Radiography

Program Staff

Program Director

Kelly Angel, MEd, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR)(ARRT), CRT(M)(F)

Assistant Program Program Director

Steve Diaz, BS, RT(R)(ARRT), CRT(F)

Faculty

Jamil Cuffie, MBA, RT(N)(R)(ARRT), CNMT, CRT
Michelle Henderson, BS, RT(R)(ARRT), CRT
Audrey Lee, MBA, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT), CRT(F)(M)
Lindsey Swift, MBA, RT(R)(ARRT), CRT(F)

Program Description

The Radiography Program provides a didactic and clinical learning experience to enable students to enter the workforce as an entry level Radiologic Technologist. Students are required to obtain a minimum Associate degree prior to applying to the Radiography Program.

The academic courses of the program are demanding and require a high level of commitment from the student. The decision to enter a rigorous program like this should be well thought out with all outside responsibilities considered. All courses must be passed in this cohort to receive a certificate of completion or bachelor degree making the graduate eligible for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination and for the California Department of Public Health - Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) exam.

Information regarding accredited radiologic technology programs may be obtained from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (www.jrcert.org) at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606; 312-704-5300.

Students will be placed in highly-structured clinical environment facilities throughout Northern California. Travel is an inherent aspect of programs; students may be required to spend considerable time traveling to clinical education sites. Due to the nature of traffic in Northern California, all students must be aware and willing to commit to any travel time required to achieve the educational goals of our program

Those interested in applying to the Radiography program are encouraged to visit our website at www.kpsahs.org and attend one of our Information Sessions held throughout the year.

Program Effectiveness Data

  • Completion rate for 2013: represents the number of students who completed the program within 100% of the published program length (39 of 45) - 87%
  • The following is the five year (2009 through 2013) average for effectiveness of the Radiography Program:

  • Number of applicants taking the ARRT examination in Radiogrpahy: 175
  • First-time examination pass rate: represents the number of students who passed the ARRT certification examination on the first attempt (169 of 175) - 97%
  • Job placement rate: represents the number of students employed in the field within six months of graduation (164 of 200) - 82%
  • Mission Statement

    The Diagnostic Radiography Program mission is to train students in the study, theory, and practical application of the tools of Radiography, toward the goal of providing effective treatment within the health care community. The program requires and builds upon skills and attributes of the educated student in the integration of critical thinking skills, demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize critical information, and communicate this information effectively to a diverse population of health care recipients.

    Educational Goals of the Radiography Program

    • Prepare students to pass the state and national certification examinations.
    • Students will be able to demonstrate the skills and behaviors needed to be an entry level Radiographer.
    • Students will demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional growth.
    • Function in a professional and ethical manner.

    Program Learning Outcomes of the Radiography Program

    Successful program graduates will demonstrate the following attributes:

    • Students will follow legal and ethical guidelines for the practice of Diagnostic Radiography.
    • Students can create effective written communications to improve communication with patients and colleagues.
    • Students canfunction as professionals when interacting with people who have ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are different from their own in the practice of Diagnostic Radiography.
    • Students can interact effectively with colleagues and patients.
    • Students can analyze problems and issues in the practice of Diagnostic Radiography and reach well-reasoned conclusions.
    • Students can apply quantitative reasoning to their practice of Diagnostic Radiography.
    • Students can identify references and synthesize what is found to analyze issues or respond to questions in Diagnostic Radiography.
    • Students can explain the scientific concepts and theories that form the basis for Radiologic Technology.
    • Students can use the equipment necessary for the practice of Diagnostic Radiography.

    Radiographer Duties

    The radiographer is responsible for producing diagnostic images using various types of x-ray producing equipment and image-processing and recording devices. Obtaining high-quality diagnostic images requires conscientious selection of exposure factors, optimal positioning of anatomy and diligent application of safety measures to protect the patient and others in close proximity from the potentially harmful effects of x-rays.

    Prerequisite Requirements

    All prerequisite requirements must be completed prior to applying to program.

    Must possess a high school diploma or the equivalent.

  • Verficiation of completion of a minimum of an AA/AS degree from a regionally accredited institution.

    All applicants must have completed the following college level courses with a minimum of 3 semester or 4 quarter credits and a grade of ā€œCā€ or better.

    • Intermediate Algebra
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology with a lab (college level)
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Computer Science

    The following courses are suggested additional courses (college level):

    • Medical Terminology
    • Human Biology
    • Social Sciences
    • Arts/Humanities

    Note: All foreign diplomas and transcripts must include a notarized translation in English and must be evaluated by a foreign transcript agency prior to submission.

