Radiographic Imaging (Radiography)

Robert (Andy) Shappell, MSEd, Coordinator
Phone: (419) 995-8257
Email: shappell.a@RhodesState.edu
Office: 102G Technical  Education Lab Building

Radiographers are certified professionals that produce images through the use of x-rays.  These images are an essential diagnostic tool that has played an important role in medicine for over a hundred years.  The science of radiographic imaging is technology-driven with the use of computerized equipment common to every patient exam.  Radiographers (X-ray technologists) work closely with other health care professionals in meeting the needs of patients with a compassionate approach.

The Radiographic Imaging Program provides students with the technical skills and knowledge to safely use radiation to produce diagnostic images. Courses in the curriculum focus on patient care, radiographic procedures, the science and technology behind the imaging process, radiobiology, and other general education courses. A diverse clinical education experience in a variety of clinical settings and with a range of patient populations supplements the campus lectures and labs with a strong emphasis on hands-on participation by all students.

A minimum of six semesters is required to successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science degree in Radiographic Imaging. Graduates are eligible to take the certifying examination in radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).  Once ARRT certified, graduates are eligible to apply for a state license that is required to practice most states.  Graduate radiographers have ample career opportunities that may include computed tomography, mammography, vascular interventional procedures, equipment sales, and with additional degree work, imaging education, and healthcare administration.

The Radiographic Imaging program is a partner in the Northwest Ohio Allied Health Consortium.

Mission Statement

The Radiographic Imaging Program prepares competent, professional radiographers.

Program Goals/Learning Objectives

Upon graduating from the Radiographic Imaging (Radiography) program, students will:
1.  Demonstrate clinical competence.
     1.1  Position patients accurately.
     1.2  Select diagnostic exposure factors.
     1.3  Practice appropriate radiation safety.
2.  Demonstrate effective communication skills.
     2.1  Demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
     2.2 Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
3.  Utilize critical thinking.
     3.1  Adapt routine procedures to accommodate patient condition.
     3.2  Demonstrate proficiency in radiographic patient analysis.
4.  Demonstrate professionalism.
     4.1  Act professionally.
     4.2  Demonstrate 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 certification in your chosen healthcare profession.

Technical Standards

See here for details.

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 most students within the Division of Health Sciences and Public Services. 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 may 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

The Division of Health Sciences and Public Services is committed to protecting students, faculty, and patients from infectious diseases during clinical practice and taking every reasonable precaution to provide a safe educational and work environment. All new students entering the health-related programs will be informed of the risks of blood-borne and other infectious diseases. Students with a high risk of infectious diseases should be aware of their own health status and risk of exposure to other students, employees, or patients involved in the clinical environment. All students are required to provide their own health insurance coverage for the duration of their program and be able to provide proof of insurance if requested.

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 (1mSv/year). This limit is 1/50 that of the occupational exposure limit which is 50mSv/year (National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements).  The occupational radiation exposure of radiologic personnel engaged in general x-ray activity are typically considerably lower exposures than this limit. All students are issued personnel monitoring devices to wear while in areas of possible radiation exposure.

 

Radiographic Imaging (Radiography)
Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (6 Semester Plan)

First Year
SummerHours
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
MTH 1370College Algebra 4
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I 4
RAD 1410Introduction to Radiography 2
 Term Hours11
Fall
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BHS 1390Medical Terminology 2
RAD 1210Principles of Imaging I 3
RAD 1310 Radiographic Procedures I 3
 Term Hours12
Spring
COM 1110 English Composition 3
RAD 1510Clinical Education I - Radiography 3
RAD 1220Principles of Imaging II 3
RAD 1320Radiographic Procedures II 3
 Term Hours12
Second Year
Summer
BHS 1160Medical Law-Ethics Healthcare 2
RAD 1520Clinical Education II - Radiography 4
 Term Hours6
Fall
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
RAD 2510Clinical Education III - Radiography 3
RAD 2210Principles of Imaging III 3
RAD 2310Radiographic Procedures III 3
 Term Hours12
Spring
COM 2213Verbal Judo 3
RAD 2520Clinical Education IV - Radiography 3
RAD 2220 Radiation Biology 3
RAD 2320Radiographic Patient Analysis 2
RAD 2490   Selected Topics in Radiography 1
 Term Hours12
 Total Hours 65

NOTE: A minimum of 14 credit hours of clinical courses is required for graduation.

RAD 1510Clinical Education I - Radiography3
RAD 1520Clinical Education II - Radiography4
RAD 2510Clinical Education III - Radiography3
RAD 2520Clinical Education IV - Radiography3
RAD 2590Clinical Education Seminar - Radiography1-4
Total Hours14-17

Must successfully complete RAD 1510 Clinical Education I - Radiography and RAD 2520 Clinical Education IV - Radiography. Radiographic Imaging students are admitted once per year in the Summer 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. 

RAD 1210 — Principles of Imaging I
3 Credit hours  

Covers the structure of matter, electricity, and basic physical sciences leading to the principles of x-ray production. Students will also study x-ray emission spectrums, prime factors of exposure, and radiation interactions with matter. Laboratory activities will allow students to apply radiographic principles in producing images in preparation for use in clinical situations. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: MTH 1370 Good standing in Radiographic Imaging Program.

RAD 1220 — Principles of Imaging II
3 Credit hours  

Covers the process of radiographic image formation and the basic factors controlling quality of the radiographic image. Students will also explore imaging informatics and PACS. "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 for procedures of the chest, abdomen, hand, wrist, fingers, forearm, elbow, foot, calcaneus, ankle, toes, lower leg, knee, intercondylar fossa, patella, humerus, shoulder, AC joints, clavicle, scapula, and foreign body localization. Students study basics common to all radiographic procedures and arthrology/osteology. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1110.

RAD 1320 — Radiographic Procedures II
3 Credit hours  

Provides instruction in radiographic positioning and image critique for procedures of the pelvis, hip, femur, orthoroentgenography, cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, sacrum, coccyx, SI joints, ribs, sternum, and contrast exams of the alimentary, hepatobiliary, and urinary tracts. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RAD 1310
Corequisites: Any Radiographic Imaging clinical course.

RAD 1410 — Introduction to Radiography
2 Credit hours  

Prepares students for the requirements and expectations of the introductory clinical experience, including instruction in radiation protection, patient care procedures, and professional concepts for radiographers. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Good standing in Radiographic Imaging Program.

RAD 1510 — Clinical Education I - Radiography
3 Credit hours  

Provides a supervised learning experience in a clinical setting with emphasis on procedures of the appendicular and axial skeleton, chest, and abdomen. Students begin practical experience with principles of exposure, image critique, and other associated professional skills in actual clinical practice. Practical competencies are utilized to determine if students can safely and accurately perform radiographic procedures. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RAD 1310, RAD 1410
Corequisites: RAD 1320.

RAD 1520 — Clinical Education II - Radiography
4 Credit hours  

Provides a supervised learning experience in a clinical setting with emphasis on procedures of the appendicular and axial skeleton. Application of principles of exposure, with emphasis on image critique, and other associated professional skills continues in this course. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisite: RAD 1510 or RAD 2590.

RAD 2210 — Principles of Imaging III
3 Credit hours  

Covers advanced radiographic principles including quality assurance and quality control, fluoroscopy, mobile radiography, exposure systems, and the analysis of complex exposure problems. This course also explores some of the specialized imaging modalities including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 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  

Covers radiation interactions, radiosensitivity, radiation dose/response relationships, deterministic and stochastic radiation effects, radiation protection, and health physics in a lecture and laboratory format. Course discussions will also include the impact of macro- and micro-culture on radiation protection policies and practices. This course also explores nuclear medicine, 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 for procedures of the skull, facial bones, zygomatic arches, mandible, TMJs, sinuses, orbits, and nasal bones. The course also includes instruction in radiography of trauma, pediatric, geriatric, and surgical patients. Furthermore, the course provides students with a basic understanding of mammography, arthrography, urography, and interventional radiography including specialized equipment used in these exams. Students are also introduced to sectional anatomy in cadaver sections and image correlation.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, RAD 1320
Corequisites: Any Radiographic Imaging clinical course.

RAD 2320 — Radiographic Patient Analysis
2 Credit hours  

Presents common radiographically demonstrated pathologies and anomalies in reference to structural and functional changes in the human body. The course also provides an increased knowledge of basic 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  

Prepares students to demonstrate their proficiency by integrating technical knowledge with core skills and abilities taught in the Radiographic Imaging program. Students will actively prepare for the national radiography certification exam through instructor facilitated review sessions and online review modules to identify individual strengths and weaknesses. This capstone course will include an e-portfolio assignment, a capstone project including a video and oral presentation, and participation in the Health Sciences cultural competency retreat. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1110, BIO 1120, BHS 1390, PSY 1010, RAD 2210, RAD 2310, RAD 2510, Good standing in Radiographic Imaging Program, or permission by department coordinator and chair.

RAD 2510 — Clinical Education III - Radiography
3 Credit hours  

Provides a supervised learning experience in a clinical setting with emphasis on procedures of the skull including paranasal sinuses and facial bones, contrast exams, and fluoroscopic procedures. Students continue growth of associated professional skills and application of knowledge from previous and current courses. Practical competencies are utilized to determine if students can safely and accurately perform radiographic procedures. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RAD 1520 or RAD 2590.

RAD 2520 — Clinical Education IV - Radiography
3 Credit hours  

Provides a supervised learning experience in a clinical setting with emphasis on advanced exams including surgical, trauma, and computed tomography procedures. Students continue growth of associated professional skills and application of knowledge from previous and current courses. Practical competencies are utilized to determine if students can safely and accurately perform radiographic procedures. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: RAD 2510 or RAD 2590.

RAD 2590 — Clinical Education Seminar - Radiography
1-4 Credit hours  

Provides a supervised learning experience in a clinical setting with emphasis on radiographic and fluoroscopic exams appropriate to the student's knowledge. Students continue growth of associated professional skills and application of knowledge from previous and current courses. Practical competencies are utilized to determine if students can safely and accurately perform radiographic procedures. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Good standing in Radiographic Imaging Program Permission of Program Coordinator/Chair.

All students who apply for acceptance into the Radiographic Imaging program have their names 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 the second Friday in February 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 qualified list:

  1. Attend a mandatory program specific orientation. 
  2. Complete 16 hours of observation in a clinical setting with a Registered Technologist in Radiography using the Observation Form in the application packet.
  3. Achieve an overall college GPA and program-related GPA of 2.75 or higher. (Program-related GPA is defined as the average GPA of program specific coursework excluding SDE 1010). For high school senior applicants without college level course work, high school grades through the first nine weeks of the senior year will be used to calculate the GPA. 
  4. Complete and score a minimum of 60 on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) assessment exam.
  5. Complete all developmental prerequisites if applicable
  6. Submit the Radiographic Imaging application packet to the Office of Advising and Counseling prior to the stated deadline. Please contact the Office of Advising and Counseling for the application packet or download from the program's webpage. 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 the second Friday of February for the application year.

The Radiographic Imaging program admits one time per year for Summer Semester.

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.