The Radiographic Imaging curriculum includes general studies, basic courses and technical courses. The technical component of the curriculum includes either a traditional classroom or distance education format as well as campus laboratory practice and clinical education. The distance education format is available to qualified students enrolled at our partner institutions (Clark State Community College, Northwest State Community College and Urbana University) and consists of courses that are conveyed via videoconferencing to all partner colleges that can arrange concurrent schedules. These courses will also be archived for those students whose schedules do not permit synchronous participation. Every attempt will be made to assign distance education students to clinical rotations within their geographical area. Laboratory experiences for the distance education students will be arranged on weekend or evening hours at the Rhodes State campus.
The Radiographic Imaging Program provides a structured approach to the technical skills necessary to safely administer radiation to patients while providing physicians with optimal diagnostic information. The program offers variable completion options that allow students to graduate as soon as all class and clinical requirements are met. A minimum of five semesters is required for the A.A.S. degree.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree from Rhodes State College and is eligible to take the examination in radiography of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Graduates of the program find employment as radiographers in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices and mobile units, as well as numerous specialty fields including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and vascular procedures. In addition, radiography is considered the foundation for careers in diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), radiation therapy and nuclear medicine. Graduates may also qualify for job opportunities with commercial firms and (once advanced academic credentials are obtained), may compete for faculty appointments in radiography education as well as radiology administration positions.