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Diagnostic Medical Radiography Program

Are you interested in a career as a radiologic technologist? Harris Health System School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging offers the best education and competitively affordable tuition rates in Texas. Gain real-life experience in Harris Health's award-winning hospitals and clinics. The medical imaging field is a rewarding career that will lead to limitless opportunities.

Beginning in July of each year, the School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging offers an intensive two-year, full-time radiography program. During the two-year program, students are assigned to clinical rotations and have exclusive access to all imaging modalities offered at Harris Health. Students have the opportunity to master the latest high-tech medical imaging technology and the unique experience of applying theories learned in the classroom to demonstrate clinical competency at Ben Taub Hospital, one of only two level I trauma centers in Houston, and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, a level III trauma center.

To learn more about our program, contact us.

 How to Apply

We are excited for you to start your medical imaging career with us! Apply today.
Contact us at:
Phone: 346-426-1530
 
All applicants are required to attend one information session. Registration is required. Information sessions are held at 5 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month excluding May and December. Registration is mandatory so contact us or call 346-426-1530 to secure your spot in one of the 2024 sessions: Tuesday, June 11, Tuesday, July 9, August 13, Sep. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12. information sessions.
 
Interviews and consideration for acceptance are given to individuals who meet or exceed minimum criteria required on the radiography program application. 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.
 

Applicants must:

  1. Be 18 years of age by July 1 of the year of application.
  2. Provide proof of U.S. citizenship or be a permanent resident at the time of application.
  3. Capable of successfully performing tasks related to the occupation, such as:
    • Patient Preparation: Prepare and assist patients for exams.
    • Equipment Operation: Operate and maintain ultrasound images.
    • Image Acquisition: Capture quality ultrasound images.
    • Patient Care: Provide patients with respect while upholding their safety, comfort, dignity and privacy.
    • Collaboration/Communication: Effectively communicate and work with healthcare professionals for diagnoses.
  4. Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended to demonstrate the successful completion of at least an Associate's Degree.
    • Must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Must be from an accredited college or university. Alternative qualification include graduation from an approved U.S. healthcare related program with licensure.
    • Foreign transcripts must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency via Spantran Educational Services and World Education Consultants.
    • A minimum grade of C in the following courses:
      • English/Communication: English, Speech, Composition, or related course (3 or more credit hours)
      • Mathematics: College Algebra, Statistics, or higher course (3 or more credit hours) 
      • Social Science: Psychology, Sociology, or related course (3 or more credit hours) 
      • Human Anatomy/Physiology: (3 or more credit hours) 
      • Arts/Humanities: Art Appreciation, Philosophy, or related course (3 or more credit hours) 
  5. A completed application packet includes:
    • Complete and signed application
    • Official school transcripts
    • $75 application fee paid via credit/debit card here.
  1. Submit the completed application packet submitted via email to SDMI@harrishealth.org or in person.

Applicants who meet the admission requirements are scheduled for an interview with the selection committee.
Interviews and consideration for acceptance are granted to individuals who meet or exceed the minimum criteria required on the radiography program application. Please note that requirements for admission are subject to change.

If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony (including conviction of a similar offense in a military court-martial) you will need pre-clearance from The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
You are required to report:

  • Criminal charges resulting in convictions that have been stayed, withheld/deferred, set aside or suspended;
  • Any admission of guilt, Alford plea, or plea of no contest (nolo contendere);
  • Court supervision, probation, or pre-trial diversion.

The program does not offer advanced placement regardless of previous experience or education.

Apply today

 Costs

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.
 
Tuition
  • Harris County Resident
    • $2,400/yearly
      • $800/semester
  • Texas Resident (excluding Harris County)
    • $2,550/yearly
      • $850/semester
  • Non-Texas Resident
    • $3,000/yearly
      • $1,000/semester

Refund Policy
A student who officially withdraws during the first 10 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 and black or white lab coats. 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.
 
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.

