Radiography is the art and science of using radiation to provide images of the tissues, organs, bones and vessels that exist in the human body. The radiographer or x-ray technologist positions the patient and uses the proper amount of radiation to produce a diagnostic image. Radiographers are often confused with radiologists, but there is a difference. The radiologist is a medical doctor who diagnoses the x-ray images. We are not radiologists.
To succeed as a radiographer, you must have a sincere interest in helping people, including hands-on contact with patients. A science and math background is required for entry into the program. Bilingual skills are also an asset.
Our Mission Statement
We aim to provide a high quality Radiography program that provides strong academic and clinical components that foster life-long learning and personal growth. The program strives to meet the needs of the health care delivery system of the County and adhere to state and national standards.
About Our Program
We offer a 2-Phase fully accredited degree program. Phase 1 consists of General Education requirements. Phase 2 consists of the Radiograpny curriculum which is a 2-year day program that includes two ten-week, 32-hour-per week summer sessions. Every semester of Phase 2 includes a clinical component. Students earn a total of 69 credits and upon completion of the program, receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) and are eligible to sit for the National Radiologic Technology Certification Exam (A.R.R.T.) and apply for a state x-ray license.
Our course offerings include Anatomy & Physiology, Radiation Biology, Medical & Surgical Diseases, Positioning, Patient Care & Imaging Equipment. We also have clinical affiliations with leading facilities in the area.
Career Opportunities or Continuing Your Education
Our graduates are well prepared to enter a career or continue their education to specialize in areas such as radiation therapy, CT, MRI and Mammography or to go on to a four-year college for a bachelor’s degree.
Radiographers can find employment opportunities in hospitals, doctor's offices, and industry and can earn a starting salary of approximately $50,000. Our graduates are very successful in the field as supervisors, educators, and specialists.
Graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate clinical competency
- Demonstrate effective communication in patient care and professional interactions
- Apply appropriate problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the healthcare setting
- Exercise ethical behavior and display sound professional judgment in clinical practice