Radiography

Profession

Radiology is the medical specialty involving the use of radiant energy (x-rays, gamma rays, ultrasound, magnetic fields, radio frequencies, radioisotopes and other imaging modalities) to produce images helpful in diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Radiography as a profession was born early in the 1900's following the discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm C. Roentgen in 1895. Immediately it was apparent the new x-rays could be used to examine the human body, and the discovery proved to be of immeasurable value to medical science. Subsequent rapid development of technology and advances in application of the technologies has distinguished radiology as a highly skilled specialty in medicine.

The explosive growth of technology and knowledge in radiology has created an increasing need for competent radiologic technologists to assist physicians in the beneficial use of imaging technology for diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of disorders. Jackson State’s Radiography program offers the opportunity for students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to perform entry-level, medical radiography or diagnostic x-ray technology.

When students have completed the basic requirements to become registered radiographers, they have a marketable skill in the ability to produce diagnostic images utilizing conventional x-ray technology, and many avenues for further education and advancement are opened. Although most qualified technologists are employed as radiographers in hospitals, there is a demand for personnel in many related imaging areas which commonly require radiography education as a prerequisite to entering these fields. Some examples of imaging technologies related to radiography include diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy technology, computed tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, cardiovascular interventional technology, and radiologist assistant (RA). At this time Jackson State Community College does not offer certificates or degrees in other imaging modalities, however, graduates successfully transfer to such programs in Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga, TN, and Paducah, KY.

Program

The Radiography Program at Jackson State began in 1969 as the first college based associate degree radiography program in Tennessee, and the third in the United States. The program was formed in response to a need for qualified x-ray technologists to serve the West Tennessee area at a time when the main source of x-ray technologists was from hospital based programs in larger cities. The program began with only one clinical education center and an enrollment of five students. The JSCC Radiography program consistently produces competent graduates who are successful on the national certification examination and in the profession. The vast majority of radiographers and medical imaging professionals in the JSCC service area are Jackson State graduates. The program maintains high standards and has a reputation for excellence in the medical imaging community.

The Radiography Program sponsored by Jackson State Community College combines the basic sciences, general education, and professional courses with extensive clinical education performed at area hospitals.

The Radiography Program is accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
e-mail: mail@jrcert.org