Radiologic Technology

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. For more information, visit ASRT.org, JRCERT.org and ARRT.org.

Radiologic Technology Program History

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.

Program Accreditation

St. Vincent's School of Radiologic Technology meets the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT). Students and others may direct inquiries or concerns regarding the program's accreditation or compliance with the JRCERT's Standards to:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
JRCERT.org

Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Mission Statement Provide meaningful learning and prepare fully qualified radiography professionals who will provide quality healthcare services to the community, thereby enabling the students to achieve their expectations and attain full professional potential. Goal: Students will be able to communicate

Learning objectives:

  • Students will demonstrate oral communication
  • Students will practice written communication
  • Graduates communicate effectively in the medical environment Goal: Students will be able to use critical thinking and problem solving skills Learning objectives:
  • Students will exercise independent judgement
  • Students will recognize patient emergency conditions
  • Students assess the patient, patient requisition, image, radiation needs and image quality

Goal: Students will develop clinical competency and provide safe, high quality radiographs and patient care

Learning objectives:

  • Students maintain a clinical competency average of 85% or higher
  • Students apply proper radiation protection principles for the patient, self, and others
  • Students administer proper age appropriate procedure techniques and proper patient care
  • Graduates are clinically competent and able to successfully demonstrate and apply accurate positioning skills
  • Employers indicate graduate competency skills

Goal: Students/Graduates recognize the need for a high standard of professional values and life-long learning, and apply professional ethics and characteristics to their work and health care practices

Learning objectives:

  • Students demonstrate application of ethics and professionalism
  • Students participate in professional development activities and continuing education

Goal: Provide the medical center and community with competent radiographers

Learning objectives:

  • Graduates employed in Radiologic imaging within 6 months of graduation
  • Employers indicate satisfaction with graduates skills
  • Graduates indicate satisfaction with their radiography education
  • Students enrolled maintain an academic average of 80% or higher
  • At least 75% of enrolled students complete the program
  • Graduates pass the ARRT examination
Program Effectiveness Data

The program will assure educational effectiveness and graduate entry level radiographers.

Student five year certification exam American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) pass rate on first attempt will be 75% or greater within six months of graduation.
YearPercentage passing on first attemptNumber of Students Passing 1st attempt
2011 100% 6 of 6 students
2012 100% 8 of 8 students
2013 100% 6 of 6 students
2014 100%

7 of 7 students

2015 100%

2 of 2 students

5-year average 100%
Five year average job placement of not less than 75% within six months post-graduation.
YearResults of graduate employment rateNumber of Students graduated
2011 100% 6 students
2012 86% 8 students
2013 100% 6 students
2014 100% 7 students
2015 100% 2 students
5-year average 97%
Student Retention: Students beginning and completing the 24-month program Will be 75% or greater.
YearCompletion PercentageStudents began programStudents completed the program
2011 67% 9 6
2012 100% 8 8
2013 86% 7 6
2014 78% 9 7
2015 29% 7 2
5-year average 76%

Program effectiveness data explanation can be located at JRCERT website. mail@jrcert.org.

Admission

The Radiologic Technology program size is limited, and acceptance is not guaranteed. Acceptance is based on an evaluation of the individual's prior educational and work experience, personal and professional references, and personal interviews. Each applicant is evaluated and assigned a score based on a point system.

Class sizes are limited with a total capacity of 11 students per year. Preference is given to applicants with hands-on patient care experience, college-level coursework completion in both required and recommended courses, higher course grades in each of the required and recommended courses, and higher total cumulative GPA. A completed application, reference forms, resume, biography, application fee and official transcripts must be received by May 15.

English Language

All classroom and clinical instruction will be conducted in English. By accepting a position in this program, the student acknowledges this and accepts the responsibility for sufficient proficiency in the English language to be able to successfully complete the program.

Student Pregnancy

Should the student become pregnant and declare pregnancy during the course of the program, she may elect to continue the program with no interruption, request a partial leave of absence or request a complete withdrawal from the program. Complete details are located in the student handbook.

Transfer Student Policy

Transfer students from other radiography programs are not accepted.

