The A.A.S. Radiography Program is a five-semester, full-time program beginning in the fall semester of each year. Classes and labs are held at the downtown campus and the clinical education component of the program is conducted in various hospitals and other medical facilities in Wilmington and the surrounding area. Program graduates are eligible to apply to take the national examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for certification and registration as medical radiographers.
Program graduates generally work in radiology departments in hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices. The hospital offers a wide variety of subspecialties including orthopedics, mammography, operating room, and trauma areas. The average starting hourly wage will range from $18.00 – $24.00 per hour.
Mission, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes
The program’s mission is to prepare graduates to be competent radiographers.
Goals and Student Learning Outcomes in Support of the Program’s Mission
Program Goal #1
The graduates of the program will demonstrate competence in skills basic to the Radiography Profession.
Student Learning Outcomes in support of goal 1:
1.1 The student will competently perform routine radiographic procedures.
1.2 The student/graduate will provide proper patient care and management.
1.3 The student/graduate will demonstrate proper radiation safety practices to patients, self, and others.
1.4 The student/graduate will be clinically competent by rotating through excellent clinical sites provided by the program.
Program Goal #2
The graduates of the program will be able to effectively utilize problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills in the performance of medical imaging procedures.
Student Learning Outcomes in support of goal 2:
2.1 The student/graduate will demonstrate competence in non-routine examinations.
2.2 The student/graduate will demonstrate effective communications skills.
Program Goal #3
The graduates of the program will demonstrate professional behaviors as part of a healthcare team.
Student Learning Outcomes in support of goal 3:
3.1 The students will demonstrate adherence to professional ethics and standards.
3.2 The students will demonstrate behaviors that promote teamwork.
3.3 The graduates will demonstrate professional behaviors and exhibit interest in professional radiologic technology organizations and professional development.
Program Goal #4
The program meets the needs of the community by providing qualified radiographers.
Student Learning Outcomes (Program Effectiveness Measures) in support of goal 4:
4.1 Students will complete the program within 2 years.
4.2 Graduates of the program will indicate satisfaction with preparation for employment.
4.3 Employers will indicate satisfaction with graduates’ quality of work.
4.4 Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.
4.5 Graduates will seek employment in radiography or enter advanced education programs within 12 months.
Physical and Cognitive Expectations of a Student Radiographer
You’ll be an excellent candidate for this field if you like to be active and enjoy working with a variety of people. Good communication, problem-solving and analytical skills are also important for radiographers. The profession is a physically demanding one. Tasks on a typical day include assisting lifting patients, transporting patients on stretchers or in wheelchairs, and moving heavy portable imaging equipment within the hospital. The environment is fast paced and stressful and you will be on your feet for several hours at a time. The radiographer must also respond to audio signals and alarms and be able to differentiate subtle shades of gray on a diagnostic image.
According to the nature of the work required in the Radiologic Sciences and the educational requirements of the Radiography Program, the applicant/student must be able to:
- Reach, manipulate, and operate radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment which is above shoulder level (about six feet above the floor).
- Lift and carry at least thirty (30) pounds of weight in order to safely transport and use ancillary aids (cassettes, sandbags, portable equipment, etc.) when performing radiologic procedures.
- Safely move standard wheelchairs and stretchers with patients from the emergency or waiting areas to radiologic examining rooms and safely assist mobile patients from the stretcher or wheelchair to the examining table and back, without assistance.
- Safely move immobile patients from the stretcher to examining table and back with assistance from departmental personnel.
- Lift, manipulate, and move patients as necessary for the performance of radiologic procedures.
- Correctly read technique charts, read and select correct exposure factors at control consoles, and read and set correct distances and other equipment settings at the radiographic and fluoroscopic towers.
- Monitor equipment and background sounds during equipment operation and report unusual or abnormal sounds to the appropriate person.
- Visually monitor the patient for retention of correct position, correct breathing, motion, or evidence of physical or emotional distress during the performance of radiologic procedures, including in dimly lighted environments.
- Monitor and evaluate the vital signs of a patient including the taking of temperatures and reading standard thermometers, taking blood pressure, monitoring respiration, and pulse rate.
- Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, with the patient, patient’s family, clinical personnel, and others in order to obtain or disseminate information relevant to patient care and work duties.
- Read and correctly carry out written instructions given on requisitions, treatment charts, notes, and other records.
- Understand and correctly carry out oral instructions given by instructors and clinical personnel including in the special procedures suite or operating room setting where all personnel is wearing surgical masks.
- Evaluate radiographs for technical quality including the visual perception of density levels, contrast levels, evidence of distortion, and evaluation of minute structural details for evidence of blur.
- Demonstrate emotional stability and mental alertness in day to day interactions with patients, visitors, staff, and peers, in high stress/pressure situations that occur in the radiologic environment.