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Diagnostic Medical Radiography Program

Harris Health System's School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging offers a full-time, two-year, hospital-based radiography program, beginning in July of each year.

During the two year program, students are assigned to clinical rotations in all imaging modalities offered at Harris Health. Ben Taub Hospital, one of only two level I trauma centers in Houston, and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, a level III trauma center, offers students the unique opportunity to experience the dynamics of trauma care.

Essential program policies may be accessed in the student handbook.

Harris Health System's School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging and Saint Joseph’s College Online have partnered to provide an avenue for enrolled students to complete an associate degree, as well as provide a seamless coordination between the associate and bachelor degree enrollment in Radiologic Science Administration.

Accreditation
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) promotes excellence in education and enhances quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs. The radiography program has been awarded an 8-year accreditation award. This is the highest accreditation award presented by the JRCERT.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3128
312-704-5300
www.jrcert.org
email: mail@jrcert.org

The program is approved for veterans training through:
Department of Veterans Training
VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888

Program Mission
The mission of the School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging is to educate the next generation of competent entry-level imaging professionals.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will perform entry-level imaging procedures
  • Students will demonstrate entry-level patient care skills
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of ALARA

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate professionalism and lifelong learning.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will display professional behavior.
  • Students will pursue higher education.

Goal 3: Students will communicate on a professional level.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication.

Goal 4: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will critique images to determine image quality.
  • Students will perform unfamiliar exams with appropriate supervision.

Program Effectiveness Outcomes:

  • Graduates will pass the credentialing exam.
  • Graduates will be employed or seek advance certification.
  • Employers will be satisfied with graduate performance.
  • Graduates will be satisfied with the program.

Program effectiveness data is updated annually and may also be accessed at www.JRCERT.com.

Nondiscrimination Statement
It is the policy of the Harris Health System School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging to provide equal educational opportunities for all applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin or disability, or other legally protected characteristic.

Americans with Disabilities Compliance
Students who have documented learning, psychological or physical disability may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact admissions. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. All requests are referred to Human Resources for consideration. The program will not waive essential skill or requirements of a course.

Requirements for Admission

Interviews and consideration for acceptance are granted to individuals who meet or exceed the minimum criteria required to make application to the radiography program. Please note that requirements for admission are subject to change.

Applicants must have an academic degree prior to program admission, or submit proof that an academic degree will be completed by program completion.

The applicants must:

1.  Be 18 years old by September 1 of the year of application.

2.  Be capable of successfully performing tasks related to the occupation: moving and positioning patients and x-ray equipment, evaluating written instructions for radiographic procedures and communicating instructions to patients.

3.  Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application

4.  Document completion of an associate’s degree which includes the following courses:
• 3 credit hours required of mathematics/logical reasoning
• 3 credit hours required of written/oral communication
• 3 credit hours required of human anatomy and physiology I – equivalent to BIOL 2301, 2401, or 2404
• 6 credit hours from any of the following courses: arts and humanities, social/behavioral science and information systems 

5. Submit a completed application.  

6.  The completed application must include:

I. A nonrefundable $50 application fee in the form of a money order or cashier's check only. On Sept. 1, 2020 the application fee will be $75.

II. An essay explaining why you chose medical radiography as a career. Submit it on a separate page.

III. Official transcripts from all colleges attended.       
    • Official transcripts must document a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    • The minimum cumulative GPA required to make application is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Transcripts are accepted only from colleges that are accredited by a mechanism acceptable to the ARRT.
    • Applicants with foreign transcripts must have academic credentials evaluated for US equivalency by an education consulting service acceptable to the ARRT and should submit an official copy directly to the program. The evaluation must include a documented cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

IV. Proof of US citizenship or permanent residence

Applicants who meet the admission requirements are scheduled for an interview with the Selection Committee.

Information Sessions
All applicants are required to attend one information session. Registration is required.

Information sessions are held at 5 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month from January through December, excluding holidays.

