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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.

Program mission, goals and student outcomes are accessible in the student handbook on page 11.

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.

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

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

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

Program Effectiveness Data 2017  

ARRT Credentialing Examination
First time examinees 2013-2017  81

First time examinees passing 2013-2017

Pass rate 2013-2017 75%


Job Placement Rate
Graduates seeking employment 2013-2017 65
Graduates finding employment 2013-2017 64
Job placement rate 2013-2017 96%


Program Completion Rate
Students enrolled in the Class of 2017 28
Graduates of Class of 2017 24
Completion rate for Class of 2017 86%

Program effectiveness data is updated annually and may also be accessed at

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 - Bio 2401 or Bio 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 $35 application fee in the form of a money order or cashier's check only.

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

III. Official transcripts from all colleges attended.       
    • 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 and 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. Two (2) letters of recommendation should come from individuals who can adequately evaluate academic and employment performance.

V. 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 September through April, excluding December and 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
     a. Transcripts - academic performance
     b. Essay
     c. References
2.  Interview 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


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, except upon approval by the Administrative Committee.

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

Summer 2018
June 1: First day of semester - second year students
July 4, 5:  Independence Day Holiday
July 6: First day of school - first year students
August 24: Last day of semester
August 27-September 3: Break

Fall 2018
September 4: First day of Fall semester
November 21-23: Thanksgiving Holidays
December 14: Last day of Fall semester
December 17-January 4: Winter break  

Spring 2019
January 7: First day of Spring semester
January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
February 18: President's Day
March 11-15: Spring Break
April 19: Good Friday
May 11: Last day of semester
May 13-31: Summer break

President's Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving

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 required for MRI. The process includes a presentation on MRI safety and completing the MRI safety screening form

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

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 2017-2018

 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.

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 
• 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

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

School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging Contact Information: