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Radiography Program

 

 

Radiography Program


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.

 

Overview of Radiologic Sciences

Registered Technologists in Radiography RT(R) provide healthcare 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.

 

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

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

College Accreditation: Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College.

 

Admissions

The deadline to apply for the class of 2022 is January 31, 2022.

Application for Admission
Letter of Introduction from the Radiography Program Coordinator
TEAS Test Information

Before You Apply

Before you apply, certain prerequisites must be met.

Non-RTE courses are taken at Daytona State College or transferred from other accredited colleges/universities. Any transfers must be made through Daytona State College. Non-RTE courses that are not prerequisites may be taken prior to, or during the program and in any order, but must be completed by the end of the Fall Semester of your 2nd year. You can only register for RTE courses once you are accepted into the Radiography Program.

The program is not designed to accept advanced placement or transfer students. Early release is not permitted as RTE courses continue throughout the entire 24-month period with clinical rotations to allow for continued competence and continuity of radiologic sciences education.  We offer a recommended course of study for the required courses:

Suggested Course of Study

Sample Tentative Class and Clinical Schedule

 

Admission Policy

Equal Opportunity

Daytona State College prohibits discrimination and provides equal opportunity in employment and education services to all individuals without regard to age, ancestry, belief, color, disability, ethnicity, genetic information, gender, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Our pledge covers recruitment, admission, registration, financial help, counseling, advising, course offerings, extracurricular programs, facilities, health services, athletics, employment and its privileges and benefits. To obtain more information about the College’s equal access and equal opportunity policies, procedures and practices, please telephone Lonnie Thompson, Director of Equity & Inclusion, at (386) 506-3973, or write to him at: 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114.

Advanced Placement

The structure of the program does not allow for advanced placement. The program will only accept college credit taken at Daytona State College or transferred to the college from an accredited institution indicated by your Daytona State College transcript.

Admission Requirements

Candidate for admission must be 18 years of age and have graduated from an accredited high school or have a GED. Prospective candidates must be in good physical and mental health. Application forms for the program shall be completed and returned to Melissa Brown, the academic advisor for Allied Health Careers. The deadline for application for the May class is January 31st.

Phase 1

  • Applicant completes application form
    Applicant meets all stated deadlines
    Applicant with criminal background history will be required to complete the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Pre-Application Process
    Applicant successfully completes standardized TEAS test at Daytona State


Phase 2

  • Applicant is interviewed by selection committee (by appointment only)

 

Phase 3

  • Prospective student completes background screening to include finger print check of state and federal criminal history information conducted through FDLE and FBI
  • Prospective student completes drug screening (testing negative)
  • Prospective student meets all stated deadlines to complete file

After preliminary consideration of all qualified applicants, the selection committee will interview prospective candidates. Selection is based on high school GPA or GED score, professional references, work experience, departmental tour, pre-requisite and general education courses completed with a “C” or better and transferred to Daytona Sate College, general knowledge of the radiologic sciences and the responses to selection committee questions. Applicants requiring college courses must meet the same qualifications for admission as other Daytona State College students.

Prerequisites

ENC 1101, MAC 1105 and BSC 1085 and Lab are required to be completed with a documented “C” or above on the Daytona State College transcript prior to the interview. A strong background in physical and biologic science, computer science and math at the high school and/or college level is required. Recommended courses include biology, anatomy, physical science, computer applications and algebra. The additional general education college courses must be completed by the end of the first two years of the program to be eligible for graduation. Although the courses may be taken during the first two years of the program, it is strongly recommended that as many as possible be completed prior to entry into the program as this is an area evaluated by the Selection Committee.

Departmental Tour

A tour of the Radiology (Imaging) Department is strongly recommended for applicants to gain knowledge of the job skills and responsibilities of a radiographer. If a prospective candidate tours or shadows at Radiology Department, please provide a letter of proof for the program file. This is another area evaluated by the Selection Committee.

