The Radiography program allows students to participate in classroom instruction, laboratory demonstration and practice and perform radiographic procedures, and clinical experiences.
The program is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. Following program completion, the graduate is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Examination (ARRT) to become a Registered Radiologic Technologist. Upon becoming ARRT (R), the graduate automatically qualifies to be a Texas Certified Medical Radiologic Technologist. The GC program will assist all graduating students with the application processes for the ARRT Board Exam and the Texas MRT Certification.
Important Information for Applicants
In order to accomplish the objectives of this program, the student must be able to meet the Occupational Performance Requirements of Radiologic Technologists. In order to accomplish the objectives of the Radiography program, students must have:
Visual acuity, with corrective lenses to identify cyanosis, absence of respiratory movement in patients, and to read small print on medication containers, physicians’ orders, monitors, gauges, and equipment calibrations.
Hearing ability, with auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face and to hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells, and stethoscope sounds originating from a patient’s blood vessels, heart, lung, and abdomen.
Physical ability to: Stand and walk for prolonged periods of time; perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation; lift patients to move onto and off of the radiographic table; lift and manipulate patients in the radiographic room as well as in hospital beds for proper placement of radiographic film holders; move from room to room, maneuvering in limited spaces and move, push, maneuver heavy, mobile radiographic machines into and out of patient rooms, surgery, intensive care units, and all other patient areas.
Strength to lift approximately a minimum of 30 lbs. and walk a minimum distance of approximately 30 feet.
Shoulder range of motion to reach up, push, pull, and maneuver radiographic equipment with overhead suspension and manually position, tilt, and angle radiographic tube housings in accurate relationship to the patients and image receptors.
Speaking ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form.
Ability to speak clearly and succinctly when explaining procedures, describing patient conditions, and giving directions to the patient.
Fine motor skills to write legibly and correctly in the legal documentation of radiographic procedures and patient conditions/occurrences.
Manual dexterity to use sterile techniques, to insert catheters, and to prepare and administer contrast media and medications (IV and IM) as directed by a physician.
Ability to function safely and accurately under stressful conditions and to be able to quickly adapt to rapidly changing clinical situations involving patient care