Radiography Program Information

Other Program Information

 PROGRAM DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

JRCERT Accrediation Award 8 years

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182 Phone: (312) 704-5300

 WWW.JRCERT.ORG

2009-2013  73 graduates, 1st time ARRT pass rate 67/73 92%, 88% employed within 1 year

Year

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Retention Rate

88 %

88 %

88 %

88 %

76 %

81 %

100 %

Number of Graduates

13/15

14/16

14/16

13/16

12/16

13/17

21/21

Employment Rate

92 %

88 %

88 %

88 %

88 %

88 %

90 %

Continuing Education

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

43 %

42 %

Registry pass/fail

93 %

100 %

100 %

85 %

100 %

92 %

88 %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which can require imaging to diagnose them.http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm 

Radiologic Technology Program Mission and Goals

The mission of the Radiography Program is to provide each student with the instruction, skills, and learning experiences to become a compassionate, knowledgeable, and competent entry-level radiographer.         

GOAL 1

After the completion of the 23-month program, the graduates will be clinically proficient and competent in the following areas:

Providing basic patient care, radiation protection, comfort, education, anticipating and recognizing patient conditions, and being able to administer life-saving first aid and basic life support.

Specifically, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of positioning, anatomy, physiology, and radiographic exposure to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph or other image receptor.
  2. Communicate effectively and function as a team member in the radiology department.
  3. Evaluate the performance of radiologic systems: identify the safe limits of equipment operation, and report malfunctions to the proper authorities.
  4. Determine the proper exposures factors which achieve the optimum radiographic techniques while minimizing radiation exposure to the patient.
  5. Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the performance of imaging procedures.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and practice of proper infection control and universal precautions policies/standards within the clinical setting while providing quality patient care and comfort.

GOAL 2

The program will strive to offer up-to-date educational resources on imaging technologies and will promote continued professional growth through continuing education.

GOAL 3

The program will prepare students for entering the profession by offering a curriculum which will enable the student to develop the knowledge and confidence required in the discipline.

GOAL 4

The program will strive to provide a variety of sound clinical experiences in which the student will develop personal and professional growth.

Education Plan

SEMESTER 1 - SUMMER

WRADT 1000 Introduction to Radiography
WRADT 1005 Ethics and Medical Law/Human Diversity
WRADT 1010 Medical Terminology
WRADT 1050 Radiation Physics
WRADT 1015 Radiographic Positioning I
WRADT 1069 Clinical Experience I

SEMESTER 2 - FALL

WRADT 1035 Patient Care
WRADT 1030 Anatomy and Physiology I
WRADT 1020 Radiographic Positioning II
WRADT 1045 Image Production and Evaluation
WRADT 1070 Clinical Experience II

SEMESTER 3 - SPRING

WRADT 1040 Anatomy and Physiology II
WRADT 1025 Radiographic Procedures III
WRADT 1055 Advanced Imaging I
WRADT 1060 Radiation Biology and Protection
WRADT 1075 Clinical Experience III

SEMESTER 4 - SUMMER

WRADT 1093 Contrast Media Procedures I
WRADT 1095 Contrast Media Procedures II

WRADT 1080 Clinical Experience IV

SEMESTER 5 - FALL

WRADT 1090 Radiographic Pathology
WRADT 1065 Advanced Imaging II
WRADT 1041 Cross Sectional Anatomy
WRADT 1085 Clinical Experience V

SEMESTER 6 - SPRING

WRADT 1100 Quality Assurance
WRADT 1098 Registry Review
WRADT 1087 Clinical Experience VI

Clinical Affiliations

Recognized Clinical Settings      

* Every effort is made to ensure clinical assignments are cost efficient.           

** Students are responsible for travel expenses 

Name

City

State

Zip

Abington Lansdale Medical Center

Lansdale

PA

19446

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia

PA

19104

Aria Hospital Outpatient Service Center

Philadelphia

PA

19124

Aria Torresdale Division

Philadelphia

PA

19164

Aria Hospital-Bucks County

Langhorne

PA

19047

Grand View Hospital

Sellersville

PA

18960

Grand View Hospital Outpatient Center at Sellersville

Sellersville

PA

18960

Lower Bucks Hospital

Bristol

PA

19007

Lower Bucks Radiology

Levittown

PA

19056

St. Mary Medical Center

Langhorne

PA

19047

Tri State Imaging Consultants - Northeast Imaging

Philadelphia

PA

19152

Tri State Imaging Consultants - Jefferson Imaging

Langhorn

PA

19047

Rothman  Institute  Bensalem  PA 19020
 Rothman Institute King of Prussia   PA 19406
Phoenixville Hospital Phoenixville PA 19460
Doylestown Hospital Doylestown PA 18901

 

        

 

 

Tuition and Expenses

A payment fee and schedule is listed below. This schedule will also be given to each applicant at the time of their interview. Tuition payments are to be made prior to the start of each semester. All statements regarding student charges are available on WEBADVISOR.

Books and uniforms are purchased by the student and are not included in the price of tuition.

There will be additional fees per semester that cover the cost of radiation monitoring, malpractice insurance, and other costs applicable to the program. In addition, students will be required to pay application fees for the A.R.R.T. examination following successful completion of the Program. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists fee for application is currently $200.00.

