Medical Radiography, Associate of Applied Science

Information

Medical imaging technology consists of three Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees and four certificate programs.

The degree programs include:

  • medical radiography,
  • diagnostic medical sonography, and
  • invasive cardiovascular technology.

The advanced or enhanced certificate programs are:

  • computed tomography,
  • invasive cardiovascular technology,
  • magnetic resonance imaging, and
  • mammography.

Students selected for any of the medical imaging programs are required to submit a physical exam prior to admission. This physical exam must be consistent with the requirements of the teaching hospitals and agencies the student is assigned during clinical assignments and the performance standards required to function as a student imaging technologist. The exam will also include documentation of any communicable diseases along with immunity to Rubella, Measles, Mumps, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Additionally, completion of an updated Tetanus vaccine, an annual TB screening, and a seasonal flu vaccine are required.

In addition to meeting all other requirements, a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening are required for all health science students attending imaging courses, and are required prior to admission to the program. Students entering a medical imaging program will also be required to show proof of health insurance and current CPR (American Heart Associate--Health Care Provider) certification. Students may contact the medical imaging department for details regarding the criminal background check and drug screening requirements. 

Campus

Central Campus

Medical Radiography

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Medical Radiography program is to prepare students for entry level employment in the field of radiography with the knowledge, skills, and values to be a successful member of the health care community. The Medical Radiography Program is committed to excellence in providing a comprehensive educational experience.

The program curriculum is a balance of general education and technical courses, as well as supervised clinical/practicum experience at local hospitals and clinics. The medical radiography courses utilize both theory and competency-based educational components designed to prepare the student to become a radiologic technologist specializing in radiography. A radiologic technologist utilizes radiation to produce images of anatomical structures in the body.

Upon successful completion of the Medical Radiography program, the student is granted an AAS degree, is eligible to apply for the certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and may obtain a license from the Texas Medical Board.

The Medical Radiography program at San Jacinto College is accredited by:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Phone: 312-704-5300
Email: mail@jrcert.org
Web: www.jrcert.org

The program effectiveness goals of the Medical Radiography program are as follows:

  1. Graduates will pass the national certification examination on the 1st attempt.
  2. Graduates will be gainfully employed.
  3. Students will complete the program within two years of acceptance.
  4. Employers will be satisfied with program graduates.
  5. Graduates will be satisfied with the quality of their education received.

Student Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The student goals for the Medical Radiography program are as follows:

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent. Students will integrate appropriate patient positioning, patient care, radiation protection, equipment manipulation, and the knowledge and skills to produce diagnostic radiographic images in order to demonstrate clinical competence.

Student learning outcomes:

  1.  Students will apply the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate patient care.
  2.  Students will accurately set technical factors to provide quality radiographic images consistent with the needs of the exam.
  3.  Students will properly position patients for radiographic examinations.
  4.  Students will employ proper radiation safety methods consistent with the principles of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) for the protection of the patients, staff, self, and general public.
Goal 2: Students will develop critical thinking skills. Students will execute proper application of the critical thinking skills necessary to provide quality radiographic images in a variety of healthcare situations.

Student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will modify routine imaging procedures for non-routine or trauma examinations contributing as an effective member of the healthcare team.
  2. Students will accurately critique images for appropriate anatomical demonstration and diagnostic quality.
Goal 3: Students will communicate effectively. Students will display competence in assessing clinical or professional situations and employ appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills consistent with the needs of the patients, staff, and peers.

Student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will communicate verbally with patients and other healthcare professionals to meet patient and exam needs.
  2. Students will display effective written communication skills consistent with the situation.

Goal 4: Students will model professionalism.  Students will practice professional standards of conduct, demonstrate unrestricted care regardless of patient attributes and condition, and employ ethically sound decisions.

Student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will analyze various healthcare scenarios to appropriately recognize and apply ethically sound decisions.
  2. Students will exhibit professionalism by delivering unrestricted patient care regardless of various patient differences including age, gender, race, creed, social, cultural or economic status, abilities, personal attributes, or the nature of the health problem.

