Medical Radiography

Overview and Mission Statement

Medical Radiography is a two-year or three-year program that integrates scientific concepts into working skills through classroom study and intensive clinical experience. The program concentrates on diagnostic radiology, including angiography and computerized tomography. Other imaging modalities such as nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, sonography, and magnetic resonance imaging are briefly discussed.

Medical radiographers are health professionals who combine technical knowledge with radiographic and anatomical knowledge to obtain diagnostic images of all parts of the human body. Successful radiographers must have a good working knowledge of human anatomy, radiographic positioning, radiologic physics, equipment operation, and quality assurance. As members of a health care team, radiographers must also understand and apply principles of good patient care, and conduct themselves in accordance with medical ethical standards.

The Medical Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. 312-704-5300 FAX: 312-704-5304 mail@jrcert.org www.jrcert.org Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and to apply for Maine licensure in radiography.

MEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Medical Radiography Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to obtain and hold entry-level radiographic positions; develop interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills which enable the students to be contributing members of their profession.

Learning Objectives

GOAL #1     STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE CLINICAL COMPETENCE

Students will demonstrate knowledge of imaging principles – technical selection

Students will demonstrate competence in positioning skills

Students will provide patient care essential to medical imaging procedures

Students will demonstrate radiation protection

Students will demonstrate competence in routine surgical procedures

GOAL #2     STUDENTS WILL MAINTAIN HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS AND DEMONSTRATE PROFESSIONALISM

Students will maintain high ethical standards

Students will report to clinical sites on time

Students will adhere to all program and clinical affiliate policies

Students will display a professional appearance; follow dress code

GOAL #3    STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE PROBLEM SOLVING AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

Students will demonstrate the ability to adapt for the trauma patient

Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate radiographic images

GOAL #4    STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Students will communicate effectively in the healthcare community

Students will demonstrate the ability to convey their ideas using speech, graphics and writing

Prerequisites, Curriculum, and Grading

Prerequisites

Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology with Lab, Chemistry with Lab or Physics (preferred), and a pre-admission exam (PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam—cost $30).

Associate in Science Degree Curriculum
Total AS Degree Credits 83-86
First Semester
Medical Radiography Courses Credits
MRT111 Radiographic Positioning I 3
MRT117 Radiologic Procedures I 1
MRT121 Principles of Radiographic Exposure I 2
MRT131 Medical Terminology 1
MRT151 Introduction to Health Care 2
MRT161 Clinical Education I 5
General Education Courses Credits
BIO121 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO124 Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1
MAT119 College Algebra 3
Second Semester
Medical Radiography Courses Credits
MRT112 Radiographic Positioning II 3
MRT118 Radiologic Procedures II 1
MRT122 Principles of Radiographic Exposure II 2
MRT162 Clinical Education II 5
MRT164 Advanced Clinical Education II (optional) 1
General Education Courses Credits
BIO122 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO126 Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1
ENG101 College Composition 3
Restricted Elective Any PHI or PSY (100 level or higher) 3
First Summer
8-Week Clinical Credits
MRT163 Clinical Education III 5
Third Semester
Medical Radiography Courses Credits
MRT211 Radiographic Positioning III 1
MRT219 Imagining Modalities 1
MRT251 Advanced Health Care 1
MRT255 Pathology 1
MRT261 or MRT267 Clinical Education IV
Clinical Education IV*alternate clinical course
6 or
7
General Education Courses Credits
BIO272 Radiation Biology 2
Restricted Elective Communications, Humanities, Social Science, Math or Science (100 level or higher) *PHY108 or PHY109 required i no prior physics 3
SPE101 Oral Communication 3
Fourth Semester
Medical Radiography Courses Credits
MRT212 Radiographic Positioning IV 1
MRT222 Principles of Imaging Physics 1
MRT230 Radiography Review and Career Planning (optional) 1
MRT262 or MRT268 Clinical Education V
Clinical Education V* alternate clinical course
7 or
9
MRT264 Advanced Clinical Education V (optional) 1
General Education Courses Credits
PHY235 Radiologic Physics 3
Restricted Elective Any Psychology or Sociology (100 level or higher) 3
Second Summer
6-Week Clinical Credits
MRT265 Clinical Education VI 3

 

