Requirements of Accepted Radiography Students

Students who are successfully selected for the Radiography program will need to comply with the following requirements of the college and clinical hospitals prior to beginning fall classes and/or clinical education rotations:

Jackson State Community College:

  • Professional liability insurance: This insurance is available at a group rate and currently costs approximately $10.50 per year. This amount has been calculated into the fees required for the RAD 101 – Orientation course. Therefore, when tuition is paid, your insurance will be in effect for the upcoming clinical rotations for a year.

  • Mantoux inoculation (Tuberculosis skin test): This test must be performed before students begin clinical observation/rotation and at various times throughout enrollment in the program. The test may be attained at a local state Health Department (not offered in Madison Co.) or primary care physician’s office. Please remember that the test must be checked in a specific time frame in order for results to be valid

  • Hepatitis B vaccine: The following statement was issued by TBR as a result of a decision made by the TN Dept. of Health, “Effective July 1, 2011, unless exempted by law, any student enrolled in a higher education institution who is a health science student expected to have patient contact shall present proof of protection against hepatitis B before patient contact begins. For purposes of this paragraph adequate immunization is defined as:

  1. A complete hepatitis B vaccine series: OR

  2. Laboratory evidence of immunity or infection”.

The student is responsible for demonstrating compliance by documentation of 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine or blood test (serology) showing immunity to hepatitis B virus (or infection).

  • MMR and Varicella (chickenpox) vaccines: As required by TBR and the TN Dept. of Health, all fulltime students must provide evidence of the immunity as follows:

    • MMR: Compliance may be demonstrated by:

      • Date of birth before 1957 OR

      • Documentation of 2 doses vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella OR

      • Documentation of blood test (serology) showing immunity to measles, mumps, rubella

    • Varicella (chickenpox): Compliance may be demonstrated by:

      • Date of birth before 1980 OR

      • History of chickenpox illness documented by a healthcare provider or verified by a physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant to whom the illness is described OR

      • Documentation of 2 doses of varicella vaccine OR

      • Documentation of blood test (serology) showing immunity to varicella

  • DTaP (tetanus vaccine): Must provide evidence of vaccine within the last 10 years.

***Students are responsible for all associated fees.***

Clinical Affiliate Hospitals:

Because the Radiography program’s four hospitals are owned/managed by different entities, the requirements will vary for each. However, program officials will notify students during the Program Orientation session conducted in July of those necessary for each group. The following items may apply:

  • Drug Testing: Prior to participation in the clinical experience, some students may be required to undergo drug/alcohol testing. Prospective students will be informed of the possibility of drug/alcohol testing during the admissions procedure. Students will be responsible for the cost of drug/alcohol testing (approximately $28). Students are also subject to testing based on reasonable suspicion that they are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol while present at the college or clinical education centers. Testing for reasonable cause when the student is present at the college campus will follow the college procedure. Testing for reasonable cause when the student is present at the clinical affiliate will follow the affiliate’s procedure for employees. A student’s refusal to submit to testing or a positive result of the test may affect their eligibility to participate in a classroom or clinical experience, resulting in their inability to complete a course and/or the program and may also result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from Jackson State Community College.

  • Criminal Background Checks: Some students enrolled in the Radiography program may be required to submit to a criminal background check in order to satisfy the guidelines of the clinical affiliate hospitals. Prospective students will be informed of the possibility of criminal background checks during the admissions procedure. Students will be responsible for the cost of this required background check (approximately $60). Based on the results of the background check, clinical affiliates have the right to not allow a student to participate in educational activities at that facility. This could result in the student’s inability to complete a course and the program

  • Physical Exams: Some students enrolled in the Radiography program may be required to have a physical exam conducted by their primary health care provider or other approved practitioner. A signed letter acknowledging the students’ ability to meet the technical standards of the program will be submitted to program officials at the designated time. Students are responsible for any associated fee.

  • Influenza Vaccination: Some students enrolled in the Radiography program may be required to provide evidence of a current influenza vaccination or sign a waiver of refusal. Students are responsible for any associated fee.

  • CPR certification: All students will be responsible for earning certification in CPR and maintaining it throughout the program. Currently these classes are provided at no cost to students at each of the affiliate hospitals and will be scheduled at appropriate times by the Clinical Instructors.