Important Program Application Information
Applications to the Radiography Program are available July 1st to August 31 of each year and must be submitted in person by August 31st to an academic advisor at one of the College’s four locations. Applications will NOT be accepted until all five (5) prerequisite courses have been completed by the student. Please review the application checklist with the academic advisor before submitting the final application. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Radiography Program Director. We hope our website provides you with answers to your questions about the Radiography program at Polk State College.
The Radiography program fosters and supports creative and positive learning experiences within an atmosphere of academic excellence and continuous improvement. The goal of the Radiography program is to provide every student with the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes necessary to succeed as radiographers. The Radiography program provides its students an organized curriculum that includes courses in general education and radiological education while preparing students for careers as members of the healthcare team.
The radiographer is a licensed professional who is primarily responsible for applying ionizing radiation to demonstrate portions of the human body on a radiograph, fluoroscopic screen, or other imaging modality to assist the physician in the diagnosis of disease and injury. Radiographers work in hospitals, private practices, clinics, travel agencies, and other qualified facilities. The Radiography Program is offered at the Polk State College Airside Center in Lakeland. Classes and clinical assignments are scheduled Monday – Friday.
The Radiography Program fosters and supports creative and positive learning experiences within an atmosphere of academic excellence and continuous improvement. The goal of the Radiography Program is to provide students with the information, skills, and professional attributes necessary to succeed as radiographers.
1. Students will graduate clinically competent. a. Students will demonstrate proper positioning skills. b. Students will demonstrate appropriate technical factor selection. c. Students will demonstrate proper radiation protection for self and patient.
2. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills in the classroom and clinic. a. Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills. b. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
3. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the classroom and clinic. a. Students will be able to adapt procedures for non-routine exams. b. Students will adapt position and patient care techniques to meet the needs of the patient. c. Students and graduates will demonstrate professional growth and development.
4. Students will participate in professional development activity. a. Students will complete a specialty rotation. b. Students will exhibit professional behavior in the clinical setting.
5. The program will graduate entry-level technologists. a. Graduates will pass the ARRT examination on their first attempt. b. Graduate scores on the ARRT examination will reflect national averages. c. Graduates will be satisfied with their education and indicate that they were adequately prepared to perform as entry-level radiographers. d. Employers will indicate that the graduates are adequately prepared to perform as entry-level radiographers. e. Over a five year period, graduates will, within six months, successfully find employment in the imaging profession. f. Enrolled students will graduate from the program.
The program curriculum allows students to become clinically competent through the demonstration of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in the classroom and clinic. Students develop effective communication and professional skills and prepare for the role of an entry-level technologist. The Radiography Program provides students with an organized curriculum that includes courses in General Education and radiologic technology while preparing students for careers as members of the healthcare team.
The radiographer is a licensed professional who is primarily responsible for applying ionizing radiation to demonstrate portions of the human body on a radiograph, fluoroscopic screen, or other imaging modality to assist the physician in diagnoses of disease and injury. Radiographers work in hospitals, private practices, clinics, travel agencies, and other qualified facilities. The Radiography Program is offered at the Polk State College Airside Center in Lakeland. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday. The class schedule varies between semesters with some classes offered in the evening.
Polk State College has achieved accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; telephone: 312.704.5300; website: www.jrcert.org. Graduates of the Radiography Program are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination for certification as radiographers. This examination confers national certification and allows the student to apply for state licensure.
The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the Radiography Program:
- Prospective students must gain acceptance to Polk State College as credit-seeking students with all required admission documents received by the Registrar's Office.
- Students must complete any required Developmental Education courses.
- Students must have an overall GPA of 2.00 (or higher) at the time of application and admission to the program.
Students must complete the following prerequisite courses with a C or better prior to submission of the program application:
- BSC 2085C - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- BSC 2086C - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- HSC 1531 - Medical Terminology
- MAC 1105- College Algebra (or a higher-level MAC course)
- ENC 1101 - College Composition I
Please note that prerequisites to a program and courses that can be taken prior to admission to a program can change; students not yet admitted may be required to take additional or alternate prerequisites prior to admission to the program.
Additional Program Requirements
Additional requirements to be completed after admission to the program include:
- Submission of a physical examination and essential functions examination.
- Completion of immunizations and communicable disease screenings.
- Certification in CPR (current).
- Completion of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) required background checks.
- Completion of a drug screening.
- Submission of a signed affidavit attesting to the non-commitment of specific criminal acts.
The Program Director provides information regarding the completion of additional program requirements during orientation.
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