Latex Advisory

Students frequently use and have exposure to latex based products commonly used in healthcare settings. Students with latex allergies should seek expert advice from their healthcare provider in order to make an informed decision regarding their exposure to latex based products prior to considering medical imaging as a future profession.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' Ethics Requirement

Before consideration for admission, any applicant who has been involved in a criminal proceeding or who has been charged with or convicted of a crime must file a request for a pre-application review with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in order to obtain a ruling on the impact of the situation on their eligibility for certification and registration. A charge or conviction of, a plea of guilty to, or a plea of novo contender (no contest) to an offense that is classified as a misdemeanor or felony constitutes a conviction for ARRT purposes. This includes situations in which the result is deferred or withheld adjudication, or suspended or withheld sentence. Military court-martial must also be reported.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' determination of eligibility for examination will determine the applicant's eligibility for consideration for admission to the program. The final order must be included with the Application for Admittance to the Radiology Program. Potential applicants must contact the ARRT directly:

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota, 55120-1155
651-687-0048
ARRT.org

The Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, disability, veteran or marital status. Because of radiation protection requirements, students must be at least 18 years of age by the July start date of the class.

Application

Complete application packages will be accepted until May 15 each year. Only applicants who meet all prerequisites and submit all required application materials and fees will be scheduled for the admission interview process.

Prerequisites

  • Applicant must have at least an associates degree
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old at the time of admission (July) and meet the ethics requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
  • Minimum 2.8 cumulative total GPA in high school and college.
  • REQUIRED COURSES, completed within the past five years with a minimum grade of "C":
  • Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033 or higher)
  • Introduction to Speech Communication or Speech Communication for Business and the Professions
  • Introduction to Computer Concepts
  • Human Relations, Psychology, or Human Growth and Development
  • General Physics, General Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology I, or Biology
  • Humanities

For applicants not currently employed in a healthcare related field, the academic prerequisites generally must have been successfully completed within five years of the time of acceptance to the program.

International Applicants U.S. Citizenship or permanent immigrant status is required to process application.

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED courses in addition to those REQUIRED:

  • General Chemistry
  • General Physics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology II

Preference is giving to applicants with higher grades in college-level coursework, higher total cumulative GPA, completion of more of the required and recommended courses or a degree and hands-on patient care experience.

How To Apply

To be considered for an interview and possible admission, submit all of the following documents in one package by May 15 of the year of desired July admission:

  • Completed St. Vincent's School of Radiologic Technology application form.
  • Non-refundable check or money order for the $25 application processing fee payable to St. Vincent's Medical Center
  • Unopened (in original institutional envelope) official transcripts from all secondary (high school) and post secondary (college or technical) educational institutions • Three completed St. Vincent's Medical Center School of Radiography reference forms from employers, teachers or clergy of the applicant. Personal references from friends or relatives are not recommended.
  • A one-page resume listing the applicant's name, address, email address, phone numbers, all education institutions/degree/dates, and all employers with address and positions/dates of employment within the past 10 years.
  • Up to 500 words, hand-written by the applicant, autobiographical sketch describing the applicant's general background and reasons for selecting radiology as a career. Interview for Appointment
  • Applicants considered for enrollment will be invited to St. Vincent's Riverside for a personal interview with the program director and selected facility.
  • Acceptance notifications are sent in late May. Your appointment to the program is dependent upon successful completion of the physical examination and background study. Additional Admission Requirements Applicants offered admission to the Radiography Program must comply with the following prevailing institutional policies and procedures:
    • Immunization
    • Drug Screen
    • Occupational Health Review or Physical Exam
    • FDLE Background Study
    • Health Insurance

Specific questions about these requirements may be directed to the school.

Curriculum and Clinical Rotation

Classroom Curriculum The program organizes courses in four, six-month terms, which include formal classroom instruction and supervised clinical practice in all phases of Radiologic Technology. The 40-hour week is primarily scheduled Monday through Friday. Typical program hours are 7:30am - 4pm, but may vary slightly for the purpose of clinical instruction. First year classroom instruction is conducted Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Second year classroom instruction is conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The two-year course of instruction follows the curriculum developed by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and includes at least the following:

