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    77 credit hours

Radiography A.S. Degree

  • Mission and Goals

    The mission of the St. Petersburg College Radiography Program is to provide the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will culminate in successful employment of the graduate as a Registered Technologist in Radiography or RT(R). The program will provide a foundation that will promote life-long learning and prepare students for rewarding careers within the profession.

    Program Goal  Student Learning Outcomes 
    Students will be clinically competent.
    • Students will employ proper radiographic positioning techniques.
    • Students will set appropriate technical factors.
    • Students will utilize proper radiation protection techniques.
    Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Students will be able to accurately evaluate radiographic images for diagnostic quality.
    • Students will employ appropriate problem-solving and critical thinking strategies when working with non-ideal patients.
    Students will communicate effectively.
    • Students will use appropriate oral communication skills in the healthcare setting.
    • Students will demonstrate appropriate written communication skills.
    Students will model professional behavior.
    • Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner during their clinical rotations.
    • Students will make sound ethical decisions.
  • Program outcomes

    Graduates  Program Rate of Completion  National Certification Examination
    Pass Rate on First Attempt
     
    Level of Employment Six Months Post Graduation 
    December, 2009 21/23 = 91% 19/21 = 91% 19/19 = 100%
    December, 2010 18/22 = 82% 18/18 = 100% 18/18 = 100%
    December, 2011 17/23 = 74% 17/17 = 100% 17/17 = 100%
    December, 2012 18/22 = 82% 18/18 = 100% 17/18 = 94%
    December, 2013 15/19 = 79% 15/15 = 100% 13/15 = 87%
    5-Year Average 89/109 = 82% 87/89 = 98% 84/87 = 97%

    See JRCERT Program Effectiveness Data for all programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. 

  • What You Will Learn

    • Radiographic imaging principles and procedures
    • Pathology and radiation physics
    • Industry standards and safety regulations
    • Legal and ethical responsibilities
  • AS iconThe full picture of a patient’s health often begins with an x-ray examination or other sophisticated imaging technique. Radiologic technologists use radiation to produce images of the human anatomy, which help diagnose and treat injury and disease. Our program gives you a solid foundation to excel in this field.

    Features

    • Prepares you for the entry-level certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become a Registered Technologist in Radiography
    • Provides lecture and hands-on clinical classes as part of your learning experience
    • Takes two years to complete
    • Is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 
  • Careers

    Our program prepares you to become a radiologic technologist. 

    Outlook

    Based on the type of equipment used in your job, you can specialize in general radiography, computed tomography scans (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or mammography. Nationally, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow by 28 percent through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations as an increasing aging population experiences more medical conditions, such as fractures.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Opportunities

    • Hospital and outpatient centers
    • Portable imaging services
    • Physician offices
    • Urgent care facilities

    Radiography Career Ladder

  • Continuing Your Education

    This A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

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  • Important Information

  • Accreditation

    The Radiography Program is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

    JRCERT
    20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182
    Phone: (312) 704-5304
    Fax: (312) 704-5304
    www.jrcert.org
    mail@jrcert.org 

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  • Radiography
    Associate in Science

    RAD-AS

    John Fleming, Program Director, (727) 341-3758
    Dr. Rebecca Ludwig, Dean, (727) 341-4150

    Program Summary

    Transferable to a Bachelor's Degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.

    Program begins in January.


    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2014 (480), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Admission Rules

    Before entering the first term of the Radiography "program courses" students are encouraged to begin General Education courses and must complete the pre-entry requirements. Prior to admission, students must complete:
    BSC 2085
    BSC 2085L
    MAC 1105 (or other MAC prefix course)

    General Education and Support courses do not have to be completed in the order listed. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor.

    Graduation Rules

    Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition I

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Mathematics (Select 3 credits)

    Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement for this AS degree.
    Any MAC prefix course3

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Computer and Information Literacy Requirement (Complete 1 course)

    Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Computer Competency requirement for this AS degree.
    CGS 1100Computer Applications3

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Anatomy and Physiology (Complete 8 credits)

    BSC 2085Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
    BSC 2085LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Lab I1
    BSC 2086Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
    BSC 2086LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II1

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    1st Term in Program (Complete 10 credits)

    RTE 1000Orientation to Radiography3
    RTE 1418Principles of Imaging I2
    RTE 1418LPrinciples of Imaging I Lab1
    RTE 1503CRadiographic Procedures I3
    RTE 1503LRadiographic Procedures I Lab1

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    2nd Term in Program (Complete 6 credits)

    RTE 1513CRadiographic Procedures II2
    RTE 1513LRadiographic Procedures II Lab1
    RTE 1804LRadiographic Clinical Education I3

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    3rd Term in Program (Complete 11 credits)

    RTE 1458Principles of Imaging II3
    RTE 1473LRadiographic Quality Assurance Lab1
    RTE 1814LRadiographic Clinical Education II5
    RTE 2385Radiation Biology2

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    4th Term in Program (Complete 7 credits)

    RTE 2613Radiation Physics2
    RTE 2824LRadiographic Clinical Education III5

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    5th Term in Program (Complete 6 credits)

    RTE 2782Radiographic Pathology2
    RTE 2834LRadiographic Clinical Education IV4

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    6th Term in Program (Complete 8 credits)

    RTE 2563Advanced Medical Imaging3
    RTE 2844LRadiographic Clinical Education V5
    Total Credits77