Radiography Additional Info

  • **The Radiography Program of Prince George's Community College is accredited by:

    The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
    20 N. Wacker Drive
    Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606
    (312) 704-5300
    http://www.jrcert.org

    Mission

    The Radiography Program of Prince George's Community College prepares students to practice as proficient, multi-skilled professionals in diverse healthcare settings.

     

    Vision

    The faculty of the Radiography Program has developed the following philosophy and goals that mirror and support the goals of the Institution:

    Each student is an individual who has the right to receive the respect, instruction, and individual attention needed to become a professional Radiographer.  This is demonstrated by assigning each student to a specific member for advisement.

    Offering a well-planned, flexible curriculum enables Prince George's County and surrounding area residents the opportunity for a viable healthcare career.

    Each student has the right to a discrimination free environment in all aspects of their educational experience.

    The Radiography curriculum prepares graduates for entry level positions in structured healthcare agencies; to apply to take the ARRT certification examination, and to possess the foundational knowledge needed for life-long learning in the radiological sciences.

    Community service is vital to the program's success.  Faculty and students will engage in service-learning projects that promote the health sciences.

    A multiple-intelligence approach to teaching is used in order to accommodate the varied background, ages, learning styles, and capabilities of all students.

    High program standards are maintained through continued education and career enhancement of faculty.  This is accomplished through seminars, workshops, post-primary modalities, and college courses.  Membership and participation in appropriate professional organizations are required.

    On-going review of program standards and effectiveness is essential to meet the changing needs of the medical imaging community.

    Goals

    Graduates will be clinically competent.

    Graduates will apply critical thinking skills.

    Graduates will demonstrate professional growth and development.

    Graduates will communicate effectively.

     

    Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

    Properly position patients.

    Select correct exposure factors.

    Apply radiation protection principals.

    Modify positioning based upon patient condition.

    Critique radiographic images.

    Explain the importance of continued professional development.

    Demonstrate professional behavior.

    Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in the practice of radiography.

    Demonstrate effective written communication skills in the practice of radiography.

     

    Admissions Criteria

    The Radiography Program has limited enrollment capacity and rigorous academic standards.  This program of study requires special procedures for admission, initial enrollment and continuation in the program.

    The following terms are used in defining criteria for program admission: 

    Program admission means the formal acceptance by the college of an applicant into one of the health sciences clinical programs.

    Relevant college courses means one or more credit-bearing courses, which with respect to the Radiography Program, (1) is a required course for program completion, or (2) is a prerequisite for a required course in a program, or (3) is a course that satisfies the general education requirements.

    Satisfactorily complete means to earn credit in a given course with a final grade of "C" or above, or complete a developmental course with a final grade that permits progression to the next course level.

    Technical standards for admission means that the student must demonstrate through physician evaluation that he/she is able to fulfill the customary physical and mental requirements of his/her chosen profession in order to enroll in the selected program.  Students may repeat each course only once.

    Students interested in petitioning for admission to the Radiography Program must first meet with an academic advisor to review program curriculum and discuss prerequisite coursework requirements.  Actual petitioning to the program may not be completed until all criteria have been met and the student is enrolled in the last prerequisite course.  Advisors are available in the Center for Health Studies, Room 1419 or by phoning (301) 546-0731.

    Each health science program of Prince George's Community College requires that students satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses prior to petitioning with a "C" or better.  Student may repeat each course only one time to achieve the desired goal.  A qualifying GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for admission the Radiography Program. 

    Per articulation agreement with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM), the Radiography and Respiratory Therapy programs reserve 25 percent of their seats for transfer students from CSM until the priority registration deadline published in the schedule of classes has passed.  At that time, any remaining seats become available to the best qualified petitioners still in the pool, giving Prince George’s County residents preference.

     

    *Transferability

    Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

              *Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;

              *Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and

              *Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program.

    Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution's catalog to select transferable courses.

    Students requesting to transfer into the Radiography Program of Prince George's Community College must satisfy those requirements set forth in the College Catalog, Chapter 5, Academic Information.  Students cannot be accepted if they have not met the pre-requisites required for enrollment in the program.  Transfer credit will only be considered from radiography programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Transfer credit for radiography core courses will only be considered from one previous radiography program.  A minimum of 15 credits hours is required for graduation from Prince George’s Community College.

    After all necessary information is reviewed, the student may be deemed eligible to take a cumulative examination to assess mastery of subject matter for courses successfully completed at another institution. If this examination is passed with a minimum score of 75%, the student may be permitted to start at the beginning of the following semester if space is available.

    Students wishing to challenge a semester due to a difference in core curriculum at another institution or an absence of less than 3 consecutive semesters due to failing grades may be granted permission to do so by the Program Director.

     Nonacademic Standards for Program Admission and Continued Participation

    Prior to the first Clinical Education Course, students must submit a completed Health Assessment Form to the College's Health Education Center.  All students are required to be certified in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross to participate in clinical education classes.

