Radiographic Imaging (Radiography)

(Robert) Andrew Shappell, MSEd, Coordinator
Phone: (419)995-8257
Email: shappell.a@rhodesstate.edu
Office: 102K Tech Edu Lab 

The Radiographic Imaging Program provides an education in the technical skills and knowledge necessary to safely use radiation to produce high-quality images of internal structures and body systems to provide physicians with diagnostic information on their patients.  Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree from Rhodes State College and is eligible to take the certifying examination in radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Graduates of the program find employment as radiographers in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices and may continue furthering their skills and education to find careers in numerous specialty fields including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and vascular/interventional procedures.  In addition, radiography is considered the foundation for careers in diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), radiation therapy and nuclear medicine.  Graduates may also qualify for job opportunities with commercial firms and, with further academic credentials, may be employed as radiography educators or radiology administrators.

The Radiographic Imaging curriculum includes general education, basic related, and technical studies courses. The technical courses in the curriculum include traditional classroom or distance education formats as well as campus laboratory practice and clinical education. The distance education format is available to qualified students enrolled at our partner institutions Clark State Community College and Northwest State Community College. These courses will be archived and available 24/7 via the Rhodes State College learning management system. Every attempt will be made to assign distance education students to clinical rotations within their geographical area.  The program offers variable completion options that allow students to graduate as soon as all class and clinical requirements are met.  A minimum of five semesters is required for the A.A.S. degree.

Mission Statement

The Radiographic Imaging Program prepares competent, professional radiographers.

Program Goals/Learning Objectives

Goal: Students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will accurately position patients.
  • Students will select diagnostic exposure factors.
  • Students will practice appropriate radiation safety.

Goal: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Goal: Students will utilize critical thinking.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will adapt routine procedures to accommodate patient condition.
  • Students will be proficient in radiographic patient analysis.

Goal: Students will display professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be professional.
  • Students will display cultural awareness.

Notice to Prospective or Current Radiographic Imaging Students

You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. You may not be able to participate in clinical education experiences at some hospitals or other clinical sites, thereby preventing you from completing the program. A criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining a license or certificate in your chosen healthcare profession.

Technical Standards

See here for details.

“C” Grade Policy

  • A minimum “C” (2.0) grade policy is required for graduation for the Division of Health Sciences. A grade of “C” or higher must be achieved in all courses carrying the specific program prefix such as DHY, EMS, EXS, NSG, MAT, RAD, RES, PNS, PTA and OTA.
  • All programs require a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in required science courses and in required basic/related health science (BHS) courses as well as in selected general education and basic/related science courses (see program requirements).
BIO 1000Basic Human Structure and Function3
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 1400Microbiology4
CHM 1120Introductory Organic and Biochem4

All of the following required coursework needs to have been completed within five years of matriculation into a Health Sciences program:

BIO 1000Basic Human Structure and Function3
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I (*)4
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II (*)4
BIO 1400Microbiology4
BHS 1390Medical Terminology2
CHM 1120Introductory Organic and Biochem4
DTN 1220Principles of Nutrition2

*This requirement may be waived by the Program Chair if the applicant is currently working in a healthcare field.

  • Policies covering all aspects of grading in the Division of Health Sciences remain consistent with those of the College as they are listed in this catalog.

Due to the availability of clinical practice opportunities, seats in all Health Sciences Programs are limited. Click here for general information regarding admissions to the College. Specific qualification and admission information for each Health Sciences Program is found within the Program section. Any particular questions pertaining to these criteria should be directed to the Office of Advising and Counseling.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

To meet the expanding requirements of our clinical affiliates, both a criminal background check and a drug screen will be mandatory prior to clinical experiences for all students within the Division of Health Sciences. Some program exceptions may apply. You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. Students with certain felony, misdemeanor, or drug-related convictions will be ineligible for admission into clinical experiences. A criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining a license or certificate in your chosen healthcare profession or to obtain employment post graduation. Students admitted to a program containing off campus clinical/practicum experiences will be required to submit to drug screening. Positive drug screenings will result in dismissal from all clinical courses. Any student who refuses/fails to cooperate, or complete any required drug screening will be considered “positive” and dismissed from the clinical component of their program. All students requiring drug screening may be subject to random drug screens and for cause during the program.

Recommended High School Coursework

Students are encouraged to complete college prep classes in high school. Although not required, the courses provide a better understanding of college-level work. Recommended college prep courses include:

English: 4 units

Math: 4 units

Natural Science: 3 units

Social Science: 3 units

Health Insurance

Due to potential risks, all Health Sciences students are expected to purchase personal health insurance if they are not covered on a family policy. Rhodes State College is not responsible for any accidents or illnesses that result from student negligence during experiences in the campus or clinical laboratories.

