Radiography is the medical profession that uses x-rays to make images of the structures of the body. The Radiography program is a two-year degree program that prepares students for a career in the professional field of medical radiography (x-rays). The radiographer is responsible for operating x-ray equipment and processing exposed images, positioning patients for diagnostic examinations, calculating proper exposure factors to achieve optimum radiographic image quality with minimum exposure to the patient, assessing the diagnostic quality of the radiograph, assisting the radiologist during specific procedures and assisting patients while in his or her care.
The faculty and staff strive to prepare the student as an entry level radiographer through a planned, integrated and relevant course of study, and to install a sense of ethical behavior, initiative, responsibility and professionalism. The Philosophy, Mission, Goals and Outcomes of the Radiography program follow those of Heartland Community College along with recommendations by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
It is expected that employment of radiographers in Illinois will increase by approximately 240 job openings each year at least through the year of 2014.
Wages for radiographers vary depending on specialty and level of experience. Full-time radiographers typically receive standard benefits such as vacation pay, sick leave, and health insurance.
NOTE: Career descriptions are based on information found in Illinois Career Services Information Systems (2006).
General responsibilities of radiographers include making images of structures of the body. Related imaging modalities include computed tomography, angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and mammography. Radiography is a specialty within the field of Radiologic Technology, along with diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy. RTs may also assume supervisory positions. Good communication skills are essential for working well with patients, patients’ families, and other medical personnel.
The Radiography Program at Heartland Community College is programmatically accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology. More information can be found at www.JRCERT.org or by contacting JRCERT, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182, phone (312) 704-5300, fax (312) 704-5304. For information regarding program completion rates, credentialing exam rates, and job placement rates, please view the program outcomes.
Admission to the Radiography Program is a selective admissions program; please see the Radiography Admissions Criteria and Procedures Packet.
Students applying to the radiography program will undergo a criminal background check by a college selected vendor and must meet technical standards required to carry out the duties, roles, and responsibilities of the program. For a list of disqualifying criminal offenses, click here.
Certified radiographers seeking A.A.S. degree completion should refer to the Radiography A.A.S. Degree Completion Criteria for Registered Radiographers and meet with an academic advisor in Student Services.
The decision to allow an individual to take the A.R.R.T. examination for licensure rests solely with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certifying board. Likewise, the decision to be granted an Illinois license after passing the examination rests solely with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
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