First Year:
Term IJuly through DecemberContact Hours
RAD INT Introduction to Radiologic Technology 12
RAD NUR Patient Care/Ethics and Law 48
RAD PHY Radiation Physics 20
RAD PRO Introduction to Radiation Protection & Safety 20
RAD TECH Image Analysis/Film-Screen Acquisition & Processing 38
INTRO PAT Introduction to Radiographic Pathology 12
RAD OST I Human Structure & Function I 39
RAD PROC I Radiologic Procedures I 39
CLIN I Clinical Practice I 806
Totals 1034
First Year:
Term IIJanuary through JuneContact Hours
PHAR VENI Patient Care/Pharmacology & Venipuncture 48
RAD PHY I Radiation Production & Characteristics I 26
RAD PRO/REG Radiation Production & Regulations 26
RAD IMAG I Principles of Imaging I 26
RAD PAT I Radiographic Pathology I 24
RAD OST II Human Structure & Function II 39
RAD PROC II Radiologic Procedures II 39
CLIN II Clinical Practice II 806
Totals 1034
Second Year:
Term IIIJuly through DecemberContact Hours
RAD PHY II Radiation Production & Characteristics II 28
RAD BIO Radiation Biology 20
RAD IMAG II Principles of Imaging II 28
RAD PAT II Radiographic Pathology II 24
RAD OST III Human Structure & Function III 39
RAD PROC III Radiologic Procedures III 39
CLIN III Clinical Practice III 856
Totals 1034
Second Year:
Term IVJanuary through JuneContact Hours
NUR CATH Alternative Care/Catheterization 48
RAD DIG Digital Imaging Acquisition & Display 35
RAD REG Radiation Protection & Registry Review 13
RAD QA Radiographic Technical Conversions/QA 30
RAD CT Introduction to Computed Tomography 24
RAD OST IV Human Structure & Function IV 39
RAD PROC IV Radiologic Procedures IV 39
CLIN IV Clinical Practice IV 806
Totals 1034

Clinical Rotations Clinical Rotations are scheduled in several areas at St. Vincent's Medical Center Riverside and Southside, Nemours Children's Clinic and Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute Riverside. Clinical Rotations are scheduled opposite to the classroom instruction hours. Toward the end of the program, the student will be required to complete two evening hour rotations (1:00pm - 9:30pm). The radiography program requires 4,000 contact hours which includes both classroom and clinical instruction. Clinical and classroom experiences will not exceed 40 hours per week.

Grading Scale (System) The following grading scale has been established to determine a grade point average for the student.
PercentageLetter gradeGrade points
93 – 100% A 4.00
89 - 92.9% A- 3.75
86 – 88.9% B+ 3.25
83 – 85.9% B 3.00
80 – 82.9% B- 2.75
75 – 79.9% C 2.00
70 – 74.9% D 1.00

The grade points will be multiplied by the number of “points” assigned to the course. The total grade points are the divided by the total “credits” to determine the grade point average. “Points” have been assigned to each course based on the number of contact hours per week for the purpose of establishing a grade point average for the students. The courses in this program have not been approved for post-secondary education credit beyond the scope of this program. However, upon successful completion of the ARRT examination each student may receive up to 48 credit hours toward an AS degree from the local State College. Graduation Requirements Required terminal competencies include, but are not limited to, the following list. The graduate shall be able to:

  1. Use oral and written medical communication.
  2. Demonstrate adequate knowledge of human structure, function and pathology.
  3. Anticipate and provide basic patient care and comfort.
  4. Apply principles of body mechanics in the correct manner.
  5. Successfully perform basic mathematical functions.
  6. Correctly operate radiographic imaging equipment and accessory devices.
  7. Correctly position the patient and imaging system to perform radiographic examinations and procedures.
  8. Successfully modify standard procedures to accommodate for patient condition and other variables.
  9. Correctly utilize CR/DR/PACS systems and practices HIPAA.
  10. Determine exposure factors to obtain diagnostic quality images with minimum radiation exposure.
  11. Correctly, adjust exposure factors for various patient conditions, equipment, accessories and contrast media to maintain appropriate radiographic quality.
  12. Practice ALARA - radiation protection for the patient, self and others at all times.
  13. Successfully recognize emergency patient conditions, initiate first aid and basic life support procedures.
  14. Evaluate radiographic images for appropriate positioning and image quality.
  15. Evaluate the performance of radiographic systems, know the safe limits of equipment operation and report malfunctions to the proper authority.
  16. Demonstrate knowledge and skills relating to quality assurance.
  17. Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
  18. Understand basic x-ray production and interactions.
  19. Support and practice the professional Code of Ethics.
  20. Completely satisfy tuition balance to equal zero.
  21. Successfully complete all terminal clinical competencies – practical examinations.
  22. Maintain an academic average of 80% or higher and clinical average of 85%.
  23. Successfully complete all clinical competencies and assignments.
  24. Student has not exceeded the maximum sick days according to program policy.

