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​Radiography Program Information Sessions for Winter 2014:

February 4, 12-1 p.m.
March 11, 12-1 p.m.
April 8, 12-1 p.m.

Building 8, room 205 - Central Campus

Radiography

 


Study X-Ray Technology
 
Radiographers are medical professionals who use x-rays to produce anatomic images of the body in order to demonstrate disease and injury. Radiographers work closely with radiologists, the physicians responsible for interpreting medical images.
 
The Radiography Program at Broward College was established in the 1960s and has had a long history of successfully preparing students to work as radiographers. Graduates from this program generally score higher than the national average on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Former students have been able to secure employment based on their individual merit and the reputation of this program.
 
See how studying radiography can help you achieve your vision of success by taking a look at our program highlights.
Classroom Experience
 
The Radiography Program consists of on-campus classes and labs, online instruction and clinical education in area hospitals. Once enrolled, you will learn: 
  • Radiation protection
  • Imaging procedures
  • Patient care and education
  • Image acquisition and evaluation
  • Equipment operation and quality control 
Prerequisite, general education and the Pre-Health Science Core Requirement courses (i.e., courses that do not begin with an “RTE” prefix) may be taken at any Broward College campus or online if available.
 
Radiography lecture and lab courses are taught in building 8 on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie, scheduled from one to three hours. Lecture courses contain 30-40 students; labs meet with groups of 6–10 students. Clinical courses are located in hospitals throughout Broward County, meeting twice or three times per week for eight hours. You may have to drive up to one hour from your home to attend such courses, depending on where you live. Radiography students rotate through three different hospitals during the 22-month program.
 
The Radiography Program is a full-time commitment and cannot be taken part-time. It is primarily a daytime program with hours between 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Some Radiography Program courses are delivered in a blended or online format and therefore do not meet every week on a regular basis.
 
A typical semester during the first year of the program involves two days of clinic attendance with the other three days reserved for lecture classes and labs. During year two, students attend clinic three days a week and have classes and labs on the remaining two days. There are some required evening clinical rotations from 2 – 10 pm in year two. There are no scheduled weekend courses or clinical rotations.
 
 
 
Career Path
The demand for radiographers in the United States is expected to grow, fueled by an increase in natural population growth, a greater life span for individuals, and an increasing demand for radiographic procedures resulting from technological advances aimed at early diagnosis and prevention of disease.
 
Radiographers primarily practice in:
  • Hospitals
  • Imaging centers
  • Research laboratories
  • Governmental facilities
  • Private physician offices 
 
The Radiography Program at Broward College accepts 40 students each year, with approximately 30 students (75 percent) graduating with an Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Radiography.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification Exam. Individuals who successfully pass their examination receive a certificate that confers upon its holder the right to use the title Registered Technologist and its abbreviation R.T.(R).
 
Graduates of the program will also be eligible to apply for a license from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Radiation Control.
 
The Program does not provide job placement services for graduates.
 
 
To discover more about the profession, visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).
 
To discover more about the future demand for Radiographers to include salaries, visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
Is This Program Right for Me?
Being a radiographer presents many challenges, so be sure the program fits your ambitions before you apply. If you are considering entering the field of radiography, you should:  
  • Be able to think critically and independently
  • Show compassion and caring towards others
  • Have the ability to apply technical knowledge
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be adaptable to various situations, environments and personalities
  • Be able to work well under pressure in the presence of illness and trauma
Upon graduating the program and finding work as a radiographer, you will be required to:
  • Maintain patients’ trust through confidentiality
  • Manipulate complex radiographic equipment safely
  • Perform more than one task at a time under stress 
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity to patients and their families
  • Recognize physiological changes in patients and respond accordingly
  • Have sufficient stamina to move patients, stand for long periods of time and lift medical equipment (60 lbs. maximum)
Accreditation
The Radiography Program maintains regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). 
Faculty
Michael Giovanniello, Ph.D., RT(R) – Program Manager & Associate Professor
 
Dr. Giovanniello has worked at Broward College since 1990 as an adjunct & since 2001 as a full time faculty member. For the Radiography Program he has held the positions of Clinical Instructor, Clinical Coordinator, Professor, and currently Program Manager. He is also an e-Learning Associate for the Department of Instructional Technology/BC Online. Dr. Giovanniello has 25 years of clinical experience as a Radiographer.
 
David S. Hall, M.S., RT(R) – Professor
 
Professor Hall has worked at Broward College since 1983 as a full time faculty member. He has held the positions of Professor, Program Director, and Health Sciences Department Head at other colleges. Professor Hall has 7 years of clinical experience as a Radiographer.
 
Clinical Instructors
 
Jelissa Cruz, AS, R.T.(R)(M) - Plantation General Hospital & Memorial Hospital Pembroke

Barbara Genader, R.T.(R) - Memorial Hospital West & University Hospital and Medical Center

Habeeb Haniff, BS, R.T.(R) - Holy Cross Hospital & Northwest Medical Center

Angela Hugley, BS, R.T.(R) - Broward Health Medical Center & Broward Health North

Tony Lambutis, AS, R.T.(R) - Broward Health Coral Springs & Broward Health Imperial Point
 
Leslie McGrath, AS, R.T.(R) - Broward Health North & Broward Health Medical Center

Anne Pasetti, AS, R.T.(R) - Memorial Regional Hospital & Memorial Hospital Miramar

Courses
 
To earn your Associate in Science (AS) degree in Radiography you will need to complete 37 courses totaling 77 credits. The length of the program is 22 months (six semesters), which does not include prerequisite courses and the Pre-Health Science Core Requirement courses. Such courses usually take two (or more) semesters to complete.
 
