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Accreditation, Mission, & Goals

 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to provide students the opportunity to obtain the academic foundation, technical skills, and professional background in Radiological sciences to perform as a qualified radiographer upon graduation.

Goals of the Radiology Program

Goal #1 Students will be clinically competent.
1.1 The student will apply technical skills without guidance.
1.2 The student will assess patient's needs for motion and comfort.

Goal # 2: Students will communicate effectively.
2.1 The student will use effective oral communications.
2.2 The student will practice written communication skills.

Goal #3 Students will use critical thinking skills.
3.1 The student will effectively evaluate radiographic images.
3.2 The student will synthesize a situational question on a written test.

Goal #4: The students will model professionalism.
4.1  Students will demonstrate professionalism in the clinical environment.
4.2  Students will recognize unethical behaviour.

Goal # 5: Graduates will successfully write the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).
5.1 Graduates will be able to pass the ARRT examination.

Goal # 6: The program will be effective in the education process.
6.1  Of those pursing employment, students will be gainfully employed within 6 months post graduation.
6.2  Students will complete the program within 25 months.
6.3  Students will be satisfied with their education.
6.4  Employers will be satisfied with the graduates performance.

Program Accreditation

The radiology program at MDCC has been accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology since 1982. To be accredited a program must demonstrate compliance with educational standards developed by professionals in the field. These standards are also recognized and approved by organizations which sponsor the accreditation process. This accreditation agency bases its surveys on a voluntary peer-review system.  Although program accreditation is not mandated, some programs choose to circumvent the process by having this type of accreditation. MDCC is regionally accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Effectiveness data for the program is available on the JRCERT and MDCC websites.

Contact information for the JRCERT:
20 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Website: www.jrcert.org
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Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304

Application & Procedure

 

Procedure

Applicants must have the following documents on file in the Health Sciences office by April 1st to be considered for admission to the Radiologic Technology Program:

  • MDCC application for admission or readmission
  • MDCC application to the Radiologic Technology Program
  • An official high school transcript from an approved high school or high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET), if not previously enrolled in college
  • An official college transcript from all colleges previously and presently attending
  • ACT score
  • Entrance test score
  • Personal/work reference form

Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.  When the application is available, the link located below will be active.

 

 

Selection

No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale which includes ACT scores, GPA, entrance test scores, performance on core courses, and reference submitted in a timely manner. All applicants are considered on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program. Applicants will be notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance to the program. The conditional acceptance letter will include specific instructions regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to August admission. These requirements are listed below:

  • completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 2513/2511) and Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 2523/2521) with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better during the summer session or regular session prior to admission to the RT program
  • completion of Fundamentals of Radiology (RGT 1213) with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better during the summer session or regular session prior to admission to the RT Program
  • satisfactory completion of Healthcare Providers CPR taught during the summer
  • satisfactory completion of Math (MAT 1102) during the summer, based on entrance test score
  • satisfactory background check (see Policy on Admission to Health Science Program)
  • health evaluation form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner
  • proof of current immunizations including, but not limited to Hepatitis-B vaccination series, Tdap booster, and TB skin test
  • acceptable pre-admission drug screen
  • attendance in pre-admission orientation

Course of Study

Students may wish to take non-RT courses prior to entering the Radiologic Technology Program. Please view the course check list to see courses that are required for the RT Program.  Most core courses are offered at selected off-campus sites as well as on the Mississippi Delta Community College Campus. 

Click here to view the Radiology Course Check List

To view the Rating Scale for Radiology applicants, please click here.

 

For additional pre-Radiology information see the MDCC Catalog/Student Handbook or call the RT Program.

 

For further information contact:
Christie Kisner, Director
ckisner@msdelta.edu

Maegan Applewhite, Administrative Support
mapplewhite@msdelta.edu

Core Performance Standards for Radiographers

Essential Requirements for Admissions and Progression

Performance Standards

The following performance standards provide descriptions of basic cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor requirements for successful radiologic technology program completion. Reasonable accommodations will be examined in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Any disabililty must be declared at the beginning of the program. If not disability is declared, the student will be expected to perform at the same standard expected of all students in the program.


In order to successfully complete the radiology program, the student must be able to do the following:

Essential Observation Standards
The RT student must be able to:

  • Observe clinical and laboratory demonstrations of patients being x-rayed for pathological conditions
  • Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and on a computer monitor
  • Display visual and tactile ability sufficient to safely assess and care for patients


Essential Movement Standards
The RT student must be able to:

  • Move freely and safely about the radiology department
  • Reach radiology bench tops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or patients seated in wheelchairs
  • Travel to numerous x-ray rooms for practical experience
  • Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged standing
  • Maneuver stationary and mobile radiology equipment safely performing x-rays on patients 
  • Adjust exposure factors to produce quality radiographs with minimal patient exposure
  • Use an electronic keyboard to operate radiology instruments and to calculate exposure to patients
  • Maneuver portable and C-arm equipment throughout the hospital


Essential Communication Standards
The RT student must be able to:

  • Read and comprehend technical and professional materials
  • Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform radiology procedures
  • Clearly instruct patients prior to x-ray procedure
  • Effectively, confidentially, and sensitively converse with patients regarding radiology tests
  • Communicate with faculty members, fellow students, staff, and other health care professionals verbally and in a recorded format
  • Independently prepare patient history prior to radiology examinations


Essential Intellectual Standards
The RT student must be able to:

  • Possess these intellectual skills: comprehension, measurement, mathematical calculation, reasoning, integration, analysis, comparison, and self-expression
  • Be able to exercise sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance


Essential Behavioral Standards
The RT student must:

  • Be able to manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks with realistic constraints
  • Possess the emotional stability necessary to effectively employ intellect and exercise appropriate judgment
  • Be able to provide professional and technical services while experiencing the stresses of task-related uncertainty and a distracting environment
  • Be flexible and creative and adapt to professional and technical change
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals
  • Adapt to working with unpleasant odors
  • Support and promote the activities of fellow students and of health care professionals. Promotion of peers helps furnish a team approach to learning, task completion, problem solving and patient care
  • Be honest, compassionate, ethical and responsible

The student must be forthright about errors or uncertainty. The student must be able to critically evaluate her or his own performance, accept constructive criticism, and look for ways to improve. The student must be able to evaluate the performance of fellow students and tactfully offer constructive comments.

Click here for the printable form

Faculty

Contacts  

Christie Kisner, MHA/ED, RT (R)(M)
Radiology Program Director
Tel: 662-246-6510
Fax: 662- 246-6507
Email: ckisner@msdelta.edu
Ashley Putnam, MRSR, RT (R)(T)
Clinical Coordinator
Tel: 662-246-6254
Fax: 662-246-6507
Email: aputnam@msdelta.edu
Leslie Ainsworth, M.Ed, RT (R)
Radiology Instructor
Tel: 662-246-6504
Fax: 662-246-6507
Email: lainsworth@msdelta.edu