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Philosophy, Mission & Goals


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.

Students will demonstrate clinical competence.

  • Students will have a working understanding of imaging systems.
  • Students will recognize and perform radiation safety principle.
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of radiographic procedures and perform routine exams.

Students will be able to communicate effectively with faculty, peers, medical staff and patients.

  • Students will demonstrate verbal communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills

Students will demonstrate problem solving/critical thinking skills.

  • Image critique and evaluation
  • Adapt positioning for non-routine positions

Students will grow and develop professionally.

  • Student will exhibit professional behavior consistent with code of ethics
  • Students will engage professionally within the discipline

Graduates will be employable and meet the needs of the healthcare community.

  • Graduates will be able to obtain employment
  • Graduates will pass the registry
  • Students will graduate from the program
  • Graduate and employer surveys will indicate professionalism


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.

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