Radiographers position radiographic equipment at the correct angle and height over the appropriate area of a patient’s body. Using instruments similar to a measuring tape, they may measure the thickness of the section to be radiographed and set controls on the x-ray machine to produce radiographs of the appropriate density, detail, and contrast.
They must follow physicians’ orders precisely and conform to regulations concerning the use of radiation to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers from unnecessary exposure. In addition to preparing patients and operating equipment, radiologic technologists keep patient records and adjust and maintain equipment.
The mission of the Radiography program is to prepare qualified radiographers who are compassionate, technically competent, ethical, professional, and who respond to the needs of patients and the needs of the organization.
Program goals and student learning outcomes
The goals of the associate of applied science degree program in Radiography are as follows:
Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent.
- Students will demonstrate radiation safety and protection.
- Students will demonstrate positioning skills and the ability to adapt to patient conditions.
Goal 2: Students will communicate effectively.
- Students will use effective oral communication skills.
- Students will practice written communication skills.
Goal 3: Students will use critical thinking and problem solving.
- Students will be able to make necessary corrections for positioning and/or technique.
- Students will evaluate image quality.
The associate of applied science degree program in Radiography is accredited (8-years) by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182; (312) 704-5300; email@example.com; www.jrcert.org.
Formal Articulation Agreements
No formal articulations are available for the program, but a number of colleges and universities offer graduates of the program the opportunity to receive transfer credit.