 Meet the Faculty





Cleveland Black
, Ph.D.
vice president, 
Human Resources, Dean, 
School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging


Wilson Phung, BA, R.T.(R)(MR)(ARRT), acting director, Radiography 




Christina Bonilla, MBA, R.T.(R)(CT)(ARRT), instructor








Keiana Smith, MHA, R.T.(R)(M)(ARRT), i
nstructor



Tahara Dupre, MBA, MSM, senior program coordinator

​​
Ajana Clayton, MBA, M.Ed., senior learning and education development specialist

Faye Vance, senior
 operations manager




 

 Student Testimonials

My experience at Harris Health System’s School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging  has been an incredible journey. I joined because I was fascinated about medical imaging technology. I soon realized Harris Health is not only an educational facility, but a community providing a stepping stone leading to endless opportunities and career options. It is an organization that is heavily networked, allowing anyone to pursue a career that meets their personal goals and aspirations. Radiography has not only been  key in my pursuit for countless career opportunities, but it has awoken a passion within me to excel in all of my future endeavors. The ability to put my knowledge into practice in day-to-day hands on clinical rotations helped me evolve into the person I am today. Harris Health will always be a part of me, I not only received an education from knowledgeable professors, but they became my mentors who shaped and guided me through the program and life. They are still doing it today and I appreciate them and will always have respect for them. If I could do it all over again, I would not hesitate to be a part of Harris Health’s School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging again. I encourage any future student to join this program and let it transform your life as it has mine.

Amnah Minhas, Class of 2021

 
Joining Harris Health System’s School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging has been one of the greatest choices I’ve made. It helped me grow in so many aspects not only in the didactic/clinical portion but also in the outside world. The instructors and faculty are amazing. They go above and beyond for their students! One of the many memories I have from the program is when I was given my white coat at the end of my first year, signifying my transition to a senior student. Harris Health’s School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging gave me the pleasure to interact and help people of different cultures. I am grateful that through Harris Health I was able to give back and serve my community. 
Aimee Duran, Class of 2022

 
When I made the decision to go back to school for radiography, I looked at all the usual schools that people think of. Harris Health System was something I came upon during a search. I had never heard of it, but I read the information on the site, and was intrigued. After going to the information session, I was sold. The decision to attend Harris Health’s School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging has been one of the best decisions I have made. 
 
The faculty and staff at Harris Health are dedicated to your success. They not only prepare you to pass your registry exam with ease, but they also prepare you to take the knowledge you learn in class and use it in an effective way in the clinical setting. I walked into every clinical situation with confidence because I was prepared for the experience. The faculty will go beyond what is necessary to make sure you know what to expect, and how to manage it. Also, Harris Health provides you with an incredibly unique opportunity. The experience you gain rotating through places like Ben Taub Hospital, a level 1 trauma center, is priceless. You will not find better experience going through any other place, and it prepares you for anything. The best part about Harris Health is the relationships you make. I have made lifelong friends with my fellow classmates, as well as the faculty and staff. I have so many memories of the challenges we endured together, as well as all the fun along the way. I am proud to say I am a graduate of Harris Health System’s School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging.
Jonathan Negri, Class of 2022

 Accreditation/Program Effectiveness

Credentialing Examination Rate
Number passed on first attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation
Year
​Results
​Year 1  2019
​15 of 16  94%
Year 2 – 2020
​15 of 20  75%
Year 3 – 2021
​15 of 17  88%
Year 4 – 2022
​14 of 20  70%
Year 5 – 2023
​15 of 18  83%
Program 5-Year Average
74 of 91  81%


Job Placement Rate
​Number of employed divided by number of actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
​Years
​Results
Year 1 – 2019
13 of 15  87%
Year 2 – 2020
​13 of 16 – 81%
Year 3 – 2021
14 of 14  100%
Year 4 – 2022
13 of 14  93%
Year 5 – 2023
13 of 15  89%
Program 5-Year Average
​66 of 74 ​ 89%


Program Completion Rate
Number graduated divided by number started the program
​Year
​Results
Year – 2022
18 of 18
Annual Completion Rate
​100%
​​
Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent.
Students will perform entry-level imaging procedures.
Students will demonstrate entry-level patient care skills.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of 'as low as reasonably achievable' (ALARA).

