Associate in Applied Science Degree
Program Director: Misty Kahl, M.S., R.T.(R)
Clinical Coordinator: Missy Stephens, B.A., R.T.(R)
Academic Advisor(s): WH-Kahl (A-L), Stephens (M-Z); WT Kahl/Soly; NM Kahl/Robinson.
This program has been designed to prepare graduates to be “entry level technologists” and be eligible to sit for the national registry exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Radiologic technologists who perform diagnostic imaging examinations are responsible for accurately positioning patients, delivering the lowest radiation dose possible during each examination, and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. Diagnostic radiologic technologists work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images. For the images to be interpreted correctly by the radiologist, the imaging examination must be performed properly by a radiologic technologist.
Registered radiologic technologists are employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, urgent care facilities, and mobile companies. Technologists may further specialize in the areas of CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Mammography, Interventional Radiography, Radiation Therapy, etc.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
• Demonstrate the competency level and patient care skills and knowledge of an entry-level technologist.
• Display abilities in communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills necessary for professional practice.
• Understand the significance of professional values and life-long learning experiences.
• Be a marketable and high-level functioning technologist in the health care community.
**THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE WVNCC RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM IS MAY 1 OF EACH YEAR.**
**Applicants to the Radiography Program must first complete an application to WVNCC. They then must complete a Health Science Application. This application can be downloaded and printed from the following link: Health Science Application.
**The requirements for admission into the Radiography Program are as follows:
**1. A high school diploma or its equivalent.
**2. An OVERALL GPA OF 2.5 OR HIGHER is required for admission to the program. This GPA is a combination of any transfer credit from outside institutions as well as all courses taken at WVNCC. It will be evaluated at the end of the spring semester in the year of application.
**3. An overall composite score of 17 or above on the ACT or overall composite score of 910 (V + M) or above on the SAT is required. For testing information, please go to www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.org.
4. PLEASE NOTE ~ ALL developmental courses MUST be completed with a passing grade by the end of the spring session of the application year in order to determine final eligibility. Also, WVNCC requires that minimum ACT or SAT scores must be met in the areas of Math, Reading, and Writing. If these minimums are NOT met, students will be required to take a Placement Test such as the COMPASS, ASSET, or ACUPLACER to determine their class placement. Please see the information regarding "Placement Testing" on the WVNCC website.
5. THREE reference forms MUST be completed and turned into the Admissions Office. *Forms must be downloaded and printed from here, or they can be obtained from the Program Director. Personal reference letters are accepted, but the three required reference forms MUST be completed and submitted, as well.
**If the applicant satisfactorily meets all of the above requirements, he or she will be eligible for an interview. Applications MUST be completed and returned to the WVNCC Admissions Office by MAY 1 in order to be considered for possible acceptance in the upcoming Fall Semester. Any placement testing must be completed by the interview date and all required paperwork (transcripts, reference forms, resume, essay) must be submitted at this time, as well. *Interviews are conducted the week between the Spring and Summer semesters. High school transcripts or GED/TASC scores will be reviewed prior to &/or as part of the interview process. Program selection is based on a combination of "Achievement Points" and the Interview Score. Points will be awarded based on GPA, ACT or SAT Composite Score, and references. Additional points will be awarded during the interview process for meeting specific "Achievement" criteria. Please contact Radiography Program Officials for additional details regarding these items.
There are a limited number of positions available in the Radiography Program. Interviews will be conducted in May. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a student’s position in the class once they have been notified of acceptance. This fee is only applicable to those students who are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED into the Radiography Program. This deposit will be credited to their tuition after classes begin.
**All accepted radiography students are required to satisfactorily complete a drug screen and background check. The results of these tests, along with all required health records, must be turned into the WVNCC Health Science Office by the established deadline each year. The WVNCC Radiography Program Student Handbook can be seen here.
**IMPORTANT: the cost of the drug screen and background check is approximately $180, which is the responsibility of the student. Other student costs include physical exam and required vaccines/titers (variable - could be partially or fully covered by insurance), shoes ($50-$100), and gas to travel to clinical education sites (varies depending on location). Books (approximate cost $900) and scrubs (approximate cost $100), if purchased in the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at WVNCC, may be eligible for Financial Aid assistance.
