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Radiography

Upon completion of the A.A.S. degree, the student will be eligible to sit for the board exam with the American Registry of Radiologic technologists (A.R.R.T.) to become a licensed medical radiographer.

The Role of the Radiographer

The Radiographer is a health professional educated to utilize ionizing radiation to produce images used in the diagnosis of disease. Radiography by virtue of its capability to render visible otherwise hidden internal structures of the human body is a vital part of modern medical science and the healing arts. Continuing discoveries in the field make radiography one of the most exciting and challenging health care specialties.
Depending on a number of factors, including geographic location, duties of employment and their own personal qualities, graduates can reasonably expect entry level salaries ranging from $41,000 to $45,000 per year. Due to limited enrollment, we can not accept every applicant. Potential students will need to complete an interview process with the Radiography faculty.

Mission Statement

In keeping with the mission of Galveston College, it is the goal of the program faculty and staff to produce graduates who complete their AAS degree in Radiography, who pass the ARRT certification exam on the first attempt, who are able to enter the job market as entry-level radiographers, who demonstrate empathy and compassion for their patients, and graduates who are committed to life-long learning.

Accreditation

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606, nationally accredits the Galveston College Radiography program.

www.jrcert.org  /   312-704-5300   /    Fax# 312-704-5304   /   mail@jrcert.org

ARRT, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155

Articulation Agreement with Midwestern State University

Degrees & Certificates

  • Associates of Applied Sciences (AAS) – Radiography
  • Computerized Tomography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Program Goals
  1. Graduate students that will be competent, entry-level radiographers prepared for the healthcare field.

Expected outcome

  • Graduates will demonstrate adequate entry level radiography skills
  • Students will produce quality diagnostic radiographs
  • Students will be able to perform basic patient care skills
  • Students will demonstrate radiation protection methods while following the concepts “ALARA” and imaging “gently and wisely”.
  • Students will be able to critique finished radiographs for diagnostic quality
  1. Students will demonstrate appropriate communication skills.

Expected outcome

  • Students demonstrate appropriate communication skills in the clinical setting
  • Employers will report that graduates demonstrate appropriate communication skills upon employment
  1. Students will demonstrate appropriate critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Expected outcome

  • Students will be able to safely operate radiographic equipment
  • Students will be able to perform radiographic examinations in an emergency and trauma environment
  • Students will be able to administer age appropriate patient care
  1. The student (graduate) will understand the importance of professional values and lifelong learning.

Expected outcome

  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of professional ethics
  1. The student (graduate) will be capable of fulfilling the needs of the healthcare community in radiologic sciences.

Expected outcome

  • Graduates will consider themselves adequately prepared to be entry level radiographers.
Admissions Criteria

All prospective candidates who wish to be admitted to the Radiography Program should contact the Allied Health Advisor.

Applicants must:

  1. Complete the requirements for admission to the College. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the Program.
  2. Submit a formal application to the Program beginning September 15th through May 31st of each year to be considered for the next academic year. Applications that are submitted after the deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Due to limited enrollment, we can not accept every applicant.
  3. File a degree plan with the Allied Health Advisor which shows evidence of:
    • TSI scores for TSI-eligible students or placement scores for TSI-exempt students which permit enrollment in college level courses.  Official TSI scores must appear on a transcript to be sent directly to Galveston College from the test company on an official test score report form.
    • Achieve a grade of “C” or better.  MATH 1314 College Algebra is recommended within five years of acceptance into the Program.
    • Achieve a grade of “C” or better in BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I, within five years of acceptance into the Program.
    • An overall G.P.A. of 2.5.  It is highly recommended that the general education courses be completed prior to enrollment in the Program. A grade of “C” or better is required in the general education courses.  Math and Science courses must be completed within five years of acceptance into the Program.
    • Schedule meeting with program director.
    • Participate in interview process if requested
    • Present terminal award and/or degrees from academic institutions.

Once Accepted Into Program:

  1. Complete the Hepatitis B immunization series including titer or show proof of illness.  To be eligible to apply to the Program, student must show proof that the immunization process has been started. The process needs to be completed by the start of the Program.  (This process takes seven months. to complete).
  2. Complete Varicella immunization (Chicken pox) or show proof of illness by the start of the Program.
  3. Complete a background check through the College at students cost upon acceptance to the Program.
  4. Complete a clear drug screening test at students cost as directed by the Program.
  5. Meet with the Program Coordinator upon request.
  6. Bacterial Meningitis vaccination for all on campus and hybrid course offering (under the age of 22).
  7. Agree to a complete a disclosure of information form.

Due to limited enrollment, we cannot accept every applicant. Potential students will need to complete an interview process with the Radiography faculty.