Radiation Monitoring

For educational and training purposes, students under the age of 18 are held to the same radiation exposure limits as members of the general public (5mSv/year). This limit is 1/10 that of the occupational exposure limit which is 50mSv/year. Experience has shown that considerably lower exposures than this are routine. The occupational radiation exposure of radiologic personnel engaged in general x-ray activity should not normally exceed 1mSV/year. (Bushong, 2004, NCRP Report N. 32)

Radiographic Imaging (Radiography)
Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (5 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MTH 1151Quantitative Reasoning 3
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
RAD 1010Introduction to Clinical Radiography 1
RAD 1210Principles of Imaging I 4
RAD 1310 Radiographic Procedures I 3
 Term Hours16
Second Semester
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II 4
COM 1110 English Composition 3
BHS 1390Medical Terminology 2
RAD 1020Clinical Education II 2
RAD 1220Principles of Imaging II 4
RAD 1320Radiographic Procedures II 3
 Term Hours18
Third Semester
RAD 1030Clinical Education III 4
 Term Hours4
Second Year
First Semester
COM 2213Verbal Judo 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
BHS 1160Medical Law-Ethics Healthcare 2
RAD 2010Clinical Education IV 2
RAD 2210Principles of Imaging III 3
RAD 2310Radiographic Procedures III 3
 Term Hours16
Second Semester
CPT 1040Introductory Computer Applications 1
RAD 2020Clinical Education V 2
RAD 2220 Radiation Biology 3
RAD 2320Radiographic Patient Analysis 3
RAD 2490   Selected Topics in Radiography 1
 Term Hours10
 Total Hours 64

NOTE: A minimum of 11 credit hours of clinical courses is required for graduation.

RAD 1010Introduction to Clinical Radiography1
RAD 1020Clinical Education II2
RAD 1030Clinical Education III4
RAD 2010Clinical Education IV2
RAD 2020Clinical Education V2

Must successfully complete RAD 1010 Introduction to Clinical Radiography and RAD 2020 Clinical Education V. Radiographic Imaging students are admitted once per year in the Fall Semester. A grade of “C” or better is required for all BHS, BIO and RAD courses.

Portfolio course

Capstone course

Prerequisites:
Students should check course prerequisites before registering. Prerequisites are listed in the Course Tab.

RAD 1010 — Introduction to Clinical Radiography
1 Credit hour  

Introduces students to clinical education in Radiography including laboratory instruction in radiation protection, basic patient care procedures, professional ethical concept and beginning practical clinical experience in a Radiology department in chest, abdominal, and distal extremity procedures.
Prerequisites: Good standing in Radiographic Imaging Program.

RAD 1020 — Clinical Education II
2 Credit hours  

Practice of extremities and the axial skeleton, principles of exposure, image quality and other associated professional skills in a Radiology department.
Prerequisites: RAD 1010.

RAD 1030 — Clinical Education III
4 Credit hours  

Practice of extremities and the axial skeleton, principles of exposure, image quality and other associated professional skills in a Radiology department.
Prerequisites: RAD 1020 or RAD 2090.

RAD 1210 — Principles of Imaging I
3 Credit hours  

Discusses the structure of matter, electricity and the physical principles of the production of x-rays. Discussion of the structure and function of the x-ray tube and x-ray production. Study of x-ray emission, prime factors, and radiation interaction with matter. Laboratory work will be designed to allow students to carry out theoretical concepts in preparation for use in clinical situations.
Prerequisites: Good standing in Radiographic Imaging Program.

RAD 1220 — Principles of Imaging II
3 Credit hours  

Discusses the structure and function of film and intensifying screens, processing, and the basic factors controlling the radiographic image. Study of digital imaging and PACS. This course continues the study begun in RAD 1210 to explore and correlate the numerous factors affecting the radiographic image. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RAD 1210
Corequisites: Any Radiographic Imaging clinical course.

RAD 1310 — Radiographic Procedures I
3 Credit hours  

Provides instruction in radiographic positioning and image critique of the chest, abdomen, hand, wrist, fingers, elbow, forearm, elbow, foot, calcaneus, ankle, toes, lower leg, knee, intercondylar fossa, patella, humerus, shoulder, AC joints, clavicle, scapula, special upper extremity projections, and foreign body localization in addition to study of radiographic basics and arthrology/osteology.
Corequisites: Any Radiographic Imaging clinical course.

RAD 1320 — Radiographic Procedures II
3 Credit hours  

Provides instruction in radiographic positioning and image critique of the pelvic, hip, femur/ orthoroentgenography, cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, sacrum, coccyx, SI joints, ribs, sternum, contrast media alimentary, hepatobiliary, and urinary tracts.
Prerequisites: RAD 1310
Corequisites: Any Radiographic Imaging clinical course.

RAD 2010 — Clinical Education IV
2 Credit hours  

Practice of cranial, contrast, and fluoroscopic procedures, development of an exposure technique system and other associated professional skills in a Radiology department.
Prerequisites: RAD 1030 or RAD 2090.