    The student must demonstrate through physician evaluation that he/she is able to fulfill the customary physical and mental requirements of the profession in order to enroll in the Radiography Program.  Once admitted to the program, individuals must continue to meet the physical and mental requirements.  Individuals must be able to:

    Work 8-10 hours per day performing physical tasks such as sitting, lifting, bending, turning, carrying, and moving around the physical environment.

    Perform fine motor movements needed to manipulate instruments and equipment.

    Communicate effectively, both verbally and written, with peers, patients, and physicians.

    Monitor and assess patient's needs using auditory and visual skills.

    Monitor radiation exposures by the visual and auditory mode.

    Work safely with patients who are susceptible or are in the contagious stage(s) of communicable diseases.

    Establish and work toward goals in a responsible manner.

    Work as a member of the health care team to care for patients while delivering ionizing radiation and maintaining high standards of professionalism.

    A criminal background check is required of all students admitted to the Radiography Program.  Continued participation in the program is contingent upon a satisfactory response on the background check.  All information on the background check remains confidential and is only shared with the requesting clinical agencies.  If a clinical agency denies clinical placement for a student because of the background check, that student may not be able to complete the clinical program.

    **All accepted students must show proof of personal health insurance.

    Students accepted in the Radiography Program are also required to submit evidence of a drug screen urine panel as outlined on the individual program's Screening Form.  Information about results of the drug screen urine panel is only shared with requesting clinical agencies.  If a clinical agency denies clinical placement for a student because of the drug screen urine panel, that student may not be able to complete the clinical program.  Students, at their own expense, may be required to submit to random urine drug testing at clinical sites.  Results of random urine drug testing may result in the student not being able to complete the clinical program.

    Individuals who have been involved in a criminal proceeding or who has been charged with or convicted of a crime are encouraged to file a pre-application with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in order to obtain a ruling on the impact of the situation on their eligibility for certification and registration.  For further information regarding ethics eligibility of the ARRT, the individuals should contact the ARRT at (651) 687-0048 or http://www.arrt.org.

     

    Curriculum (effective 2017)

    Prerequisites

    PAS First Year Experience………………………………………………………………………………….1 credit

    EGL 1010 Composition I.................................................................................................3 credits

    MAT 1250 Applied College Algebra...................................................................................3 credits

    BIO 2050 Anatomy & Physiology I.................................................................................4 credits

    BIO 2060 Anatomy & Physiology II...............................................................................4 credits

     15 credits

    Semester 1 Fall

    RAD 1410 Radiographic Procedures I...........................................................................3 credits

    RAD 1510 Patient Care & Education I............................................................................2 credits

    RAD 1530 Clinical Radiography I...................................................................................2 credits

    HIM 1800 Medical Terminology......................................................................................1 credit

     8 credits

    Semester 2 Spring

    RAD 1420 Radiographic Procedures II...........................................................................3 credits

    RAD 1540 Clinical Radiography II..................................................................................4 credits

    RAD 1500 Image Production and Imaging Equipment I................................................3 credits

    EGL 1020 Composition II................................................................................................3 credits

     13 credits

    Semester 3 Summer

    RAD 1550 Clinical Radiography III................................................................................4 credits

    4 credits

    Semester 4 Fall

    RAD 2580 Image Production and Equipment II............................................................3 credits

    RAD 2410 Radiographic Procedures III..........................................................................3 credits

    RAD 2530 Clinical Radiography IV................................................................................4 credits

    PSY 1010 General Psychology........................................................................................3 credits

    13 credits

    Semester 5 Spring

    RAD 2420 Radiographic Procedures IV..........................................................................3 credits

    RAD 2440 Radiation Biology and Protection ………………………………………………………..3 credits

    RAD 2540 Clinical Radiography V.................................................................................4 credits

    COM 1090 Interpersonal Communication........................................................................3 credits

    13 credits

    Total: 66 credits

     

    Faculty

    Karen Moorman, MSEd, RT(R)(M)(CT)(QM)

    Program Director, Associate Professor

     

    Suzanne McCarthy, BS, RT(R)(M)

    Clinical Coordinator, Associate Professor

     

    Vicki Thompson, BSRT, (R)(CT)

    Didactic Instructor, Associate Professor

     

    FAQs

    Are any classes offered in the evening?

    No radiography classes are currently being offered in the evening or weekend.  Clinical rotations are typically day rotations.  All students are required to do eight evening rotations during the summer session.

     

    What kind of advancement is possible once I become a registered radiographer?

    Registered radiographers can continue on and become cross trained and certified in the following: MRI, CT, Mammography, Quality Control, Administrative/supervisory positions, Angiography, Sonography*, Nuclear Medicine*, Radiation Therapy* (Those modalities noted with an asterisk indicate required further formal education).

     

    When I graduate from the RT program, what degree do I receive?

    You receive an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS).  In addition, you are considered "registry eligible" which means you can take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification test.  Graduates must also obtain a state license if they remain in the state of Maryland.  Other states have their own policies of licensure.