Curriculum

Prerequisite Courses

Course


Description


Credit


BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3

7

First Year

Fall Semester
Course


Description


Credit


RADR 1411 Basic Radiographic Procedures 4
RADR 1309 Introduction to Radiography & Patient Care 3
RADR 1202 Radiographic Image Evaluation I 2
RADR 1166 Practicum I 1
 RADR 2209 Radiographic Imaging Equipment
2

12
Spring Semester
Course


Description


Credit


RADR 1250 Radiographic Image Evaluation II 2
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
RADR 1313 Principles of Radiographic Imaging 3
RADR 2401 Intermediate Radiographic Procedures 4
 RADR 1267 Practicum II
2

14

Summer Semester 
Course


Description


Credit


ELEC X3XX Humanities Elective 3
RADR 1367 Practicum III (Radiography) 3
RADR 2313  Radiation Biology & Safety
3

9

Second Year

Fall Semester
Course


Description


Credit


RADR 2305 Principles of Radiography II 3
RADR 2217 Radiographic Pathology 2
RADR 2466 Practicum IV (Radiography) 4
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3

12

Spring Semester
Course


Description


Credit


RADR 2467 Practicum V (Radiography)* 4
RADR 2333 Advanced Medical Imaging 3
RADR 2335 Radiographic Technology Seminar 3

10


TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS IN PROGRAM


64

MATH 1314 College Algebra is required or any of the following:  MATH 1316, MATH1325, MATH 2312, MATH 2413, MATH 2414, MATH 2415, MATH 2318, MATH 2320, MATH 2321, MATH 2305.
4Select one course from ENGL 2333, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333, ENGL 2343, HUMA 1301, HUMA 1302, PHIL 1316, 2303, 2307, 2321, SPAN 2311, SPAN 2312, FREN 2311, FREN 2312, GERM 2311 OR GERM 2312
*Identifies capstone course      (TP) Identifies Tech Prep courses
Underline- Identifies courses to meet academic, general education requirements for AAS degree; minimum 15 credit hours.

For more information about the Radiography program, contact the Allied Health Advisor at (409) 944-1444 or The Allied Health Division at (409) 944-1490.

Non-Academic Program / Profession Requirements

Because of the inherent requirements of the profession, certain minimum physical abilities are expected. An otherwise qualified individual is someone who, with or without an accommodation can perform the following non-academic program requirements.

1. Vision and Observation Skills

Visual acuity corrected to 20/20

Visually discern details in procedures and equipment operations in low light settings.

Hear low tones, distinguish background noises associated with patients and equipment.

2. Physical and Motor Skill Requirements

Possess sufficient motor function skills to operate all equipment associated with patient care

and performance of radiographic examinations.

Transfer immobile patients from wheelchairs and stretchers to radiographic tables.

3. Communication Requirements

Communicate in English effectively both orally and written.

Communicate proficiently and effectively with patients and coworkers.

4. Critical Thinking Skills

Must be able to interpret and process clinical data pertinent to clinical responsibilities.

Ability to solve clinic/patient care issues through assessment and critical thinking.

5. Professional Behavior

Adhere to American Society of Radiologic Technologists Code of Ethics.

Respect all aspects of the Patient’s Bill of Rights.

Follow clinical guidelines of affiliates and maintain a professional appearance at all times.

 

Completion, Retention, and Attrition Rates

 

Begin End Started Completed Completion Rate
Fall 2011 May-13 22 12 55.00%
Fall 2012 May-14 21 11 52.00%
Fall 2013 May-15 28 20 71.00%
Fall 2014 May-16 26 22 85.00%
5 year average 2011-2016       65.75%
Year # of students attempted Exam # of passing students ARRT Pass Rates Mean Score
2012 10 10 100.00% 84.40%
2013 12 9 75.00% 78.80%
2014 12 9 75.00% 77.20%
2015 20 7 35.00% 73.00%
2016 22 18 82.00% 82.00%
5 year average 2011-2016 76 53 73.400% 79.08%
 
Year Job Placement rate # actively seeking employment # gained Employment
2011-12 87.00% 8 7
2012–13 83.00% 12 10
2013-14 100.00% 11 11
2014-15 70.00% 20 14
2015-16 95.00% 20 19
5 year average 2011-2016 87.00% 71 61

 

Source:  THECB ASALFS and CB116 reports

Transfer Policy

Course work from another program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Program Coordinator.  A grade of “C” or better is required on all transferred prerequisite, general education and program specific courses.  Transfer students from another program will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Transfer students must:

  1. Complete admission requirements to Galveston College as well as the Program admission criteria.
  2. Currently hold a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on transfer course work.
  3. Submit course syllabi for review, if requested by program coordinator.
  4. Agree to a complete a disclosure of information form.

See the most recent college catalog for additional information and course descriptions.

Contact Radiography

Daniel Fink
Radiography Instructor/Program Director

Phone

409-944-1444

Fax

409-944-1511

Email

dfink@gc.edu