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Philosophy, Mission and Goals Statement

The associate degree radiography program is an integral part of Heartland Community College and derives its philosophy from the mission and goals of the college. The philosophy guides the faculty in providing quality educational opportunities, which promote self care in communities served by the college.


The Heartland Community College Radiography Program faculty shares a set of beliefs consistent with the philosophies and missions of its sponsor and clinical education settings. These beliefs are the foundation upon which the educational program is built.

  • Humankind has qualities and characteristics that are universal, yet each person is valued as an individual with a unique set of physical, psychological and spiritual characteristics. Freedom of choice and self-determination are inherent rights and responsibilities of each person.
  • Learning is a life-long process promoted when intellectual inquiry, creativity, self-awareness, self-direction, maturity and responsibility are valued. This process results in positive attitude changes, knowledge acquisition and technical competence.
  • The faculty believes that the knowledge, attitudes and skills required for professional radiography are best achieved through a combination of theory and related clinical experiences. Clinical application of theory based knowledge in the technical aspects of radiography, critical thinking, communication and quality patient care prepares students to become competent and compassionate professionals dedicated to a career of service to society.

Program Mission and Goals

The Heartland Community College Radiography Program is a two year, associate degree program of education in diagnostic medical radiography whose faculty is committed to excellence in the preparation of competent and compassionate graduates. The program?s purpose is to provide each student with the knowledge, ability and attitude necessary for effective performance as an essential member of the health care team. The faculty and clinical staff strive to prepare the student in a timely manner as an entry-level staff radiographer and to instill a sense of ethical behavior, initiative, responsibility and professionalism. To ensure that these purposes are achieved, the student is offered a planned, integrated and relevant course of study. An atmosphere conducive to learning is maintained with the emphasis on individual progress, attention and encouragement. The faculty and staff strive to provide the guidance, motivation and preparation required for a successful career in radiography and service to the community.

As natural extensions of this mission, the goals of the radiography program are to:

  • Prepare graduates who are competent to perform successfully as entry level radiographers.
  • Prepare graduates who incorporate critical thinking and problem-solving skills for the benefit of their patients and peers.
  • Prepare graduates who are committed to excellence in communication and quality care for the community they serve.
  • Prepare graduates who are committed to continuing professional excellence in judgment, values and life long learning.


The faculty are committed to the concept that the learner must be actively involved in the learning process. In order for learning to occur, the learner must be open to new experiences and be willing to undergo the process of change. The faculty believes that learning is best facilitated by a curriculum that moves conceptually from simple to complex. The faculty also believes that close correlation of theory and clinical practice enhances learning. The teaching/learning process involves a reciprocal relationship between faculty and students in which there is mutual respect for intellectual exploration, professional development, and personal growth. However, faculty believes the primary responsibility for learning rests with the learner. The goal of the teaching/learning process is the realization of the student?s abilities and potential through the utilization of critical thinking.

The faculty believes that a graduate of the Heartland Community College associate degree radiography program is prepared to practice in an entry level professional radiography position. The faculty believes in the concept of lifelong learning. Therefore, the faculty subscribes to the belief of career mobility based on the opportunity of individuals to change roles in radiography consistent with the individual?s motivation and capabilities. Students are given guidance towards pursuing further academic degrees or certifications in radiologic sciences. The faculty also believes that those individuals who benefit from public education have a corresponding responsibility of service to society.

Educational Outcomes

The registered radiographer is a professional qualified through education to assist physicians in providing patient care through the diagnostic use of imaging modalities. The radiographer must exhibit professionalism, independent judgment, initiative, skill, compassion, and continued interest in learning to be successful in this profession. To this end, the program strives to provide its students with the skills and attitudes necessary to perform successfully as part of the medical team. Upon completion of the program, the graduate radiographer will:

  • Successfully complete the radiography program.
  • Possess the skills necessary to produce and evaluate images for technical quality, appropriate positioning and performance of imaging systems.
  • Apply radiation protection principles for the patient, self and others.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to produce quality radiographs in nonroutine situations.
  • Use knowledge, skills and compassion to attend to normal and emergency patient needs.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills while working in a team setting.
  • Provide quality care for a diverse patient population.
  • Use appropriate oral communication in caring for a diverse patient population.
  • Demonstrate effective use of oral and written medical communication.
  • Demonstrate ethical judgment and professional values.
  • Comply with the profession?s Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice.
  • Participate in professional growth through continuing education.

Program Measurement Tools and Benchmarks

The success of the Program Goals and Outcomes is measured by specific tools and benchmarks. These tools and benchmarks include but are not limited to:

  • The ARRT certification examination pass rate ( ≥ 90% each year, 90% most recent 5 year period)
  • The ARRT certification examination average scaled test score ( ≥ 80% )
  • The ARRT certification examination average section scores ( ≥ 7.5 for Sections A, B, C, D and E)
  • Final grade averages in each course ( ≥ 80% )
  • Clinical evaluation item average ( ≥ 80% )
  • Percentage of second year students participating in professional activities ( ≥ 75% )
  • Completion rates for all courses ( ≥ 90% ) within 150% of program length
  • Program completion rate ( ≥ 75% average of past 5 years)
  • The responses on the Graduate Program Evaluation ( ≥ 2.5 on individual items, ≥ 3.0 for composite of all items − 4.0 scale)
  • The responses on the Employer Questionnaire ( ≥ 1.5 for individual items, ≥ 2.0 for composite of all items − 3.0 scale)
  • Job placement rate ( ≥ 75% average of past 5 years)