Associate in Science (3-Year) Degree Curriculum
Total AS Degree Credits 84–87
First Semester
Courses Credits
BIO121 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO124 Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1
ENG101 College Composition 3
Math Requirement MAT119 College Algebra or
MAT123 College Algebra and Trigonometry
3 or
4
MRT101 Basic Concepts in Radiography 1
MRT131 Medical Terminology 1
Second Semester
Courses Credits
BIO122 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO126 Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1
Restricted Elective Any Psychology of Philosophy 3
Restricted Elective Any Psychology or Sociology 3
SPE101 Oral Communication 3
Third Semester
Courses Credits
MRT111 Radiographic Positioning I 3
MRT117 Radiologic Procedures I 1
MRT121 Principles of Radiographic Exposure I 2
MRT151 Introduction to Health Care 2
MRT161 Clinical Education I 5
Fourth Semester
Courses Credits
MRT112 Radiographic Positioning II 3
MRT118 Radiologic Procedures II 1
MRT122 Principles of Radiographic Exposure II 2
MRT162 Clinical Education II 5
MRT164 Advanced Clinical Education II (optional) 1
Restricted Elective Communications, Humanities, Social Science, Math or Science (100-level or higher) PHY108 or PHY109 required if no prior physics 3
First Summer
8-Week Clinical Credits
MRT163 Clinical Education III 5
Fifth Semester
Courses Credits
BIO272 Radiation Biology 2
MRT211 Radiographic Positioning III 1
MRT219 Imagining Modalities 1
MRT251 Advanced Health Care 1
MRT255 Pathology 1
MRT261 or
MRT267
Clinical Education IV
Clinical Education IV* alternate clinical course
6 or
7
Sixth Semester
Courses Credits
MRT212 Radiographic Positioning IV 1
MRT222 Principles of Imaging Physics 1
MRT230 Radiography Review and Career Planning (optional) 1
MRT262 or
MRT268
Clinical Education V
Clinical Education V* alternate clinical course
7 or
9
MRT264 Advanced Clinical Education V (optional) 1
PHY235 Radiologic Physics 3
Second Summer
6-Week Clinical Credits
MRT265 Clinical Education VI 3

 

GRADING SYSTEM

The following grade ranges apply to all courses which begin with an MRT number:

A    93‑100            4.0
A‑   90‑92             3.67
B+   87‑89             3.33
B     83‑86             3.00
B‑    80‑82            2.67
C+   78‑79             2.33
C     75‑77             2.00
C-    72-74              1.67
D+   67‑71             1.33
D     63‑66             1.00
D‑    60‑62            0.67
F       0‑60              0.00

A High Honors (Exceptional Performance)An academic grade of “C” or better is required for all MRT program requirements. An academic grade earned that is lower than “C” is considered a failing grade in MRT courses, and will result in the student being dismissed from the program. This policy applies to all MRT courses listed in the program curriculum as stated in the college catalog.
Courses offered by the Math/Science and Humanities departments follow a plus/minus system & may vary by instructor.

B Honors (Good Performance)
C Satisfactory Performance
D Unsatisfactory Performance
F Failed

NOTE: An academic grade of “C” or better is required for all non MRT program requirements. An academic grade earned that is lower than “C” is considered an unacceptable grade in that course, and the course must be repeated prior to graduation. This policy applies to all required courses listed in the program curriculum as stated in the college catalog.

Requirements for graduation:
• Passed all prescribed courses
• Achieved a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (in program courses)
• Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the program of study courses
• Payment of all bills

Clinical Internships

MEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY CLINICAL INTERNSHIPS

Clinical education courses are an essential and mandatory aspect of the Medical Radiography Program. The clinical internship provides the opportunity for students to put into practice the information learned in their academic coursework. The sequence of the academic and clinical courses allows the student to initially gain basic knowledge in radiographic principles, positioning, procedures, health care & ethics, and apply those principles to clinical situations. Senior-level clinical courses allow students to fine tune their clinical skills during routine exams, and advance their clinical skills during atypical and trauma examinations.

Clinical Internship Sites:
Clinical assignments are scheduled on a rotating basis at the following sites:
1) Eastern Maine Medical Center (Bangor)
2) EMMC – Healthcare Mall (Bangor)
3) St. Joseph Hospital (Bangor)
4) Penobscot Community Health Center – Helen Hunt Health Center (Old Town)
5) Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (Ellsworth)

Clinical externship sites:
Students may request assignments at three externship sites throughout the state. Assignments at externship sites may not exceed 80 hours/annually. Students are responsible for transportation to all clinical sites.
1) Blue Hill Memorial Hospital
2) Cary Medical Center
3) Houlton Regional Hospital

Program Success

 

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