The radiographer fills an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease by assisting radiologists and producing images that visualize and record human anatomy.
Radiologists are physicians who specialize in the use of x-rays to diagnosis and treat disease and traumatic injury. Radiographers perform x-ray examinations of the skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, nervous and digestive systems--- using their knowledge of patient care, biological effects of radiation, radiation protection, anatomy, physiology, physics, positioning and radiographic technique. While performing radiographic procedures, they assess and care for patients, interact with physicians and other health professionals and communicate with patients, families and the general public. A radiographer should possess such personal attributes as compassion, competence and concern for meeting the specific needs of the patient. For more information, visit ASRT.org, JRCERT.org and ARRT.org.
Radiologic Technology Program History
Established in 1951, the 22-month Radiologic Technology program has a long tradition of excellence in technical medical education in Jacksonville. The comprehensive 22-month program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program has academic and clinical practice components, and requires attendance 40 hours per week, primarily during the day, Monday through Friday.
The program has limited capacity, and typically enrolls 11 students each year. Accepted applicants will be required to successfully complete a pre-enrollment health screening, including drug test and a background study by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The complete student handbook with policies and procedures is available for review in the office of the Program Director upon request. Applications are accepted until May 22 for the class beginning in July.
Graduates of the Radiologic Technology program meet the eligibility requirements to qualify for the national certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist. Many colleges confer credit toward a degree in Radiology upon the student's certification by the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists and completion of a JRCERT-accredited program. St. Vincent's does not confer college credit.
St. Vincent's School of Radiologic Technology meets the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT). Students and others may direct inquiries or concerns regarding the program's accreditation or compliance with the JRCERT's Standards to:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Mission, Goals and Outcomes
Mission Statement Provide meaningful learning and prepare fully qualified radiography professionals who will provide quality healthcare services to the community, thereby enabling the students to achieve their expectations and attain full professional potential. Goal: Students will be able to communicate
- Students will demonstrate oral communication
- Students will practice written communication
- Graduates communicate effectively in the medical environment Goal: Students will be able to use critical thinking and problem solving skills Learning objectives:
- Students will exercise independent judgement
- Students will recognize patient emergency conditions
- Students assess the patient, patient requisition, image, radiation needs and image quality
Goal: Students will develop clinical competency and provide safe, high quality radiographs and patient care
- Students maintain a clinical competency average of 85% or higher
- Students apply proper radiation protection principles for the patient, self, and others
- Students administer proper age appropriate procedure techniques and proper patient care
- Graduates are clinically competent and able to successfully demonstrate and apply accurate positioning skills
- Employers indicate graduate competency skills
Goal: Students/Graduates recognize the need for a high standard of professional values and life-long learning, and apply professional ethics and characteristics to their work and health care practices
- Students demonstrate application of ethics and professionalism
- Students participate in professional development activities and continuing education
Goal: Provide the medical center and community with competent radiographers
- Graduates employed in Radiologic imaging within 6 months of graduation
- Employers indicate satisfaction with graduates skills
- Graduates indicate satisfaction with their radiography education
- Students enrolled maintain an academic average of 80% or higher
- At least 75% of enrolled students complete the program
- Graduates pass the ARRT examination
Program Effectiveness Data
The program will assure educational effectiveness and graduate entry level radiographers.Student five year certification exam American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) pass rate on first attempt will be 75% or greater within six months of graduation.
Year Percentage passing on first attempt Number of Students Passing 1st attempt 2014 100% 7 of 7 students 2015 100%
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5-year average 100%
Year Results of graduate employment rate Number of Students graduated 2014 100% 7students 2015 100% 2students 2016 100% 5students 2017 100% 6students 2018 100% 3students 5-year average 100%
Year Completion Percentage Students began program Students completed the program 2014 78% 9 7 2015 29% 7 2 2016 83% 6 5 2017 86% 7 6 2018 75% 4 3 5-year average 70% 33
The Radiologic Technology program size is limited, and acceptance is not guaranteed. Acceptance is based on an evaluation of the individual's prior educational and work experience, personal and professional references, and personal interviews. Each applicant is evaluated and assigned a score based on a point system.
Class sizes are limited with a total capacity of 11 students per year. Preference is given to applicants with hands-on patient care experience, college-level coursework completion in both required and recommended courses, higher course grades in each of the required and recommended courses, and higher total cumulative GPA. A completed application, reference forms, resume, biography, application fee and official transcripts must be received by May 15.
