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Radiologic Technology

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.

Radiologic Technology 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 Radiologic Technology program offers the opportunity for students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to perform entry-level, medical radiography or diagnostic x-ray technology.

Student using xray equipment

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 Radiologic Technology Program at Jackson State began in 1969 as one of the first college based associate degree radiologic technology programs in Tennessee, and one of the very first Health Sciences programs established at the college. The JSCC Radiologic Technology program consistently produces competent graduates who are successful on the national certification examination and in the profession. While the vast majority of radiographers and medical imaging professionals in the JSCC service area are Jackson State graduates, several opt to travel outside the area and to other states for employment . The program maintains high standards and has a reputation for excellence in the medical imaging community.

Program Effectiveness

 

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

Important Facts Concerning RADT Program Structure:

  • College classes are offered on the main college campus during daytime hours (no evening or weekend classes available). While some virtual classes and hybrid models have been allowed during the pandemic, this will not be the new normal.
  • If a student accepted into the program has completed most, or all of the general education classes required as part of the RADT degree, it will NOT shorten the time necessary to complete the program. However, it can result in students registering for fewer credit hours each term and lighten their course load.
  • Clinical rotations occur during normal day hours (ranging from 7:00am - 7:30pm). There will be minimal weekend rotations during the third semester (first summer) term. Clinical rotations are scheduled in 8 hour blocks.
  • Clinical rotations occur at the hospital students' select as either their first or second choice on the program application. Program officials assign interviews and determine final selection. However, there may be limited rotations among clinical sites at points through the program. Clinical sites are dispersed across a wide geographic location and drive times may be long. Student are responsible for dependable transportation to both the college campus and clinical locations and any costs associated with that travel.
  • In order to participate in clinical education, students must meet the requirements of hospitals. This could include, but not limited to, background checks, drug screens, immunizations, etc. Currently, no entity is requiring students to receive the COVID 19 vaccine. HOWEVER, if a student is not fully vaccinated, it may prohibit specific rotations in areas within a clinical setting. This limitation could result in a longer program completion time if impacting the ability to obtain mandatory or elective competencies.

Accreditation

The Radiologic Technology 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
email: mail@jrcert.org

Program status is: Maintenance Accreditation for 8 years

Next accreditation report:  April 1, 2023

The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education(USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.

Mission Statement

Jackson State Community College Radiologic Technology Program provides the opportunity for students to develop the clinical skills and technical competencies required of a certified Radiographer at entry level combined with the necessary academic background to enable the graduate to advance within the profession. The Program maintains high educational standards evidenced through national programmatic accreditation.

Radiologic Technology Program Goals & Outcomes

The program's mission is supported by the achievement of the following goals & outcomes:

Goal 1: Students will competently perform diagnostic radiography procedures.

Learning Outcomes:

1.1 Students will accurately position patients for radiographic examinations.

1.2 Students will properly determine exposure factors.

1.3 Students will employ correct radiation practices. 

Goal 2: Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills applicable to radiography.

Learning Outcomes:

2.1 Students will adapt radiographic procedures to non-routine situations.

2.2 Students will evaluate radiographic images for acceptable diagnostic quality. 

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Learning Outcomes:

3.1 Students will utilize acceptable verbal skills in the clinical setting.

3.2 Students will display adequate communication skills in written works. 

Goal 4: Students will exhibit professionalism appropriate for radiographers.

Learning Outcomes:

4.1 Students will understand the importance of maintaining certification/continuing education.

4.2 Students will practice desirable work ethic behaviors. 

Goal 5: Graduates will contribute to the needs of the medical imaging community.

Outcomes:

5.1 Students will complete the program within the scheduled time frame.

5.2 Graduates will successfully complete the national certification examination.

5.3 Graduates will express satisfaction with their radiography education.

5.4 Graduates will accept positions in radiography and related modalities.

5.5 Employers will express satisfaction with graduates as entry-level radiographers.