Director of Radiography
& Medical Imaging 

Ellen Collins, M.S., R.T.(R)(M)
PH 402.552.6140 TF 800.647.5500
collins@clarksoncollege.edu

Assistant Director of Radiography
& Medical Imaging
Shelli Weddum, M.S., R.T.(R)
PH 402.552.6204 TF 800.647.5500
weddum@clarksoncollege.edu

Mission

The Radiography program at Clarkson College is designed to provide a high-quality, diverse educational experience rich in both professional and general coursework. Students of the program will be prepared to enter the RT profession and to demonstrate good ethical judgment and compassion in the delivery of patient care. The radiography students are expected to adhere to all professional and ethical standards set forth by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

The Radiography program meets its mission by providing an optimal environment for students learning the delivery of quality health care in a variety of clinical settings. The program offers a broad educational experience that enables students to apply theoretical learning to clinical practice. Students develop the necessary critical thinking and communication skills for becoming an integral member of the health care team. The program prepares students who are concerned with the improve­ment of the quality of life, which is consistent with the College Mission.

Program Specific Competency Goals

Upon completion of the Associate of Science degree in Radiography, graduates will:

  • Have entry level radiography skills.(Technology)**
  • Communicate effectively. (Communication)**
  • Use critical thinking skills. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Demonstrate professionalism.  (Professional Behavior)**
  • Care for patients in a manner that shows respect for cultural differences. (Diversity)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to Clarkson College’s student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity, and Professionalism. 

Students completing the Associate of Science degree in Radiography may choose to enter the Clarkson College dual Radiography/Medical Imaging program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Imaging.

Radiologic Technologist Professionals

Radiologic technologists (RTs) provide diagnostic services for patients using high-tech medical imaging equipment. Medical images produced by radiographers are then sent to physicians for diagnostic interpretation. RTs are employed by hospitals, imaging facilities, urgent care clinics, private physician offices and other health care facilities. There are also opportunities in industry, civil service, public health care services and international health care organizations. Opportunities abound in management and in education at the collegiate level for those appropriately prepared.

Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination in radiography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technolo­gists (ARRT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be a Certified Radiologic Technologist, R.T.(R). In addition, some states may require licensure to practice.

Degree Options

Associate's degree

Undergraduate Radiography Courses

(Two hours theory per week) This course is designed to provide the student with information regarding the radiography profession. Cognitive information related to ethics, law, radiation protection and basic departmental procedures are presented to ensure safe clinical practice. Professional development and lifelong learning will be emphasized by introducing the students to various organizations and agencies.

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(Two hours theory and one hour laboratory per week) This course presents the theoretical base for patient care skills and techniques unique to professional radiographers. This course acquaints students with essential patient care topics such as diversity and ethical considerations, effective communication with various patient types, safe transport of patients, assessment of vital signs, current information on infection control, pharmacology and contrast media as they pertain to radiography, venipuncture, medical emergencies, and CPR standards. Laboratory experiences will expand these theoretical foundations by incorporating psychomotor skills in a simulated and/or actual clinical setting. Student engagement will be emphasized using a required service experience.

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(Three hours theory and two hours laboratory per week) This course is the first part of a three-fold radiographic procedures course. Part I of this course is designed to provide the students with the necessary theory, concepts and psychomotor experiences needed to perform specific diagnostic procedures. Patient positioning, equipment manipulation, appropriate patient care techniques and critique of radiographic images are presented in this course. The body areas to be addressed in Part I include upper extremities, shoulder girdle, lower extremities, pelvis, chest, bony thorax, abdomen and spine.

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(Three hours theory and one hour laboratory per week) This two-fold course focuses on the theory, application and evaluation of the instrumentation and operation of radiographic equipment. Part I emphasizes the factors that produce and control radiographic images. Digital technology will be covered.

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(Three hours theory and one hour laboratory per week) Part II is a continuation of RT 120 and emphasizes the various equipment and electronics involved in the production, use, control and evaluation of radiographic images. Darkroom processing and quality control will be explored.

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(Three hours theory and four hours laboratory per week)This course is the second part of a three-fold radiographic procedures course. Part II continues with headwork and the student will also be introduced to contrast and/or fluoroscopic procedures that evaluate the biliary system, upper and lower gastrointestinal system and urinary system. Various contrast and other pharmacological agents utilized in the above exams will also be discussed.

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(Two hours theory and five hours laboratory per week) This course is the third part of a three-fold radiographic procedures course. Part III provides the student with an understanding of the more advanced and complex diagnostic procedures associated with a diverse patient population, pediatrics, trauma and surgical exams that include the use of a portable x-ray unit and c-arm. Clinical preparation will also be included in this course.

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(Two hours theory per week) The course presents principles of pathology and the radiographic appearances of specific diseases. An understanding of disease processes can aid the technolo­gist in selecting proper techniques and in determining the need for repeating a radiograph that might be acceptable under different circumstances. This knowl­edge will aid the Radiologic Technologist to become a more competent profes­sional and a contributing member to the diagnostic imaging team.

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(Two hours theory per week) This course is an in-depth study of the physics and electronics involved in the production, use and control of the various electromagnetic energies used in medical and diagnostic applications. The students will benefit from studying, examining and manipulating actual equipment components that facilitate com­prehension of difficult concepts and applications.

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(Average of 20 hours clinical experience per week for 12 weeks) This course provides the student the opportunity to apply concepts learned in their first year of coursework in the performance of radiologic activities in the clinical setting. The student will be required to prove competency in prescribed examinations.

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(Three hours theory per week) This course is a study and analysis of the effects of various types of electromag­netic radiations and their effects on living tissues. The students will learn why they should and how they can protect themselves, their patients and others from various forms of ionizing radiation used in diagnostic and therapeutic medical applications.

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(32 hours clinical experience per week for 15 weeks) This course is a continuation of RT 265. The students will begin to refine skills learned in the previous clinical course, while expanding their expertise with addi­tional procedures. The student will be expected to become more independent in performing imaging procedures. Additional competencies and re-checks will be required in prescribed examinations.

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(30 hours clinical experience per week for 11 weeks and 30 hours classroom instruction for one additional week) This course is a continuation of RT 275 and provides the student the opportunity to exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures. Students are expected to complete all required competencies in this rotation. The final section of clinical education ensures that the student is ready for employment. At the end of the clinical experience, all students are required to attend on-campus review sections (1 week/6 hours per day) that will prepare them for the ARRT examination. The required one-week review session will be utilized in calculating the cognitive portion of the student’s grade for RT 285.

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Last updated: 08/27/2018