The Radiography Program consists of traditional college classes in conjunction with the performance of clinical education assignments. Throughout the six consecutive semester program (24 months), students will spend time in the college classroom and the clinical affiliate radiology department (not to exceed 40 hours per week combined), learning theory and practicing application in a real-world environment.
Professional courses (those listed in the college catalog/schedule with RAD prefix) designed to provide the student with a background necessary for a successful career in Radiography are conducted on the college’s main campus location during traditional daytime hours. To date, no evening, weekend, or online courses are offered for this major. Only students who have been officially selected and enrolled in the radiography program are eligible to register for the RAD courses. At the end of each academic term, enrolled radiography students must maintain a grade of 80% in all professional courses (RAD 161 and RAD 162 require 75%) in order to continue in the program. Upon successful completion of professional and clinical requirements, the graduate receives an Associate of Applied Science degree (total of 75 credit hours including general education requirements and clinical education).
In addition to academic courses offered on the college campus, Radiography students participate in numerous hours of clinical education assignments at one of the four associated clinical hospitals. Clinical education provides the student with a supervised, hands-on experience within a radiology department working with patients and modern technology. The following hospitals are affiliated with the JSCC Radiography program and their maximum numbers of annual enrollment listed:
|Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union City||6 students|
|Dyersburg Regional Medical Center||6 students|
|Henry County Medical Center – Paris||6 students|
|Jackson-Madison County General Hospital||13 students|
Students select their preference of clinical site while completing the program application. Students are interviewed by program admissions committees at their first and possibly second choice of clinical site. Once admitted to the program, students will perform all clinical duties at the hospital where they interviewed and were accepted. While the program is approved to accept the numbers of students at each facility as listed, in order to comply with supervision requirements, class size is typically smaller. Over the past few years the average class size is around 23 students.
Students participate in seven days of clinical observation during the first semester of the program (lab for RAD 101). Beginning in the second semester and continuing throughout, students will register for clinical education courses and receive grades accordingly. Full days of clinical are required and may be scheduled during the hours of 7am until 7:30pm. Minimal weekend rotations will only be scheduled the 3rd semester of the program. There are occasions when students will be assigned clinical education duties while the college campus is open, but traditional academic classes are not in session. Upon successful completion of the clinical education component of the program, the affiliate hospital awards the graduate with a certificate of clinical completion for their approximate 1,700 of clinical experience. Clinical instructors at each affiliate hospital will inform students of their clinical education rotation/schedule for each semester. The following table lists the program’s required clinical contact hours by week and semester:
|First Semester||8 hours/week for seven days only|
|Second Semester||16 hours/week|
|Third Semester||32 hours/week|
|Fourth-Sixth Semesters||24 hours/week|