Radiographer

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Description: 

Prepares students for a career in Radiologic Technology, a segment of medicine devoted to patient diagnosis through the use of ionizing radiation. Specifically, radiation is used to create images of tissues, organs, bones and vessels that comprise the human body. Clinical assignments will be held at a variety of health care settings throughout the southeastern Michigan region.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Attend to the needs of patients while in the imaging department
  • Execute medical imaging procedures of the thorax and abdomen
  • Execute medical imaging procedures of the gastrointestinal and urinary systems
  • Execute medical imaging procedures of the spine and pelvis
  • Execute medical imaging procedures of the head
  • Execute medical imaging procedures of upper and lower extremities
  • Utilize radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, fixed and mobile, to produce diagnostic images
  • Comply with the legal and ethical radiation protection responsibilities of radiation workers
  • Apply the prime technical factors to produce quality radiographic images within an acceptable exposure indicator range
  • Integrate decision making skills into clinical practice
  • Communicate effectively within the health care setting
  • Model professional behavior within the health care setting
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Students who meet all admission requirements are considered qualified and are admitted to the program once per year in the fall semester on a “first-qualified first-admitted” basis. Acceptance into the college does not constitute nor guarantee admission to the program. Final approval to enroll in the program comes from the Radiographer Program Director. Students who are interested in this program should select Associate of Science with a specialization in Pre-Radiographer degree, and meet with a Health Careers Advisor/Admissions Specialist in the Welcome Center.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. GPA of 2.5: High school GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or a college GPA of at least 2.5 for the last 12 academic credits. (Note: Once a college GPA has been established, high school GPA is no longer considered.)
  2. COMPASS Reading score of 84 or better.
  3. COMPASS Writing Test score sufficient for placement in ENG 131. This requirement may also be fulfilled by successful completion of required developmental English courses.
  4. Math: MATH 100 or higher with a C grade or better.
  5. Successful completion of BIO 233-Anatomy and Physiology I, with a C grade or better.
  6. Successful completion of AH 100-Medical Terminology, with a C grade or better.
  7. Basic occupational experience: May be fulfilled with one of the following:
  • Completion of MOA 160 with a C grade or better. It is highly recommended that students take this course.
  • Twenty hours of observation in a radiography department at a hospital or clinic with a letter of support from a supervisor.

The Program Admission Process

It is recommended that students interested in a health career meet with a Health Careers Admissions Assistant/Advisor in the Welcome Center or (313) 845-9877 to discuss program options and then create an academic plan to qualify for the selected program.

Step 1 - Apply to the program

  • First time applicants to HFC will indicate the program by selecting an Associate of Science with a specialization in Pre-Radiography degree on the application to the college.
  • Current HFC students must complete a program change form indicating the new program as an Associate of Science with a specialization in Pre-Radiographer degree. College applications and change forms must be submitted to the Records and Registration Office located in the Welcome Center.

Step 2 – Qualifying for admission

  • Complete all program admission requirements.

Step 3 - Deliver information and track applicant status

  • It is the student’s responsibility to make certain official transcripts are sent to: Henry Ford College, Transfer Evaluation, 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128-2407
  • It is the student’s responsibility to make certain all necessary records are submitted to the Health Careers Admissions Assistant in the Welcome Center.
  • Students are responsible to monitor their program admission progress via the WebAdvisor Program Evaluation link.

Step 4 - Qualifying and admission

  • Students are qualified when all of the program’s admission criteria have been satisfied.
  • Applicants are admitted on a “first-qualified, first-admitted” basis. Application date may be used to determine placement on the qualified list if necessary.
  • Students will only be contacted via the contact information provided through WebAdvisor. It is imperative that all student contact information such as phone numbers and addresses are kept current. If we are unable to contact you, we then move to the next qualified applicant.
  • Final approval to enroll in the program comes from the Radiographer Program Director.

Due to the number of credit hours required for program completion and the intensity of the program, students are encouraged to complete as many of the Required Support/General Education Courses as possible prior to entering the program. The first courses that a student should complete are those required for program admission followed by the other Required Support/General Education Courses.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Required Support Courses

MATH-100: Basic Technical Mathematics This course is an admission requirement for this program. Students must earn a C or better.
BIO-233: Anatomy and Physiology I This course is an admission requirement for this program. Students must earn a C or better.
AH-100: Medical Terminology This course is an admission requirement for this program. Students must earn a C or better.
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Minimum Credit Hours: 
28.0
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
81.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

Prior to starting the program * CPR certification American Heart Association, Basic Life Support, Health Care Provider. Fulfilled by taking AH 105-Basic Life Support. * Students must attend two Radiographer (RAD) program Spring meetings prior to acceptance into the RAD program.

Required for digital clinical documentation

  • iPhone or iPod touch
  • Details regarding iPhone or iPod touch will be provided at the Radiographer Program Spring meeting.

Health Appraisal Form

Each Radiographer student must submit an acceptable Health Appraisal Form. Copies of the form are available through the Health Careers Office.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

Consistent with Section 20173 of the Michigan Public Health Code the requirements of clinical rotation partners, a Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen clearances will be required to participate in any clinical rotations.

Program Deposit

At the time of formal admission to the program, each applicant is required to pay a $100 fee to secure a position. One month after classes start in the fall, the $100 fee is refunded to the student if the student is still active in the program.

Program Duration Limits / Updates / Changes: 

HFC continuously attempts to improve each program, and as a result courses and requirements may be modified. Curriculum, course content and admission criteria are subject to change by action of the College faculty and administration.

Graduation

Graduates of the Radiographer program will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree, as well as a certificate in Radiography. Graduates who intend to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination are required to meet all general and ethical qualifications of the ARRT.

A list of qualifications is available upon request at 
ARRT (651) 687-0048 or at www.arrt.org.

Health Care Coverage

It is the student’s responsibility to have health care coverage in place during the entire program. Hospitalization insurance can be purchased through the College.

Clinical Assignments

Required for digital clinical documentation: iPhone or iPod touch.

Radiology students begin a continuous twenty-two month clinical rotation during the first semester of the program. Clinical time is generally 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with specific days of assignment changing from semester to semester. Beginning in the third semester of training, students are assigned clinical rotations on the afternoon shift.

Listed below is a tentative breakdown of assigned clinical days 
for each semester.

  • First Semester: Fall
 Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • Second Semester: Winter
 Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • Third Semester: Spring
 Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday
  • Fourth Semester: Fall
 Tuesday/Thursday/Friday
  • Fifth Semester: Winter
 Tuesday/Thursday/Friday
  • Sixth Semester: Spring
 Monday/Tuesday/Thursday

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Occupational Exposure / Risk: 

In Radiologic Technology, both in school and on the job, frequent exposure to radiation, sharps, patient secretions, bodily wastes, infectious patients, electricity, equipment noise and latex is possible. These are occupational risks. Proper education in all areas and strict adherence to well established infection control guidelines, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in all areas, including infection control procedures is an important part of the radiographer program.

Latex allergy Early recognition of sensitization to natural rubber latex (NRL) is crucial to prevent the possible occurrence of life-threatening reactions in sensitized healthcare workers. The program faculty strongly advise that students sensitized or allergic to latex consult a physician for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career. NRL sensitized students who choose to continue in the radiographer program are to notify the program director.

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

Students who intend to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technology Certification Examination are required to meet all general and ethical qualifications of the ARRT. A list of qualifications is included in the student handbook. Conviction of a crime may prevent a student from taking this examination. This material is also available upon request by calling the ARRT at (651) 687-0048 or online at www.arrt.org.

Accreditation: 

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, JRCERT, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, FAX: (423) 304-5304, mail@jrcert.org, accredits the program, www.jrcert.org.

JRCERT Program Effectiveness Data: 1. First time Pass Rate on ARRT National credentialing exam: Class of 2013, 96% (27/28); five year average from 2009 – 2013, 96% (127/132) 2. Graduation Rate: Class of 2013, 88% (28/32); five year average 2009 - 2013, 91% (133/147) 3. Job Placement Rate (# of graduates employed within 12 months versus # actively seeking employment): Class of 2013, 95% (21/22), five year average from 2009 – 2013, 81% (100/122)

Year Established: 
2002
Program Code: 
RADTC.AAS...
Division: 
Health Careers
Department: 
Radiography

Contact

Health Sciences Division • (313) 845-9635 • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-132
Sharon Wu • (313) 317-6595 • swu@hfcc.edu • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: H-133C

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Central Michigan University
Career Opportunities: 

Mission • The Mission of the HFC Radiographer Program is to graduate competent, entry level radiologic technologists. • HFC is dedicated to the education and enrichment of our students and community. The HFC Radiographer Program shares this value.

Goal 1. Graduates will be clinically competent Learning Outcomes Graduates will apply a common core of knowledge in: Patient Care;
Radiographic Positioning;
Equipment Operation;
Radiation Protection;
Image Production.

Goal 2. Graduates will think critically. Learning Outcome
Graduates will integrate decision making skills into clinical practice.

Goal 3. Graduates will communicate effectively. Learning Outcome Graduates will communicate effectively.

Goal 4. Graduates will adopt the personal and professional behaviors of an entry level radiologic technologist. Learning Outcome Graduates will assume responsibility and respond positively to guidance.

Goal 5. Graduates will be employable and certified in sufficient number to meet the needs of the community.

The Profession Radiologic Technology is a segment of medicine devoted to patient diagnosis through the use of ionizing radiation. Specifically, radiation is used to create images of tissues, organs, bones and vessels that comprise the human body. When requested by a physician, it is the radiographer who is responsible for creating these images in a safe and precise manner. The radiologist, a physician who is specifically trained in the interpretation of these images, performs diagnosis of the final image.

A major responsibility of the radiographer lies in the proper use of radiation. When not properly utilized, ionizing radiation has the potential to be damaging to both patient and user. Therefore, the radiographer is trained to understand radiation and be aware of its potential hazards. This knowledge serves to protect the patient and the radiographer, creating a safe work environment

Opportunities

The job market for radiographers in southeastern Michigan is becoming increasingly more competitive. Information regarding employment trends for radiographers in Michigan is available through the HFCC Placement Office (313) 845-9618.

A representative job profile for radiographer can be obtained through the Health Careers Office. Students requiring accommodation should directly contact the Assisted Learning Services at (313) 845-9617.