All classroom and clinical instruction will be conducted in English. By accepting a position in this program, the student acknowledges this and accepts the responsibility for sufficient proficiency in the English language to be able to successfully complete the program.
Should the student become pregnant and declare pregnancy during the course of the program, she may elect to continue the program with no interruption, request a partial leave of absence or request a complete withdrawal from the program. Complete details are located in the student handbook.
Transfer Student Policy
Transfer students from other radiography programs are not accepted.
Students frequently use and have exposure to latex based products commonly used in healthcare settings. Students with latex allergies should seek expert advice from their healthcare provider in order to make an informed decision regarding their exposure to latex based products prior to considering medical imaging as a future profession.
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ Ethics Requirement
Before consideration for admission, any applicant who has been involved in a criminal proceeding or who has been charged with or convicted of a crime must file a request for a pre-application review with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in order to obtain a ruling on the impact of the situation on their eligibility for certification and registration. A charge or conviction of, a plea of guilty to, or a plea of novo contender (no contest) to an offense that is classified as a misdemeanor or felony constitutes a conviction for ARRT purposes. This includes situations in which the result is deferred or withheld adjudication, or suspended or withheld sentence. Military court-martial must also be reported.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' determination of eligibility for examination will determine the applicant's eligibility for consideration for admission to the program. The final order must be included with the Application for Admittance to the Radiology Program. Potential applicants must contact the ARRT directly:
The Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, disability, veteran or marital status. Because of radiation protection requirements, students must be at least 18 years of age by the July start date of the class.
Complete application packages will be accepted until May 22 each year. Only applicants who meet all prerequisites and submit all required application materials and fees will be scheduled for the admission interview process.
- Applicant must have at least an associates degree
- Applicant must be at least 18 years old at the time of admission (July) and meet the ethics requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
- Minimum 2.8 cumulative total GPA in high school and college.
- REQUIRED COURSES, completed within the past five years with a minimum grade of "C":
- Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033 or higher)
- Introduction to Speech Communication or Speech Communication for Business and the Professions
- Introduction to Computer Concepts
- Human Relations, Psychology, or Human Growth and Development
- General Physics, General Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology I, or Biology
For applicants not currently employed in a healthcare related field, the academic prerequisites generally must have been successfully completed within five years of the time of acceptance to the program.
International Applicants U.S. Citizenship or permanent immigrant status is required to process application.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED courses in addition to those REQUIRED:
- General Chemistry
- General Physics
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology II
Preference is giving to applicants with higher grades in college-level coursework, higher total cumulative GPA, completion of more of the required and recommended courses or a degree and hands-on patient care experience.
How To Apply
To be considered for an interview and possible admission, submit all of the following documents in one package by May 22 of the year of desired July admission:
- Completed St. Vincent's School of Radiologic Technology application form.
- Non-refundable check or money order for the $25 application processing fee payable to St. Vincent's Medical Center
- Unopened (in original institutional envelope) official transcripts from all secondary (high school) and post secondary (college or technical) educational institutions • Three completed St. Vincent's Medical Center School of Radiography reference forms from employers, teachers or clergy of the applicant. Personal references from friends or relatives are not recommended.
- A one-page resume listing the applicant's name, address, email address, phone numbers, all education institutions/degree/dates, and all employers with address and positions/dates of employment within the past 10 years.
- Up to 500 words, hand-written by the applicant, autobiographical sketch describing the applicant's general background and reasons for selecting radiology as a career. Interview for Appointment
- Applicants considered for enrollment will be invited to St. Vincent's Riverside for a personal interview with the program director and selected facility.
- Acceptance notifications are sent in late May. Your appointment to the program is dependent upon successful completion of the physical examination and background study. Additional Admission Requirements Applicants offered admission to the Radiography Program must comply with the following prevailing institutional policies and procedures:
- Drug Screen
- Occupational Health Review or Physical Exam
- FDLE Background Study
- Health Insurance
Specific questions about these requirements may be directed to the school.
