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Medical Radiologic Technology (Radiography)

Program Length

Six semesters

Degree(s) Offered

Associate in Applied Science

The Radiography Program is designed to provide the instruction and clinical  opportunities needed to prepare the student for employment and advancement in the field of Radiologic Technology.

Radiographers perform imaging examinations and accompanying responsibilities at  the request of physicians qualified to prescribe and/or perform radiologic procedures. They utilize equipment emitting ionizing radiation to produce radiographic images of the internal structures of human anatomy. These radiographic images are utilized by the physician for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The radiographer is responsible for all functions in the Radiology Department to insure consistent radiographic images and provide for personal and patient safety from ionizing radiation. In addition to producing diagnostic images and primary patient care, other responsibilities may include administrative and educational functions. Graduates of this two-year program will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology and are eligible to make application to the American Registry of Radiologic Technology in order to become a Registered Radiographer.

Career Opportunities Include

Management
Education
Cardiovascular Interventional Technology
Computed Tomography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Nuclear Medicine
Radiation Therapy
Sonography
Mammography
Retail Sales
Travel (Temp) Radiographer
Radiography Practitioner/Assistant

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The program is accredited by:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

Mission, Goals, Student Learning Outcome

The mission of the Radiography Program is to provide a competency-based educational program which provides methods of instruction based on student acquisition of academic knowledge, clinical thinking and problem-solving skills, and occupational specific skills. The program will focus on meeting the needs of the Radiologic Technology and other medical professions. Faculty efforts will prepare students with skills, knowledge, and confidence to enter and progress in the field of Radiography Technology and become an economically independent, productive, and contributing member of society.

Provide quality instructional and clinical opportunities necessary for preparing the student radiographer for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Examination and entry into the field of Radiologic Technology.

Obtain the necessary radiographic equipment, computer hardware, and radiographic software needed to prepare the student for entry level employment and advanced opportunities in the rapidly advancing technological aspects of Radiologic Technology, and to meet all requirements of the State Department of Education's Standards and Measures.

Provide qualified instructional faculty who maintain current knowledge of the technological and educational trends in Radiography.

Students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will apply positioning skills
Students will practice radiation protection
Students will provide adequate patient care

Students will communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will use effective presentation skills
Students will use effective written communication skills
Students will use effective patient communication skills

Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will understand the importance of professional organizations
Students will demonstrate professional behaviors
Students will respond to ethical situations

Students will demonstrate competence in the operation of imaging equipment.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of processing and manipulating the radiographic equipment.
Students will demonstrate competence in acquiring the radiographic image.
Students will demonstrate the ability to send and complete a study.

The program will graduate entry-level technologists.

Program Effectiveness Outcomes:
Graduates of the program will pass the ARRT examination on the 1st attempt
Graduates who pursue employment will be gainfully employed within six months post-graduation
Students enrolling will complete the program
Graduates will be satisfied with their education
Graduates will perform satisfactorily for employers

Curriculum

How to Enroll

  • Step 1 - Complete a Jones Admissions Application. Applications can be completed online or mailed to: Jones County Junior College, Admissions Office, 900 South Court Street, Ellisville, MS 39437. 
  • Step 2 - Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Step 3 - Have a minimum composite score of 17 on the American College Test (ACT)
  • Step 4 - Have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5
  • Step 5 - On or before March 1, submit the complete Radiography Program Application Packet. ***

*** Contains additional steps and information that is required for enrollment into the Radiography program.

Margaret "Mandy" Pearson
Program Director 
Allied Health Room 127
(601) 477-2416
mandy.pearson@jcjc.edu

Brittany L. Weatherford
Didactic Instructor
Allied Health Room 128
(601) 477-2416
brittany.weatherford@jcjc.edu

RGT 1114 – Clinical Education I
Prerequisite: RGT 1213. This course involves clinical practice and instruction in a clinical affiliate. Areas included are patient care and management, radiation protection, operation of equipment, and radiologic procedures. Twelve hours clinical. Four semester hours credit.

RGT 1124 – Clinical Education II
Prerequisite: RGT 1114. This course involves clinical practice and instruction in a clinical affiliate. Areas included are patient care and management, radiation protection, operation of equipment, and radiologic procedures. Twelve hours clinical. Four semester hours credit.

RGT 1139 – Clinical Education III
Prerequisite: RGT 1124. This course involves clinical practice and instruction in a clinical affiliate. Areas included are patient care and management, radiation protection, operation of equipment, and radiologic procedures. Twenty-seven hours clinical. Nine semester hours credit.

RGT 1213 – Fundamentals of Radiography
This course is an introduction to Radiologic Technology including professional, departmental, and historical aspects. Included are terminology, medical ethics, and fundamental legal responsibilities. Three hours lecture. Three semester hours credit.

