Radiologic Technology Program

Program Mission Statement

The Mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Volunteer State Community College is to produce entry-level graduates that are competent technologists, registry eligible, and demonstrate a professional concern for their patients.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

In support of the program's mission statement, the following have been developed.

Upon completion of the radiography program our students / graduates will have successfully completed a number of goals and student learning outcomes.

Program Goal-Clinical Competency

Students will demonstrate competency in the skills required of entry level radiologic technologists.

Student Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Students will demonstrate proper patient positioning.
  2. Students will properly determine technical factors to be used for radiographic procedures.
  3. Students will apply knowledge of anatomy to accurately demonstrate desired anatomical structures on a patient diagnostic procedure.

Program Goal-Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Students will demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Students will be able to evaluate radiographic images.
  2. Students will be able to exercise judgment in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
  3. Students will be able to adapt to changes in clinical situations.

Program Goal-Professionalism

Students will exhibit professionalism for the patients by delivering high quality care with concern and compassion.

Student Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Students will demonstrate professionalism in the classroom and clinical setting.
  2. Students will practice desirable customer service skills.
  3. Students will show compassion and concern towards the patient.

Program Goal-Communication Skills

Students will establish effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Students will use acceptable verbal and non-verbal communication with patients and other professionals.
  2. Students will use effective oral and written communication.

Program Details

Informational Sessions

All informational sessions are on Thursday @ 2:30  pm in the radiology classroom, room 114, of the Wallace Health Science Building North. No appointment is necessary to attend.

Radiolgy Classroom-Wallace Health Science Building North-Room 114

  • September 4, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
  • October 2, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
  • November 6, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
  • December 4, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
  • January 8, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
  • February 5, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
  • March 5, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
  • April 2, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
  • May 7, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
  • June 4, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
Clinical Hours

Fall & Spring clinical hours alternate with the classroom schedule Monday through Friday

The summer between the first and second year clinical hours consist of:

  • 32 clinical hours per week to include days shifts plus
  • Ten (10) evening rotations 3 PM- 11 PM
  • AND two (2) Saturdays & Sundays 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Essential skills required to perform as a Radiographer:
  1. Ability to clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing with the patient, family, and co-workers to disseminate information relevant to patient care and work duties. Both speaking and hearing clearly are essential to quality patient care.
  2. Ability to make appropriate judgment decisions and implements critical-thinking skills in an emergency or where a situation is not clearly governed by specific guidelines.
  3. Ability to reach, manipulate and operate medical imaging equipment to include pushing heavy portable machines.
  4. Ability to move, lift, transfer, manipulate, and observe a patient for imaging exams.
  5. Ability to visually assess patients as needed for their comfort and safety.
  6. Ability to demonstrate emotional stability on a routine basis and function independently in routine and/or stress situations.
Enrollment Requirements

Student Background Check

Effective September 1, 2005, students seeking enrollment in designated Health Sciences programs requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics/agencies must provide evidence of a passing score on a background check prior to official acceptance/enrollment into the respective program. Either the failure to provide the required background check results by the due date established or the receipt of anything other than a passing score on the background check will make a student ineligible for enrollment in the respective program. Background checks are performed at the student’s expense. Find more detailed information about Student Background Checks.

What to Do Next

Program Effectiveness Data

Radiography ARRT Certification Examination, first-attempt pass rate:
Period Total # Grads Total # Testing Total # Passing 5-yr rate
2009-2013 136 135 132 97.05%
Class of 2013 27 26 26* 100%

Within 6 months of program completion

*One student did not take the registry

Program Completion Rate:
Period Total # Students Beginning Total # Completing 5-yr rate
2009-2013 156 137 87.82%
Class of 2013 30 27 90%
In-field Employment Rate (within 12 months of program completion for those actively seeking)‡:
Period # Actively Seeking # Finding Employment 5-year rate
2009-2013 137 137 100%
Class of 2013 26 26 100%

‡Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.


Accreditation

Volunteer State Community College’s Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the: 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312- 704-5300

FAX: 312-704-5304
e-mail: mail@jrcert.org

www.jrcert.org

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