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Radiography

Through courses taught on the main campus and clinical experiences in area radiography departments, Austin Peay State University’s radiography program prepares students to gather diagnostic images through procedures such as chest x-rays, skeletal images, fluoroscopy and occasionally computed tomography(CT) imaging. Whether you are interested in working with patients or pursuing a career as a specialist or salesperson within the industry, APSU’s program will provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities employers are seeking.

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to provide entry level training in the field of imaging science. 

The goal of the program will be to fulfill the needs of healthcare providers in the community and surrounding regions.  Serving people by being a provider requires critical thinking and technical skills to offer the best possible care.  To prepare the students to meet these requirements, they are provided with various levels of training.  This training includes theory, clinical practice, didactic learning, laboratory testing, and competency testing in the clinical setting.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduating students will be prepared to meet the requirements for an entry-level position in radiology.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

DEGREE EARNED
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (BSRS)

PREREQUISITES
Core courses for a Bachelor of Science

2022-2023 Bulletin Core Requirements

SUGGESTED COURSE OF STUDY
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Clinical COVID Vaccine Requirements

At this time, all but three of our clinical sites are mandating COVID vaccines. 

As a program, we cannot mandate it, but our clinics can. We will still accept students who wish not to take the COVID vaccine, but it could extend graduation time.

ADMISSION

Competitive. Acceptance includes overall grade point average of 2.5 or above, a minimum of a C in all prerequisite courses unless otherwise noted on the core checklist, application, 24 hours of observations with technologist evaluations, essay, coursework completion, official transcripts and references. If potential cohorts are not differentiated by GPA, observation hours scores, and application scores, interviews may be utilized for the advisory committee to decide acceptance. 

PROGRAM LENGTH
24 months; classes begin during summer following acceptance

APPLICATION

Due by Feb. 28 of the semester in which the student will complete core courses for a Bachelor of Science.
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Current Student Handbook

2022 Student and Clinical Handbook

Radiography Goals

Goal # 1:  Student(s) will demonstrate Clinical Competence.
Outcomes:
      
A. The student will demonstrate proper positioning skills.
       B. The student will produce diagnostic quality images.
     

Goal #2:  Student(s) will develop communication skills.
Outcomes:
       A. Students will have effective oral communication in the clinical setting.
       B.  The student will demonstrate the ability to write a research paper by using appropriate citations and                    synthesis of ideas. 

Goal #3:  Student(s) will demonstrate Critical Thinking Skills.
Outcomes:       
        A.  Students will perform non-routine exams and demonstrate the ability to modify routine protocols.
        B.  Students will have the ability to critique exams for image quality (positioning and technique)

Programmatic Accrediting Agency
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL  60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
FAX: (312) 704-5304
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

Programmatic Accreditation Status

APSU's accreditation status may be seen directly on the JRCERT website: www.jrcert.org.  The radiography program currently has an 8 year accreditation award. 

Programmatic Effectiveness Data

Programmatic data including job placement rate, ARRT national registry exam pass rate, and program completion rate can be found here: Effectiveness Data

JOB PROSPECTS
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects the employment of radiographers to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. 

STARTING SALARY
$40,000 (on average)

For more information, contact Jennifer Thompson at (931) 221-6516.

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