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Radiography Program

Mission Statement
The mission of the Radiography Program is to provide our students with a comprehensive education in radiography to prepare them to become clinically competent radiographers who will conduct themselves in a professional manner during their practice of diagnostic radiography.  The student will be acquainted with all available methods of instruction in clinical and didactic radiography, to include the cognitive (problem solving, critical thinking, and verbal and written communication), psychomotor, and affective domains.  Upon graduation, the student is to be sufficiently prepared to successfully pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination.

Goals

  • To successfully prepare the student to become a clinical competent diagnostic radiographer
  • To furnish the student with exceptional educational experiences which will lead them to conduct themselves in a professional manner during their practice of diagnostic radiography
  • To supply the student with appropriate educational opportunities which will avail them to think critically and solve problems skillfully
  • To provide the student with excellent instructional contingencies in the areas of verbal and written communication which will give them the necessary skills to communicate in both forms proficiently
  • To sufficiently prepare the student to successfully pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists professional certification examination

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to effectively demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Function as a clinically competent diagnostic radiographer.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviors that comply with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Code of Ethics during their practice of diagnostic radiography.
  3. Display the ability to employ critical thinking and problem solving skills that will enhance their procedural capabilities during the performance of radiographic examinations.
  4. Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills in relationships with their patients, physicians, peers, and other involved parties.
  5. Pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination on their first attempt.
  6. Apply knowledge of the principles of radiation protection according to ALARA standards to the patient, oneself, and others.
  7. Apply knowledge of anatomy, positioning, and radiographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical instructions on a radiograph.
  8. Determine appropriate exposure factors to achieve optimum radiographic technique with a minimum radiation dosage to the patient.
  9. Examine radiographs to evaluate exposure factors, patient positioning, and overall diagnostic quality.
  10. Exercise discretion and judgment while providing outstanding patient care during the performance of diagnostic radiography procedures.
  11. Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate lifesaving first aid.
  12. Recognize the importance of continued education and active membership in professional organizations for personal development and professional growth.
Philosophy

The program is based on the belief that the student radiographer should experience as many forms of educational opportunity as possible in both the didactic and clinical setting as part of their student learning environment. In times of change in the healthcare field, the student needs to be given the necessary skills to adapt to constant change. It is our belief that general education course work in English composition, mathematics, human anatomy and physicology, public speaking, and medical terminology will enhance the abilities of the graduate technologist while in the attainment of the associate degree will evaluate their professional status.

Program
Radiographers use radiation equipment to produce images of the tissues, organs, bones, and vessels of the body, as prescribed by physicians, to assist in the diagnosis of disease or injury.

At IU South Bend, you can earn an Associate of Science in Radiography and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Imaging Technology. The curriculum educates the radiographer to become adept in the performance of any diagnostic radiographic procedure. Courses in radiographic principles, radiographic procedures, clinical application of theory, digital imaging, radiation protection, and general education are included in the curriculum. Students also receive instruction in the theory and practice of the Tarr diagnostic imaging modalities besides diagnostic radiography..

Graduates are eligible to take the certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) to become certified as a Registered Technologist (RT).

Special Opportunities
The radiography student with the highest grade point average in the clinical/professional program is awarded the Mallinckrodt Award of Excellence. Also, each year an outstanding student is presented the IU South Bend Outstanding Student Award for Clinical Excellence.

Careers
Radiographers function in many different roles within the health professions. They may work independently or interact with other members of the health care team such as radiologists, surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, cardiologists, and nurses. Radiographers are employed in hospitals and outpatient facilities such as occupational and urgent care centers, clinics, and doctor's offices.

The constant growth in the field has created many new and exciting careers in ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cardiovascular/interventional radiography, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine.

This program is accredited by: The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 990, Chicago, IL, 60606-2901, Phone: (312) 704-5300. Fax: 312-704-5304, E-mail: mail@jrcet.org, Website: www.jrcert.org

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