     

    When does the program start?

    The new class for the RT program starts in the fall semester (August) of every year.  All petitions for consideration into this program must be received by April 1 for consideration of acceptance into the Fall class of that same year.

     

    Is it possible for me to continue working while going through this program?

    It is possible to work part-time but the program officials recommend a maximum of twenty hours or less in order for the student to be able to give the radiography program their best effort for success.

     

    Are there additional costs for the Radiography Program?

    Yes, there are some additional costs for students in the radiography that include but are not limited to the following: Castlebranch record keeping site which includes tracking of all health and CPR requirements as well as the performance of criminal background check and drug screen prior to clinic site placement (approximately $100);  physical with updated immunizations, two-step PPD; annual flu shot; CPR for the Professional Rescuer(varies, approximately $100); uniforms and shoes (varies, plan to budget at least $200);  x-ray markers (approximately $20); clinical assessment and tracking software (approximate cost $150); and bundled textbooks bought prior to the first semester.  Textbook cost depends on whether you get eBooks or hard cover textbooks and cost $700 - $1000 but this covers more than 90% of the books you'll need for the entire program. Additional books are approximately an additional $100. You must also have proof of personal health insurance, details can be obtained from the Program Director.

     

    What is required of a student radiographer in the clinical setting?

    Work 8-10 hours per day performing physical tasks such as sitting, lifting, bending, turning, carrying, and moving around the physical environment.

    Perform fine motor movements needed to manipulate instruments and equipment.

    Communicate effectively, both verbally and written, with peers, patients, and physicians.

    Monitor and assess patient's needs using auditory and visual skills.

    Monitor radiation exposures by the visual and auditory mode.

    Work safely with patients who are susceptible or are in the contagious stage(s) of communicable diseases.

    Establish and work toward goals in a responsible manner.

    Work as a member of the health care team to care for patients while delivering ionizing radiation and maintaining high standards of professionalism.

     

    What clinical sites are available in the radiography clinical education portion?  Can I pick the one closest to my home?

    The faculty will do all they can to rotate you through sites that are close to your home but it is also understood you may have to drive up to one hour during the two year rotations to other clinic sites.  Each student will rotate through Children's National Medical Center, in addition to two different hospitals and multiple outpatient sites throughout their clinical education experience.

     

    Hospitals

    University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center

    University of Maryland Laurel Regional Hospital

    Doctors Community Hospital

    Providence Hospital

    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital

    University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center

    Calvert Memorial Hospital

    MedStar St. Mary's Hospital

    Children's National Medical Center

     

    Outpatient Imaging Centers

    Community Radiology Associates - Bowie North

    Community Radiology Associates - Bowie South

    Community Radiology Associates - Clinton 

    Community Radiology Associates - Waldorf

    Community Radiology Associates - Greenbelt

    Kaiser Permanente - Largo

    Tower Radiology - Waldorf

    Radiology Imaging Associates at Pembrooke

    Radiology Imaging Associates at Patuxent

    ARS Waldorf

     

    Professionalism

    In order to maintain JRCERT accreditation, programs must be in compliance with the "Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in the Radiological Sciences."  A current copy of the "Standards" is posted in the Radiography Program documents on Trajecsys and under the courses posted on BlackBoard for student reference.  Each Clinical Education Center (CEC) has access to the "Standards" on Trajecsys. They are also available on the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org

    Competency Based Plan of Education

    The Radiography Program of Prince George's Community College prepares students to practice as proficient, multi-skilled professionals in culturally diverse healthcare settings.  Program content includes: patient care & education, radiographic procedures, radiation protection, equipment operation & quality control, image production & evaluation, and clinical education.  Students progress from the learning phase to the multi-skilled practitioner phase.  Graduates will be prepared with the skills necessary for life-long practice in the field of radiography.  Graduates are qualified to apply to take the certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

    The Radiography Program of Prince George's Community College is based on a competency based education plan.  Simply defined, students are presented and tested on radiographic anatomy, positioning and procedures in the classroom and laboratory setting before they may attempt competency evaluation in the clinical setting.

    The PGCC Radiography Program is structured to allow for competency based education.  The program faculty believes that a foundational knowledge base is essential before students begin the clinical education component of the program.  During the first 8 weeks of the program, prior to entering into the clinical education setting, students are provided with fundamental principles of radiographic positioning, radiation protection, image production, equipment operation and patient care.  Students are permitted to begin the clinical portion of the program only after passing written comprehensive examinations, documenting "clinical readiness."

    The program curriculum follows the most recent version of the curriculum guide for radiography adopted by the American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT), in accordance with the Standards for Accreditation enforced by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Radiography Technology (JRCERT).  Competency requirements required for graduation from the Radiography Program have been developed and are in compliance with the competency requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).  

     

    Helpful Links:

    http://www.asrt.org American Society of Radiologic Technologists

    http://www.arrt.org American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

    http://www.jrcert.org Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology