Medical Radiography Program

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Medical radiography is a hands-on career that lets you play an important role in the delivery of care by providing images to help identify problem areas in patients. It is a specialty well suited to those who are outgoing and assertive, because medical radiographers work independently and interact with physicians and patients daily. It also helps if you’re comfortable with new technologies and welcome the challenge of mastering new skills.

Earning your Associate degree in Medical Radiography is an important first step to pursuing a career in this specialized field. One of the primary responsibilities of radiographers, sometimes referred to as Radiologic Technologist  is to position patients and equipment in order to take radiographs, or X-rays. By doing so, you can help medical professionals identify a range of illnesses and injuries. You can also work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret X-rays, to perform diagnostic procedures.

The Medical Radiography program at Carrington College® is designed to provide students with the knowledge as well as the skills needed to pursue an entry-level medical radiographer position. The reasons you should consider this program include:

  • The opportunity to learn through a mix of formal classroom instruction and practical hands-on training
  • Eligibility to take the national certification exam after graduation

The growth potential for this healthcare field is clear

As the U.S. population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. So it’s easy to see why the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that employment of Radiologic Technologist may increase by about 21% from 2012 to 2022.* Advances in technology could also help increase demand. As the equipment used in radiography becomes more accessible to facilities other than comprehensive medical centers, new employment opportunities for radiographers could arise in settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, medical laboratories and medical imaging centers.

A curriculum that can help you position yourself for career success

As a student of our Medical Radiography program, you will receive an education that covers a wide range of material. After first establishing a solid base of knowledge in subjects such as mathematics, computers, sociology and medical terminology, you will progress into coursework focused on the information and skills you’ll need in your career, including pathology and radiographic procedures. To help you become secure in your skills, you’ll receive hands-on clinical instruction in approved healthcare facilities.

This experience is invaluable when it comes to learning how to properly produce medical images of the human body. The final component of our Medical Radiography program is the review class that offers important preparation for the national certification exam.

After you have successfully completed our Medical Radiography program, you should be able to utilize your knowledge and skills to:

  • Position patients properly to acquire useful images
  • Ensure proper exposure for optimum film resolution
  • Apply diagnostic levels of ionizing radiation
  • Administer appropriate drugs and chemical mixtures to assist in the imaging process
  • Practice proper radiation hygiene
  • Interact with patients in a professional, yet compassionate manner
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and information management

JRCERT

Medical Radiography Program’s Mission Statement

Spokane: The mission of the Medical Radiography Program at Carrington College is to prepare graduates to become Registered Radiographic Technologists with the knowledge and skill necessary to assume entry-level positions in the medical field.

Westside: The mission of the Medical Radiography Program at Carrington College is to prepare graduates to assume entry-level positions as certified radiographers.

Medical Radiography Program Goals

Spokane:

  • Goal 1: Graduates will demonstrate clinical performance and competency;
  • Goal 2: Graduates will be able to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • Goal 3: Graduates will be effective communicators;
  • Goal 4: Graduates will exhibit professionalism.

Westside:

  • Goal 1. Graduates will be clinically competent
  • Goal 2. Graduates will be effective problem solvers
  • Goal 3. Graduates will communicate effectively
  • Goal 4. Graduates will be professional
  • Goal 5. The program will be effective in its instructional efforts

Medical Radiography Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Medical Radiography program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate clinical competency.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and model professionalism.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking in the clinical environment

Medical Radiography Program Effectiveness Data

Phoenix-Westside

Spokane

Annual program completion rate

72%

73%

Time Frame

Cohorts expected to complete the program between Jan 1 2012 and Dec 31 2012.

Cohorts expected to complete the program between Jan 1 2012 and Dec 31 2012.

Number of students initially enrolled

72

37

Number of students that graduated

52

27

5-year average national certification examination pass rate

91%

91%

Time Frame

Exam Dates between Jan 2008 and Dec 2012

Exam Dates between Jan 2008 and Dec 2012

The number of first time examinees taking the national certification examination within the most recent five-year period

256

139

Number of students that passed the examination on their 1st attempt

234

127

5-year average job placement rate*

82%

83%

Time Frame

Students that graduated between

Jan 2008 and Dec 2012

Students that graduated between

Jan 2008 and Dec 2012

Number of students that graduated in the past five years

258

143

Number of graduates not actively seeking employment

27

27

Reasons graduates were not actively seeking employment

Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts,
Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation,

Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours,

Graduate is on active military duty, and/or

Graduate is continuing education

Number of graduates that actively sought employment

231

116

Number of graduates that found employment

190

95

*This is the average of the placement rate for the past five years, and therefore does not match the rate produced by the total number of graduates employed divided by the total number of graduates that actively sought employment.

Click here for program effectiveness data from the medical radiography program as reported in the JRCERT Annual Report.

To learn more about educational and career opportunities in Medical Radiography, contact one of our Enrollment Services Representatives.

Note: Graduates of the Medical Radiography program must pass the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

The following information about our Medical Radiography Program may be found in the downloadable Academic Catalog:

  • Admission policies
  • Tuition and fees
  • Refund policies
  • Academic calendars
  • Academic Policies
  • Clinical obligations
  • Grading System
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Criteria for transfer credits

Medical Radiography is available at the following campus locations

Carrington College

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2014-15 Ed.)