student and instructor using imaging machine

Who We Are

Daytona State College sponsors a full-time radiography program. Program completion leads to an Associate of Science Degree in Radiography.

Program graduates are eligible for national certification/registration in radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and appropriate state licensure. The academic structure of the program cannot accommodate part-time or transfer students.

Full-time program faculty includes an education coordinator, clinical coordinator and adjunct clinical faculty members. Information on due process, program outcomes and student services can be obtained through the Radiography Program office.

What We Do

Registered Technologists in Radiography RT(R) provide health care services by applying x-ray energy to assist in diagnosis and treatment. Radiographers perform radiologic procedures to produce images for interpretation by a physician (radiologist).

Professional judgment and critical thinking skills are exercised in the performance of services while maintaining a demeanor complementary to professional ethics. Radiographers provide appropriate multi-skilled patient care and are required to remain abreast of new technologies by participating in continuing education programs.

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  • Assessment Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

    To support the achievement of overall program mission and goals.

    Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent to perform diagnostic exams under the proper supervision.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will apply positioning skills.
    • Students will possess knowledge of routine procedures.
    • Student will evaluate and adjust technical factors based on exposure indicator values.
    • Students will practice radiation protection.

    Goal 2: Students will communicate effectively and demonstrate oral and written communication skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will use effective oral communication skills.
    • Students will practice written communication skills

    Goal 3: Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will adapt procedures for non-routine examinations.
    • Students will critique images to determine optimal image quality for individual patients.

    Goal 4: Students will model professionalism.
    Students will demonstrate professional ethics to include initiative, dependability, and appearance.

    • Students will be exposed to professional organizations to promote lifelong learning and professional development.

    Goal 5: The program will graduate entry-level technologists. (Program Effectiveness)

    • Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 80% at first attempt within six months of graduation.
    • Average section summary score > 8.0 for each area on ARRT exam.
    • Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within twelve months of graduation of those actively seeking employment.
    • Students will complete the program within 24 months.
      Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
    • Employers will be satisfied with the graduate’s performance.
  • Admission Requirements

    The application deadline is January 31; however, it is encouraged to submit the completed form as soon as possible (applications are accepted year-round). You will be notified by postal mail of the status of your selection by mid-March.

    Each phase must be completed before moving to the next phase in the selection process.

    Phase 1

    1. Complete School of Health Careers Application
    2. Complete TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills. There is a fee for this exam. Learn more on our Testing Center webpage.) at Daytona State College
    3. Submit transcript documenting completion of prerequisite courses with a “C” or better and overall college GPA of 2.5 or higher.
      • ENC 1101
      • MAC 1105
      • BSC 1085C

    Phase 2

    1. Interview with the selection committee

    Phase 3

    1. Complete Student Health form. Issued during Orientation to the Radiography program. Each student is responsible for obtaining a physical, immunizations, and health records. Students are responsible for providing a copy of updated immunizations (TB).
    2. Submit Level II Background Check and drug testing with negative result.
      • Complete the request form received
      • Report to designated center for electronic fingerprinting and pay fee
      • Complete acknowledgment and consent for release of information
      • DSC receives access to the Level II Background Check
      • Report reviewed by a college representative
      • Report reviewed by committee of School of Health Careers (if positive report)
      • A DSC representative will contact student with admission decision

    Students selected for admission are accepted on a provisional basis pending verification of a negative drug test and successful completion of a level II background check.

    A second screening will be required prior in the third semester of the program. A change in the law as of August 2010 (F.S. Chapter 408) significantly modifies the background screening for health care service providers. Students will not be allowed to participate in clinical if they do not comply with this requirement. A clinical component must be successfully completed with all health care programs. The cost for the level two screening and drug testing is around $90.

  • Safety & Ability

    Physical Capabilities
    Students must be able to make and report visual observations, differentiate between shades of black, white and gray, work in subdued lighting, and carry out verbal and written orders. Eyesight must be 20/40 or be corrected to that level.

    Students must be able to hear blood pressures, breath sounds, verbal orders, and during emergencies, hear alarms or distress calls from patients. Hearing must be corrected to no more than a 50 percent loss.

    Students must be able to palpitate patients for positioning, taking pulses and determining body temperature.

    Students must be able to stand for an eight-hour period, and/or move quickly at times. It is often necessary to lift, move, or support patients and/or equipment of greater size and weight than self. Therefore, strength of back, legs, and arms, and the ability to use proper body mechanics are necessary for the safety of both patients and students.

    Mental Emotional Capacity
    Students must be able to think clearly, critically, and logically to make valid and ethical judgments effectively in stressful situations. Students need the ability to perceive events realistically, think rationally and function independently in routine or emergency situations. When necessary, in the judgment of clinical or didactic faculty a certified psychologist or psychiatrist will determine this ability.

    Communication Ability
    Students must be able to communicate observations to others in a clear, concise manner in both oral and written forms. In the judgment of the clinical instructors, the student must be able to speak and interact effectively with patients and members of the health care team.

    Pregnant Students
    To allow for radiation protection of the pregnant student and their conceptus, the program officials will counsel pregnant students as to options available and reasonable accommodations required to remain in the clinical setting. Students have the option of declaration of non-declaration of pregnancy.

    Radiation Safety
    Student radiographers are issued a radiation monitor to estimate their dose equivalent per month. Specific course work is completed in radiation protection measures throughout the Program.

Launch your path with a Radiography degree

Our Mission

To provide multi-skilled, comprehensive education for students in Radiologic sciences. The Program will promote standards to meet stated outcomes for service-oriented professionals that are entry-level into the profession, and promote multi-competency, and lifelong goals.

Program Goals

To provide the health care community with graduates who possess:

  • ability to assume their role as an entry-level radiographer in providing quality patient care
  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills to practice as competent radiographers
  • professional values and attributes to maintain a high standard of ethical conduct with patients, peers, employers, and other members of the health care team
  • motivation to continue their professional growth and development
radiography student in white scrubs

Additional Information about the Radiography Degree

Accreditation

The Radiography Program at Daytona State College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. Phone: (312) 704-5300 Fax: (312) 704-5304 and Website: Joint Review Committee, mail@jrcert.org and www.jrcert.org. The program was evaluated according to the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography (2014). The JRCERT awarded eight years of accreditation effective from May 2017. The next site visit is tentatively scheduled for the Second Quarter of 2025. 

During the educational process, student radiographers are exempt from Florida Licensure Statute-Chapter 468. 

Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associates and bachelor’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

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  • Program Effectiveness Data

    Halifax Health Medical Center (Program #2251) Transferred Sponsorship to Daytona State College in January 2021 (Program #0686). Consistent with JRCERT Policy 11.400, Procedure 11.404B, the JRCERT does not require that historical program effectiveness data (credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate) be transferred to the new sponsor, unless the terminal award remains the same. Because the newly transferred program does not have five years of data for credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate or one year of data for program completion rate, JRCERT records will identify pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate as “0.” A “0” for these program effectiveness measures will be reflected on the Program Effectiveness Data section of the JRCERT Web site. The following program Effectiveness data is from when Halifax Medical Center was the sponsoring institution .

    Credentialing Exam Pass Rate - 1st Attempt

    Five-year average credentialing exam (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography Examination) pass rate not less than 80% at first attempt within six months of program graduation.

    Year

    % Passing

    Number of Students

    2017 94% 17/18
    2018 100% 8/8
    2019 100% 10/10
    2020 88% 7/8
    2021 100% 11/11
    5 year average 96% 53/55

    Job Placement Rate

    Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation of those actively seeking employment. Documentation obtained from Graduate Follow-up Surveys and contact with graduates.

    Year

    % Job Placement

    Number of Students

    2017 100% 18/18
    2018 100% 8/8
    2019 100% 10/10
    2020 100% 8/8
    2021 100% 11/11
    5 year average 100% 52/52

    Program Completion Rate

    Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the clinical phase of the program within 150% of the state program length.  The program length for the clinical phase of the program is 24 months and the program completion rate is defined as those students graduating within 36 months of beginning the clinical phase of the program.

    Year

    % Completion

    Number of students

    2017 90%

    20 began, 18 graduated
    2 voluntary withdrawal

    2018 89%

    9 began, 8 graduated
    1 dismissed

    2019 100%

    10 began, 10 graduated

    2020 89%

    9 began, 8 graduated
    1 voluntary withdrawal

    2021 92%

    12 began, 11 graduated
    1 dismissed

    5 year average 92%  

    For additional information on program effectiveness data, visit https://www.jrcert.org/programs/daytona-state-college/

student using x-ray machine on student patient

Key Dates

Deadline to Apply

January 31 (applications are accepted all year)

Applicant Interviews

Early March

First Year Sample Schedule

Summer A

  • Clinical Schedule: None
  • Class & Lab Schedule: Monday - Friday; Times TBA

Summer B

  • Clinical Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Class & Lab Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday; Times TBA

Fall

  • Clinical Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Class & Lab Schedule:
  • Class & Lab Schedule: Monday & Wednesday; Times TBA 

Spring

  • Clinical Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
    One half of the class will be scheduled for day clinical and the other half for evening clinical.
    • Day Schedule: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Evening Schedule: 2 - 10 p.m.
  • Class & Lab Schedule: Tuesday or Thursday; Times TBA

Second Year Sample Schedule

Summer 12 Weeks

  • Clinical Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
    One half of the class will be scheduled for day clinical and the other half for evening clinical.
    • Day Schedule: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Evening Schedule: 2 - 10 p.m.
  • Class & Lab Schedule: Tuesday or Thursday; Times TBA

Fall

  • Clinical Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday;
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Class & Lab Schedule: Tuesday or Thursday; Times TBA

Spring

  • Clinical Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday;
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Class & Lab Schedule: Tuesday or Thursday; Times TBA 

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