**Academic degree requirement effective 2015 for primary certification** Eligibility requirements for ARRT certification in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Radiation Therapy and for the primary pathway to MRI and Sonography will — effective January 1, 2015 — call for candidates to have earned an associate (or more advanced) degree from an accrediting agency recognized by ARRT. ARRT believes that the general education courses required for an academic degree will provide a firm foundation to support the evolving role of the technologist and the lifelong learning necessitated by the increasing rate of technological change. Quantitative and communication skills and understanding of human behavior that are acquired through general education classes are believed by ARRT to have value in continuing to shape professionalism and advancement of a Registered Technologist’s role in healthcare. The degree will not need to be in radiologic sciences, and it can be earned before entering the educational program or after graduation from the program (**this is applicable for students who attend a hospital-based certificate program). Students who have graduated from a hospital-based certificate program who are seeking to pursue an Associate in Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology should see the link on the WVNCC website titled "Radiologic Technology - Degree Completion". The degree requirement will apply to graduates on or after January 1, 2015. It must be granted by an institution accredited by a mechanism recognized by ARRT. A list of accrediting agencies currently recognized is available at www.arrt.org. Individuals who complete a recognized non-degree granting program prior to that date will not be subject to the degree requirement.
**Students graduating from WVNCC prior to acceptance into the Radiogrpahy Program MUST complete & submit the following to the WVNCC Admissions Office: (1) Graduation Application; (2) New General Application to WVNCC; (3) Health Science Application. This will allow the student to register for Radiography courses if they would be accepted into the Radiography Program.
WVNCC Radiography Program Mission Statement: The WVNCC Radiography Program provides a complete educational experience in a professional and caring environment. Our mission is adhered to strictly by the Program Faculty, College and Clinical Staff, as well as the students. The entire program is committed to excellence in all aspects of the didactic and clinical education of mature, professionals who are seeking to become Radiologic Technologists.
The WVNCC Radiography Program is confident that its graduates will successfully fulfill the requirements of an "entry level technologist" by attaining the highest professional ideals in optimum patient care; moral, ethical, and professional conduct; academic achievements; and respect to everyone. It is our intention that all students successfully complete the program's requirements, sit for and pass the national registry exam, and obtain employment in their desired field of expertise.
WVNCC Radiography Program Goals/Student Learning Outcomes
The West Virginia Northern Community College Radiography Program Goals state that upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will…
1. GOAL: demonstrate the competency level & patient care skills & knowledge of an entry-level technologist.
a. Students/graduates will be able to perform routine exams.
b. Students/graduates will possess knowledge of radiographic procedures.
c. Students/graduates will develop quality patient care skills.
d. Students/graduates will be able to function competently within the clinical setting (entry-level knowledge).
2. GOAL: display abilities in communication, critical thinking, & problem-solving skills necessary for professional practice.
a. Students/graduates will perform non-routine exams.
b. Students/graduates will demonstrate effective communication skills with people of all ages.
3. GOAL: understand the significance of professional values & life-long learning experiences.
a. Graduates will perform in a professional manner in the clinical setting.
b. Graduates will actively participate in life-long learning.
4. GOAL: be an entry-level functioning technologist in the health care community.
a. Graduates will successfully pass the ARRT exam.
b. Graduates will complete the program within 21 months.
c. Employers will indicate satisfaction with the program’s graduates.
d. Graduates will seek employment.
e. Graduates will demonstrate accuracy & thoroughness on skills taught in training.
WVNCC Radiography Program Accreditation Information: The Radiography Program is accredited by the following agencies:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
West Virginia Medical Imaging & Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners
1715 Flat Top Road, P. O. Box 638
Cool Ridge, WV 25825-0638
WVNCC EFFECTIVENESS DATA / PROGRAM PERFORMANCE
**According to JRCERT Standard 5.3, Radiography Programs must make available to the general public program effectiveness data (credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and completion rate) on an annual basis. The WVNCC Radiography Program was previously sponsored by Wheeling Hospital. That sponsorship was transferred to WVNCC in July of 2011. The first class of Radiography Students started at WVNCC in August of 2011 and graduated in May of 2013. Therefore, as stated in JRCERT Policy 11.400 - 11.403B, the JRCERT does not require that historical Program Effectiveness Data be transferred to the new sponsor when the institutions involved are not comparable. Due to this fact, there is no data to report for the year 2012. NOTE ~ the "Job Placement Rate" does not include graduates "not actively seeking" employment, which is defined in JRCERT Objective 5.2 as (1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, OR (2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, OR (3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, OR (4) graduate is on active military duty, OR (5) graduate is continuing education.
