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  Oct 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Radiography, A.S.


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Program Design

The Radiography associate degree program enables graduates to work as radiographers. Radiographers provide patient services with the use of imaging equipment, as directed by physicians qualified to order radiologic procedures. They are responsible for exercising independent judgment in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures by adapting the variable technical parameters of the procedure to the condition of the patient, and by initiating lifesaving first aid and basic life support procedures as necessary during medical emergencies.

Scholastic Preparation and Admission Process

Radiography Program relies on a selective admission, which uses specific admissions criteria.  The admission criteria require that the students have completed the following prerequisites:

  • BIO 211 and 212  Anatomy & Physiology (2 semesters with a lab)
    • Completed within 5 years of the application deadline
    • Required grade of C or better
  • MAT 172 College Algebra
    • Completed within 5 years of the application deadline
    • Required grade of C or better
  • COM 173 Effective Speaking or COM 172 Interpersonal Communication
  • ENG 101 English Composition

The minimum overall GPA requirement is 2.5.  Also required for admission to the Radiography Program is a health care application, a clinical observation is required and an interview.  Technical standards for the program are available upon request.  More information or questions on specific criteria for program acceptance and the admission process is available from the Admissions Office at 860-512-3210 or the Mathematics, Science & Health Careers division office at 860-512-2704.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and prepares graduates for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).           

The JRCERT has been authorized by the United States Office of Education to accredit educational programs for Radiography and Radiation Therapy.  The standards are located at JRCERT.org.  If students do not feel the program is in compliance with the JRCERT standards may call or write to the JRCERT at:

              The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
              20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
              Chicago, IL 60606-3182
              Phone: (312) 704-5300
              Fax: (312) 704-5304
              Web: www.jrcert.org
              eMail: mail@jcert.org

Curriculum

The program begins each August and continues through two years, including the summer semester.  Classes with a RAD designation and clinical experience are offered during the day.  After a short orientation students begin the clinical experience in conjunction with classes held at the college. 

Modifications to the MCC academic calendar will be made for the clinical courses to enhance the clinical experience.  Students can expect to begin their clinical course 1-3 weeks prior to the scheduled date on the MCC calendar. Specific dates for the year are published in the student handbook and are published on the MCC catalog for the semester.

Clinical Instruction will take place at the following sites:

  • Hartford Hospital Radiology Department, Hartford, CT
  • Mid State Medical Center Radiology Department, Meriden,  CT
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Glastonbury Satellite Office
  • Jefferson Radiology, P.C., Hartford, CT facility

Note:  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from class and clinical assignments.

Due to standards from The Joint Commission, students are advised that the healthcare facilities to which they are assigned for clinical rotations may require that they submit a criminal background check, required immunization records and other documentation needed to meet the standards. Manchester Community College cannot be responsible for finding an alternate clinical placement for a student who fails to meet the required hospital requirements.  A student who is unable to complete the required clinical experience will be unable to complete the requirements for the associate degree in Radiography but may be able to apply some or all of the credits completed to an associate degree in General Studies.  Students are advised to meet with an MCC Counselor to discuss degree completion requirements.  Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply for participation in the American Registry of Radiologic Technology Certification Exam. For specific requires for eligibility please visit ARRT.org.  Once you have received certification from the ARRT by successfully completing the national exam, you will be eligible to work in any state. Many states require licensure prior to your employment. You can access licensure information on each state by contacting the state’s department of labor.  Students are responsible for hospital parking fees, uniforms and miscellaneous expenses.

Learning Outcomes


Program Mission

The mission of the Radiography Program is to provide a JRCERT accredited education program that will utilize a learner centered approach in developing radiography students with the necessary academic and clinical knowledge to function as competent Radiographers.

Goals

Program Effectiveness Measures:

  • Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt
  • Graduates will obtain employment in the field of radiology
  • The program will provide competent graduates for the community
  • Students will be satisfied with didactic course instruction
  • Students will be satisfied with clinical instruction
     

Goal One: Students will demonstrate critical thinking.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will accurately identify diagnostic quality radiographs and make appropriate changes to correct non-diagnostic images
  • Students will perform and evaluate competency procedures
     

Goal Two: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will communicate effectively in the clinical setting
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication
     

Goal Three: Students will exhibit the ethical and professional behaviors appropriate of a health care professional.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will display professionalism in the clinical setting
  • Students demonstrate professional growth through participation in continuing education and professional activities
     

Goal Four: Students will demonstrate clinical procedures skills necessary to be competent entry level Radiography Professionals.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will accurately position patients for radiographic examinations
  • Students will accurately set exposure factors for radiographic examinations

Total Minimum Credits Required: 64


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