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.

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. Contact the School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging at Harris Health for additional information.

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
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 Philosophy
Radiographers are charged by the ARRT Standard of Ethics to be competent, compassionate, and knowledgeable. At Harris Health, we recognize the importance of integrating training in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains as a means to this end. We are compelled to practice, promote, and reward excellence and professionalism to adequately prepare graduates to be competitive in the local and national health care arenas.

Program 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 radiation protection - 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 skills.
Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Goal 4 Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills
Student Learning Outcomes: Students will critique images for image quality.
Students will perform unfamiliar exam with appropriate supervision.

Program Outcomes: Graduates will pass the ARRT examination.
Graduates will be employed.
Graduates will complete the program within 3 years of initial enrollment.
Employers will be satisfied with graduate performance.
Graduates will be satisfied with the program.  

Program Effectiveness Data 2014  

ARRT Credentialing Examination
First time examinees 2010-2014  91
First time examinees passing 2010-2014  80
Pass rate 2010-2014 87%


Job Placement Rate
Graduates seeking employment 2010-2014 66
Graduates finding employment 2010-2014 61
Job placement rate 2010-2014 93%


Program Completion Rate
Students enrolled in the Class of 2014 23
Graduates of Class of 2014 18
Completion rate for Class of 2014 78%

Program effectiveness data is updated annually in July and may also be accessed at the JCERT Web site.

Nondiscrimination Policy
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.

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.

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

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.  Submit a completed application.

5.  Document completion of an associates degree which includes the following courses:
• Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (3 credit hours required)
• Written/Oral Communication (3 credit hours required)
•  Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Bio 2401  or Bio 2404 (3 credit hours required)
• Arts and Humanities
• Social/Behavioral Science
• Information Systems  

6.  Applicants may apply for admission while currently enrolled in an associate degree plan with the required classes. Applicant must show proof of current enrollment to be considered for admission. Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed all requirements. Any interested applicant may seek academic advisement.

7.  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
All applicants who complete the application process are considered for admission. Applicants who were not selected for admission will be placed on a waiting list until the program start date. Applicants remaining on the waiting list after the official program start date in July may be offered conditional enrollment for the following year.

Applicants are selected for admission using the following information:

1.  A completed application
     a. Academic performance
     b. Essay
     c. References
2.  InterviewHarris 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

Technical Performance Standards
Students accepted into the program must be physically capable of successfully performing the following standards. 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 examination table) without causing inury or undue pain or discomfort to the patient or self.

2. Position the patient.

3. Manipulate imaging equipment (fixed and mobile units) into proper positions.

4. Transport mobile equipment to assigned areas of the hospital in a safe timely manner.

5. Respond instantly to emergency situations.

6. Evaluate written requisitions for imaging procedures.

7. Explain imaging procedures and give effective instructions to patients.

8. Obtain medical history from patient and communication this information to the radiologist.

9. Evaluate images in relation to technical factors, image quality and proper positioning.

Grievance Procedure
The grievance procedure is designed to resolve conflict with decisions made concerning disciplinary action, student reports, dismissals, unfair treatment, unsafe or unhealthy conditions and discrimination. The grievance procedure should be initiated only after attempts to resolve the problem at the school's administrative level have failed.


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.

Academic Calendar

Semester Begins Ends Scheduled Breaks
Summer I July August Fall break
Fall I September
(after Labor Day)
December Christmas break
Spring I January
(first week)

Spring break
Summer break

Summer II June
(first week)
Fall II September
(after Labor Day)
December Christmas break
Spring II January
(first week)
May Spring break
Summer break


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

The curriculum is based on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Curriculum Guide for Radiography Programs, and includes:

Radiography Curriculum


Credit Hours

   First Year

 First Semester - Summer I  
Introduction to Radiologic Technology


Introduction to Patient Care


Introduction to Radiographic Procedures I


Radiographic Procedures I - Lab


Competency - based clinical education I


Semester Total


Second Semester - Fall I
Methods of Patient Care


Human Anatomy & Physiology I


Principles of Radiographic Exposure I


Radiographic Procedures II


Radiographic Procedures II - Lab


Competency - based clinical education II


Semester Total


Third Semester - Spring I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II


Principles of Radiographic Exposure II


Radiation Physics


Radiographic Procedures III


Radiographic Procedures III - Lab


Competency - based clinical education III


Semester Total


Second Year

Fourth Semester - Summer II
Competency - based clinical education IV


Semester Total


Fifth Semester - Fall II
Radiographic Procedures (Specials) IV


Advanced Imaging Equipment


Radiographic Pathology


Evaluation of Radiographs


Competency - based clinical education V


Semester Total


Sixth Semester - Spring II
Intro to Quality Assurance/Quality Control


Radiation Protection




Comprehensive Review and Evaluation


Competency - based clinical education VI


Semester Total




1 contact hour class/week = 1 credit hour
2 contact hours/week =  1 credit hour
8 contact hours clinical/week = 1 credit hour

Requirements for Graduation
To graduate, students must satisfy all program requirements. A certificate of completion is awarded when all program requirements have been satisfied.

All students must:

1. Pass all coursework with a minimum grade of C (76).
2. Pass the SPI examination (Sonography).
3. Satisfying the requirements of the competency based clinical education plan.
4. Satisfy the terminal competency objectives.
5. Complete the program within 150% of the published program length.
6. Pay tuition and fees in full.
7. Make up all time missed.
8. Pay all outstanding library fees at Houston Academy of Science.
9. Satisfactorily complete Capstone evaluations (clinical and didactic) at the end of the program.
10. Satisfy accreditation and certification requirements.
11. Schedule an exit interview on the last day of enrollment.
12. Return the following:
      •  Clinical education binder
      •  Hospital identification
      •  Radiation monitor (Radiography)


The grading system used throughout the program

Grade Number Grade Grade Points
A 94-100 4.0
B 86-93 3.0
C 76-85 2.0
F Below 76 0.0

Students must receive a C in each didactic/clinical education course.

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 2014-2015

 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 for the semester. After the tenth day, tuition will not be refunded. 

Additional Costs:Books - Books cost approximately $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. The approximate cost of TMC contract parking is $65 per month. Students may contact the TMC parking garage at 713-791-6161.

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.

Transfer of Credit
Harris Health System's School of Diagnostic Medical Imaging and Saint Joseph's College Online have partnered to provide a seamless coordination between the associate and bachelor degree enrollment in Radiologic Science Administration. The two institutions have entered into a transfer agreement. This agreement provides transfer admission opportunities for academically qualified radiologic technology graduates of Harris Health Systems, who are interested in completing a degree through the online program at Saint Joseph’s College Online.

Some institutions of higher learning award credit to graduates for successfully completing the program and passing the ARRT examination. The credit awarded is based on the institution's admission policies and practices, and is awarded at the discretion of the institution.

Students whose academic goal is to obtain an undergraduate degree should check with the institution before enrolling in this program.

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.

Pregnancy Policy
Refer to the student handbook.

Student Handbook
A copy of the student handbook containing the policies and procedures of the radiography program is available for review in the school office at Kirby center.

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 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:

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