Medical Radiography FAQ
What is the role of the Radiologic Technologist?
The Radiologic Technologist, often referred to as radiography, takes images of bones, tissues, organs and vessels in the human body. The Radiographer is responsible for providing patient care and safety for those who are having any Radiographic examination. The Radiologic Technologist conducts herself or himself in a professional manner, responds to patient needs and supports colleagues and associates in providing quality patient care. The program adheres to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Standard of Ethics. (www.asrt.org)
How long is the MRAD program?
The Clark College MRAD program is a full time, two (2) years or eight (8) quarters long, program. There is more course work during the first few quarters and more clinic internship during the last few quarters. Please refer to the course curriculum for details.
What are the physical requirements necessary to become a Radiologic Technologist?
Physical stamina is an important part of the job, as technologists are on their feet most of the time standing and walking. Radiographers may have to push wheelchairs, beds, stretchers, portable equipment, and lift or move patients to position them for the procedure. Radiographers must be able to bend, reach overhead, carry supplies, and carry weight up to forty (40) pounds.
How many days a week are the clinic rotations?
Clinic days vary from 3 days a week during the second quarter up to 4 days per week toward the end of the program. There are more classes and labs in the first year of the program and more clinic hours with fewer classes in the second year. The program totals 123 credits including approximately 1736 clinic hours for the 24-month full time program, which is eight (8) quarters.
How many days of the week are students on campus in MRAD classes?
When students are not at the clinic site, they are in class or lab. The program requires a 40 hour per week commitment between classes, clinics, labs and other related activities.
Clinical shifts will be 8-hour shifts plus a mandatory 30-minute lunch break (or longer depending on site schedule). Students may choose to work longer than 8-hour shifts as long as the time does not exceed 40 hours for the entire week, including classes, labs and clinical hours. Shifts longer than 8 hours may NOT exceed 10-hours shifts plus a mandatory 30-minute lunch break.
A maximum of 25% of the student’s total clinical clock hours may be spent in evening and weekend assignments.
Am I exposed to Radiation?
Radiation dosimeter badges are issued every month and all students and faculty are required to wear film badges each time they are in lab or at the clinic. The Program Director monitors the badges and students must review their exposure each month.
Do you have a pregnancy policy?
Yes we have a policy and counseling in place for any student who declares her pregnancy while in the MRAD program.
What does the MRAD program cost?
Please refer to the cost sheet. There may be other additional costs such as school supplies and transportation. Financial aid and scholarship information can be found at: http://www.clark.edu/admissions_fin_aid/fin_aid/
What is the job outlook?
According to the US Dept of Labor, the outlook for jobs is very good into the next decade. The field is expanding and there are many job opportunities. http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos105.htm
Where are MRAD clinical sites?
MRAD is currently affiliated with fourteen (14) hospitals and clinics ranging from Aberdeen, WA to White Salmon, WA with most sites in the greater Vancouver/Portland area. All students will rotate during the program and we cannot guarantee where and when you will rotate. Students who are unable to travel might consider a different program.
Is the program accredited?
The Clark College MRAD Program is accredited under the College’s Institutional Accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). This institutional accreditation qualifies the student to sit for the ARRT examination. The MRAD Program course of study is in compliance with the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges program of study that qualifies the program to accept students and obtain funding.
Is the program JRCERT accredited?
The Clark College MRAD Program is not yet accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Programmatic accreditation is voluntary and is not required to sit for the ARRT certification examination. We are working toward programmatic accreditation through JRCERT and our timeline is to complete the self-study in 2013. According to the JRCERT this process “promotes excellence in education and elevates quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs.” Additional information is available on the JRCERT web site at: www.jrcert.org
What is the certification for Radiologic Technologists?
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certifies Radiologic Technologists. Clark College has Institutional Accreditation and is therefore recognized by the ARRT (Program #7550). ARRT certification allows students to apply to Washington or Oregon for their state license.
Where can I get an application to the Clark College MRAD program?
What about volunteer hours?
The MRAD program requires a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer experience with some exposure to the Diagnostic Imaging Department. A minimum of eight (8) hours must be in a hospital setting.
How many students do you admit to the program?
Currently we are admitting 20 students each cohort, and the program is offered every two years. See Program Selection, Deadlines & Application Guidelines on the Medical Radiography web site for further details.
Where do I go for more information?
Contact a Clark College Health Occupations Advisor for more information or a transcript evaluation. To speak with an advisor by email, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org