Radiography

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1351090700)

Limited-Access

This program is designed for students who seek immediate employment in the healthcare field of Radiography. The radiographer is an integral member of the medical team dedicated to patient care whose primary role is to operate imaging equipment and perform technical procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease. Radiography is a challenging and growing profession with additional career opportunities in computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, angiography, and quality assurance. With professional experience and additional education, management and education are career options. Radiographers are employed primarily in hospitals. Positions are also available in imaging centers, urgent care clinics, private physician offices, industry, and civil service and public health service facilities.

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology. Graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Radiography is a limited-access program. Admission to Valencia does not imply acceptance to the Radiography Program; students must apply and be accepted to the program. General admission procedures for this program are found in the Admissions section of this catalog. The Division of Allied Health provides information about specific admission criteria.

Estimated program expenses are given in the Financial section of this catalog.

Admission requirements that must be satisfied prior to submitting an application to the A.S. Degree Program in Radiography are:

  • Review the general admission requirements for Health Sciences programs in the Admissions section of this catalog.
  • Submit a completed Valencia Application for Admission; satisfy the requirements for degree-seeking status and be in active student status
  • Satisfy the college entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, New Student Experience (SLS 1122), mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which you are placed
  • Complete the Radiography Prerequisite for Admission with a minimum grade of “C”
  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5 (including transfer work)
  • Satisfy the designated entrance test requirements for Health Sciences programs
  • Submit a completed Valencia Radiography Program application with the application fee

The identified courses in the program curriculum include all courses that are required for the Radiography A.S. degree. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in all courses in the program curriculum, including the prerequisite course required for admission.

The courses in the curriculum are progressive in nature, with one course building on the preceding course. Because of this progressive relationship, all courses in a term must be completed with a minimum grade C in order to continue to the next term. If a student achieves less than a C or withdraws from any course that is required for the Radiography A.S. degree, the student will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Health Sciences advisor for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Radiographer
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Radiologic Technician

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit: www.floridawages.com.

Contacts

Health Sciences Program Advisor, West Campus: HealthScienceAdvising@valenciacollege.edu or 407-582-1288.
For Information Sessions, Admission Guide, Program Application, and the most updated information, visit our website at: valenciacollege.edu/west/health.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

If you have earned your credential as a Registered Technologist in Radiography R.T.(R), you may be eligible to receive credit toward this A.S. degree. For more information, visit: http://valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_alternative.cfm

Program Outcomes

  • Students will be clinically competent.
  • Students will be able to communicte.
  • Students will evaluate the importance of professional growth and development.
  • Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Prerequisite for AdmissionCredit Hours
BSC 2093CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I +*~4
BSC 2094CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II +*~4
MAC 1105COLLEGE ALGEBRA +*~3
HSC 1531MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY +3
Year I
Summer Term
RTE 1000INTRODUCTION TO RADIOGRAPHY +2
RTE 1111CPATIENT CARE IN RADIOGRAPHY +3
Fall Term
RTE 1418PRINCIPLES OF RADIOGRAPHY I +3
RTE 1503CRADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES I +4
RTE 1804LRADIOGRAPHIC CLINICAL EDUCATION I +2
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
Spring Term
RTE 1458PRINCIPLES OF RADIOGRAPHY II +3
RTE 1513CRADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES II +4
RTE 1814LRADIOGRAPHIC CLINICAL EDUCATION II +2
Year II
Summer Term
RTE 2762SECTIONAL ANATOMY +3
RTE 1523CRADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES III +4
RTE 1824LRADIOGRAPHIC CLINICAL ED III +3
PSY 2012GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY +~3
Fall Term
RTE 2563PRINCIPLES OF RADIOGRAPHY III +4
RTE 2834LRADIOGRAPHIC CLINICAL EDUCATION IV +3
RTE 2385RADIATION BIOLOGY AND PROTECTION +2
CGS 1060CINTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS +3
Spring Term
RTE 2844LRADIOGRAPHIC CLINICAL EDUCATION V +3
RTE 2061RADIOGRAPHIC SEMINAR +3
RTE 2782RADIOGRAPHIC PATHOLOGY +3
Humanities:: See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirement +*~3
 Total Credit Hours: 77.0
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This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

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This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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This is a general education course.

Notes:

All accepted applicants are required to submit applications through Valencia for a criminal background check and drug testing. Applicants for Valencia’s Health Sciences programs must be free of offenses that would disqualify them from a student clinical experience in a healthcare setting and must have their civil rights intact. This policy is in response to requirements by clinical agencies and state/federal regulations.

Specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Once you complete your A.S. degree in Radiography, you can continue at Valencia to earn your Bachelor’s degree in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences or a bachelor-level Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Computed Tomography (CT), Echocardiography, Leadership in Healthcare, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Mammography.  With additional education at the bachelor’s level and professional experience, you will enhance your skills and have more career options available.

Once you complete your A.S. degree Radiography, you can now continue on and get your Bachelor’s degree from Valencia in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. With additional education at the baccalaureate level and professional experience, you will enhance your skills and have more career options available.