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Frequently Asked Questions About The Radiography Program

1.   Is enrollment limited?

The Radiography Program is sponsored by Halifax Health Medical Center and is accredited as a hospital-based program. The Program admits 10 students each January. The Selection Committee interviews all applicants meeting admissions requirements.

2.   Is the Program nationally accredited?

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits the Radiography Program. The Program holds the maximum accreditation status possible which is eight years. This makes our graduates eligible for national certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and state licensure. JRCERT 20 N. Wacker Dr. STE 2830, Chicago, Illinois 60606, Phone 312-704-5300; fax 312-704-5304; www.jrcert.org or maile@jrcert.org

3.     What is the employment outlook?

There are many job openings in the Volusia/Flagler county areas, as well as, openings nationwide for full-time, part-time, per diem and traveling radiographers.

4.     What salary can I expect to earn?

Starting hourly rates in this area range from $16.00 - $22.00 per hour. Off-hour shifts pay a shift differential (depends upon facility). Many institutions also offer incentive pay for weekend or off-hour shifts and on-call pay status.

5.     What are my career advancement opportunities?

Career advancement is high within the radiologic science profession. Specialized areas of the profession include Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Mammography, Cardiovascular/Interventional Procedures, CT Scanning, and MR Imaging, sales, education and administration. There are also bachelor degree programs available.

6.       What are the typical working hours in this profession?

The hours vary but can include day shifts, evening shifts, night shifts, variable shifts, or weekend shifts. A full-time workweek normally consists of a 32 hour or 40 hour week.

Over-time and call shifts are also common and provide additional salary compensation for the employee.

7.     What are the program hours?

The schedules change each semester and you are provided a schedule of the whole semester in advance of the change.

Sample Tentative Schedule

Year/Semester

Clinical Schedule

Class Schedule

First

   

Spring

9a-1p *

1:30p-2:30p

Summer

9a-1p

1:30p-2:30p

Fall

18 weeks between Fall of 1st year and end of Spring semester 2nd year

7:30a-3p (3 weekdays/week) and

2p-9:30p (3 weekdays/week)

*Class is divided in ½ and rotates per semester

8a-12p Tuesdays

Second

 

   

Spring

18 weeks between Fall of 1st year and end of Spring semester 2nd year

7:30a-3p (3 weekdays/week) and

2p-9:30p (3 weekdays/week)

*Class is divided in ½ and rotates per semester

8a-12p Tuesdays

Summer

8a-4p (3 weekdays/week)

8a-1p Tuesdays

Fall

8a-4p (3 weekdays/week)

8a-1p Thursdays

Third

   

Spring

8a-4p (3 weekdays/week)

8a-1p Thursdays

Summer until Program completion at end of June

8a-4p (3 weekdays/week)

8a-1p Thursdays

*During January of 1st semester, orientation courses vary. Will be required to attend Halifax Health General Orientation normally scheduled on a Monday 8am-2pm.

Recognized Holidays: Vacations:

Martin Luther King Day

Summer Break 1 week in August

2 weeks Holiday in December

Good Friday *actual dates are announced in advance

Easter Sunday

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Day

8.       What credentials/licenses do I receive upon completion of the Program?

Graduates are eligible to sit for the national registry exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Successful completion of this exam entitles the individual to the following national credentials:

RT(R) – registered technologist in radiography

The Department of Health of the state of Florida issues a General Radiographer license to individuals who have passed the above exam.

Each state has different licensure requirements.

Radiographers must obtain continuing education every 2 years to renew their credentials and continued qualifications every 10 years.

9.         What courses may I take before acceptance into the Program?

The 3 pre-requisite courses MAC 1105, ENC 1101 and BSC 1085/1085L. General education requirements CGS 2100, PSY 1012 and cultural core elective.

10.       I have previous college courses. Will they transfer to the Program?

Any non-RTE courses assessed, as equivalent to those offered by DSC may be transferable. You must have your previous institution’s transcripts sent to DSC for this evaluation process.

We do not accept transfer of previous RTE coursework.

11.       What are the costs associated with my education?

Students are responsible for any applicable fees and tuition for DSC courses (non-RTE).

Halifax Health Medical Center fees:

Application fee:                    $25.00

Aptitude exam fee:               $25.00

Estimated additional costs:

Books                                 $500.00

Graduation fee                     $10.00

Scrubs                                Variable

Students receive college credit for RTE courses.

12.         How do I apply to the Radiography Program?

Interested candidates must contact the Program Office at Halifax Health Medical Center to obtain an applicant packet. All program information is online at http://www.halifaxhealth.org/formedicalprofessionals/radiography_program.aspx

The office hours are 7 a.m. – 8 a.m., 11a-12p Monday – Friday. The phone number is (386) 254-4075 option 3.

Rev 11/2014

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Last updated: 2014-11-05T14:29:25.179Z