All registration fees are non-reimbursable. This includes pre-assessment testing fees, College admission fees, and any other fees associated with the admissions process. Tuition payments are to be made prior to the start of the first and fourth semesters.

Refund Policy

A student, who voluntarily withdraws, is dismissed for failure to maintain satisfactory progress or is granted a leave of absence may be eligible for a tuition refund. The student must advise the Program, in writing, of their intention to withdraw and formally request a refund. The effective action date shall be the date the program receives such notification. Deposits and fees are not refundable. All withdrawals must be in writing and addressed to the program director.

The following schedule shall apply in all cases:

  •   Before the official start-date of each semester: 100% refund
  •   During the first week of each semester : 75% refund
  •   During the second and third weeks of each semester: 50% refund
  •   Withdrawing from the Program after the third week of each semester: NO refund.

Degree Options 

Applicants accepted into the Radiologic Technology Program who are currently enrolled in the colleges listed are eligible to complete the Bucks County Community College  Program and earn a bachelor's degree from the educational institutions listed upon graduation.

Articulations include  A.A. Occupational Studies ( Bucks County Community College)

                                 A.S/B.S.  Radiologic Science Administration  (St. Joseph's College of Maine) 

                                 http://online.sjcme.edu/bucks-county-community-college.php

                                 B.S  Radiation Sciences  ( Gwynedd Mercy University, University of Mary)

                                 http://www.gmc.edu/academics/allied_health/radtech.php

                                 B.S Radiation Therapy ( Gwynedd Mercy University) 

                                 B.S. Radiologic Technology  ( Bloomsburg University) 

                                 B.S  Health Sciences and Services ( Immaculata University)

 

Costs

Payable at acceptance

   $150

( non -refundable)

Tuition

** Financial Aid available

 ** Tuition change 1/2012

Payments due on or before

May 1

August 1

January 1 each year

$14,000 Program costs with fees $450 **

 Payments are divided   

  into 6 payments.

 See WEBADVISOR for the latest charges.

Malpractice/Liability Insurance

Payable April of year I

$100 Fee **

Radiation Badge Fee
With quarterly reading

Payable April of year I

$150 Fee **

Books

Inclusive package sold in bookstore

$1,200 estimated cost

Uniforms

Supplied by FLAGSTAFF

About $35 each set

Technology Fee

Payable Jan of year II

$100 **

Graduation Fee

Payable Jan of year II

$100 **

ARRT Registration Fee paid directly to ARRT $200 
 Travel Various clinical experiences are provided     Expenses associated with clinical travel are part of the student responsibility

Accreditation Status

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901
(312) 704-5300

As you consider an educational program in the Radiologic Sciences,
BE SURE TO ASK this one question:


" Are you accredited by the JRCERT?"   JRCERT accreditation is The HALLMARK that tells you an educational program is committed to academic excellence, health care quality and patient and professional safety.  
JRCERT accreditation is especially IMPORTANT TO STUDENTS because:

  • JRCERT educational standards are developed and accepted by professionals in the radiologic sciences.
  • The JRCERT is the only organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to evaluate and accredit education programs in radiography and radiation therapy, which includes magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.
  • Graduation from a JRCERT-accredited program assures that you are competent to provide safe, high quality patient care.
  • JRCERT accreditation demonstrates that a program adheres to the national educational standards that will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and attributes through didactic and clinical education you need for entry into your chosen profession and to practice your profession anywhere in the United States.
  • In some states, only graduates of JRCERT-accredited programs are eligible for licensure or certification. Graduation from a JRCERT-accredited program assures that you will be eligible to practice in all 50 states.
  • Many employers require job applicants to be graduates of programs accredited by the JRCERT.
  • Enrollment in a program accredited by the JRCERT can enhance your eligibility for scholarships and other funding from government and private agencies.

Why Regional Accreditation is Not Enough 

The institution you attend may be accredited by a regional accrediting agency, which sets standards for colleges and universities.  Regional accreditation is important to evaluate the overall quality of a college or university, but it is not intended to address the specific requirements for programs in the radiologic sciences.   It does not evaluate the quality of the education offered by individual programs, particularly the validity and safety of clinical assignments.

Non-discriminatory Clause

Bucks County Community College is committed to providing equal education and employment opportunities. This encompasses persons in legally-protected classifications in regard to race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, sexual orientation, age, religion, disabilities, and military veterans. The college provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please call the Campus Coordinator for Equal Employment Opportunity in advance to request or clarify accommodations or to address issues concerning equal opportunities at 215-968-8090. The EEO Office is located in Room 130, Tyler Hall, Newtown.

Program Information

Academic Year 2012/2013

OPE ID: 323900
CIP: 51.0911
SOC: 29-2034
Length: Credits
Semesters

Related Occupations

Hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, mobile x-ray companies, public health, industry,research,education and veterinary facilities

Cost

Tuition: $$14,000
Fees: $$450
Books/Supplies: $$1200
Total: $$15,650

More cost information can be found here: Program Information

Completion Stats

Completing in 2012/2013: 21 students
Completing in 2012/2013 with debt: 15 students
Median debt of 2012/2013 completers: $15,145
Normal time to complete program: 24 months
Completed in normal time: 21 students
Job placement rate: 90% 2013