Cirriculum and Clinical rotation
Classroom Curriculum The program organizes courses in four, six-month terms, which include formal classroom instruction and supervised clinical practice in all phases of Radiologic Technology. The 40-hour week is primarily scheduled Monday through Friday. Typical program hours are 7:30am - 4pm, but may vary slightly for the purpose of clinical instruction. First year classroom instruction is conducted Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Second year classroom instruction is conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The two-year course of instruction follows the curriculum developed by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and includes at least the following:
First Year, Term I - July through December
- RAD INT: Introduction to Radiologic Technology - 12 hrs.
- RAD NUR: Patient Care/Ethics and Law - 48 hrs.
- RAD PHY: Radiation Physics - 20 hrs.
- RAD PRO: Introduction to Radiation Protection & Safety - 20 hrs.
- RAD TECH: Image Analysis/Film-Screen Acquisition & Processing - 38 hrs.
- INTRO PAT: Introduction to Radiographic Pathology - 12 hrs.
- RAD OST I: Human Structure & Function I - 39 hrs.
- RAD PROC I: Radiologic Procedures I - 39 hrs.
- CLIN I: Clinical Practice I - 806 hrs.
- Total contact hours - 1034 hrs.
First Year, Term II - January through June
- PHAR VENI: Patient Care/Pharmacology & Venipuncture - 48 hrs.
- RAD PHY I: Radiation Production & Characteristics I - 26 hrs.
- RAD PRO/REG: Radiation Production & Regulations - 26 hrs.
- RAD IMAG I: Principles of Imaging I - 26 hrs.
- RAD PAT I: Radiographic Pathology I - 24 hrs.
- RAD OST II: Human Structure & Function II - 39 hrs.
- RAD PROC II: Radiologic Procedures II - 39 hrs.
- CLIN II: Clinical Practice II - 806 hrs.
- Total contact hours - 1034 hrs.
Second Year, Term III - July through December
- RAD PHY II: Radiation Production & Characteristics II - 28 hrs.
- RAD BIO: Radiation Biology - 20 hrs.
- RAD IMAG II: Principles of Imaging II - 28 hrs.
- RAD PAT II: Radiographic Pathology II - 24 hrs.
- RAD OST III: Human Structure & Function III - 39 hrs.
- RAD PROC III: Radiologic Procedures III - 39 hrs.
- CLIN III: Clinical Practice III - 856 hrs.
- Total contact hours - 1034 hrs.
Second Year, Term IV - January through June
- NUR CATH: Alternative Care/Catheterization - 48 hrs.
- RAD DIG: Digital Imaging Acquisition & Display - 35 hrs.
- RAD REG: Radiation Protection & Registry Review - 13 hrs.
- RAD QA: Radiographic Technical Conversions/QA - 30 hrs.
- RAD CT: Introduction to Computed Tomography - 24 hrs.
- RAD OST IV: Human Structure & Function IV - 39 hrs.
- RAD PROC IV: Radiologic Procedures IV - 39 hrs.
- CLIN IV: Clinical Practice IV - 806 hrs.
- Total contact hours - 1034
The grade points will be multiplied by the number of “points” assigned to the course. The total grade points are the divided by the total “credits” to determine the grade point average. “Points” have been assigned to each course based on the number of contact hours per week for the purpose of establishing a grade point average for the students. The courses in this program have not been approved for post-secondary education credit beyond the scope of this program. However, upon successful completion of the ARRT examination each student may receive up to 48 credit hours toward an AS degree from the local State College. Graduation Requirements Required terminal competencies include, but are not limited to, the following list. The graduate shall be able to:
- Use oral and written medical communication.
- Demonstrate adequate knowledge of human structure, function and pathology.
- Anticipate and provide basic patient care and comfort.
- Apply principles of body mechanics in the correct manner.
- Successfully perform basic mathematical functions.
- Correctly operate radiographic imaging equipment and accessory devices.
- Correctly position the patient and imaging system to perform radiographic examinations and procedures.
- Successfully modify standard procedures to accommodate for patient condition and other variables.
- Correctly utilize CR/DR/PACS systems and practices HIPAA.
- Determine exposure factors to obtain diagnostic quality images with minimum radiation exposure.
- Correctly, adjust exposure factors for various patient conditions, equipment, accessories and contrast media to maintain appropriate radiographic quality.
- Practice ALARA - radiation protection for the patient, self and others at all times.
- Successfully recognize emergency patient conditions, initiate first aid and basic life support procedures.
- Evaluate radiographic images for appropriate positioning and image quality.
