Who are Radiographers?
Radiographers perform diagnostic medical imaging examinations and therapeutic treatments. Radiographers may specialize in radiography, magnetic resonance, computed tomography, bone densitometry, sonography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, mammography, cardiac interventional, quality management and vascular interventional. The Associate in Science in Radiography program at CF focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to become a Registered Technologist-Radiography [R.T. (R)]. Radiographers use x-radiation to produce images of human anatomy for the diagnosis and treatment of pathology and injury. Radiographers use their expertise and knowledge of radiation safety, patient care and education, imaging procedures, equipment operation and quality assurance, and image acquisition and technical evaluation to assess patients, select optimum radiographic imaging techniques, and evaluate the medical image. Radiographers work closely with radiologists and other health care practitioners and are employed in hospitals, out-patient clinics, imaging centers, and physician and orthopeadic offices. The characteristics of a successful radiologic technologist and/or a radiography student is an individual who is compassionate and caring, flexible, accountable, mature, self-motivated, responsible, goal-oriented, and possesses high emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills. To learn more about the role of the registered radiologic technologist visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics webpage.
Accreditation and Licensure
The CF Radiography program is an American Registry of Radiologic Technologists recognized primary-pathway educational program. CF maintains accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which is an ARRT recognized accreditation mechanism (https://www.arrt.org/Education/). CF is also approved by the Florida Department of Education to award associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, college credit certificates and occupational certificates. Program graduates will be eligible for licensure in Florida as a Certified Radiologic Technologist and to apply for admission to the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist upon completion of the radiography program. The program is pursuing the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology programmatic accreditation.
The credentialing organization, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists may be accessed for additional information on applicant and continuing education requirements, testing requirements, ethics requirements and post-primary certifications.
The professional organization, American Society of Radiologic Technologist may be accessed for additional information on the practice standards for radiologic technologist, radiography curriculum guide, state and federal legislative affairs, continuing education, and affiliated societies such as the Florida Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Cohort Education Model
The Associate in Science in Radiography is a 77-credit hour program requiring a full-time commitment for five consecutive semesters once the applicant has been accepted as a cohort candidate. Students in a cohort will advance through the radiography curriculum at the same pace, learning the same program radiography content at the same time. This cohort education model allows for shared learning and critical analysis, relationship building on a personal and professional level, ongoing peer support, and customized instruction and learning resources based on the needs of the cohort members. The educational experience varies from classroom lecture, directed self-study using e-resources, interactive group projects, discussion, oral presentations, homework assignments, computerized testing, mock credentialing exams, skills lab performance, oral testing, and hands-on clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on demonstration of clinical competency, critical thinking skills, effective communication skills, and professional behaviors. Radiography program cohorts begin each fall semester.
Clinical Education Obligation
Many health care organizations require mandatory drug screen and a federal criminal background check prior to clinical education placement. All candidates accepted into the Radiography program cohort are required to undergo substance screening and a background check as part of the acceptance process. Results of the substance screening and federal criminal background check must be received by the Radiography program manager prior to the first day of class in the Radiography program. Clinical education site affiliates may deny access to individuals based on results of a federal criminal background check and/or substance screen. Candidates accepted into the Radiography program are required to provide evidence of a recent physical examination, laboratory test results and immunization records. The trend of mandatory annual influenza vaccination for all employees, physicians, volunteers, and learners engaged in providing health care is growing. Learners enrolled in the CF Radiography program may be required to receive the annual influenza vaccination in order to maintain their learner status at a clinical externship site. Learners must complete purified protein derivative (PPD) skin testing to determine exposure to tuberculosis. The Mantoux tuberculin baseline test must be completed prior to entry into the clinical environment and annually thereafter. All candidates accepted into the Radiography program are responsible for personal transportation to and from the clinical externship sites located in Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. Clinical externship placement may include two to three different locations per semester requiring enrolled learners to commute to any of the tricounty area locations. Clinical externship hours are typically scheduled between 6 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. weekdays (Monday-Friday), weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and evenings (up to 9:30 p.m.). Failure to follow clinical education obligation requirements may result in the loss of the candidates’ placement in the Radiography program.
The Radiography Program is a Limited Access Program
A limited access program is one in which both program admission and course registrations are restricted to a certain number of students meeting predetermined criteria. Limited access status is justified when student demand exceeds available resources or accreditation requirements (i.e., student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities and equipment, clinical sites) or the nature of the program calls for specific admission requirements. Limited access programs have admissions processes and criteria beyond general college admissions. While any student meeting the minimum criteria is encouraged to apply, not all applicants may be accepted.