Medical Radiography

An instructor pointing at an xray

Medical radiography combines physics, mathematics, anatomy and physiology and computer technology to diagnose diseases and abnormalities using ionizing radiation. The studies are safe, and radiation exposure to patients and radiographers is as low as reasonably achievable while still providing quality diagnostic images. Baptist College offers a bachelor’s degree program in medical radiography. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and qualifies students to perform imaging examinations and accompanying responsibilities.

Your future as a medical radiographer

The medical radiographer is a highly specialized health care professional who works closely with radiologists. Medical radiographers’ primary responsibilities include:

  • Operating radiographic imaging equipment and accessory devices
  • Positioning patients and imaging systems to perform radiographic examinations and procedures
  • Modifying standard positioning procedures to accommodate patients’ conditions and other variables
  • Demonstrating image processing techniques
  • Determining exposure factors to obtain diagnostic quality radiographs with minimum radiation exposure
  • Applying knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph or other imaging receptor
  • Adapting exposure factors for various patient conditions, equipment, accessories and contrast media to maintain appropriate radiographic quality
  • Practicing radiation protection for the patient, self and others
  • Evaluating radiographic images for appropriate positioning and image quality
  • Evaluating the performance of radiographic systems, knowing the safe limits of equipment operation and reporting malfunctions to the proper authority
  • Exercising independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures
  • Providing patient and public education related to radio- graphic procedures and radiation protection and safety

Curriculum highlights

The curriculum includes a strong science foundation with courses specific to the practice of medical radiography. The number of courses, credit hours, and course content may change from time to time in order for the medical radiography program to meet changing ARRT, ASRT and/or JRCERT measurements. The degree currently requires 122 credit hours, including professional courses in:

  • Medical terminology
  • Image production/film evaluation I and II
  • Foundations of medical radiography
  • Advanced patient care
  • Clinical practicum I, II, III and IV
  • Comparative pathology
  • CT/MRI clinical practicum
  • Computerized tomography
  • Radiographic procedures I, II and III
  • Radiation protection and radiobiology
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • X-ray production
  • Radiologic technology symposium

Course work includes classroom and laboratory environments where students participate in individual and small group learning activities, as well as traditional lecture classes. Students gain clinical experience in leading-edge departments throughout Tennessee and Mississippi. Clinical practicum courses include 24 hours a week of clinical experience in imaging procedures. Clinical affiliates are available in a variety of hospitals and clinics, including many Baptist Memorial Health Care locations.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ national board exam. Additional examinations in computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, cardiac-interventional radiography, vascular-interventional radiography, bone densitometry, and quality management are available once requirements for these specialties are met.

Top reason for choosing the Medical Radiography program at Baptist College

  • Hands on instruction
  • Opportunities to observe advanced modalities such as MR, CT, IR, Mammography and Catheterization Lab
  • Small class sizes for personalized attention
  • Faith-based atmosphere

Mission

The mission of the medical radiography program is to provide quality education in a Christian atmosphere to prepare graduates to function as competent, entry-level radiographers.

Educational/Program Goals

Goal: Students will show clinical competency.

Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate proper patient positioning.
  • Students will utilize radiation protection.
  • Students will select technical factors for quality assurance.

Goal: Students will demonstrate communication skills.

Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Students will express oral communication skills.

Goal: Students will develop critical thinking skills.

Outcomes:

  • Students will identify a problem in the clinical environment.
  • Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.

Goal: Students will model professionalism.

Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in the clinical setting.
  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior in educational settings

Program Learning Outcomes

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

The medical radiography program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in radiologic technology (JRCERT), the only organization recognized by the US Department of Education to evaluate and accredit programs in medical radiography.

JRCERT

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850

Chicago, IL 60606

312-704-5300

www.jrcert.org