Associate of Applied Science
The mission of the Radiological Sciences program is to produce competent entry-level radiographers. Our graduates will demonstrate compassion and empathy toward patients, possess critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and demonstrate professionalism.
A radiographer uses learned skills to produce images of the body using ionizing radiation. During the course of a day, a radiographer could be involved in general radiographic exams (hands, chest, feet, abdomen), trauma exams (car accidents, falls), or specialized exams (involving the use of contrast agents). Radiographers need to be adaptable, creative, and personable. There is a high degree of patient involvement. The radiographer needs to be courteous and outgoing to help patients through their exams. Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, clinics, private offices, or with mobile services.
The goal of the Radiological Sciences program is to provide a well-balanced, educational and clinical experience. The program further provides the students with the theory and labs to augment their practical/clinical experience. During the five semester clinical sequence, students receive instruction in diagnostic imaging and are given short rotations in CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound and Radiation Oncology, Angiography and Heart Cauterization Lab. Some evenings are included as part of clinical education for additional trauma experience. Students also rotate, on a limited basis, to other clinical sites. Courses include Radiographic Procedures, Patient Care, Anatomy and Physiology, Radiation Biology, Radiographic Exposure, Pathology, Special Procedures, Digital Imaging, and Image Analysis.
The program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Health and The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901, 312-704-5300). The JRCERT is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accreditation agency and evaluates programs using standards endorsed by the American Society of Radiographic Technologists. North Central State College re-confirms the position of total support through human resources and fiscal measures towards the accreditation process.
The Radiological Sciences department publishes a student Policy and Procedure Manual which delineates specific department/program policies which are not explained in the general catalog. The specific policies as described in the department’s student Policy and Procedure Manual take precedence over any general policy outlined in the College catalog. A copy of the Policy and Procedure Manual is available for review in the Admissions Office. An acceptable health physical and verification of immunizations/immunities are required. A Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) report/FBI background check and drug screening are required in order to enter the clinical sequence.
The Radiological Sciences program contains a sequence of clinical and radiology classes that begin in the Fall Semester each year. Entrance into this program is limited to students who have successfully completed the entrance requirements and have been selected through the program’s admission process. The entrance and admission policies can be found at www.ncstatecollege.edu/cms/media/PDF/admissions-procedures/RD-admin-proc.pdf and copies are available in Room 201 of the Health Sciences Building and in the Admissions Office. Students may begin non-RADS courses any semester. A minimum grade of C is required in all non-RADS courses (BIOL2751, BIOL2752, ENGL1010, ENGL1030, COMM1010, HUMA elective, SOCY1010, MATH1030, HLTH1010, HLTH1150) and all RADS courses in order to meet prerequisite and graduation requirements.
The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for successful completion of the program.
Program Learning Outcomes