Radiologic Technology Curriculum & Clinical Rotations

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 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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 Tuesday and Thursday.

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:
Contact
Term I July through December           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
Term II January through June           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:
Contact
Term III July through December           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
Term IV January through June            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 (1:00 - 9:30 p.m.). 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.

Percentage

Letter grade

Grade 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.  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 twenty-four month program during a commencement celebration.

Students who fail to successfully complete the stated graduation requirements due to an unacceptable academic final average (below 80% in any subject) or clinical average (below 85%) 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. handbooks are available in the program office.

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 2012 -2014

Send All Inquiries and Completed Application to:

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