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Radiograpy Requirements Information

This page contains the following information pertaining to the Radiography Program:

Ethical Requirements

Background Checks All admitted students will be required to undergo a fingerprint background check before beginning the clinical portion of the Radiography Program. The background check will be coordinated by the Health Professions Office. The cost of the procedure is covered in the Radiography Program summer course fees.

A student with a positive background check including misdemeanors or felony offenses including convictions or charges resulting in a plea of guilty, plea of nolo contendere (no contest), withheld or deferred adjudication, suspended or stay of sentence, pre-trial diversion activity, or military court-martial will not be allowed to enter the clinical portion of the program until the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Pre-Application Review Process (ARRT > Ethics > Pre-Application Process) has been completed and clearance from the ARRT Ethics committee has been obtained. If students have proof that they’ve completed a fingerprint background check within the last 12 months, he or she should submit that material to the Health Professions Office.

Professional Integrity and Code of Ethics

Richland’s Radiography Program holds its students to a high standard. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Standards of Ethics (ARRT > Ethics > Standards of Ethics) will serve as the basis of Richland’s Professional Integrity Policy and Code of Ethics.

Health and Safety Requirements

Affiliation agreements with our clinical partners require students submit documentation of health and safety requirements. Failure to comply for any reason may result in withdrawal of offer of admission or dismissal from the program.

Under no circumstances are students to attend clinical without current immunizations, initial Mantoux TB and current CPR certification. Drug screens and background checks are required. The student must provide documentation to the Health Professions Division that immunization requirements are met.

Candidates must have the strength, manual dexterity, & mobility to accomplish the following:

  • Frequently push/pull objects in excess of fifty (50) pounds
  • Perform manipulative skills
  • Move about freely in imaging rooms & maneuver equipment in other areas of the hospital such as surgery and patient’s room

Vision and Hearing--Candidates must be able to:

  • assess patient’s condition by asking questions, listening to responses, & observing patient
  • review charts
  • visually evaluate radiographic image quality for appropriate:
    • Density
    • Contrast
    • Detail
    • Distortion

Other tasks typically performed by radiography program students can be found at the ARRT Radiography Task Inventory.

Drug and Alcohol Testing

Any of the clinical sites or faculty may require Richland Community College Radiography Program students to submit to random drug tests for cause. Any student refusing to comply, or who test positive, will not be allowed to participate in clinical experiences. Students who refuse to comply with testing will be dismissed from the program. If the test results are positive, action will be determined by the faculty committee. The student is responsible for any costs incurred by the clinical affiliate for drug testing.

Health Insurance

Students are encouraged to obtain their own health insurance coverage. None is provided through the College.

Course Requirements

The AAS in Radiography is made up of 72 credit hours including general education, and radiography core courses. Listed below is a breakdown and description of the degree’s course requirements.

Associate of Applied Science in Radiography

  • General Education and Elective Credit Hours - 18 Credit Hours
  • Radiography Core Credit Hours - 54 Credit Hours
  • Total Credit Hours - 72 Credit Hours

General Education Courses (18 Credit Hours)

If students do not meet the high school coursework requirements or minimum ACT scores (ACT composite score of 21 or above with a science reasoning score of 20 or above and no section below 15), they will need to complete the following general education courses in order to be eligible to apply to the Radiography Program.

  • BIOL 101 Concepts of Biology (4)
  • BIOL 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIOL 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • ENGL 101 Composition I (3) • PSYCH 110 Intro to Psychology (3)

Graduation Requirements for Radiography Program Students

  • A “C” or better in all prerequisite, general education and program courses
  • A minimum G.P.A of 2.5
  • Complete all lab competencies with a minimum of 84%.
  • Complete all RCC required clinical proficiency exams.
  • Complete all ARRT required clinical proficiency exams.
  • Meet standards of the ARRT/ASRT Code of Professional Ethics
  • Return film ID markers or make reimbursement.
  • Return film badge holder or make reimbursement.