Radiologic Science Program
Radiologic Science, also known as Radiography or Radiologic Technology, is a profession that requires a special balance of technical knowledge (working with equipment and ionizing radiation) supplemented with superior patient care skills (knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, excellent communication abilities, and having the desire for the safe delivery of diagnostic radiation). Technologists will encounter a variety of patients with different ages, sizes, and/or conditions that may make imaging a challenge. Radiographers perform a surprising amount of diverse exams daily from chest and abdominal x-rays to fluoroscopic exams, interventional studies, trauma and surgical radiography.
Radiologic Technologists use computer technology coupled with various types of equipment that produces ionizing radiation (x-rays) to produce diagnostic images. Technologists evaluate the quality of the images prior to sending them to the radiologist(s) to be read or interpreted. The images assist with the diagnosis of various medical conditions.
Obtaining an Associate of Science degree in Radiologic Science can serve as a foundation needed to provide opportunities to pursue continued education in other specialized imaging modalities. Examples of some of these include but are not limited to Computerized Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Mammography, and more.
The mission of the Radiologic Science Program at Darton State College is to graduate competent, capable and adaptable entry-level radiologic technologists who possess appropriate levels of skill, professionalism, and compassion with a commitment to the highest quality patient care.
Program Goals with Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):
- GOAL 1: Students will demonstrate professionalism.
- SLO: Students will demonstrate professional behavior in the clinical setting.
SLO: Students will explain the importance of continued education.
- GOAL 2: Students will demonstrate proper communication skills.
- SLO: Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
SLO: Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.
- GOAL 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking capabilities.
- SLO: Students will adjust procedures for non-routine exams.
SLO: Students will accurately critique images for diagnostic quality.
- GOAL 4: Students will demonstrate competence in the clinical setting.
- SLO: Students will demonstrate knowledge of positioning skills.
SLO: Students will use appropriate technical factors.
SLO: Students will practice radiation protection.
Program Effectiveness Measures:
- Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.
- Students will complete the program.
- Graduates will find employment within 6 months of graduation.
- Graduates will express satisfaction with the program.
- Employers will express satisfaction with the program.
**Program effectiveness measures and program performance can be found under the Student Link navigation tool on JRCERT’s web page: www.jrcert.org. The Radiologic Science program sponsored by Darton State College is currently a “pending” program recognized by JRCERT. This simply means that the program is currently in the initial accreditation process with JRCERT. For more information regarding accreditation or JRCERT, please visit the “Accreditation” page.
Darton State College’s Radiologic Science Program Effectiveness Data:
The radiography program at Darton State is still new. The first cohort of students began in January of 2013 and is due to complete the program in December 2014. For calendar year 2013, the only program effectiveness data available to report is the number of enrolled students. Seven (7) students were enrolled in the Radiologic Science program at Darton State College. As time progresses and more program effectiveness data is gathered over time, more updated information will be provided to the public.