 

Academic Policies

Satisfactory performance in class work and clinical instruction, as well as personal suitability for radiologic sciences, is required for completion of the program. The initial six-month period of the program is probationary. Students must satisfy the requirements of scholarship, health and suitability for the profession to continue in the program. Formal evaluations are carried out during the program to assure that program standards are met. The academic courses and clinical education courses require a passing grade of 85% to continue in and graduate from the program. Students must receive a “C” or better in each required course and maintain a 2.5 GPA

Policies, Procedures and Student Handbook

Early Release

The structure of the Radiography Program does not allow for early release. Didactic courses and clinical education continue throughout the entire 24-month period for continued competency and continuity

Graduation

Upon successful completion of the 24-month program, the student will be awarded an AS Degree from Daytona State College which will make the student eligible to sit for the ARRT National Certification Exam in Radiography

Criteria for Transfer Credit

All RTE courses must be taken at Daytona State College and Non-RTE courses are taken at Daytona State College or transferred from other accredited colleges/universities. Any transfers must be made through Daytona State College. Non-RTE courses that are not prerequisites may be taken prior to, or during the program and in any order, but must be completed by the end of the Fall Semester of your 2nd year. Students can only register for RTE courses once they are accepted into the Radiography Program.

The program is not designed to accept advanced placement or transfer students. Early release is not permitted as RTE courses continue throughout the entire 24-month period with clinical rotations to allow for continued competence and continuity of radiologic sciences education.

Academic Calendar

Contact

Melissa Brown-Mack 

Academic Advisor 

College of Health & Public Services 

Daytona State College 

Melissa.brown-mack@daytonastate.edu 

(386) 506-3052, Fax (386) 506-3300 

 

Radiologic Sciences Program
Dee Ann Vanlandingham
Program Chair
Phone: 386.506.3399
Email: dee.vanlandingham@daytonastate.edu

 

Pre-Screening Requirements

Student Health Form

Student Health Forms will be issued during Orientation to the Radiography program. Completed physicals and immunizations will be due no later than a week before the first day of clinical. The physical will be kept on file in the Radiography program files. Each student is responsible for obtaining a physical, immunizations, and health records and the original will be kept in the Program Director's office. The student is also responsible for updating immunizations (TB) and providing a copy to the Program Director.

Level II Background Check

Students entering any health career program will be required to complete a level two background screening as well as drug testing. 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 requirements. A clinical component must be successfully completed with all health care programs. The cost for the level two screening and drug testing has been approximated at $90.00.

Background Checks Protocol:

  1.     Complete the request form received
  2.     Report to designated center for electronic fingerprinting and pay associated fee
  3.     Complete acknowledgement and consent for release of information
  4.     Daytona State College receives access to the Level II Background Check
  5.     Report reviewed by a college representative
  6.     Report reviewed by committee of School of Health Careers (if positive report.)
  7.     A Daytona State College designee will contact student with the committee’s decision regarding admission

 

While enrolled in Daytona State College’s Radiography program, the student is also responsible for notifying the assistant dean/ program manager of any arrests, regardless of adjudication, that occur after acceptance and during enrollment in the program. Failure to promptly notify the department chair will be grounds for dismissal from the program.

Drug Testing Policy and Procedure

Students will receive instructions for obtaining a drug test with the letter of acceptance to the health career or human services program. 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.

For a complete list of all health and safety requirements requirement please see pages 33-37 of the Student Policy Manual.

 

Clinical Sites

All accepted Radiography students are required to provide their own transportation and travel to the all approved clinical sites listed below:

Halifax Health Medical Center
303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114

Halifax Health – Medical Center Port Orange
1041 Dunlawton Ave.
Port Orange, Fl. 32127

Halifax Health – Emergency Department of Deltona
3300 Halifax Crossing Blvd.
Deltona, Fl. 32725

Port Orange Imaging
1195 Dunlawton Ave.
Port Orange Fl, 32127

Twin Lakes Imaging
1890 LPGA Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl. 32117

Town Center Imaging
21 Hospital Dr.  Suite 130
Palm Coast, FL  32164

Halifax Health - Urgent Care
775 W. Granada Blvd., Suite 102
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

 

For a complete list of all clinical obligations please see pages 42-70 of the Student Policy Manual.

 

Grading Policy

95-100 A
94 B+
90-93 B
89 C+
85-88 C
Below 85 F

Students must maintain an overall average of 85% to remain in the program. Evaluation methods are based upon specified student performance objectives. Specified criteria are applied equitably to all students.  Curriculum validation is accomplished by review of student performance on a continuing basis.  Deficiencies noted are rectified either by individual counseling or additional instruction for the entire class.  Curriculum validation is also accomplished by graduate performance study. Employers of program graduates are contacted and asked to determine the level of performance demonstrated by graduates. In addition, the employer is asked to rate the level of preparation demonstrated. The results of this study and graduate evaluation of courses are evaluated by the faculty and presented to the Advisory Committee for discussion and recommendations. Recommendations are used for curriculum modification.  The faculty on a continuing basis accomplishes internal validation of curriculum contact.

 

Graduation Requirements

By the completion of the Program the student must have passed the minimum number of exams per category and must perform a Terminal/Final Competency Evaluation for each of the major categories with a minimum of 85%. The competency requirements are based on current ARRT standards.  In addition to the radiographic procedures, following graduation requirements must be met:                

  1. Must maintain a minimum 85% average per course and complete all required courses in the Program.
  2. Must maintain a 2.0 GPA in each required course at DSC and complete all coursework during the 24 months of the Program. 
  3. Must pass the six-month and one year test with an 85% or above.  Failure of either test will result in dismissal.
  4. Must make up all missed clinical time and classroom assignments.
  5. Must successfully pass comprehensive final exam with an 80% or above.
  6. Must successfully pass review exams with a 75% or above average score.
  7. Must turn in radiation monitoring device to Program Office.
  8. Must complete and return Exit Interview Survey.
  9. Must hold AS degree or higher to be eligible to sit for the ARRT exam.

 

Graduation ceremonies are held at the end of spring semester (usually the first or second week in May).

It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that the necessary official transcripts have been received by the Registrar’s office. The student is strongly encouraged to periodically monitor his/her unofficial transcript to be sure that the Daytona State transcript is up to date; this will help minimize the possibility of degree challenges at or near the time of graduation. When the student has successfully fulfilled all of the course and credit hour requirements for the radiography curriculum, he/she will be prepared to apply for graduation with an Associate of Science degree. Although the student will be reminded of this closer to that time, note that it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to file an application for graduation and to make sure that all the requirements have been completed

 

Safety

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 healthcare 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.

Policy for Pre-MRI Screening

 

Program Effectiveness Data Entrance Standards

Program Mission Statement:

 To provide a multi-skilled, comprehensive education for students in the 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 learning.

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

Assessment Goals 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

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

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

            Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will use effective oral communication skills.
  2. Students will practice written communication skills.

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

            Student Learning Outcomes

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

Goal 4:  Students will model professionalism.

  1. Students will demonstrate professional ethics to include initiative, dependability, and appearance. 
  2. 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)

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

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 .

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 Percent Passing on 1st attempt Number of Students
2016 100% 8 out of 8 students passed on 1st attempt
2017 94% 17 out of 18 students passed on 1st attempt
2018 100% 8 out of 8 students passed on 1st attempt
2019 100% 10 out of 10 students passed on 1st attempt
2020 88% 7 out of 8 students passed on 1st attempt
5 year average 96% 50 out of 52 students passed on 1st attempt


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 of Graduates

Actively Seeking Employment

Number of Students
2016 100% 8 of 8
2017 100% 18 of 18
2018 100% 8 of 8
2019 100% 10 of 10
2020 100% 8 of 8
5 year average 100% 52 of 52


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 (beginning with 2016 class) and the program completion rate is defined as those students graduating within 36 months of beginning the clinical phase of the program.

 

Year

% Completion at 30 Months

24 Months starting with

January 2016 class

Number of students
2016 90%

9 began, 8 graduated

1 voluntary withdrawal

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

5 year average 92%  
 

 


For additional information on program effectiveness data, visit https://www.jrcert.org/

 

Costs

Students provide their own living quarters, scrubs, health insurance and meals.

Tuition and Fees

 

Refund Policy 

Daytona State College Refund Policy

Daytona State College Academic Calendar

 

Articulation Agreements

Daytona State College has articluation agreements with a number of other Florida institutions. Please visit University of Central Florida articulation, Stetson University articulation, and University of Florida College of Argicultural and Life Sciences articulation for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

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