School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging
9250 Kirby, Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77054
Call 713-634-1553 to register for one of the sessions listed.

Student Selection
Applicants are selected for admission using the following information:

1.  A completed application and application fee
     a. Official transcripts - academic performance
     b. Essay
2.  Interview
     a. Interview panel - behavioral interview questions

Harris Health System's Human Resources Department (HR) processes all applicants selected for admission. The process includes (at no cost to the applicant):

• A general physical examination conducted by Harris Health 
• Background check
• Drug screening
• Harris Health System general orientation.
• CPR certification 

Advanced Placement

The program is no longer accepting advanced placement application as of May 2020.

*ARRT to Discontinue Advanced Placement Option On Dec. 31, 2021, ARRT will stop accepting advanced placement applications for the primary eligibility pathway for students who have previous experience and want to earn an ARRT credential. 

  • The radiography program does not offer advanced placement.

Technical Performance Standards
Students accepted into the program must be physically capable of successfully performing the following standards accurately and expeditiously. These standards are related to occupational safety. Please read the following standards carefully, make an assessment of your physical capabilities and determine if you have any physical limitations that may restrict or interfere with your satisfactory performance of any of the standards listed below.

  1. Lift, move and transport patients (from bed to wheelchair/stretcher or from wheelchair/stretcher to table) without causing undue pain or discomfort to the patient or one's self
  2. Position the patient for various radiographic examinations without injury to the patient
  3. Manipulate radiographic equipment (fixed and mobile units) into proper positions
  4. Transport mobile equipment to assigned areas of the hospital in a timely and careful manner
  5. Respond instantly to emergency situations that may otherwise jeopardize a patient's physical state if speedy care is not administered
  6. Evaluate written requisitions for radiographic procedures
  7. Explain imaging procedures and give effective instructions to patients
  8. Obtain medical history from the patient and communicate this information to the radiologist
  9. Evaluate radiographic images in relation to imaging factors, image quality, and anatomical orientation

Due Process
Due process deals with decisions made concerning disciplinary action, student reports, dismissals, unfair treatment, unsafe or unhealthy conditions and discrimination. The due process procedure should be invoked only after attempts to resolve the problem at the school's administrative level have failed.

Step 1:
No later than 5 days after the occurrence that gave rise to the conflict, the student will present a signed written request to the director of education. The director of education shall meet with the student and the Administrative Committee and provide a written response to the student within 5 days of the meeting.

Step 2:
In the event that the conflict was not satisfactorily resolved, the student may, within 5 days of the response, submit written request for resolution to the senior vice president of human resources. The student and the administrator shall convene a meeting within 5 days of receipt of the request. The senior vice president of human resources shall submit a written response to the student's request within 5 days following the meeting.

The decision of the senior vice president of human resources is final. 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Schedule
Students attend classes at Kirby Center and attend clinical education at several Harris Health System facilities: 

• Ben Taub Hospital
• Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital
• Community Health Centers

1.  The program begins each year at the beginning of July.

2.  Program hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and excludes weekends and holidays. Students spend time in the classroom, lab, and clinical rotations.

3.  The length of the radiography program is two years. However, in instances where a student must repeat coursework, the program enrollment may be extended, but may not exceed three years (150%), except upon approval by the Administrative Committee.

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Summer 2020
June 1: First day of semester - second year students
July 1: First day of school - first year students
July 3:  Independence Day Holiday
August 28: Last day of semester
August 31-September 6: Break

Fall 2020
September 8: First day of Fall semester
November 25-27: Thanksgiving Holidays
December 18: Last day of Fall semester
December 21-January 1: Winter break  

Spring 2021
January 4: First day of Spring semester
January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
February 15: President's Day
March 15-19: Spring Break
April 9: Good Friday
May 8: Last day of semester
May 10-31: Summer break

Holidays
MLK Day
President's Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas
New Year's
 

MRI Safety
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is performed using magnetic fields in a very controlled environment. When MRI safety practices are compromised, personal items can become projectiles in the scanning room and could cause serious injury or death and/or equipment failure.

