The radiographer fills an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease by assisting radiologists and producing images that visualize and record human anatomy.
Radiologists are physicians who specialize in the use of x-rays to diagnosis and treat disease and traumatic injury. Radiographers perform x-ray examinations of the skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and digestive systems, using their knowledge of patient care, biological effects of radiation, radiation protection, anatomy, physiology, physics, positioning, and radiographic technique. While performing radiographic procedures, they assess and care for patients, interact with physicians and other health professionals, and communicate with patients, families, and the general public. A radiographer should possess such personal attributes as compassion, competence, and concern for meeting the specific needs of the patient. See http://asrt.org, http://www.jrcert.org/ and www.arrt.org for further information.
St. Vincent's Radiologic Technology Program
Established in 1951, the 24-month Radiologic Technology program has a long tradition of excellence in technical medical education in Jacksonville. The comprehensive 24-month program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program has academic and clinical practice components, and requires attendance 40 hours per week, primarily during the day, Monday through Friday.
The program has limited capacity, and typically enrolls 11 students each year. Accepted applicants will be required to successfully complete a pre-enrollment health screening, including drug test, and a background study by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The complete student handbook with policies and procedures is available for review in the office of the Program Director upon request. Applications are accepted until May 15 for the class beginning in July.
Graduates of the Radiologic Technology program meet the eligibility requirements to qualify for the national certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist. Many colleges confer credit toward a degree in Radiology upon the student's certification by the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists and completion of a JRCERT-accredited program. St. Vincent's does not confer college credit.