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Plans of Study 2014-2015

 

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

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

The Radiography/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 Radiography which “looks at” internal organs, bones, cavities and foreign objects; DR includes cardiovascular imaging and interventional radiography, Fluoroscopy, which is live-motion radiography (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) Radiography/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 radiography, 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 completed applications 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.

Program Mission

The mission of the Columbus State Community College Radiography/Medical Imaging program is to provide a quality educational program that meets the lifelong learning needs of its community. This is achieved by preparing graduates for entry-level employment as radiography science professionals. This mission is consistent with the college’s mission statement.

Program Mission Statement and Goals

The program holds as its primary objectives the education and training of qualified applicants to become competent radiographers. The program endeavors to instill in students, and subsequently graduates, the following goals:

1. Develop graduates who will recognize the need for life-long learning in their chosen profession.
2. Graduate students with the ability to behave in a compassionate, ethical and professional manner.
3. Graduate students who will successfully complete all program requirements, meet entry-level expectations of employers, and successfully complete the ARRT national certification exam.
4. To develop applied skills in effective communication, critical thinking, and problem solving in the practice of the radiography profession.

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/radiography/admissions.shtml.
Information can also be found on the department webpage: http://www.cscc.edu/academics/departments/radiography/ or by contacting the Radiography/Medical Imaging Department at (614)-287-5215.

The yearly deadline for applications to be submitted to the Radiography/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 2014, Admissions Year 2015).

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Radiography/Medical Imaging degree program:

  • High school graduate, GED, or equivalent
  • 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)
  • PHYS 0100 Introduction to Physics
  • Completion of CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1112 OR CHEM 1113, MULT 1030
  • Placement into ENGL 1100 Composition I
  • Placement into MATH 1148 College Algebra
  • Placement into “No Reading Required” on COMPASS Test
  • Completion of the HOBET assessment test
  • Submission of a written statement relevant to interest and intent in Radiography/Medical Imaging
  • Health care experience or observation hours (16)
  • Attend Radiography/Medical Imaging MANDATORY Information Session.

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.

Candidates pursuing primary pathway certification in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, 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.

Radiography/Medical Imaging Associate Degree

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
RAD 1111 Introduction to RAD Tech  1
RAD 1141 Radiographic Processes I  3
RAD 1901 RAD Practicum I  2
RAD 1801 RAD Seminar I  1
MATH 1148 College Algebra  4
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy  4
MULT 1010 Medical Terminology  2
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18
Semester 2 . .
RAD 1113 RAD Science  2
RAD 1142 Radiographic Processes II  3
RAD 1902 RAD Practicum II  2
RAD 1802 RAD Seminar II  1
BIO 2232 Human Physiology  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Summer Semester . .
RAD 1118 Radiographic Exposure & Processes  2
RAD 1143 Special Procedures  3
RAD 1903 RAD Practicum III  2
RAD 1803 RAD Seminar III  1
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
BIO 2263 Human Pathophysiology  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Semester 3 . .
RAD 2222 Digital Imaging  2
RAD 2904 RAD Practicum IV  3
RAD 2212 Sectional Anatomy  2
RAD 2804 RAD Seminar IV     1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
SBS XXXX Refer to approved GE - SBS list  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 4 . .
RAD 2126 RAD Biology and Protection  2
RAD 2905 RAD Practicum V  3
RAD 2805 RAD Seminar V  1
RAD 2620 Radiographic Pathology  2
RAD XXXX Technical Elective  2
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE - HUM list  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 71

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

RAD 1101 Introduction Equipment/Patient Care  0.5
RAD 1102 RAD Positioning of Upper Extremities  0.5
RAD 1103 Radiographic Processes II  0.5
RAD 1104 RAD Positioning Chest & Abdomen  0.5
RAD 1105 RAD Positioning Spine, Skull & Sinuses  0.5
RAD 1190 Rad Protection General Machine Operators  1.5
MULT 1916 Venipuncture for Health Care Providers  2

HUM
GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

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 Radiography/Medical Imaging Certificate

The GXMO Radiography/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 radiography, 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 Radiography/Medical Imaging Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
RAD 1190 RAD Protection General Machine Operators 1.5
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
MATH 1030 Beginning Algebra II  3
RAD 1111 Introduction to RAD Tech  1
BIO 1101 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11.5
Semester 2 . .
RAD 1101 Introduction Equipment/Patient Care  0.5
RAD 1102 RAD Positioning of Upper Extremities  0.5
RAD 1103 Radiographic Processes II  0.5
RAD 1104 RAD Positioning Chest & Abdomen  0.5
RAD 1105 RAD Positioning Spine, Skull & Sinuses  0.5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 2.5
Summer Semester . .
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
MULT 1010 Medical Terminology  2
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 22