WVNCC Radiography Program Effectiveness Data for 1/1/13 to 12/31/13:
PROGRAM COMPLETION RATE = 65% (13 out of 20)
ARRT CREDENTIALING EXAM PASS RATE (First Attempt within 6 months of graduation) = 67% (8 out of 12)
JOB PLACEMENT RATE = 100% (8 out of 8 actively seeking employment within 1 year)
WVNCC Radiography Program Effectiveness Data for 1/1/14 to 12/31/14:
PROGRAM COMPLETION RATE (within 150% of start date) = 81% (21 out of 26)
ARRT CREDENTIALING EXAM PASS RATE (First Attempt within 6 months of graduation) = 75% (15 out of 20)
JOB PLACEMENT RATE = 79% (11 out of 14 actively seeking employment within 1 year)
WVNCC Radiography Program Effectiveness Data for 1/1/15 to 12/31/15:
PROGRAM COMPLETION RATE (within 150% of start date) = 77% (13 out of 18)
ARRT CREDENTIALING EXAM PASS RATE (First Attempt within 6 months of graduation) = 67% (8 out of 12)
JOB PLACEMENT RATE = 88% (7 out of 8 actively seeking employment within 1 year)
**3-Year Average ARRT Credentialing Exam Pass Rate = 70% (31 out of 44)
**3-Year Average Job Placement Rate = 87% (26 out of 30)
First Year – Fall Semester
|BIO 114 Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|MATH Math Core Requirement||2|
|RAD 100 Introduction to Radiography||2|
|RAD 105 Radiography I||2|
|RAD 110 Radiation Protection/Radiobiology I||2|
|RAD 115 Clinical Fundamentals I||1|
|RAD 120 Radiographic Procedures I||3|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||15|
First Year – Spring Semester
|BIO 115 Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|ENG 101 College Composition I||3|
|RAD 125 Clinical Practice I||1|
|RAD 155 Radiography II||3|
|RAD 160 Radiation Protection/Radiobiology II||2|
|RAD 165 Clinical Fundamentals II||1|
|RAD 170 Radiographic Procedures II||3|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||16|
First Year - Summer Semester
|RAD 175 Clinical Practice II||1|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||1|
Second Year - Fall Semester
SPCH 101 Interpersonal Communication
SPCH 105 Fundamentals of Speech
|RAD 195 Clinical Practice III||1|
|RAD 205 Radiography III||3|
|RAD 210 Advanced Imaging Modalities||2|
|RAD 215 Clinical Fundamentals III||2|
|RAD 220 Radiographic Procedures III||3|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||14|
Second Year - Spring Semester
|Course ||Cr. Hours|
|PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology||3|
|RAD 225 Clinical Practice IV||2|
|RAD 255 Radiography IV||2|
|RAD 260 Radiography Seminar||3|
|RAD 265 Clinical Fundamentals IV||1|
|RAD 270 Radiographic Procedures IV||3|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||14|
Total Hours in Program – 60
**A minimum grade of a “C” is required in all courses to remain in the program and graduate.
***FALL Semester Radiography Program Course Schedule...
MONDAY: 8:30AM-10:20AM = RAD 120 (Radiographic Procedures I Lecture); 11:30AM-12:20PM = RAD 115 (Clinical Fundamentals I)
TUESDAY: 8:30AM-10:20AM = RAD 100 (Intro to Radiography); OPTION 1 = 12:30PM-4:20PM = RAD 120-042 (Rad Procedures I Lab)
WEDNESDAY: 8:30AM-10:20AM = RAD 105 (Radiography I); 11:30AM-1:20PM = RAD 110 (Rad Protection/Radbio I)
THURSDAY: OPTION 2 = 8:30AM-12:10PM = RAD 120-041 (Rad Procedures I Lab)
**If accepted into the Radiography Program for the Fall Semester, the general education courses that are required for this semester are BIO 114 (Anatomy/Physiology I Lecture & Lab), & a Math Core Requirement (at least a 2 credit hour course - 100 level or above). If a student has already completed one or both of these courses with a "C" or above, they will not be required to take them again. If they have not met this requirement, they must sign up for the required gen ed course/s. Please be aware of the days/times of the Radiography Program courses so that scheduling conflicts may be avoided.
**PLEASE NOTE ~ Financial Aid may NOT be available for the Summer RAD 175 course.