RAD 2020 — Clinical Education V
2 Credit hours  

Practice of advanced exams including surgical, trauma, and computed tomography procedures, further practice with exposure systems and other associated professional skills in a Radiology department.
Prerequisites: RAD 2010 or RAD 2090.

RAD 2090 — Clinical Education Seminar
1-5 Credit hours  

Practice of special procedures, operating room, emergency room, fine tuning of a personal system and other associated professional skills in a Radiology department.
Prerequisites: Good standing in Radiographic Imaging Program.

RAD 2210 — Principles of Imaging III
3 Credit hours  

Provides instruction in advanced radiographic principles including quality assurance and quality control, fluoroscopy, mobile radiography, exposure systmes, and the analysis of complex exposure problems. This course is designed to explain the concepts and applications of tomography. It also provides an introduction to the specialized modailities utilized in radiographic imaging emphasizing computed tomography. Other modalities discussed include magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography, and DEXA. Laboratory exercises support key concepts of the subject matter. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RAD 1220
Corequisites: Any Radiographic Imaging Clinical course.

RAD 2220 — Radiation Biology
3 Credit hours  

Considers radiation interactions, radiosensitivity, radiation dose/response, relationships, early and late radiation effects, radiation protection and health physics. Course discussions will also include the impace of macro- and micro-culture on radiation protection policies and practices. Also presented are PET, SPECT, radiation oncology, and emerging modalities. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, RAD 1210, RAD 2210
Corequisites: Any Radiographic Imaging clinical course.

RAD 2310 — Radiographic Procedures III
3 Credit hours  

Provides instruction in radiographic positioning and image critique of the skull, facial bones, zygomatic arches, mandible, TMJs, sinuses, orbits, and nasal bones. Also discussed are the vascular, central nervous and reproductive systems, including the specialized equipment necessary to carry out examinations. Mammography, arthrography, and other examinations are explored.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, RAD 1320
Corequisites: Any Radiographic Imaging clinical course.

RAD 2320 — Radiographic Patient Analysis
3 Credit hours  

Presents common radiographically demonstrated pathologies and anomalies in reference to structural and functional changes in the human body. Considered also are pharmacology, medical emergencies, and principles of patient care. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Any two Radiographic Imaging clinical courses, BIO 1120
Corequisites: Any Radiographic Imaging clinical course.

RAD 2490 — Selected Topics in Radiography
1 Credit hour  

Allows students to demonstrate their proficiency by integrating technical knowledge with core skills and abilities. This lecture course focuses on various aspects and topics of radiography. The course will include an e-portfolio assignment and an exit evaluation of critical thinking and writing.
Prerequisites: BIO 1110, BIO 1120, BHS 1390, PSY 1010, RAD 2010, RAD 2210, RAD 2310, Good standing in Radiographic Imaging Program, or permission by department coordinator and chair.

All students who apply for acceptance into the Radiographic Imaging program have their name placed on a qualified list after they meet the program qualifications listed below. 

Please contact the Office of Advising and Counseling for the application packet. Students seeking admission are encouraged to review the qualification requirements early due to the amount of time required to complete the process. The application deadline is is the third Friday in May for the application year

In addition to the general admission requirements for all students, the following specific requirements must be completed before being added to a qualified list:

  1. Attend a mandatory program specific orientation. 
  2. Complete and score a minimum of 60 on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) assessment exam.
  3. Have a minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA) for any previous college level course work at the time of selection and matriculation. For high school senior applicants without college level course work, high school grades through the first nine weeks of the year will be used to calculate the GPA. 
  4. Complete 16 hours of observation in a clinical setting with a Registered Technologist in Radiography using the Observation Form in the application packet.
  5. Complete all required college level or developmental level math, writing and reading courses and/or prerequisites with a grade or D or higher, and all college level or development level science requirements and/or prerequisites with a grade of C or higher; or equivalent placement.​

If more than 28 traditional or 8 consortium applicants are qualified, student will be offered a seat based on the qualifying criteria (aggregate of the calculated GPA, ATI TEAS score, the number of program specific courses completed with a C or better, and the observation rubric). If the qualifying criteria aggregate score of two applicants is equal then the college application date will be used to rank order those applicants. Qualified students not in the top 28 traditional or 8 consortium groups will be admitted in the following cohort year. This acceptance is contingent upon re-application prior to the deadline of the offered cohort year to verify continued interest in pursuing the degree. These students will be encouraged to attend an informational meeting with programmatic faculty to discuss strategies for persistence within the program or opportunities for other health care majors with seats available for immediate entry and/or other career directions offered at the College.

The Radiographic Imaging program accepts students once a year in Fall Semester.

Vincent Fried, MBA, BS, BA, AS, RT(R)(CT)(MR)
Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8809
Office: TL 105B
Email: fried.v@rhodesstate.edu

The Radiographic Imaging Program is accredited by the:

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

The program has held this accreditation status since inception in 1976.