Kelly Angel, MEd, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR)(ARRT), CRT(M)(F)
Assistant Program Program Director
Steve Diaz, BS, RT(R)(ARRT), CRT(F)
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)
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
The following is the five year (2009 through 2013) average for effectiveness of the Radiography Program:
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:
- Professionalism: Graduates will be able to demonstrate professionalism and a commitment to providing high standards of patient care.
- Critical Thinking: Graduates will be able to effectively utilize critical thinking skills in the performance in individual and team scenarios.
- Teamwork: Graduates will be able to work collaboratively in healthcare teams.
- Communication Skills: Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals.
- Clinical Competence: Graduates will be able to demonstrate clinical competence in radiography.
- Radiation Safety: Graduates will be able to apply appropriate radiation protection practices.
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.
All prerequisite requirements must be completed prior to applying to program.
Must possess a high school diploma or the equivalent.
All applicants must have completed the following college level courses with a minimum of 3 semester or 4 quarter credits and a grade of “C” 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
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.
- 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.
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:
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
- 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:
- 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 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.