Radiologic technology is a dynamic career that is constantly changing with technological advancements. A radiographer is a medical professional specially trained in the use of X-ray and other energies to produce diagnostic images of human structures. Imaging procedures and accompanying responsibililties assigned to a radiographer are under the direction of physicians qualified to request and/or perform the radiologic procedures.
The Associate of Science in Radiography is a 24-month hospital-based educational program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program is structured to optimize the learning and application of the clinical skills and concepts required of professionally competent radiographers.
Curriculum and clinical assignments are designed to facilitate comprehension and competency. First-year students concentrate on the basic academic courses. Clinical education begins with laboratory demonstrations, practice on phantoms and simulated patients. Actual clinical experience begins under close and direct supervision within the radiology department.
Second-year students focus on advanced studies while increasing their sense of responsibility and independence within the clinical setting. The clinical curriculum includes rotations in the specialty modalities of CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy, mammography, nuclear medicine and cardiovascular interventional technology.
Cox College has had an school of radiologic technology since 1954 and has continually strived for educational, clinical and professional excellence. The radiography program is accredited by the JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology).
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The mission of Associate of Science in Radiography program is to produce professional, competent radiographers. The faculty strive to instill in graduates high standards of education, clinical training and patient care as well as personal and professional pride. Our commitment is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of their careers.
Upon completion of the Radiography program, the graduate will be able to:
- demonstrate technical competency by consistently producing diagnostic-quality radiographs using appropriate procedures
- use critical thinking skills to make appropriate and responsible decisions based on reason and applied knowledge
- communicate effectively with patients, technologists and physicians
- use the ALARA principle and appropriate procedures to minimize radiation exposure to their patients, co-workers and themselves
- successfully complete the ARRT certification exam in radiography.
Your first step to apply to the ASR program is to apply to Cox College and then meet the requirements to apply to the ASR program.
ASR degree requirements
To apply to the ASR program yo must have completed 1 core science and 2 additional general education courses listed above. Science and additional general education courses must total 10 credits or more. All general education courses are prerequisites for the professional portion of the program and must be completed prior to enrolling in courses with the RAD prefix.
Required General Education courses (22 credit hours)
BIOL205 Human Anatomy*
BIOL206 Human Physiology*
CHEM103 Fundamentals of Chemistry or Physics
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology
INFM160 Computer Resources
*denotes core science courses
Radiography 62 credit hours
First Year—Semester 1(Fall)
RAD 100 Nursing Procedures for the Radiologic Technologist
RAD 110 Radiographic Anatomy
RAD 120 Radiographic Procedures 1
RAD 130 Medical Terminology
First Year—Semester 2 (Spring)
RAD 140 Introduction to Radiologic Technology
RAD 150 Radiographic Physics 1
RAD 160 Ethics for the Imaging Professional
RAD 170 Radiographic Procedures 2
RAD 180 Radiographic Imaging 1
RAD 196 Clinical Practice 1
First Year—Semester 3 (Summer)
RAD 151 Radiographic Physics 2
RAD 171 Radiographic Procedures 3
RAD 181 Radiographic Imaging 2
RAD 190 Contrast Agents
RAD 195 Cross Sectional Anatomy
RAD 197 Clinical Practice
Second Year—Semester 4(Fall)
RAD 152 Radiographic Physics 3
RAD 182 Radiographic Imaging 3
RAD 200 Radiographic Pathophysiology
RAD 210 Radiographic Imaging 4
RAD 230 Professionalism in Health Care
RAD 291 Clinical Practice 3
Second Year—Semester 5(Spring)
RAD 220 Career Prep for the Radiologic Technologist
RAD 231 Professionalism in Health Care 2
RAD 240 Radiographic Procedures 4
RAD 250 Image Processing
RAD 260 Radiographic Procedures
RAD 270 Radiographic Physics 4
RAD 292 Clinical Practice
Second Year—Semester 6(Summer)
RAD 280 EKG and IV for the Radiologic Technologist
RAD 290 Capstone: Curriculum Review
RAD 293 Clinical Practice 5
For course descriptions please see the Cox College catalog
In support of the goals listed above, graduates of the Radiography program will be able to accomplish all of the following objectives:
- apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, positioning and radiographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph or other image receptor while maximizing patient comfort and radiation protection
- use principles of body mechanics, medical hygiene and radiation protection to ensure the health and safety of the patient, the technologist and others
- exercise good independent judgment and assume responsibility for personal and professional behavior within moral, ethical and legal standards
- think critically, creatively and independently to be able to adapt positioning and techniques to produce optimum radiographic images when confronted with unusual and challenging conditions
- function as an effective member of the radiology team by utilizing proper written and oral communication skills specific to a medical environment
- operate within safe limits and evaluate the performance of radiographic imaging systems; identifying and reporting malfunctions to appropriate personnel
- apply quality assurance principles and procedures to maximize image quality during image formation and processing
- pursue professional growth through continuing education and the open-mindedness necessary to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing health care environment
- provide high quality and timely patient care through application of nursing skills, including phlebotomy, EKG and emergency procedures
- function as an effective practitioner of radiologic sciences in varied medical settings such as hospitals, clinics and mobile services
- demonstrate basic skills in computed tomography, cardiovascular interventional technology, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and radiation oncology are integrated to optimize the entire radiological aspect of patient care
- successfully complete the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
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