Darton State College Health Sciences Division | Radiologic Science - Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions
- How long is the program?
- The program is two years long or six semesters long. Courses taken prior to being accepted will not shorten the length of the program. The program begins each year in January and lasts through December of the following year. For example, if a student began occupational courses in January 2013, he/she will complete the program in December 2014 (if there has been no interruption of program attendance).
- How many applicants are accepted in each class?
- The program accepts applicants once each year. Applications are due November 1st of each year. The applicants are determined after that and will begin occupational courses the following January. The approximate number of enrollment at this time is 10. This number can change due to unforeseen circumstances or other reasons.
- Will I be able to work while in the program?
- It is recommended that if work is unavoidable, that work schedules be part-time or less. The program courses are sequential and have to be taken without interruption. The program will require most of the student’s time and will need to be a top priority. The program will basically be a full-time commitment with courses and clinicals comprising 4-5 days of the week with at least 8 hours each day. For example, first year students will have classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and will have clinicals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class and clinic hours can begin as early as 8:00 am and can last until as late as 4:30 pm. Some (less than 25%) of the total clinic time can be scheduled during evening or weekend hours.
- How do I get accepted into the program?
- First, applicants need to be accepted to Darton State College, successfully exit Learning Support courses, and complete the program application packet. Program admission is competitive. Please read the application packet thoroughly. Applicants have to have all documentation that will be used to determine selection submitted by November 1st. Applying to the program does not guarantee program admission.
- How will clinical rotations work?
- Students will rotate evenly through each clinical location. The program utilizes facilities in Albany, Cordele, Americus, Cuthbert, Colquitt, and Donalsonville. The majority of the sites, however, are located outside of Albany. Clinical hours will primarily be assigned from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. The majority of clinical assignments will occur during the daytime hours, but some (less than 25% of total clinical time) will occur during evening (1:30 pm until 9:00 pm) hours or on the weekend (day or evening hours). Students will be informed of clinical assignments locations and times at the beginning of each semester to allow for necessary arrangements. Students are responsible for all expenses incurred for clinicals (transportation to and from sites, fuel, food, lodging if necessary). First year students typically will be assigned to clinicals two days each week (Tuesdays and Thursdays, and second year students will be assigned to clinicals three days each week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays).