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(formerly Radiography)

 

Radiographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to perform imaging examinations and accompanying responsibilities at the request of a physician. A radiographer is a medical professional who applies doses of ionizing radiation to patients to create medical images of the human anatomy to aid radiologists and doctors in diagnosing and treating illness and injury. A radiographer is able to perform diagnostic imaging, fluoroscopy, trauma, surgical, and portable radiography. Specialized areas in the curriculum include: computed tomography, vascular interventional radiography, digital imaging, and magnetic resonance imaging.

These valuable professionals work in hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories, nursing homes, and in private practice.

The Imaging Program is proudly JRCERT accredited.

JRCERT Accreditation Info
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, Il 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300 Fax: (312) 704-5304 www.jrcert.org mail@jrcert.org

Columbus State offers two programs designed to meet accreditation, certification, and licensing needs for medical imaging.

The Medical Imaging Associate Degree graduate is eligible for accreditation through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This accreditation is recognized for licensure in all 50 states.

Diagnostic Imaging which “looks at” internal organs, bones, cavities and foreign objects; DR includes cardiovascular imaging and interventional radiography, Fluoroscopy, which is live-motion imaging (constant radiation) usually used to visualize the digestive system, monitor the administration of contrast agents to highlight vessels and organs, or to help position devices within the body (such as pacemakers, guide wires, stents, etc.).

The General X-ray Machine Operator (GXMO) /Medical Imaging Certificate is the only plan of study with no clinical practice. This program is designed to prepare students for limited licensure in Ohio only, with no professional accreditation. Students who complete this plan of study cannot practice in any of the advanced modalities, portable, or mobile imaging, and cannot administer contrast media.

Radiographers employ a wide range of sophisticated equipment to produce medical images with the least amount of radiation to the patient, so that doctors and other medical professionals may better diagnose and treat injury or disease. Radiologic technologists use their expertise and knowledge of physics, anatomy, physiology and pathology to assess the patient, develop optimal radiographic technique and evaluate resulting radiographic images to determine if additional procedures are warranted. They care for the patient even when he/she is acutely ill or traumatized.

Technology classes begin autumn semester. Admission to the program is competitive with a completed applications packet consisting of a completed application, observation hours, HESI A2 test results, a letter of interest, official transcripts and current admissions worksheet. The application packet is received annually.

Because students and health care workers in the field may be exposed to infectious materials and communicable diseases, the program emphasizes safety and prevention.

Specific Admissions Information for Program

Prospective students are required to attend a mandatory information session to learn detailed program requirements and career opportunities. These sessions are held several times each semester and are very helpful in answering student questions. Information session dates are available on our website: http://www.cscc.edu/ academics/departments/medicalimaging/admissions.shtml or by contacting the /Medical Imaging Department at (614)-287-5215. The yearly deadline for applications to be submitted to the Medical Imaging program is March 1 (for classes beginning the following autumn semester). Applications are available only by attending one of the MANDATORY Information Sessions. If you are a previous applicant that has attended a session, you must attend one for the application year (i.e., Admissions Year 2016, Admissions Year 2017).

Medical Imaging Program Admission Criteria & Requirements Information

The Medical Imaging Program is a rigorous competency-based program of study. Admission is selective and competitive. For assistance with creating a path to the Medical Imaging program, contact a Health and Human Services advisor at 614-287-2779.

They can also be reached at HHSadvising@cscc.edu. The office is located in Union Hall, Room 477.

Applications for admission to the program will be evaluated based on completion of admission requirements. The admission requirements are as follows:

  • High School graduate or GED.
  • Required high school (or equivalent) courses in Biology (grade of “C” or better), Chemistry (grade of “C” or better) and Physics (grade of “C” or better)
  • Placement into Math 1148.
  • Placement out of reading requirement or completion of DEV 0145.
  • High School Biology within the last 5 years or completion of BIO 0100 or equivalent. This course may be “in progress” spring semester 2016.
  • High School Chemistry within the last 5 years or completion of CHEM 0100 or equivalent. This course may be “in progress” spring semester 2016.
  • High School Physics within the last 5 years or completion of PHYS 0100 or equivalent. This course may be “in progress” spring semester 2016.
  • Achievement of a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4-point scale through the most recently completed coursework.
  • Attendance at a Medical Imaging Information Session:
    All applicants are required to attend a mandatory Medical Imaging Information Session for the year of application. Sessions are held during spring, summer and autumn.
  • Observation of a Radiographer at work in a Hospital, clinic or other Medical Imaging setting is required. 16 hours of observation must be documented on the observation form and must be signed and returned by the institution where the observation took place. The observation form and information regarding the documentation will be distributed at an Information session.
  • Completion of the HESI A2 Exam is required for admission to Medical Imaging. Applicants have two attempts to complete the HESI A2 per application year. The HESI A2 is a computerized test. To register to take the HESI A2, contact the Community & Professional Testing Center (614) 287-5750. The HESI A2 will cost approximately $55.00 payable at the Cashier’s Office in Rhodes Hall. On the day of the test, bring a picture ID and your paid receipt with you to the Community & Professional Testing Center. See campus map on-line at the CSCC web site for location. You must inform the Community & Professional Testing Center that you are a Medical Imaging applicant. The staff in the Community & Professional Testing Center will NOT advise you or discuss your results with you. The results of your HESI A2 will be presented to you when you leave. You MUST complete the HESI A2 no later than January 22nd. Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule the HESI A2 as soon as possible as scheduled testing times fill very quickly.
  • Students who have completed a Bachelor’s Degree will receive credit in the admissions process.

Required School Documentation to be submitted to the Columbus State Community College Admissions/Records and Registration Office:

  • Final official high school transcript (sent directly by the high school to Columbus State’s Records Office) verifying date of graduation OR General Education Development (GED) test results with a minimum average standard score of 45 and a minimum of 35 in each subject.
  • Official transcripts from other college(s) attended (sent directly by the other college(s) to Columbus State’s Records Office). A photocopy of all previous college transcripts MUST be included with your Medical Imaging application as well.
  • Application to Columbus State (if not a current student). Note: Students MUST apply to Columbus State Community College before they can apply to the Medical Imaging program.
  • The COMPASS Placement Test is not required if you have met one or more of the following:
    A student's ACT scores met minimum score ranges and are no more than 2 years old.
    Minimum ACT score ranges
    English 18 or higher
    Math 10 or higher (**see Math note below)
    Reading 21 or higher

International Students:

As well as submitting the above information, international students must also submit foreign high school AND college transcripts to one of the following transcript evaluation agencies.

DEADLINE for submission to transcript evaluation agency: November 30th. (Cost of transcript evaluation is the responsibility of the student.) Please ask the agency to send one copy of the completed evaluation directly to Columbus State’s Admissions Office (Madison Hall, 550 E. Spring Street, P.O. Box 1609, Columbus, Ohio, 43216-1609) and one copy to you. You must then provide the Medical Imaging program with your copy of the completed evaluation. The transcript evaluation MUST include a “Course-by-Course” evaluation which shows equivalent credit for the General Education and Basic Related courses in the Radiography/Medical Imaging Plan of Study.

Required Application Documentation to be submitted to the Medical Imaging Program Note: We will only accept your application IF it is included as part of your application packet. You must sign the Medical Imaging Application Worksheet indicating that ALL items are included in the packet. If ALL items are not included in the packet, your application will not be considered. Items to be included in the packet (must be returned in Columbus State envelope given to you at the mandatory information session) are:

  • Medical Imaging Program Application: This is distributed ONLY at the mandatory Information sessions. (Yellow form)
  • Radiography Observation Form: This is distributed ONLY at the Information sessions and must be returned in the postage paid envelope provided at the information session. These will be returned by the institution where the observation takes place.
  • Copy of transcripts from other college(s) attended. When you contact your other college(s) to request that your official transcript be sent to Columbus State’s Records Office, you must also request that your other college(s) send you a copy of your transcript. You must then provide the Radiography/Medical Imaging program with your copy of your transcript.
  • HESI A2 results.

The Medical Imaging Admissions Committee will make the final decision of accepted students. Individuals must have a license from the Ohio Department of Health to practice as a Radiation Therapist or a General X-Ray Machine Operator in the State of Ohio.

Candidates pursuing primary pathway certification in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Sonography must have — within the past five years* — successfully completed an educational program that is accredited by a mechanism acceptable to the ARRT**. Beginning January 1, 2015, all candidates for primary pathway certification must have earned an academic degree before becoming certified.

As part of their education, candidates must also demonstrate competency in didactic coursework and an ARRT-specified list of clinical procedures by completing competency requirements established for the discipline in which they are seeking certification.

* Candidates graduating from an educational program beginning January 1, 2013, will have three years to establish eligibility for ARRT certification, as opposed to the five years that is available to those who complete their program by December 31, 2012.

More information about ARRT certification is available at https://www.arrt.org/Educators-Students.

Statement Regarding Infectious Diseases:

Students in any of the Allied Health programs, including Medical Imaging, perform their clinical work on real people. Columbus State does not discriminate against students, faculty, or patients in any way, or based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information (GINA), military status, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. The patient populations with whom we work come from all walks of life, and the students may therefore be exposed to many types of communicable diseases.

These are not limited to but may include: Hepatitis (A, B, C, or D), HIV/AIDS, TB, measles, mumps, rubella, rubella, varicella, etc.

All students are required to have appropriate immunizations after they are admitted to the program, and before summer orientation session. Additionally, although all precautions are taken to minimize exposure and risk, there is always a slight possibility that precautions may fail or that a student may accidentally expose him/herself to infectious diseases. All students entering the Medical Imaging program must be aware of this slight, but real, potential. All students are required to have personal health insurance in effect by the first day of class.

NOTE: Individuals who have been convicted of, plead guilty to, or plead nolo contendere to a crime may not be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiography Examination according to the ARRT Code of Ethics, Section B.3 Rules of Ethics. For additional information, contact the ARRT (www.arrt.org).

Any individual who performs radiologic procedures on humans must hold a valid Ohio radiologic license, according to the Ohio Revised Code. Radiologic licenses are issued for the following categories: Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Radiation Therapist and General X-ray Machine Operator (GXMO).

Radiographers must pass a national credentialing examination (primary pathway certification) prior to obtaining an Ohio Department of Health License.

Individuals must have a license from the Ohio Department of Health to practice as a Radiation Therapist or a General X-Ray Machine Operator in the State of Ohio.

Medical Imaging Associate Degree

Semester 1 . .
IMAG 1111 Introduction to Radiologic Tech 1
IMAG 1141 Radiographic Procedures I 3
IMAG 1901 RAD Field Experience/Internship I 1
MATH 1050 Beginning Algebra II 4
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy 4
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 2 . .
IMAG 1113 Radiologic Science 2
IMAG 1142 Radiographic Procedures II 3
IMAG 1902 RAD Field Experience/Internship II 1
BIO 2301 Human Physiology 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
Summer Semester . .
IMAG 1118 Radiographic Exposure & Processing 2
IMAG 1143 Radiographic Special Procedures 3
IMAG 1903 RAD Field Experience/Internship III 1
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
MULT 1110 Medical Terminology 2
COMM 1105 Oral Communication 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 3 . .
IMAG 2222 Radiographic Digital Imaging 2
IMAG 2804 Medical Imaging Seminar 1
IMAG 2904 RAD Field Experience/Internship IV 3
IMAG 2212 Radiographic Sectional Anatomy 2
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
SBS XXXX Refer to approved GE - SBS list 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 4 . .
IMAG 2126 RAD Biology and Protection 2
IMAG 2905 RAD Field Experience/Internship V 3
IMAG2800 RAD/Medical Imaging Seminar 1
IMAG 2620 Radiographic Pathology 2
IMAG XXXX Technical Elective 2
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE - HUM list 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 65

