You may not be able to participate in clinical education experiences at some hospitals or other clinical sites thereby preventing you from completing the program. A criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining a license or certificate in your chosen healthcare profession.
All applicants accepted to Rhodes State College must be able to meet the technical standards of the program of study for which they enroll. Students are asked to review the standards and to sign a form certifying that they have read, understood, and are able to meet the standards. Students are provided the technical standards information upon selection of their program of study. A more detailed explanation is available in the General Prep Manual.
For More Information, Contact:
Distance Education Coordinator of Radiographic Imaging
Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium