Radiographer

Program Information

Program Code: 
RADTC.AAS...
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
2002
Contact: 
Health Careers - (313) 845-9877 - healthcareers@hfcc.edu
Description: 

The Mission and Goals of the Radiographer Program are to graduate competent, entry level radiologic technologists.

Goal 1. Graduates will be clinically competent. Student Learning Outcomes: a) Graduates will apply a common core of knowledge in patient care. b) Graduates will apply a common core of knowledge in radiographic positioning.

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

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

Goal 4. Graduates will adopt the personal and professional behaviors of an entry level radiologic technologist. Student 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. See data under Accreditation heading.

The Profession

Radiologic Technology is that 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.

The Program

The Radiographer Program is a 24—month, full-time program with clinical and academic courses scheduled Monday through Friday. It is recommended that outside employment not exceed 20 hours per week. HFCC will conduct the academic courses. The radiography clinical assignments will be held at a variety of health care settings throughout the Detroit region.

Career 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.

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. Exposure to latex may be moderate depending on the setting in which you are working. Those with latex sensitivity or allergies should consult with a physician prior to entering the program for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career.

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 6 months versus # actively seeking employment): Class of 2013, 78% (18/23), five year average from 2009 – 2013, 67% (84/125)

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 HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC 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

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 
  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 aca-demic 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: a. Completion of MOA 160 with a C grade or better. It is highly recommended that students take this course. b. Twenty hours of observation in a radiography department at a hospital or clinic with a letter of support from a supervisor.

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 a Radiographer Program Spring meeting prior to acceptance into the RAD program.
Additional Program Requirements: 

Required for digital clinical documentation:

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

The Program Application Process

Step 1 – Select your career program

  • It is recommended that each applicant meet with a Health Careers Advisor (313) 845-9877 to discuss program options and then to create an academic plan to qualify for the selected program. Apply up front and start taking prerequisites.

Step 2 – Apply to the program

  • First-time applicants to HFCC will indicate the program selection on the application to the college. This process automatically applies you to your program of choice.
  • Current HFCC students selecting to change their program of study to a health career program must complete a specific program application. Program applications are available in the Health Career/Nursing Admissions Office located in the Welcome Center and in the Health Careers Office in the Health Careers Education Center.

Step 3 – Deliver information and track application

  • It is the student’s responsibility to make certain that all transcripts, grades and necessary records are submitted to the Health Careers/Nursing Admissions office, Welcome Center.
  • Program applicants transferring college credit from another institution must have an official transcript mailed to: Henry Ford Community College, Transfer Evaluation, 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128-2407.
  • Applicants must also submit a student copy of all of their transcripts to the Health Careers/Nursing Admissions Office.
  • It is strongly recommended that you personally track your specific program application through the Health Careers/Nursing Admissions Office, Welcome Center, (313) 317-6525.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to monitor their program admission status via the WebAdvisor Program Evaluation link.
  • It is imperative that all student contact information such as phone numbers and addresses is kept current through the Registration office. If we are unable to contact you, we then will move to the next qualified applicant.

Step 4 – Qualifying and admission

  • Applicants are then admitted on a “first-qualified, first-accepted” basis for available positions. A student’s application date to the program either by indication on the HFCC application or the separate program application may be used to determine placement on the qualified list if necessary, the earlier the better.

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: 

HFCC 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
 Monday/Wednesday
  • Fourth Semester: Summer
 Monday - Thursday
  • Fifth Semester: Fall
 Tuesday/Thursday/Friday
  • Sixth Semester: Winter
 Tuesday/Thursday/Friday
  • Seventh Semester: Spring
 Monday/Tuesday/Thursday
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
66 (Including Options/Electives)

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

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.