Radiographers combine the high technology of diagnostic medical imaging with their skills of patient care to create an x-ray or radiographic image. This profession requires a dependable personality with a mature and caring nature. The program has a 24 month competency based curriculum which includes practical experience in local hospitals.

Palm Beach State College offers an Associate in Science degree in Radiography. It is a career oriented college-level program consisting of classroom, lab and clinical experience. The program has 24 month, competency-based curriculum which includes practical experience in local hospitals and is designed to develop technical proficiency through extensive clinical exposure. The program is designed to begin in the Spring term each year, and requires a full-time commitment, 8 hours daily.

Radiographers (Radiologic Technologists) combine the high technology of diagnostic medical imaging with their skill of patient care to create an x-ray image or radiograph. These radiographs are used by radiologists and physicians in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease or injury. This is a profession that requires a dependable personality with a mature and caring nature.


Admission Criteria & Application

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The Radiography Program is a limited access program where potential students must submit information and documentation directly to:

Palm Beach State College, Edward M. Eissey campus, Admissions Office, 3160 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2893.

A complete Radiography Program Application packet can be picked up in the Admissions Office or downloaded. This packet should not be confused with the general application for admission to the college.

View the Criminal Background Requirements for applicants.

View the health/drug screen/fingerprint for applicants.

Application Deadline:  September 8, 2017

Selection Date:  October 19, 2017

Classes Start:  January 2018

Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the Radiography Program. Final selection will be made using a point system. Your criteria for selection can be viewed at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb. Sign in and look under Limited Access Application Status and all communication will be sent to your my.palmbeachstate.edu email account including all acceptance documentation.  Please note:  Upon completion of the Palm Beach State application process, students will receive notification of acceptance to the college, NOT to be confused with acceptance to the program.


Employment Outlook

The current employment outlook is EXCELLENT. The demand for diagnostic imaging personnel is expected to grow faster than average, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, for all occupations through 2016, as the population grows and ages.

Salary ranges for graduates of such programs vary by region. The registered technologist can expect to enter the job market at approximately $39,840 to $57,940 annually, with increases based on experience and specialization up to $68,920 or more, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

ASRT Wage and Salary Survey

U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics - Radiologic Technologist


Accreditation & Program Effectiveness Data

The Radiography Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). This peer review organization is nationally accepted for setting standards for education in radiography.

Graduates from this accredited program are eligible to take national board exams administered by the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This organization is accepted as the credentialing agency for radiographers in the United States.

In addition to the goals and student learning outcomes listed elsewhere on this site, the performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312-704-5300, www.jrcert.org). Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate.  Explanations of these measures and program data that correspond with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT are noted below.  This information can also be obtained at www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data. Questions about program effectiveness data should be directed to the Department Chair.  The radiography program's annual report to the JRCERT reflected the following:

Completion Rate - January 1 through December 31,  2015
This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program.  The program's completion rate for 2015 was 54%.  Fifteen students completed the program in 2015.  The five year average of completion is 80%.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2011 through 2015
This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination  on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program.  The figure reflects an average over a five-year span.  The program's credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2011 through 2015 is 96%.  110 out of 115 graduates of this program taking  the ARRT certification examination within six months of graduation passed on the first attempt.

Job Placement Rate - 2011 through 2015
This is the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment.  The figure reflects an average over a five-year span.  The program's  job placement rate as an average from the years 2011 through 2015 is 95%.  110 of the 115 graduates obtained employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation.

Fulfillment of the program's mission is assessed by the degree to which the program achieves the following goals:

  1. Students/graduates will demonstrate clinical competence.
    Student learning outcomes: 
    a.  Students will produce diagnostic quality radiographic studies.
    b.  Students will deliver appropriate patient care while maintaining a safe environment according to OSHA and ALARA principles.

  2. Students will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.
    Student learning outcomes: 
    a.  Students will manipulate technical factors for non-routine exams.
    b.  Students will evaluate images for diagnostic quality.

  3. Students will communicate effectively.
    Student learning outcomes:
    a.  Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
    b.  Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of professionalism.
    Student learning outcomes: 
    a.  Students will prepare a career plan outlining educational and advancement opportunities.
    b.  Students will maintain ethical and professional values.

  5. Program Effectiveness Measures:
    a.  Graduates will successfully pass the ARRT exam at 1st attempt.
    b.  Graduates seeking employment will be employed within six months of graduation.
    c.  Students will successfully complete the program.
    d.  Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
    e.  Employers will be satisfied with the performance of newly hired graduates.


Contact Info

Dr. Vicki Shaver, Department Chair
(561) 207-5067  |  Faculty Webpage


Professor Michael Latimer, Clinical Coordinator
(561) 207-5066  |  Faculty Webpage

 

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