Prospective students in diagnostic medical imaging must be fully aware of these safety practices. On acceptance into the program, students will complete a screening process and education required for MRI. The process includes a presentation on MRI safety and completing the MRI safety screening form

Curriculum
The curriculum is based on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Curriculum Guide for Radiography Programs.

​Course​Credit Hours
First Year ​
First Semester – Summer I
​Introduction to Radiologic Technology​2
​Introduction to Patient Care​2
​Introduction to Radiographic Procedures I​2
​Radiographic Procedures I – Lab​1
​Competency – based clinical education I
(COVID-19 adjustment)
​0
SEMESTER TOTAL7
Second Semester – Fall I
​Methods of Patient Care​3
​Principles of Radiographic Exposure I​3
​Radiographic Pathology with Introduction to Cross-sectional anatomy​3
​Radiographic Procedures II​3
​Radiographic Procedures II – Lab​1
​Competency-based clinical education I​2
SEMESTER TOTAL15
Third Semester – Spring I
​Principles of Radiographic Exposure II​3
​Radiation Physics​3
​Radiographic Procedures III​3
​Radiographic Procedures III- Lab​1
​Competency – based clinical education II​2
SEMESTER TOTAL12
SECOND YEAR
Fourth Semester – Summer II
​Competency-based clinical education III​4
​Pathology Research​2
SEMESTER TOTAL ​6
Fifth Semester – Fall II
​Radiographic Procedures (Specials) IV​3
​Advanced Imaging Equipment​3
​Radiation Protection​2
​Evaluation of Radiographs​2
​Competency – based clinical education IV​3
SEMESTER TOTAL13
Sixth Semester – Spring II
​Introduction to Quality Assurance /Quality Control​2
​Radiobiology​2
​Comprehensive Review and Evaluation​8
​Competency –based clinical education V​3
SEMESTER TOTAL15
​TOTAL68

 

Program Costs
For tuition and fees, refer to the table below.
Tuition costs are subject to change. Tuition does not include books, uniforms, housing, transportation or parking.

All students pay a non-refundable $150 administrative fee at the beginning of the program.

Semester Tuition for 2019-2020

In District $800
Out of District $850
Out of State $1,000

 

Refund Policy
A student who officially withdraws during the first ten days of the semester will be refunded 100% of the tuition paid. After the tenth day, tuition will not be refunded. 

Additional Costs:

Books - Books cost approximately $500- $1,500. Many of the books are used repeatedly throughout the program.

Uniforms - The dress regulations for the program requires all students to wear black scrub uniforms, black or white lab coats, black uniform shoes and black or white socks. Uniforms cost approximately $30 each.

Parking - Students are encouraged to explore all options that are available to them for transportation and parking in the medical center. Parking is available through Texas Medical Center (TMC) Parking Operations. Students may contact the TMC parking garage at 713-791-6161 or online.

Salary/Stipend
Students do not receive a salary or a stipend.

Financial Aid
Financial aid is not available through the school.

Availability of Part-Time Work 
 Students may apply for any positions that become available within Harris Health System, however, students must not allow work to interfere with scheduled school time or performance.

Other JRCERT Programs in Houston and Surrounding Area
Applicants are encouraged to apply to more than one program since enrollment is limited in each program.

Refer to the JRCERT website for radiography programs in Houston and the surrounding areas.

Advanced Training
As a part of clinical education plan, students are assigned to the advanced imaging modalities available in the Imaging Department at Harris Health. However, in order to pursue advanced certification, students are encouraged to apply for admission to the advanced certification programs in sonography or computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging after graduation.

What you will accomplish

The graduate will:
• be qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of a competent entry-level 
  radiographer.
• exhibit a professional attitude.
• be eligible to apply for state licensure.
• be prepared to complete credentialing examination by:

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
1225 Northland Drive, St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
651-687-0047 or www.arrt.org

To Apply
Download and complete the program application from the School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging.

School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging Contact Information:
713-634-1553
713-634-1550