SPC's Radiography A.S. Degree prepares you to succeed

The 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.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Radiologic Technologists

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

13,470

2026

16,140

Percent Change

20

Projected Job Openings

1020

Features of SPC's Radiography A.S. Degree

  • 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 

What You Will Learn in SPC's radiography program

  • Radiographic imaging principles and procedures
  • Pathology and radiation physics
  • Industry standards and safety regulations
  • Legal and ethical responsibilities

Radiography Associate in Science

RAD-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), 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.



Program Leadership Information

John Fleming
Program Director
(727) 341-3758


Program Summary

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

Program begins in January.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1351090700:

Federal CIP Code

51.0907: Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist.


Admission Rules

Please review the Radiography A.S. Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Radiography A.S. program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.

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 course 3

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 1100 Computer Applications 3

SUPPORT COURSES
Anatomy and Physiology (Complete 10 credits)

BSC 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I 1
BSC 2086 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BSC 2086L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II 1
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology I 2

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

RTE 1000 Orientation to Radiography 3
RTE 1418 Principles of Imaging I 2
RTE 1418L Principles of Imaging I Lab 1
RTE 1503C Radiographic Procedures I 3
RTE 1503L Radiographic Procedures I Lab 1

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

RTE 1513C Radiographic Procedures II 2
RTE 1513L Radiographic Procedures II Lab 1
RTE 1804L Radiographic Clinical Education I 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
3rd Term in Program (Complete 9 credits)

RTE 1458 Principles of Imaging II 3
RTE 1473L Radiographic Quality Assurance Lab 1
RTE 1814L Radiographic Clinical Education II 5

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

RTE 2824L Radiographic Clinical Education III 5
RTE 2385 Radiation Biology 2

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

RTE 2782 Radiographic Pathology 2
RTE 2834L Radiographic Clinical Education IV 4

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

RTE 2563 Advanced Medical Imaging 3
RTE 2844L Radiographic Clinical Education V 5
Total Credits 77

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.

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

Program outcomes

Graduates  Program Rate of Completion  National Certification Examination
Pass Rate on First Attempt
 
Level of Employment Six Months Post Graduation 
December, 2012 18/22 = 82% 18/18 = 100% 17/18 = 94%
December, 2013 15/19 = 79% 15/15 = 100% 14/15 = 93%
December, 2014 16/19 = 84% 15/16 = 93.8% 15/16 = 93%
December, 2015 13/20 = 65% 13/13 = 100% 13/13 = 100%
December, 2016 17/21 = 81% 17/17 = 100% 17/17 = 100%
5-Year Average 79/101 = 78% 78/79 = 99% 76/79 = 96%

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

Certification

Our radiography A.S. degree prepares you for the entry-level certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become a Registered Technologist in Radiography.

Continue your education at SPC

SPC's Associate in Science degree in Radiography transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

HEALTH CONTINUING EDUCATION

We also offer health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Nursing B.S. Degree

Program Admissions

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