Radiography

Radiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiography
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Overview

RADIOGRAPHY OVERVIEW

Are you interested in a new career? Check out our radiography field. A Radiologic Technologist can play an important role on the patient care team. Find out how you could earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Science – Medical Radiography in as little as 18 months.


The Medical Radiography program is accredited, with an 8 year award, by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology at the following ECPI campus locations: Newport News, Virginia and Northern Virginia. This is a programmatic accreditation by JRCERT, which is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. For more information, visit http://jrcert.org/. The next scheduled review is 2025.


PHYSICAL DEMAND REQUIREMENTS

Students seeking admission into the Medical Radiography Program are advised that their course of study will include classroom education, hands-on practical skills and clinical experiences. Students making the decision to enter into this program should be aware of the physical nature of both the profession and their course of study. While the profession of Radiography may be performed in a variety of settings, each with specific physical demand requirements, students must be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills that may be performed in a variety of settings to successfully complete the program.

Applicants to the program must be aware that they must possess the following abilities required of Radiography students and Radiographers.

Physical

VISION: Ability to read and analyze data, formulate technical factors, evaluate the technical results, and observe patient conditions. Ability to perform all the radiographic procedures expected of a Radiography student.

HEARING: Ability to hear instructions in a variety of situations, such as a darkened x-ray room, trauma room in the emergency department, and surgery; where the persons may not be facing you or they may be wearing surgical masks. Patients who are sick, inured, elderly, and in other weakened conditions sometimes have difficulty in communicating; therefore, it is important to be able to hear them with accuracy.

MOTOR SKILLS: Above average hand/eye coordination and other basic motor skills are essential. Ability to lift, move and support patients. Ability to operate various x-ray equipment which may involve lifting, pulling, pushing, etc., such as with portable machines. Ability to stand/walk for extended periods of time, as well as bending twisting and reaching.

Mental

MEMORY: Possess both short and long term memory capabilities.

CRITICAL THINKING: Ability to think critically and perform mathematical calculations, solve problems and demonstrate safe practices, including radiation protection.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with patients, peers, general public and others, especially members of the health care team.

Hazards Awareness

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURES: Students may be exposed to infectious body fluids, toxic drugs and solutions, and radiation.


PROGRAM MISSION, GOALS, AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The Medical Radiography Program offers potential candidates the opportunity to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Radiography. This program serves as a means to address the need for Registered Technologists in Radiography, R.T. (R) in Virginia, nationally and internationally to meet society‘s need for highly skilled and knowledgeable Radiographer professionals.

PHILOSOPHY

The Medical Radiography curriculum has been designed to thoroughly prepare students for an entry-level career as a Radiographer. The program teaches the physical and applied science of Radiography, with a focus on the application of theory to clinical practice. This program is designed to provide students with a fundamental imaging foundation so that they are competent clinical practitioners capable of producing diagnostic radiographs while subjecting the patient and healthcare personnel to minimum radiation exposure. Students learn critical thinking skills and independent professional judgment, thus preparing graduates for success on the national and/or any applicable state exams and in the workplace.

PROGRAM PURPOSE

The Medical Radiography Program at ECPI University, School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute prepares graduates to provide professional patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging and total quality management and safety, in the application of ionizing radiation to humans.

The program‘s main purpose is to educate students with the most current knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the client and the demands of the healthcare industry. This program includes emphasis on the culture of safety, education, and interdisciplinary collaborative learning from both community-based and hospital settings.

Upon completion of the program, students receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Radiography, which allows them to become eligible to sit for the national ARRT exam in Radiography and also qualifies graduates for state licensing. As a Radiographer, a vast range of opportunities are available to the graduate, allowing continued professional growth and educational development.

PROGRAM GOALS & LEARNING OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

Upon completion of the program:

Students are expected to be clinically competent.

  • Students are expected to demonstrate accurate positioning skills.
  • Students are expected to provide proper radiation protection.

Students are expected to demonstrate effective communication skills.

  • Students are expected to provide effective oral communication skills.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Students are expected to demonstrate critical thinking.

  • Students are expected to manipulate technical factors.
  • Students are expected to modify procedures to meet patient needs.

Students are expected to model professionalism.

  • Students are expected to demonstrate ethical behavior.
  • Students actively participate in learning experiences during clinical training.

