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  Sep 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 College Catalog 
  
2017-2018 College Catalog

Radiography (X-ray) Associate in Applied Science Degree


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Program Description

The Radiography (X-ray) Program at Tulsa Community College is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to function as medical radiographers. The program is nationally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Medical Radiographers/Radiologic Technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. Radiographers use x-rays to produce black and white images of anatomy. These images are captured on film, computer or videotape. Radiographers are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. Radiographers often specialize in areas of CT, MRI, Mammography, Cardiovascular Technology, Quality Control, Management and Education. Radiographers work closely with radiologists, physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury.

Program Information

The Radiography Program is a two-year (six-semester) program consisting of 48 credit hours of Radiography courses (didactic and clinical) and 22 hours of related general education courses. Lecture and clinical courses run concurrently throughout the two years.  Upon completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, and are eligible to apply for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiography (R). Clinical education classes consist of eight-hour shifts for two to three days per week in the assigned clinical education center.

Admission to the Program

The Radiography Program admits a new class each year beginning in June (summer term). The number of students admitted to the class is limited by clinical availability and is usually 25 to 30 students. The Radiography courses are offered during the day only and will take a total of six (6) terms to complete. The program consists of 50 credit hours of radiography lecture and clinical courses and 22 credit hours of related general education courses.

Program Application Instructions

  1. All prospective Radiography students who have not been enrolled at TCC within the past year must complete an application for admission to the College and submit their high school transcripts, ACT scores, and previous college transcripts to the Metro Campus Student Completion Services office at 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered for admission into the Radiography program. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Radiography program.
  2. Applications for admission to the Radiography program must be completed online at tulsacc.edu/healthscienceapply by February 1 to start the program in the summer semester if accepted.  For more information, contact the Department of Allied Health office at 918-595-7002.
  3. First-time college students must meet with an academic advisor regarding new student orientation and to determine if course placement testing is required before enrollment.
  4. All prospective applicants are encouraged to enroll in: BIOL 1314 - Human Anatomy and Physiology .
  5. RADT 1212 - Introduction to Radiography  must be completed with a grade of 75% or better by the end of the spring semester in which the student is applying.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Students must meet all of the following criteria before admission will be considered:
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent (G.E.D).
  • Application to the college and the program must be submitted before February 1.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Must attend an interview session with the program director.
  1. Selection will be made according to the following criteria:
  • Overall Grade Point Average. NOTE: If a student has less than 12 college hours, then an average of high school and college GPA will be used.
  • ACT Scores are required.  There is no minimum required ACT score for this program.
  1. Applicants will be ranked according to the following formula:
  • Math ACT Score + Science ACT Score divided by 2 + Composite ACT Score divided by 2 + Overall GPA divided by 2 = Ranking Score.
  • Completion of required General Education courses other than BIOL 1314 will be worth 1 point each added to the ranking score. Maximum of 2 points are given for completing 2 or more additional science classes, and 1 point is given for a previous degree or Phlebotomy certificate.
  • Completion of BIOL 1314 - Anatomy & Physiology with a grade of “C” or better will be worth 5 points added to the ranking score.
  • Completion or RADT 1212 - Introduction to Radiography will be worth 4 points added to the ranking score. Students currently taking RADT 1212 will get 4 points contingent upon a passing grade of 75% or better.
  • Students who have their application held to be ranked the following year will have 2 points added to their ranking score.

Students with the highest ranking will be selected first. Since the Radiography program has a limited enrollment based on the number of clinical spots available per year, only the top ranking applicants will be selected. Students with a grade point average of less than a 2.00 and/or on academic probation WILL NOT be considered for admission to the program until GPA is raised or academic probation is discontinued.

  1. An extensive criminal background check, including but not limited to, a seven-year county of residence nationwide criminal history check, national sexual predator screening, Social Security check, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening is required by all clinical affiliates.  All Allied Health Service students participating in clinicals are required to complete these background checks, immunizations and a drug screening test by the Department of Allied Health office deadline prior to the first clinical rotation.  Any positive findings may be subject to review by the clinical affiliates and could prevent the student from completing clinical requirements. Students will also be required to submit current CPR certification for American Heart BLS Healthcare Provider, and immunization records to satisfy clinical contract requirements.
  1. All appplicants will be contacted by the program director by email for an informational visit and will be ranked for acceptance according to their academic background.

Contact Information
Program Director
Michele Hough
Email: michele.hough@tulsacc.edu
Work Phone:  918-595-7004


Program Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Perform exam protocols in a correct manner.
  • Incorporate anatomy and technique in the field of Radiography.
  • Manage appropriate patient care.
  • Manage Radiography equipment proficiently.
  • Incorporate positioning skills in the lab and clinical setting.
  • Exemplify professionalism/behavior.
  • Evaluate Radiographic images you have taken.
  • Communicate appropriately in the clinical setting.

Careers

Search careers in Radiography at TCC Career Explorer and visit TCC Career Services to learn more about our free career planning and job preparation services.


Student Organizations

TCC Radiography Student Organization; Oklahoma Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT); American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).  Student discount memberships are available for OSRT and ASRT.


Degree Requirements

View a semester-by-semester course plan of study on the Radiography Degree Map.  

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 19


Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 51


Total Credit Hours: 70


**Courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

 

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