Program Admission Criteria

The Medical Radiography program is a selective admission program. A limited number of students are admitted into the program three times a year. Class size is determined by the availability of clinical space. Limited enrollment ensures a quality laboratory and clinical experience needed to become a competent entry level radiographer. To be considered for selection to the Medical Radiography program, students must complete the following steps:

1. Be admitted to San Jacinto College. Visit the website at http://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register/overview/apply-now

2. Provide Official Transcripts

  1. High School Diploma or GED Certificate required.
  2. Students with any transfer credits must have college transcripts analyzed by San Jacinto College (enrollment services transcript evaluation) prior to submitting an application.
  3. Medical Imaging Department Chair has final approval of all transferred courses that apply toward the degree in Medical Radiography.
  4. Transcripts from other colleges must be official and sent to:
    1. Office of Enrollment Services, and
    2. Medical Radiography Office

3. Completion of all of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of a C before admission to the program.

RADR 1201Introduction to Radiography2
ENGL 1301Composition I3
MATH 1314College Algebra3
BIOL 2301Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture)3
BIOL 2101Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab)1

The following general education courses are required prior to completion of the program and also require a minimum grade of a C.

  • PSYC 2301 General Psychology 
  • Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) and Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 

In order for credit earned in a required biology course to be applied to the radiography program, credit must have been earned within five (5) years of the first term in which the student enrolls in the program and with an earned grade of a C or above. In order for credit earned in a required RADR 1201 Introduction to Radiography course to be applied to the radiography program, credit must have been earned within three (3) years of the first term in which the student enrolls in the program and with an earned grade of a C or above.

Higher level math such as Calculus may be evaluated for possible substitution if a student was placed out of College Algebra. Substitutions must be approved by the Department Chair and Dean of Health Sciences.

Completion of the program required entrance examination (HESI A2) must be submitted with application. A cumulative score of 70% and a score of 70% in each section is highly recommended.

4. Attend a mandatory information meeting as posted on the San Jacinto College Radiography webpage or by calling 281-476-1871 for dates.

5. Receive and complete a Medical Imaging application by deadline of June 1, October 15, or March 8 (the following business day when deadline falls on a weekend or holiday).

Selection Criteria

Students who apply for admission to the Medical Radiography Program will be selected based on the total score on the application rubric to include both GPA and HESI A2 entrance examination scores. Meeting minimal entry requirements does not guarantee program admission.

Application Periods

The Medical Radiography program accepts applicants three (3) times a year.

Application periods are:

April 1 through June 1, for fall admission;

September 1 through October 15, for spring admission; and

January 15 through March 8 for summer admission.

Applicants will be notified regarding their selection for admission into the Medical Radiography program. Applicants not selected for admission must re-apply to be considered for future admission. Applicants who are selected for admission into the Medical Radiography program, but do not accept the position or do not complete the enrollment process, must also re-apply. It is the student’s responsibility to stay current with any changes in program requirements.

Transfer Students

Course work from another radiography program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Department Chair and the Admission Appeals Committee. A grade of C or better is required on all transferred prerequisite, general education, and program-specific courses. The student requesting transfer must submit a request by the Medical Radiography Admission Appeals Committee and be granted an interview. Transfer students from another program will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Student Progression

If a student earns a grade of D, W, or F in a medical imaging (RADR) course, the student will not be permitted to continue or to graduate from the program until that course has been repeated and a grade of C or above has been earned. Three grades of D, F, or W in any combination from a RADR course will cause permanent suspension from the Medical Radiography program. A student may appeal his/her suspension with the Medical Radiography Appeals Committee.

Plan of Study

Central Campus
3MED-RAD

Plan of Study Grid
PrerequisitesCredits
RADR 1201 Introduction to Radiography 2
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture) 3
BIOL 2101 Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab) 1
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
 Credits12
First Term
RADR 1203 Patient Care 2
RADR 1411 Basic Radiographic Procedures 4
RADR 2209 Radiographic Imaging Equipment 2
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
 Credits11
Second Term
RADR 2401 Intermediate Radiographic Procedures 4
RADR 2236 Special Patient Applications 2
RADR 1313 Principles of Radiographic Imaging I 3
RADR 1266 Practicum 2
 Credits11
Third Term
RADR 1267 Practicum 2
RADR 1202 Radiographic Image Evaluation I 2
RADR 2331 Advanced Radiographic Procedures 3
RADR 2305 Principles of Radiographic Imaging II 3
 Credits10
Fourth Term
RADR 2340 Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging 3
RADR 2233 Advanced Medical Imaging 2
RADR 2313 Radiation Biology and Protection 3
RADR 2266 Practicum 2
 Credits10
Fifth Term
RADR 2267 Practicum 2
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
RADR 2335 Radiologic Technology Seminar 3
RADR 2217 Radiographic Pathology 2
 Credits10
 Total Credits64

Capstone Experience: Eligible for American Registry of Radiologic Technologists National Certification Exam.