Click to view Program Effectiveness for Newport News, here, and Manassas, here. For more information about this program, please see the program description in the University Catalog.

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

55 Semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
MED104Medical Terminology 3
RAD100Fundamentals of Radiologic Sciences & Healthcare 1
RAD105Patient Care and Ethics in Radiologic Sciences 2
RAD110Introduction to Radiographic Positioning & Technique 1
RAD115Radiographic Procedures 1 2
RAD120Introduction to Radiography Clinical Practice 1
RAD125Radiographic Procedures 2 2
RAD135Radiographic Procedures 3 2
RAD147Radiographic Imaging & Processing 2
RAD156Radiation Production, Characteristics & Imaging Equipment 3
RAD165Radiological Pharmacology & Drug Administration 1
RAD177Radiographic Image Analysis 2
RAD205Radiographer Research & Exhibits 1
RAD217Computers In Radiologic Sciences 1
RAD225Radiographic Pathology 2
RAD235Radiation Biology & Protection 2
RAD245Radiologic Advanced Imaging Modalities 2
RAD255Radiography A.R.R.T. Exam Preparation 2
RAD132Radiography Clinical Education 1 1.5
RAD142Radiography Clinical Education 2 1.5
RAD152Radiography Clinical Education 3 1.5
RAD162Radiography Clinical Education 4 1.5
RAD172Radiography Clinical Education 5 1.5
RAD182Radiography Clinical Education 6 1.5
RAD202Radiography Clinical Education 7 2.5
RAD212Radiography Clinical Education 8 2.5
RAD222Radiography Clinical Education 9 2.5
RAD232Radiography Clinical Education 10 2.5
RAD242Radiography Clinical Education 11 2.5
RAD252Radiography Clinical Education 12 2.5

Arts and Sciences

21 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BIO101Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO104Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
COM115Principles of Communication 3
ENG110College Composition 3
HUM205Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities 3
MTH120College Mathematics 3
PSY105Introduction to Psychology 3

Self Integration and Computer Literacy

6 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
COR191Career Orientation1
CIS108Office Applications2
FOR110Essentials for Success3

Program consists of 2,130 contact hours

Program Description

Through a blend of practical “hands on” clinical experience in hospitals and/or outpatient centers and on-campus classroom and lab sessions, radiography students explore:

  • Radiation Biology and Protection for patient clients, employees and other healthcare personnel.
  • Equipment Operation and Quality Control to include film/screen techniques, digital, and computer radiology.
  • Image Production and Evaluation including technical factors selection, image processing, and criteria for image evaluation.
  • Radiographic Procedures including positioning, anatomy, and technical factors adjustments
  • Patient Care and Education including ethical and legal aspects, interpersonal communication, infection control, physical assistance and transfer, medical emergencies, and radiographic contrast media
Possible Career Track

Radiography professionals are in demand* throughout the United States in a variety of healthcare settings and industries including:

  • Hospitals & Medical Imaging Centers
  • Outpatient Care Centers & Primary Care Clinics
  • Government & Military
  • Medical Research
  • Mobile Imaging
  • Radiology Sales & Service
  • Education & Industry

At both the Newport News and Northern Virginia (Manassas), VA campuses: Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Science – Medical Radiography and will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

At the Newport News and Northern Virginia (Manassas), VA campuses, the Medical Radiography program is accredited, with an 8 year award, by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology at the following ECPI campuses: Newport News and Northern Virginia, Virginia. This is a programmatic accreditation by JRCERT, which is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. For more information, visit http://jrcert.org/.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Tel: (312) 704-5300, Fax: (312) 704-5304, e-mail: mail@jrcert.org

Outcomes

PROGRAM GOALS & LEARNING OUTCOMES INCLUDE:

Upon completion of the program:

Students are expected to be clinically competent.

  • Students are expected to demonstrate accurate positioning skills.
  • Students are expected to provide proper radiation protection.

Students are expected to demonstrate effective communication skills.

  • Students are expected to provide effective oral communication skills.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Students are expected to demonstrate critical thinking.

  • Students are expected to manipulate technical factors.
  • Students are expected to modify procedures to meet patient needs.

Students are expected to model professionalism.

  • Students are expected to demonstrate ethical behavior.
  • tudents actively participate in learning experiences during clinical training.

Click to view Program Effectiveness for Newport News, here, and Manassas, here. For more information about this program, please see the program description in the University Catalog.

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