- Evaluate the performance of radiographic systems, know the safe limits of equipment operation and report malfunctions to the proper authority.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills relating to quality assurance.
- Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
- Understand basic x-ray production and interactions.
- Support and practice the professional Code of Ethics.
- Completely satisfy tuition balance to equal zero.
- Successfully complete all terminal clinical competencies – practical examinations.
- Maintain an academic average of 80% or higher and clinical average of 85%.
- Successfully complete all clinical competencies and assignments.
- Student has not exceeded the maximum sick days according to program policy.
A certificate (diploma) and St. Vincent’s program clinical pin are presented to each graduate at the end of the 24-month program during a commencement celebration. Students who fail to successfully complete the stated graduation requirements due to unacceptable academic final average, clinical average or ARRT requirements--- is not eligible for a verification signature by the Program Director. Program Completion/Registry Eligibility To successfully complete the program, students must maintain an 80% average in all didactic courses and an 85% average throughout all clinical courses. They must demonstrate competency in all procedures as required by the program and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for certification eligibility. Students must exhibit appropriate professional conduct and ethics, and show a satisfactory aptitude for the care of the sick. Upon successful completion of the program, St. Vincent's Medical Center awards a certificate of completion as the sponsoring institution. St. Vincent's does not confer college credit, although many colleges confer credit for satisfactory completion of an accredited program and/or certification by the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT). Graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This credential RT (R) registered radiographer is the standard of excellence and acceptance for the profession and is required for most employment opportunities. All academic and clinical policies are in complete detail in the student handbook.
The Radiologic Technology program usually begins annually the third Thursday in July. Each student is entitled to nine holidays per year as scheduled by the program. The program observes the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the day after
- Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
- Good Friday
In addition, students are allowed 128 hours of personal time off during the two years but may not exceed 64 hours during the first year. Each student receives two pre-assigned weeks of vacation each year of the program. Generally, one week is scheduled during the week of July 4th and the other is during the week of Christmas each year. Christmas break week extends from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.
- Term I begins in July and ends in late December (24 weeks).
- Term II begins in January and ends in late June (24 weeks).
- Term III begins in July and ends in later December (24 weeks).
- Term IV begins in January and ends in late June (24 weeks).
Graduation is on the third Thursday in June.
To qualify for graduation and a certificate of completion, students must:
- Satisfactorily complete all requirements of the classroom and clinical curriculum
- Fulfill all financial obligations to the program Graduates will be eligible to apply for the professional certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This certification provides graduates nationally recognized credentials to practice radiography and fulfill eligibility requirements for a Florida license.
Students must be able to do the following:
- Efficiently reach, manipulate, and operate equipment necessary for all radiographic procedures
- Move, manipulate, and observe a patient or client as necessary for all radiographic procedures
- Visually assess patients or clients, medical test results and the working environment to correctly decide the appropriate action to take for the benefit of the patient or client
- Clearly be able to communicate (both verbally and in writing) with the patient or client, families, personnel and others to disseminate information about patient care and work duties
- Hear well to accurately gather information relevant to patient and clinical activities
- Make appropriate judgement decisions in an emergency or in situations not clearly governed by specific guidelines
- Demonstrate emotional stability and psychological health in day-to-day interaction with patients or clients, staff, family members and others--- in routine and non-routine decision making processes and in the daily execution of didactic and clinical assignments.
Tuition for the Radiologic Technology program is $5,000 ($2,500 per year), payable to St. Vincent's. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time students accept their enrollment. A $25 application fee is due with the submitted application. This financial responsibility is paid in four installments at the beginning of each term. There is no financial aid available, however if you are accepted to the program you may apply for scholarships offered by St. Vincent's. Other expenses that are the student's responsibility include:
- Transportation and living expenses
- Health insurance
- ARRT certification exam fee
Refund Policy A 50% refund of tuition (excluding deposit) will be given to students who withdraw or who are dismissed from the program within the first two weeks. No refunds will be given after. There will be no refunds for the $25 application fee, the $250 acceptance deposit or the textbook payment.
Contact the Radiologic Technology Office
Send All Inquiries and Completed Application to:
St. Vincent's Medical Center Riverside
School of Radiologic Technology / Educational Coordinator
Department of Radiology
1 Shircliff Way
Jacksonville, FL 32204