RGT 1223 – Patient Care and Radiography
This course will provide the student with the basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. Routine and emergency
patient care procedures will be described, as well as infection control procedures utilizing standard precautions. The role of the radiographer in patient education will be identified. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Three semester hours credit.

RGT 1312 – Principles of Radiation Protection
Prerequisite: RGT 1213. This course is designed to present an overview of the principles of radiation protection including the responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel, and the public. Radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies, and healthcare organizations are incorporated. Two hours lecture. Two semester hours credit.

RGT 1413 – Imaging Principles
Prerequisite: RGT 1213. This course is a study of the principles involving manipulation of factors controlling and influencing exposure and radiographic quality. Included are the prime factors of radiographic exposure, beam limiting devices, filtration, production and control of scatter and secondary radiation, exposure systems, technical conversions, and problem solving. This course presents an introduction to film processing including
darkroom design and equipment. Included are chemistry of developing solutions, procedures of general maintenance, quality control, and silver recovery methods. Two hours lecture and two hours lab. Three semester hours credit.

RGT 1423 – Digital Imaging
Prerequisite: RGT 1413. This course is designed to impart an understanding of the components, principles, and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology. Included are factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving, and retrieval. In addition, principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance are introduced along with guidelines for selecting exposure factors and evaluating images within a digital system to assist students to bridge between film based and digital imaging systems. Two hours lecture
and two hours lab. Three semester hours credit.

RGT 1513 – Radiographic Procedures I
Prerequisite: RGT 1213. This course includes terminology, principles, and procedures involved in routine radiographic positioning for demonstration of the chest, abdomen, upper extremities, and digestive system. Included is a review of radiographic anatomy on each procedure. Two hours lecture and two hours lab. Three semester hours credit.

RGT 1523 – Radiographic Procedures II
Prerequisite: RGT 1513. This course includes principles and procedures involved in radiographic positioning of the spinal column, urinary system, pelvic girdle, lower extremities, bony thorax, and mobile and trauma radiography procedures. Included is a review of radiographic anatomy on each procedure. Two hours lecture and two hours lab , Three semester hours credit.

RGT 1613 – Physics of Imaging Equipment
Prerequisite: RGT 1213. This course is designed to establish a knowledge based in radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile, and tomographic requirements and design. The content will also provide a basic knowledge of quality control. Computer applications in the radiologic sciences related to image capture, display, storage, and distribution are presented. Three hours lecture. Three semester hours credit.

RGT 2133 – Ethical and Legal Responsibilities
Legal terminology, concepts, and principles will be presented in this course. Topics include misconduct, malpractice, legal and professional standards, and the ASRT scope of practice. The importance of proper documentation and informed consent is emphasized. This course will prepare students to better understand their patients, the patients’ families, and professional peers through comparison of diverse populations based on their value systems, cultural and ethnic influences, communication styles, socioeconomic influences, health
risks, and life stages. Three hours lecture. Three semester hours credit.

RGT 2147 – Clinical Education IV
Prerequisite: RGT 1139. This course involves clinical practice and instruction in a clinical affiliate. Areas included are patient care and management, radiation protection, operation of equipment, and radiologic procedures. Twenty-one hours clinical. Seven semester hours credit.

RGT 2157 – Clinical Education V
Prerequisite: RGT 2147. This course involves clinical practice and instruction in a clinical affiliate. Areas included are patient care and management, radiation protection, operation of equipment, and radiologic procedures. Twenty-one hours clinical. Seven semester hours credit.

RGT 2533 – Radiographic Procedures III
Prerequisite: RGT 1523. This course includes principles and procedures involved in radiographic positioning of the entire cranium and facial bones. Included is a review of radiograpic anatomy on each procedure. Three semester hours credit.

RGT 2542 – Radiographic Procedures IV
Prerequisite: RGT 2533. This course is a study of special radiographic procedures that utilizes sterile techniques and specialized equipment. It also includes basic concepts of pharmacology. In addition, it also includes principles and procedures involved in radiographic positioning of the reproductive system. Two semester hours credit.

RGT 2912 – Radiation Biology
Prerequisite: RGT 1312. This course is a study of the biological effects of radiation upon living matter. It includes genetic and somatic effects, instrumentation for detection and measurement, and calculation of dosage. Two hours lecture. Two semester hours credit.

RGT 2922 – Radiographic Pathology
This course is designed to introduce theories of disease causation and pathophysiologic disorders that compromise healthy systems. Etiology, pathophysiologic responses, clinical manifestations, radiographic appearance, and management of alterations in body systems will be presented. Two hours lecture. Two semester hours credit.

RGT 2933 – Certification Fundamentals
This course is designed to correlate scientific components of radiography to entry level knowledge required by the profession. Three hours lecture. Three semester hours credit

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