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Bachelor of Science in Radiography

Prepare for an Exciting Career Creating X-ray Images and Beyond

 

Chest x-raySt. Catharine College’s  bachelor of science in radiography program combines classroom, laboratory and clinical rotations to fully prepare you for a career as an entry-level radiographer. Ninety percent of our Radiography graduates find employment in the field within six months of graduation, a number that is 15 percent higher than the national average for Radiology graduates from other institutions.

The SCC Radiology Program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS). Using a state-of-the-art PACS (Picture Archiving Computer System) and an energized lab that allows students to create actual images rather than the simulated images produced in some programs, you learn on the same kind of equipment you will use on an actual job in a modern hospital. Because classes are small, you receive lots of individual attention from your instructors, all of whom are experienced radiographers. When you complete the program, you will be ready to apply to take the national credentialing examination in Radiography, and fully prepared to hold down a position where the images you create are so important that patients’ health and very lives often depend on your expertise.

Special Program Highlights and Features:

  • Students complete clinical rotations at a variety of sites, so they experience several types of settings, including rotations in: the trauma unit at the University of Louisville Hospital, a children’s hospital and a small rural hospital.
  •  Classes include fewer than 20 students, so each person receives lots of individual attention and hands-on experience using the imaging equipment.
  • Unlike some programs that put students into clinical rotation before they have been fully trained, SCC Radiography students spend 24 weeks in classroom and lab training before they undertake their first clinical rotation. This approach allows our students to get more value from the clinical rotation and to contribute at a higher level while they are there.
  • SCC’s energized labs allow students to see from film if their images are clear and capturing the views requested. Programs that do not use actual radiation in labs do not allow students or professors this ability to accurately assess their work.
  • SCC’s Radiography program uses state-of-the-art lab equipment comparable to what graduates will encounter on their clinical rotations and later in the workplace.
  • The program also offers a one-year post-graduate AMI (Advanced Medical Imaging) program in either Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • Radiography students have the opportunity to participate in Lambda Nu National Honor Society for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences.

Program's Mission

The Saint Catharine College Radiography Program curriculum is comprehensive in nature and allows students to develop technical competency, critical thinking and problem solving skills through quality didactic and clinical education. The supportive environment allows students to become ethical leaders and engaged citizens to develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and for the patients to whom care is rendered.

Program's Goals

  • Graduates will be well-educated, responsible and ethical professionals by providing educational and clinical opportunities that promote entry level competency.
  • Graduates will actively participate in the dynamic health care community encouraging effective communication, critical thinking and life-long learning.
  • Graduates will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills at an entry level in the production and analysis of quality radiographic images. 
  • Graduates will meet the needs of the health care community by demonstration of the current practice standards established for the radiography profession.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be well-educated, responsible and ethical professionals by providing educational and clinical opportunities that promote entry level competency.
    • Students will produce quality radiographs.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and positioning.
    • Students will demonstrate the use of appropriate technical factors in the production of images.
    • Students will demonstrate the use of universal precautions.
    • Students will accept responsibility for their actions.
    • Students will utilize appropriate communication skills with patients and staff.
    • Graduates will possess entry-level skills.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills at an entry level in the production and analysis of quality radiographic images.
    • Students will demonstrate appropriate problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  
  3. Graduates will meet the needs of the health care community by demonstration of the current practice standards established for the radiography profession.
    • Employers will express satisfaction with the entry-level skills possessed by SCC graduates.
    • Graduates will express satisfaction with the entry-level preparation they received at SCC.
    • Students will dress and conduct themselves in a professional manner. 
  4. Students, upon graduation, will successfully complete the national registry examination.
    • Graduates will successfully complete the national registry examination. 
  5. Graduates will successfully obtain positions in the imaging field.
    • Graduates will successfully obtain positions in the imaging field within six months of graduation. 
  6. Graduates will actively participate in the dynamic health care community encouraging effective communication, critical thinking and life-long learning.
    • Graduates will be active in the imaging profession using the skills and knowledge obtained while in the radiography program. 

Meet the Instructors 

Assistant Professor Dawn McNeil, Program Director – Registered in Radiography, Mammography, Abdominal Ultrasound, OB Ultrasound, Breast Ultrasound, Vascular Ultrasound and Radiology Management, Dawn is president-elect of ASRT.

Assistant Professor Ellis Blanton – Registered Radiologic Technologist and Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Ellis has 36 years experience at Baptist Hospital East, including 18 years as Department Director of Imaging.

April Bowman, Coordinator of Clinical Education – April is a graduate of the University of Louisville. She holds an AS in Radiologic Technology and a BS in Health Occupations Education. She has been teaching at St. Catharine since 2002.

Adjunct Instructors

Therese Higdon Garrett McKay
Abigail Fulkerson Pamela Colburn
Don Cull Anna Hamilton
Angela Wells  

Career Outlook for Major

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for Radiologic Technologists and Technicians are expected to grow more rapidly than the average for all occupations. Experts predict that prospects for employment will grow about 17 percent between 2008 and 2018. Those with knowledge of more than one diagnostic imaging procedure will have more opportunity.

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Program Mission Statement

The St. Catharine College Radiography Program curriculum is comprehensive in nature and allows students to develop technical competency, critical thinking and problem solving skills through quality didactic and clinical education. The supportive environment allows students to become ethical leaders and engaged citizens to develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and for the patients to whom care is rendered.

  Program accredited by JRCERT

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