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate professionalism and lifelong learning.
Students will display professional behavior.
Students will pursue higher education.

Goal 3: Students will communicate on a professional level.
Students will demonstrate effective oral communication.
Students will demonstrate effective written communication.

Goal 4: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
Students will critique images to determine image quality.
Students will perform unfamiliar exams with appropriate supervision.

Harris Health System School of Diagnostic Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Last Updated: 4/1/2024

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300

Non-discrimination and Americans with Disabilities Statements 
It is the policy of 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.

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.

 Program Information

Are you interested in a career as a radiologic technologist? Harris Health System’s School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging provides top-tier education with competitive and affordable tuition rates, making it an exceptional choice for students. Gain real-life experience in Harris Health's award-winning hospitals and clinics. The medical imaging field is a rewarding career that will lead to limitless opportunities.

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

Program Overview
Harris Health's School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging offers a rigorous two-year, full-time radiography program starting in July each year. Students gain hands-on experience through clinical rotations in all imaging modalities at Harris Health. The program provides unique exposure to trauma care dynamics at Ben Taub Hospital, one of Houston's three level I trauma centers, and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, a level III trauma center.

Students participate in didactic classes held at Fournace Place in Bellaire, while their clinical education takes place at various Harris Health facilities.
Ben Taub Hospital
Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital
Smith Clinic
Community health centers

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

Students are required to attend school for no more than 40 hours per week.

The radiography program spans approximately two years, divided into six semesters. In cases where a student needs to retake coursework, the program's completion time can be extended, but it must not exceed three years unless approved by the advisory committee.

Curriculum

Semester
Course
​Credit Hours




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
Semester Total
​7







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 Total
​​15





Third Semester (Spring I)
​​Principles of Radiographic Exposure II
​3
Radiation PhysicsRadiation Physics
​3
Radiographic Procedures III
​3
Radiographic Procedures III - Lab
​1
Competency-based Clinical Education II
​​2
Semester Total
​​12



Fourth Semester (Summer II)

Comprehensive Review & Evaluation I
​2
Evaluation of Radiographs
​2
Competency-based Clinical Education III
​4
Semester Total
8






Fifth Semester (Fall II)
Radiographic Procedures (Specials) IV
​3
Advanced Imaging Equipment
​3
Radiation Protection
​3
Comprehensive Review and Evaluation II
​​3
Competency-based Clinical Education IV
​​3
Semester Total
​15





Sixth Semester (Spring II)
Introduction to Quality Assurance/Quality Control
​3
Radiobiology
​3
Comprehensive Review and Evaluation III
​4
Competency-based Clinical Education V
​3
Semester Total
13
​ 


​Total
70

Salary/Employment Outlook
The median annual wage for radiologic technologists and technicians was $65,140 in May 2022. The lowest 10% earned less than $47,760, and the highest 10% earned more than $97,940. Overall employment of radiologic technologists is projected to grow 5% from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.
*Numbers taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Career in Radiology
Here are examples of various career paths:
1. Diagnostic radiologic technologists operate X-ray equipment to create images of the body for diagnostic purposes, aiding physicians in diagnosing injuries and illnesses.
2. Cardiovascular-interventional technologists assist physicians during cardiac catheterization procedures and other minimally invasive cardiovascular interventions, helping diagnose and treat heart and blood vessel conditions.
3. Mammographers specialize in performing mammograms—X-ray images of the breasts to screen for and diagnose breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.
4. Computed tomography (CT) technologists operate CT scanners to create detailed cross-sectional images of the body, aiding in diagnosing medical conditions and guiding treatment plans.
5. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists use MRI scanners to produce detailed images of organs, tissues, and other structures within the body, assisting in diagnosing medical conditions without using radiation.
6. Nuclear medicine technologists administer radioactive drugs to patients and use specialized cameras to create images of the body's internal structures, helping physicians diagnose and treat various conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.
7. Radiation therapists administer radiation treatments to patients with cancer, following precise treatment plans developed by radiation oncologists to target and destroy cancerous cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.​