    Physical Requirements

    • Stand and/or walk up to 8 hours throughout an 8-hour shift.
    • Lift and move a maximum of a 290-pound patient in a 2-person/3-person transfer.
    • Must be able to operate and manipulate all radiography equipment .
    • Reach above shoulders up to 6 hours throughout an 8-hour shift.
    • Reach forward 18 inches holding an object up to 15 pounds.
    • Bend, crouch, or stoop 20 times per hour.
    • Push a patient in a wheelchair or gurney 300 feet or further, as required by structural design of the building.
    • Move loads of up to 45 pounds 25 times per hour.

    Radiology Program Structure (Day Track)

    The 24-month (8 Quarters, 139.5 quarter credits) continuous Radiography program provides didactic and clinical education for potential Radiographers. Clinical experience occurs at clinical facilities in Northern California. Program participants can expect substantial off-campus study and preparation for classroom lecture and lab exercises. Major holidays are observed and break periods are observed between academic quarters. Annual academic calendars are published in advance. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to sit for state and national certification examinations.

    Branch Campus - Radiography Day Only

    Due to the limited amount of classroom space at the branch campus, it may be necessary to assign students to these sites on a lottery basis. Assignment of students to this site is performed as follows:

    • Students will be surveyed regarding the use of the branch classroom.
    • If the number of students who request the branch classroom exceeds capacity, assignment will be made by lottery.
    • The lottery will be held during the orientation period prior to start of the program.
    • All interested students will be assigned an identification number.
    • The numbers will be placed in a container and withdrawn one at a time
    • Numbers will be drawn until all available space has been filled.
    • Students who are assigned to the branch classroom may not exchange their assignment with any other student in the program.
    • Students who are assigned to a branch classroom are required to perform all of their didactic studies at that campus.
    • If an opening occurs at a branch classroom, or a student assigned to a branch classroom wants to give up their assignment, the reassignment of the opening is the responsibility of the Program Director. The student may not offer or give their assignment to another student in the program.
    • If an opening occurs during the course of the program, the reassignment of the opening will be made according to the procedures stated in this policy.
    • Students are allowed only one transfer among classrooms for the duration of the program.
    • All selections are final.
    • Assignments are for the entire length of the program.

    Radiology Program Stucture (Evening Track)

    The 27-month (9 Quarters, 138.5 quarter credits) continuous Evening/Weekend Track is a full-time Radiography program that is designed for the working adult. Didactic courses are offered on the main campus in Richmond Monday through Friday in the evenings with clinical rotations scheduled for weekday evenings and Saturdays. Clinical experience occurs at clinical facilities in Northern California. Program participants can expect substantial off-campus study and preparation for classroom lecture and lab exercises. Major holidays are observed and break periods are observed between academic quarters. Annual academic calendars are published in advance. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to sit for state and national certification examinations.

    Graduation Requirements

    To graduate with a certificate of completion or bachelor degree from any of the KPSAHS programs, students are required to successfully complete all didactic, lab, and clinical education courses and hours, including co-requisites if applicable. In addition, all financial obligations to the program must be fulfilled.

    The following requirements must be successfully completed:

    Certficate Program

    TOTAL: 139.5 Quarter Credits - Day

    TOTAL: 138.5 Quarter Credits - Evening

    Bachelor's Program - Day

    • 139.5 Quarter Credits - Radiography (Certificate Program - Day)
    • 12 Quarter Credits - Upper Division GE, accepted in transfer

    TOTAL: 151.5 Quarter Credits

    Bachelor's Program

    • 138.5 Quarter Credits - Radiography (Certificate Program - Evening)
    • 12 Quarter Credits - Upper Division GE, accepted in transfer

    TOTAL: 150.5 Quarter Credits

    Upper Division General Education Requirements for Bachelor Program Only

    Twelve (12) quarter credits of upper division general education form the following grouping in subjects of:

    • Diversity
    • Ethics
    • Management
    • Scientific Inquiry*

    Upper Division General Education credit may be obtained at KPSAHS.

    Transfer of Upper Division General Education credit may be accepted for courses which meet the following requirements:

    • Credit received froma regionally-accredited institution
    • Coursework demonstrates learning outcomes deemed to be comparable to KPSAHS GE Course Learning Outcomes.

    *Scientific Inquiry is required of all students, with remaining courses to be selected from a minimum of two subjects from those identified.

    Tuition

    Tuition is $2,066.38 per quarter or $16,531.00 for the entire program (for students starting in 2014 - does not apply to currently enrolled students). Students must also purchase the required books and uniforms. The cost of textbooks, clinical education materials and lab and registration fees is approximately $1,200.00.

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  • Related Links

    American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
    www.arrt.org

    Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    www.jrcert.org

    Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
    bppe.ca.gov