A certificate (diploma) and St. Vincent’s program clinical pin are presented to each graduate at the end of the 24-month program during a commencement celebration. Students who fail to successfully complete the stated graduation requirements due to unacceptable academic final average, clinical average or ARRT requirements--- is not eligible for a verification signature by the Program Director. Program Completion/Registry Eligibility To successfully complete the program, students must maintain an 80% average in all didactic courses and an 85% average throughout all clinical courses. They must demonstrate competency in all procedures as required by the program and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for certification eligibility. Students must exhibit appropriate professional conduct and ethics, and show a satisfactory aptitude for the care of the sick. Upon successful completion of the program, St. Vincent's Medical Center awards a certificate of completion as the sponsoring institution. St. Vincent's does not confer college credit, although many colleges confer credit for satisfactory completion of an accredited program and/or certification by the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT). Graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This credential RT (R) registered radiographer is the standard of excellence and acceptance for the profession and is required for most employment opportunities. All academic and clinical policies are in complete detail in the student handbook.

Calendar

The Radiologic Technology program usually begins annually the third Thursday in July. Each student is entitled to nine holidays per year as scheduled by the program. The program observes the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the day after
  • Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
  • Good Friday

In addition, students are allowed 128 hours of personal time off during the two years but may not exceed 64 hours during the first year. Each student receives two pre-assigned weeks of vacation each year of the program. Generally, one week is scheduled during the week of July 4th and the other is during the week of Christmas each year. Christmas break week extends from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.

  • Term I begins in July and ends in late December (24 weeks).
  • Term II begins in January and ends in late June (24 weeks).
  • Term III begins in July and ends in later December (24 weeks).
  • Term IV begins in January and ends in late June (24 weeks).
  • Graduation is on the third Thursday in June.

    To qualify for graduation and a certificate of completion, students must:

    1. Satisfactorily complete all requirements of the classroom and clinical curriculum
    2. Fulfill all financial obligations to the program Graduates will be eligible to apply for the professional certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This certification provides graduates nationally recognized credentials to practice radiography and fulfill eligibility requirements for a Florida license.

Standards

Students must be able to do the following:

  • Efficiently reach, manipulate, and operate equipment necessary for all radiographic procedures
  • Move, manipulate, and observe a patient or client as necessary for all radiographic procedures
  • Visually assess patients or clients, medical test results and the working environment to correctly decide the appropriate action to take for the benefit of the patient or client
  • Clearly be able to communicate (both verbally and in writing) with the patient or client, families, personnel and others to disseminate information about patient care and work duties
  • Hear well to accurately gather information relevant to patient and clinical activities
  • Make appropriate judgement decisions in an emergency or in situations not clearly governed by specific guidelines
  • Demonstrate emotional stability and psychological health in day-to-day interaction with patients or clients, staff, family members and others--- in routine and non-routine decision making processes and in the daily execution of didactic and clinical assignments.

Expenses

Tuition for the Radiologic Technology program is $5,000 ($2,500 per year), payable to St. Vincent's. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time students accept their enrollment. A $25 application fee is due with the submitted application. This financial responsibility is paid in four installments at the beginning of each term. There is no financial aid available, however if you are accepted to the program you may apply for scholarships offered by St. Vincent's. Other expenses that are the student's responsibility include:

  • Transportation and living expenses
  • Health insurance
  • Uniforms
  • ARRT certification exam fee

Refund Policy A 50% refund of tuition (excluding deposit) will be given to students who withdraw or who are dismissed from the program within the first two weeks. No refunds will be given after. There will be no refunds for the $25 application fee, the $250 acceptance deposit or the textbook payment.

Contact the Radiologic Technology Office

Phone: 904-308-8552

Email: Karen.Nevins@jaxhealth.com

Download the Radiologic Technology Brochure

Radiologic Technology Application Form

Radiologic Technology Reference Form

Policy Manual 2015-2017

Send All Inquiries and Completed Application to:

St. Vincent's Medical Center Riverside 
School of Radiologic Technology / Educational Coordinator
Department of Radiology
1 Shircliff Way
Jacksonville, FL 32204