About the Program
The Radiography Program is a JRCERT accredited twenty-one month full-time associate degree program. The program will prepare you to enter the field of diagnostic medical imaging as a Radiologic Technologist. Competence is achieved through the use of lecture, laboratory activities, small group presentations, research, and clinical education experiences. Patient care, radiation protection, and technical skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Classes are conducted on the Lower Bucks Campus and clinical experiences are varied in location.
Radiography students must comply with the rules and policies presented in the Radiography Student Handbook and Attendance Policy, in addition to those listed in the catalog.
Accreditation of the program is by:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
Graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT)
Technical Performance Standards
The admissions policies of the Radiography Program do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, marital status, age or mental/physical handicaps. The following is an outline of performance standards relative to Radiography. In addition to the academic requirement for the Radiography Program, all applicants must be able to:
- Communicate to the patient in order to converse and instruct
- Hear a patient speak in a normal tone from a distance of 20 feet.
- Observe the patient in order to assess the patient’s condition or needs from a distance of 20 feet.
- Read the patient medical chart and/or physician orders.
- Transport, move, lift or transfer patients from a wheelchair or litter to an x-ray table or to a patient's bed;
- Move, adjust and manipulate a variety of x-ray equipment with respect to the patient and image receptor according to established procedures and standards of speed and accuracy ( to include mobile equipment) and;
- Physically place patients in proper positions for x-ray examinations according to established procedures and standards of speed and accuracy.
- Handling stressful situations related to technical, procedural or patient care situations;
- providing physical and emotional support to patients during procedures;
- Physically be able to administer emergency care including performing CPR
- Visually reviewing and evaluating radiographic images to identify shades of gray, proper patient positions, proper exposure factors and other appropriate technical qualities.
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 Radiologic Technologist.
- Function as competent, entry-level professionals that meet the medical imaging needs of the surrounding community
- Students will be able to adequately perform procedures at entry level competence.
- Students will select appropriate technical factors for quality patient exams.
- Students will demonstrate proper radiation practices.
- Demonstrate appropriate, professional communication skills.
- Students will demonstrate effective communication strategies with patients and family members, the public and members of the healthcare team.
- Students will practice written communication skills
- Develop and practice effective problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills.
- Students will be able to adequately perform non-routine procedures at entry level competence.
- Students will be able to adequately alter technical factors in non-routine situations.
- Conduct him/herself in a professional manner.
- Students will demonstrate professional behavior
- Students will recognize the benefits of professional development
Admission to the Radiography program at Bucks County Community College is on a competitive basis. Minimum requirements to apply include:
- Be at least 18 years of age to participate in any of the RADI (Radiography) courses.
- Submit an application with Bucks County Community College designating Radiography as their major.
- Submit high school transcripts and college transcripts, if applicable, for evaluation by the Admissions Department. The student must complete any placement exams that are required by Bucks County Community College.
- Complete 26 college credits in the following general education coursework:
- MEDA120- Medical Terminology
- MATH120- College Algebra
- BIO181- Anatomy & Physiology I
- COMP110- English Composition I
- COMP111- English Composition II
- COMM110- Effective Speaking
- PSYC110- Intro to Psychology
- Humanities Elective
- Obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be considered for entrance in the Radiography Program.
- Any Science or Math courses must be successfully completed within 7 years prior to enrolling in radiography courses.
- Submit a Radiography Petition and Career Assessment Form to the Radiography Program with completed Career Assessment questions during the submission period. The submission period is every year from January 1st- January 31st.
- All applicants who meet the minimum admission guidelines will be called for an interview with the Radiography program staff.
- The radiography program admission point worksheet will be completed for each student that submits a petition.
Due to class limitations, the College does not guarantee continuous enrollment between non-Radiography and Radiography courses.
Once accepted into the Radiography Program, students are required to:
- Purchase all required textbooks and manuals.
- Purchase a Radiography Program uniform from preferred uniform vendor.
- Purchase student liability insurance annually.
- Assume all responsibility for transportation to and from the clinical agencies assigned.
- Obtain and maintain current CPR certification.
- Have a comprehensive physical examination which includes documentation of selected vaccinations.
- Complete an FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background check, a PA Criminal Background check, Child Abuse Clearance and drug screening (until clearance is received, program acceptance is provisional and may be rescinded).
- Show proof of health insurance coverage for the student.
- Sign a disclosure form stating that you understand and are able to comply with the technical standards and the Radiography Student Handbook.
|Class of:||Graduates who pass exam/Graduates who took exam||Pass Rate:|
|5 year average||88%|
Current Program Effectiveness Data can be accessed via the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org
|Class of:||# of Enrolled Students||# of Graduating Students||Program Completion Rate|
|5 year average||88%|
|Class of:||Graduates obtained employment/Graduates seeking employment||Job Placement rate|
|2012||8/9 actively seeking||88%|
|2013||16/18 actively seeking||90%|
|2014||15/15 actively seeking||100%|
|2015||12/12 actively seeking||100%|
|2016||19/19 actively seeking||100%|
Only students who actively seeking employment were counted in this rate (i.e. students pursuing advanced education are not included).
JRCERT Recognized Clinical Sites
|Aria Health- Bucks County||Langhorne||PA||19047|
|Aria Health- Frankford||Philadelphia||PA||19124|
|Aria Health- Torresdale ( Evenings only )||Philadelphia||PA||19114|
|Aria Health Professional Court||Philadelphia||PA||19114|
|Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia||Philadelphia||PA||19104|
|Grandview Hospital Outpatient Center||Sellersville||PA||18960|
|Lower Bucks Hospital||Bristol||PA||19007|
|Lower Bucks Radiology||Levittown||PA||19056|
|Mercer Bucks Ortho||Yardley||PA||19067|
|Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital||Darby||PA||19023|
|St. Mary Medical Center||Langhorne||PA||19047|
|Tri State Imaging- Northeast Imaging||Philadelphia||PA||19152|
|Premier Urgent Care||Warminster||PA||18974|