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, 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 radiography program 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.

Applicants for the class beginning July 2014 or after must have an academic degree prior to program admission, or submit proof that an academic degree will be completed by program completion.

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
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 demonstrate accurate positioning skills.
Students will demonstrate patient care skills necessary to radiography.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of radiation protection.

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate communication skills
Student Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.
Students will demonstrate written communication skills.

Goal 3: Students will develop critical thinking skills.
Student Learning Outcomes: Students will critique images for image quality.
Students will adapt standard procedures for atypical patients.

Goal 4 Students will demonstrate professionalism
Student Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate professional behavior in the clinical setting
Students will pursue professional growth and advancement.

Program Effectiveness: 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 2013  

ARRT Credentialing Examination
First time examinees 2009-2013  81
First time examinees passing 2009-2013  91
Pass rate 2009-2013 89%

 

Job Placement Rate
Graduates seeking employment 2009-2013 67
Graduates finding employment 2009-2013 61
Job placement rate 2009-2013 91%

 

Program Completion Rate
Students enrolled in the Class of 2013 21
Graduates of Class of 2013 16
Completion rate for Class of 2013 76%


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.

Requirements for Admission
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.  Complete and submit an application on or before the application deadline of March 1.

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)
• Anatomy and Physiology I - Bio 2401 (3 credit hours required)
• Arts and Humanities (3 credit hours required)
• Social/Behavioral Science (3 credit hours required)
• Information Systems (3 hours optional) 

6.  Applicants may apply for admission while currently enrolled in any of 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, however all potential applicants are encouraged to apply.

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 Commission on Colleges and Schools/Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
    • 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. References 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.

2013-2014 Information Sessions
September 10, 2013 at 5 p.m.
October 8, 2013 at 5 p.m.
November 12, 2013 at 5 p.m.
December 3, 2013 at 5 p.m.
January 14, 2014 at 5 p.m.
February  11, 2014 at 5 p.m.
February  25, 2014 at 5 p.m.

All sessions are held at 5 p.m. at:
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
The Selection Committee considers all aspects of each applicant's record and offers admission to the best-qualified individuals. Applicants are who were not selected will be placed on a waiting list and may be offered admission if/as space becomes available.

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:

• A general physical examination conducted by Harris Health at no cost to the applicant
• Background check
• Drug screening
• Harris Health System general orientation.
• CPR certification

Applicants who successfully complete HR processing are required to attend a mandatory Harris Health and program orientation.

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 radiographic 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 x-ray 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 exposure 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 invoked only after attempts to resolve the problem at the school's administrative level have failed. Refer to the student handbook for the grievance procedure.

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 on July 1.

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

4.  The length of the radiography program is two years. However, in instances where a student must repeat coursework, the program completion time may be extended, but may not exceed three years, except upon approval by the Administrative Committee.

Semester Breaks

Winter Break 2 Weeks
Spring Break 1 Week
Summer Break 2 Weeks

Holidays

 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

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

• Introduction to Radiologic Technology
• Methods of Patient Care and Management (includes Pharmacology)
• Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
• Radiographic Procedures I – IV
• Radiographic Procedures Lab I - III
• Principles of Radiographic Exposure I and II
• Radiation Physics
• Introduction to Quality Assurance and Quality Control
• Radiographic Pathology
• Advanced Imaging Equipment
• Radiation Protection
• Radiobiology
• Evaluation of Radiographs
• Comprehensive Review and Evaluation
• Research
• Clinical Education – Competency Based Education
• Capstone in Radiograph

Requirements for Graduation
A certificate of completion is awarded when all program requirements have been satisfied.

All students must:

• Pass all coursework with a minimum grade of C. For courses that are Pass/Fail, students must complete with a P (Pass).
• Demonstrate clinical proficiency by satisfying the requirements of the competency-based clinical education plan.
• Satisfy the terminal competency objectives.
• Complete the program in two (2) years at a minimum, but may not exceed three (3) years.
• At a minimum, complete degree requirements for an associate's degree.
• Pay tuition and fees in full.
• Make up all time missed.
• Pay all outstanding library fees at Houston Academy of Science (Jesse Jones) and submit a receipt with 0 balance.
• Pass the comprehensive didactic and clinical examinations (Capstone) with a C or higher.
• Schedule an exit interview at the end of the program
• Attend the Commencement exercises.
• Return the following:
    1. Clinical education binder
    2. Harris Health System ID badge
    3. Dosimeter
Grading
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 $150 fee at the beginning of the program. Students residing outside of Harris County must add $50 per semester to the tuition costs. Students residing outside of Texas must add $200 per semester to the tuition costs.

Tuition for 2014-2015

 In District $1,950.00
 Out of District $2,100.00
Out of State $2,550.00

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, 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. 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 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
Harris Health System does not offer part-time jobs exclusively for students. However, students may apply for any positions that become available. 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 their degree through the online program at Saint Joseph’s College Online. Students will complete a minimum of 33 certified Saint Joseph’s College credits.  

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 each of the advanced imaging modalities available in the Radiology 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 and magnetic resonance imaging.

Pregnancy Policy
Refer to the program handbook that is available at the clinical education centers for review.

Student Handbook
A copy of the student handbook and clinical education handbook containing the policies and procedures of the radiography program is available for review by each applicant in the school offices at Ben Taub Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, Kirby center and community health centers. Applicants are encouraged to review the student handbooks and ask questions.

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, and submit the completed application no later than March 1, 2014 for consideration for the Class of 2016.

Contacts:
Dolores Gonzales 
713-634-1553
Dolores.Gonzales@harrishealth.org

Faye Vance
713-634-1550
Faye.Vance@harrishealth.org



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