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

IMAG 1101 Introduction RAD Equipment/Patient Care 0.5
IMAG 1102 RAD Positioning of Upper Extremities 0.5
IMAG 1103 RAD Positioning of Lower Extremities 0.5
IMAG 1104 RAD Positioning Chest & Abdomen 0.5
IMAG 1105 RAD Positioning Spine, Skull & Sinuses 0.5
IMAG 1190 Rad Protection General Machine Operators 1.5
IMAG 2806 Post Primary Seminar I 1
IMAG 2807 Post Primary Seminar II 1
IMAG 2906 Post Primary Imaging I 2
IMAG 2907 Post Primary Imaging II 2
MULT 1916 Venipuncture for Health Care Providers 2

Approved General Education (GE) List

HUM
GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ARCH 2100 History of Architecture 3
HART 1201 History of Art I 3
HART 1202 History of Art II 3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648 3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648 3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877 3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877 3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western/Non-Amer to 1500 3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500 3
HIST 2223 African-American History I: 1451-1876 3
HIST 2224 African-American History II: 1877-Present 3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities 3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions 3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History 3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3

SBS
GE-SOCIAL BEHAVORIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 2400 Economic and Social Geography 3
POLS 1100 American Government 3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3

GXMO Medical Imaging Certificate

The GXMO Medical Imaging Certificate is the only plan of study with no clinical practice. This program is designed to prepare students for limited licensure in Ohio only, with no professional accreditation. Students who complete this plan of study cannot practice in any of the advanced modalities, portable, or mobile imaging, and cannot administer contrast media.

Any individual who performs radiologic procedures on humans must hold a valid Ohio radiologic license, according to the Ohio Revised Code. Radiologic licenses are issued for the following categories: Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Radiation Therapist and General X-ray Machine Operator (GXMO).

Individuals must have a license from the Ohio Department of Health to practice as a Radiation Therapist or a General X-Ray Machine Operator in the State of Ohio.

General X -ray machine operator (GXMO) applicants must complete a GXMO didactic educational program accredited by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), pass the state GXMO examination and complete at least one GXMO clinical educational program accredited by ODH before submitting an initial license application. ODH has approved clinical educational programs for the following clinical training modules: Chest and Abdomen, Extremities, Skull and Sinuses, Spine and Bone Densitometry. The GXMO Program at Columbus State Community College is accredited by the Ohio Department of Health. More detailed information on licensure is available at; http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/rp/rlic/rlic1.aspx.

At the completion of the certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in academic technical courses that meet the ODH requirements
  • Be eligible to apply for the ODH General X-Ray Machine Operator (GXMO) State Examination
  • Demonstrate competence in patient-care skills and radiographic positioning and imaging skills specific to a GXMO
  • Incorporate general education outcomes for effective communication as necessary in a health care setting
  • Incorporate basic related course content to support technical course academic theory and practice
  • Develop technical skills required for employment in outpatient imaging facilities, urgent care centers, and physician practices
  • Develop additional clinical skills needed for employment in subspecialty areas in imaging. Examples include podiatry, chiropractic, general practitioner, outpatient imaging facilities, etc.
  • Move seamlessly from the certificate program to the associate degree program at Columbus State, if desired.

GXMO Medical Imaging Certificate

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Semester 1 . .
IMAG 1190 RAD Protection General Machine Operators 1.5
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
MATH 1030 Beginning Algebra II 3
IMAG 1111 Introduction to RAD Tech 1
BIO 1101 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11.5
Semester 2 . .
IMAG 1101 Introduction RAD Equipment/Patient Care 0.5
IMAG 1102 RAD Positioning of Upper Extremities 0.5
IMAG 1103 Radiographic Positioning of Lower Extremities 0.5
IMAG 1104 RAD Positioning Chest & Abdomen 0.5
IMAG 1105 RAD Positioning Spine, Skull & Sinuses 0.5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 2.5
Summer Semester . .
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
MULT 1110 Medical Terminology 2
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 2