A grade of "C" or better is required in all radiography courses, and an "S" (Satisfactory) grade must be earned in clinical and laboratory courses.
 
All RTE courses in the Radiography Program are sequential. Each course must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next scheduled course/term. If you do not successfully complete any of the RTE courses, you will be withdrawn from the program and will have to repeat and successfully pass such courses before progressing.
 
 
 
Mission Statement & Philosophy
Mission Statement:
 
The Radiography Program at Broward College seeks to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to practice as entry-level radiographers and to pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination. The program and faculty endeavor to prepare competent, compassionate, ethical, and culturally sensitive practitioners committed to professional development through life-long learning. Radiography exists as a technical education program to provide a vital human resource that can meet the health care needs of our community.
 
Program Philosophy:
 
The Radiographer is an accepted and valued member of the health care team who practices in a multicultural medical environment. Development of competent and compassionate radiographers requires a quality education founded on a well-rounded professional curriculum that includes cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning outcomes. In the development of radiography instruction the varied nature of the student dictates that a multitude of learning styles will be present. We recognize that there will be such differences among learners. 
 
Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

Program Goals:  

  1. To provide a high quality education that produces clinically competent individuals prepared for employment as entry-level radiographers.
  2. To produce graduates that can demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills in the practice of radiography.
  3. To prepare students to meet national certification and state licensure requirements.
  4. To supply the community with an active member of the health care team who displays professionalism.
     
Program Learning Outcomes:
 
Upon successful completion of the Radiography Program, the student shall be able to:
    • Apply knowledge of anatomy. physiology, positioning and radiographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on image receptors.
    • Evaluate radiographic images for appropriate positioning and image quality.
    • Apply the principles of radiation protection for the patient, self and others.
    • Demonstrate proper operation of radiographic equipment and accessories.
    • Provide patient care and comfort during radiographic examinations.
    • Practice infection control during radiographic examinations.
    • Recognize and respond to emergency situations.
    • Perform quality assurance procedures.

 

Technical Performance Standards

Students entering the Radiography Program must meet certain standards of performance in order to progress in their course work & ultimately graduate. These standards include meting cognitive, affective, & psychomotor demands associated with the profession. Students enrolled in the program should carefully review all of the performance standards as follows:

Data Collection Standards:
  • Tactile ability sufficient for collection and input of data such as utilization of radiographic equipment & computer workstations.
  • Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health care needs such as hearing monitor alarms, emergency signals, and verbal communication as when a patient calls for assistance.
  • Visual ability sufficient for assessing and observing the patient and environment including near and far acuity, depth perception, visual fields, and color vision. 
Communication Standards:
  • Possess communication skills to interact effectively with others verbally, non-verbally, & in written form.
  • Ability to express self verbally in a language that will be understood by a majority of patients with sensitivity to individual & cultural differences.
  • Possess ability to recognize, interpret and respond to non-verbal cues from patients and clients.
Sensorimotor Standards: 
  • Gross & fine motor skills for adjustment of settings on equipment and to assist with positioning of patients safely.
  • Standing and walking for extended periods of time and the physical ability to maneuver equipment.
  • The motor skills of stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, and handling.
  • Ability to perform medium work (defined as lifting 60 pound maximum with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 30 pounds) as required to manually move medical equipment.
  • Ability to walk with good balance, resist challenge while walking and support a patient who may have poor balance/weakened musculature during gait.
  • Independent mobility including transportation to/from campus and clinical education sites.
  • Stamina to participate in physical activity over prolonged periods of time while positioning a patient & operating equipment.
Intellectual and Conceptual Standards:
  • Ability to assimilate within a reasonable amount of time, large amounts of technical and detailed information from a variety of sources.
  • Ability to identify cause-effect relationships in order to make judgments and set priorities in clinical situations.
  • Recognize physiological changes in patient status and act appropriately.
  • Ability to function during stressful situations, prioritize tasks, integrate information and make decisions promptly.
Behavioral and Social Standards:
  • Possess sufficient interpersonal skills to establish meaningful and effective rapport with patients, families, & colleagues from a variety of different social, economic, cultural, religious and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Ability to cope with a heavy workload & patient demands.
  • Display adaptability & the ability to function effectively during periods of high stress.
  • Accept responsibility for own behavior & engage in self-assessment activities to identify learning needs.
Ethical Standards:
  • Exhibit a respect for truth and a commitment to honesty in all didactic and clinical pursuits.
  • Adhere to ethical and legal guidelines established by applicable national organizations and governmental agencies.
  • Abide by all program & institutional rules & regulations.
  • Appreciate and respect patient/family confidentiality.

 

For Alumni
 
Alumni remain active with the school and program by serving on the Broward College Radiography Program Advisory Board. The main purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide advice concerning the direction and organization of our educational program. The Advisory Board therefore acts as a consultant to the Program Manager and radiography faculty. The overall goal is to use this advice to improve classroom and clinical experiences for our students and to keep the program up-to-date.
 
Because a large number of program graduates work as radiographers in local hospitals, alumni work directly with current students in the program. This enhances the clinical experience for the students, as these radiographers are familiar with the policies and procedures related to clinical education.
 
Some alumni work as adjunct faculty for the program. Jelissa Cruz, Angela Hugley, Leslie McGrath and Anne Pasetti are alumni that currently serve as Clinical Instructors for the program.
 
To stay connected to the College & Radiography Program, join the Broward College Alumni Network and contact Dr. Michael Giovanniello if you would like to be a part of the advisory board.
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